Your skin contains thousands of pores, and they’re quite visible on the back, chest, face and neck. For whatever reason, these pores can produce too many cells, which can cause blockages to form. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why pores overproduce cells, but the acne caused by the problem is very real.
Your pores produce sebum oil, and in a normal environment, the oil should be able to drain to the surface of your skin. When there is a blockage inside of the pore, the sebum oil cannot drain to the surface, and bacteria begin to grow inside of the pore.
Every acne lesion comes from a clogged pore. Most people have experienced at least one breakout, and during adolescence, it’s viewed as a normal part of growing up. However, for some people, the condition never goes away and might even get worse.
The Difference Between Inflammatory and Non-Inflammatory
When it comes to acne lesions, there are two main types. There are non-inflammatory and inflammatory lesions. Blackheads and whiteheads are great examples of non-inflammatory lesions. They’re also called open and closed comedones.
A clogged hair follicle is the basic definition of a comedone. When your hair follicles get clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells and debris, they’re called comedones. A number of different impurities can find their way into your pores and cause a blockage to occur.
A clogged hair follicle will become a visible blackhead or whitehead. Also called pustules and papules, these lesions are known as papulopustular acne. There is a severe form of the non-inflammatory type, and it’s known as nodular acne.
Blackheads are called comedones, and they form when pores get clogged with dead skin cells and oil. The plug dilates and grows larger, which exposes the oil in the plug to outside air.
It’s quite common for people to believe that the black portion is dirt, but the truth is that it’s oil that has turned black because of air exposure. Inflammatory acne knows no boundaries, so it can affect almost any part of your body.
The inflammation is caused by a response from your immune system, which occurs when it perceives a threat. In the case of acne, your body perceives the bacteria as a threat. When your pores become inflamed, the area will become red and begin to swell.
A closed lesion is called a papule, and it’s a type of inflammatory acne. Another type is the pustule, which results in the rupturing of the papule. Inflammatory nodules erupt below the surface of your skin, and they can leave behind some of the worst scarring.
The major difference between the two types of acne is the severity of the inflammation. Blackheads and whiteheads are viewed as non-inflammatory because they’re clogged pores that don’t allow bacteria to get inside and thrive. Inflammatory consists of clogged pores that have become infected with bacteria.
The best treatment for your condition will depend on the type of acne that you have. Whether you are dealing with blackheads and whiteheads or nodules and pustules, the experts at Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre can help. Our office is located in Delta. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about how we can help you say goodbye to your condition once and for all.