What Are The Sign Or Symptoms Of ACNE?

Symptoms of ACNE

Baffled by what causes those grimy zits?

Ever wonder if it’s a coincidence? Is it hormonal or something to do with your gut? That whopper of a zit right in the middle of your forehead is not a casual invader but an uninvited guest who’ll be staying and yes, for a while.

To formulate a plan for its exit, it is important to know what you’re dealing with. So, let’s learn all about the different types of acne, the signs and symptoms so you can find out which one you suffer from and discover the treatment method that is tailored to your skin.

A) ACNE At Different Life Stages

Our hormones behave differently at different stages of our life. This means that acne, for which the primary internal cause is hormonal, varies depending on our age. Acne is most likely to occur when hormones are fluctuating and is broadly categorized into four different age-related types:

1. ACNE Vulgaris

Also known as: Teenage acne, puberty acne, normal acne, acne simplex


Acne Vulgaris ranges in severity from light acne (known as Acne Comedonica) through moderate and sometimes more severe acne (Acne Papulopustulosa) to severe acne (Acne Conglobata).

2. ACNE Tarda

Also known as: Adult acne, late acne


Acne Tarda ranges in severity from light acne (known as Acne Comedonica) through moderate and more severe acne (Acne Papulopustulosa) to severe acne (Acne Conglobata)

3. ACNE Comedonica

Also known as: mild acne


A number of blemishes which can include blackheads and whiteheads and maybe a few papules.

4. ACNE Papulopustulosa

Also known as: Moderate acne, Papulopustular Acne


It’s a moderate to severe form of acne, and a typical mixture of papules and pustules. Skin may appear red and inflamed.

5. ACNE Conglobata

Also known as: Severe acne, or AC


Multiple visibly inflamed blemishes including papules and pustules. These blemishes may group together and form nodules and cysts and can be painful.

6. ACNE Fulminans

Also known as: Acne Maligna, Acute febrile ulcerative acne


Similar in characteristics to Acne Conglobata, the sufferers may also experience fever and joint inflammation.


B) The Different Forms of ACNE When Grouped By External Causes

The primary cause of acne, hormones, is internal but there are several external factors which can cause and exacerbate acne. Acne is sometimes names after, and grouped according to, these external factors. The most common varieties are explained below:

1. ACNE Aestivalis

Also known as: Mallorca acne


They may include a bumpy rash, skin redness, blisters or pustules, and are nearly always accompanied by intense irritation. In more severe cases larger, haemorrhagic lesions can occur.

2. ACNE Cosmetica

Also known as: Cosmetic acne, make-up acne


It’s mild in nature but persistent. Lots of small bumps on the skin that make it feel rough but usually little or no visible inflammation.

3. ACNE Excoriee

Also known as: Picker’s acne, spot picking, spot-picking disorder, neurotic excoriation, psychogenic excoriation, dermatillomania


Can exacerbate the symptoms of mild acne and spread bacteria leading to greater inflammation.

4. ACNE Inversa

Also known as: Apocrine acne, hidradenitis suppurativa, sweat gland abscess, pyoderma fistulans significa or acne tetrad


It’s defined as a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory disease. It starts with inflamed and painful nodules which can spread further.

5. ACNE Mechanica

Also known as: Sports acne, friction acne, sandpaper acne


The symptoms are usually simple to understand. They’re formed as blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.

6. ACNE Medicamentosa

Also known as: Medicinal acne, anabolic acne, doping acne


They’re painful nodules and pustules which could be the result of medicinal lapse.

7. ACNE Venerata

Also known as: Medicinal acne, anabolic acne, doping acne


Painful nodules and pustules may be induced if there is any hereditary trouble.

Although the list above sounds more like a menu in an Italian restaurant, it needn’t be as confusing as one. If you don’t know what type of acne you have, or maybe you have a mixture of two or three, speak to our super specialists for treatment advice. The key to successfully treating and clearing all types of acne is consistent use of proven, dermatologist-recommended ingredients. And remember… Acne treatments don’t work if they stay in the bottle!

ACNE Treatment At Skin City

For the many patients who have tried oral and topical medications without relief, we recommend a blend of treatments including chemical peels, laser, and dermal injections which has been clinically proven to help in the treatment of acne. While acne can come quickly, it takes 6-12 weeks to heal.

Be patient with yourself and your acne treatments. Feel confident in knowing you are taking action to heal and manage your acne and that you can achieve a clear complexion.