• From blackheads and whiteheads to cysts, everyone has seen at least one of these problems pop up on their skin. It's important to understand the types of acne in order to better understand how to treat it. The four main types are: Mild to Moderate, Cystic, Hormonal, and Adult.

    Mild to Moderate Acne Those with mild to moderate acne experience breakouts of a varying degree – usually with a scattered mix of papules, pustules, whiteheads, and blackheads. The occasional cyst may crop up in moderate cases of acne, but it is not considered cystic acne unless it is accompanied by a rash-like redness on large areas of the face. For more information on treatment for this type of acne, please see our page on Mild to Moderate Acne.

    Cystic Acne (also known as Acne Vulgaris or Severe Acne) Cystic acid is characterized by multiple large nodules and painful cysts accompanied by rash-like redness, and a mix of smaller blemishes such as papules, postules, whiteheads, and blackheads. Cystic acne affects large areas of the face and is not limited to a spot or breakout here and there, which would indicate a more mild form of acne. For more information on treatment for this type of acne, please see our page on Hormonal Acne.

    Adult Acne is a form of mild to moderate acne experienced by adults in the 20s to 40s. Adult acne is not to be confused with clogged pores or congested skin. Congested skin is characterized by blackheads and whiteheads – with no signs of inflammation or infection. It does not become an acne lesion until the blocked pore becomes infected and inflamed. For more information on treatment for this type of acne, please see our page on Adult Acne.