Types of Acne

pimples can form on the surface or deep in your skin

You might be having a breakout or just a single zit. But do you know exactly what kind of blemish you’re facing? Knowing what you’re up against is the first step to treating your acne.


Whiteheads appear on your skin when blocked pores close up, creating small white bumps on the surface. They are not yet infected, and are neither swollen nor red.


Blackheads form when pores clogged with oil do not close up. When exposed to air, the blocked pore turns black, creating the tiny black dots you see on your skin. 

Inflamed Pimples

Pimples appear when a clogged pore gets infected by bacteria, making skin inflamed, red and sore. They can form either on the surface and can sometimes be filled with pus.

Cystic Acne:

These pimples form much deeper in your skin. They can be painful and often last for upwards of 10 days. The best solution to try over the counter is products with Benzoyl Peroxide, like the CLEAN & CLEAR® PERSA-GEL® 5 spot treatment. However, if you do not see results after 3-4 weeks, you should see a dermatologist.