Beauty experts reveal the four common types of acne – and the best ways to treat them fast

Squeezing, picking and popping your pimples can lead to scarring.

But by detecting what kind of blemish you are dealing with, you can clear up your complexion with the right skincare regime.

The beauty experts at Mecca Australia have revealed the four common types of acne – and the best ways to effectively treat them.

By detecting what kind of blemish you are dealing with, you can clear up your complexion with the right skincare regime (stock image)

By detecting what kind of blemish you are dealing with, you can clear up your complexion with the right skincare regime (stock image)

By detecting what kind of blemish you are dealing with, you can clear up your complexion with the right skincare regime (stock image)

BLACKHEADS

Blackheads appear as tiny black dots through your T-zone due to clogged oil, dead skin cells and bacteria.

They are dark in colour because the oil in the open pore is exposed air and oxidizes – causing the blockage to turn black.

‘Exfoliate the target area with a salicylic acid which will help to dissolve the blockage inside the pore as well as the dead skin collecting around the pore,’ the beauty experts said.

‘As a preventative measure, start with a double cleanse, to ensure that you get right into the pores.’

Try adding a night serum or a cleansing oil to your routine. 

WHITE HEADS

Whiteheads, also known as a closed comedo, form when dead skin cells or oil become trapped within one of your pores.

The tiny bumps feel firm and textured and appear near or on the surface of the skin.

You can treat whiteheads the same way you would blackheads by double cleansing inside the pore and then exfoliating. 

‘Exfoliating will help remove any dead skin that’s covering the pore and preventing oil from flowing out onto the skin creating a bump,’ the beauty experts said.

Apply a detoxifying mask after you’ve exfoliated.

You can treat acne by double cleansing and exfoliating before using a detoxifying mask

You can treat acne by double cleansing and exfoliating before using a detoxifying mask

You can treat acne by double cleansing and exfoliating before using a detoxifying mask

PIMPLES

Pimples are red and inflamed, tender bumps, often filled with white pus at the tips.

‘This is the body trying to fight the infection. It will feel a little tender and might have some redness surrounding i. If you squeeze it, you can risk spreading it or worse, scarring,’ the experts said.

The best way to treat pimples is by giving your skin a thorough cleanse – and avoid wearing makeup to bed at all costs.

‘Ensure that you’re exfoliating gently to prevent further breakouts or blockages. An exfoliating toner can be a good option as this won’t inflame the skin any further.’

If you’re left with some scarring, invest in a good bottle of serum with vitamin C to help fade the mark on your face.

CYSTS

Cysts are red pimples with a white head on top, that lie deep within the skin.

They are swollen and painful to touch due to the pores becoming blocked and leading to infection, and can cause scarring in the long-term.

The beauty experts said you should avoid using any abrasive or harsh exfoliates – but opt for products with soothing, natural ingredients such as aloe vera.

‘When using and applying products, try to avoid rubbing the area as much as possible to avoid creating more irritation,’ they said.

If a cyst appears the day before an event or you just want to manage it early, use blemish patches, which can be an effective overnight treatment.

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