We’ll be looking at Nodular Acne today and how people get it and what to do about it. As we understand it Nodular Acne forms for the same reasons as milder forms of acne, generally it comes from a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells which get trapped in your pores. It is one of the most painful types of acne along with Cystic Acne and definitely one of the most noticeable.
So, now we will go into more detail about what is Nodular Acne.
Nodules are painful and hard lumps and lie deep within the body, they have no heads or visible centers. They are caused by clogged pores which can then cause damage to the tissues and cells deep beneath the skins surface.
An Acne nodule looks like a small bump under the top layer of your skin. It may be the same tone as your skin but it can also turn red as the surrounding area gets more inflamed and infected. It doesn’t create a head as such like a pimple does but it can be painful to the touch.
Both Nodular and cystic acne are more severe types of acne, they are sometimes confused with each other because they both form deep under the skin. Generally nodules remain intact, unlike cysts which can burst. Nodules can persist for weeks or even months.
Over the Counter or Prescription?
With either of these choices it does take time to bring nodular acne under control. Products with Vitamin A are used a lot to help.
Prescription medicines which contain Isotretinon, Spironolactone tend to be the most often used but there are side effects and if your go down this road your will need to discuss what these are with your health care professional. Oral Contraceptives are also used but obviously these are not for everyone and they may not be appropriate if your smoke, have high blood pressure or are trying to get pregnant.
There are also oral antibiotics. These attack the bacteria and inflammation which maybe contributing to the formation of nodular acne but they do not alleviate the excess oil or dead skin build up. Antibiotics should only be used for a short term because of the concern of bacterial resistance which seems to be increasing more and more.
Over the Counter medications can be effective but in some cases they do take a bit longer to treat this type of acne but the side effects are minimal in comparison to prescription medicines. If your try this form, your would want to see results after 3 – 4 months and if your don’t then it may be time to see your doctor or dermatologist and check out other options.
In both cases of these cases your will need to perform a daily regime.
Bad News!!!!! – In a lot of cases your will have more than one type of acne.
There is an overview of the other types of acne further down in this article.
What to do on a Daily basis for Nodular Acne – And other Types
Clean your skin gently.
Don’t get all vigorous with it, this may actually make things worse. Use only your fingertips (no nails) or a soft washcloth. Clean all the areas, initially don’t go near break out areas, your can save this for last as your don’t want to spread any of the bacteria. When your have done all the areas on your face ( and if need be other parts of your body) then move onto the breakout areas. If your are a sporty type a double wash at night is a good idea, clean, rinse and repeat.
Use a Toner or Astringent
This helps remove excess oils and helps tone and hydrate the skin and depending on the ingredients it can help on blackheads and acne. Apply the product on a cotton ball or pad and gently smooth all over the face (and any other areas) and neck to help remove the last bits of cleanser and oil.
You do have to be a little bit careful of your skin type as your don’t want to dry out your skin too much or if your have oily skin your want it to be effective. It may be best to try to avoid products with too much alcohol ( do not drink it!!).
This step can be missed if your find it’s creating too much havoc with your skin but with the products we recommend it should be fine.
Apply Acne Treatment
After the toner has dried completely or after your face is completely clean and dry – don’t get vigorous with drying, patting the skin is better than rubbing it like crazy. Smooth on your acne treatment as directed. Let the treatment absorb or dry completely before going to the next step.
Apply an Oil Free Moisturizer or Gel.
Before your say I’m crazy – your wouldn’t be the first though. It may seem like adding a moisturizer to already oily skin is counter-intuitive but this is an important step so please don’t skip it. Acne treatments can dry out the skin, so to reduce dry and peeling skin apply this twice a day.
Your moisturizer shouldn’t leave your skin feeling slick and greasy, good treatments are easily absorbed by the skin and won’t aggravate acne.
The flash name your should be looking for is noncomedogenic which basically means it won’t clog the pores of the skin. If your are getting a range of products for the treatment of acne then the product should be noncomedogenic but it does pay to check.
As mentioned this is the best acne treatment for all types of acne we have found.
Keep it Up
So this is three or four steps, a couple of songs long in the morning and evening – or whatever your choose to do to offset the time.
If this sounds all too much then the only other answer is to have acne and hopefully time will take care of it.
It will take a bit of money but if it will help your skin and self-esteem is it worth it?
Whichever treatment your decide to take on a really important factor to consider is sun protection, with or without acne this is hugely important. With acne, a lot of the treatments you use may make your skin more susceptible to sun damage, it’s no good to get rid of acne but look 90 when your are 19, 29 or 39!!! It’s not that bad but be aware that sun damage is a possibility. A lot of moisturizers do contain a SPF factor, if yours doesn’t then look for a sunscreen for the face as these tend to be less oily and perfumed.
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Another treatment to look at is light therapy, this can help both in acne treatment and scar reduction – different colored lights for each.
I have written an article on light treatment and if your are interested just follow this link.
Following is the quick overview of the other acne types;
These are noninflammatory spots which include Blackheads and Whiteheads and they are usually caused by your skin pores being blocked from such things as dirt, oils and dead skin cells. These are the most common form and we are all likely to get them at some stage in our lives.
Whiteheads and Blackheads are very similar, the only difference being that whiteheads have skin covering them, Blackheads don’t and are referred to as “open comedones,” they are created from the blocked oil in your skin becoming oxidized by air and this turns them black.
Both Blackheads and Whiteheads are different from pustules as they don’t contain pus and cannot spread to other parts of the face.
They can be treated with salicylic acids, face scrubs and general upkeep of facial hygiene.
These Papules are small red bumps that often appear as clusters on the skin. They are caused by blocked pores mixing with bacteria and create inflamed lesions in the surrounding skin tissue.
For papules and other inflammatory acne, generally, the most effective treatment is benzoyl peroxide which kills the bacteria.
This is your typical “pimple” or “zit,” this type of acne looks large and red with a white or yellow core. The core contains pus from bacteria and it can spread if you pick at them, this can lead to further breakouts on other parts of the skin. They can be quite tender to the touch but can go away on their own.
The process can be sped up with the application of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid which kill the bacteria and draw out the excess oils.
One of the most severe forms of acne is cystic acne. Cysts are large and painful pimples without heads. They are caused by oil and bacteria being trapped under the surface of the skin and often appear on the chin or jaw. Do not pop or pick these pimples because it can lead to further breakout and scarring.
I hope you have found this article informative and please feel free to leave a comment below.