There are different types of spots and blemishes and different techniques to remove and prevent them.
Frequently Asked Questions
The medical term for whiteheads is closed comedones. These are small, whitish or flesh-coloured spots or bumps. They usually have a white, circular centre surrounded by a red halo.
A hair will sometimes emerge from the centre of a whitehead, or it may appear to be trapped within the blemish.
The skin around a whitehead may appear to be tight or wrinkled, especially when the whitehead is large or especially raised.
Whiteheads typically do not cause scarring.
We suggest our TOTAL CLEANSE Facial for the removal of Whiteheads.
Blackheads are also called open comedones. They are small, black or dark-coloured spots that may appear as slightly raised bumps. The skin around a blackhead usually appears normal, while the centre of the blackhead is darker than the surrounding area. The colouration is not a result of trapped dirt. Blackheads are simply whiteheads that have opened and widened. When the contents of a whitehead are exposed to air, they darken.
We suggest our TOTAL CLEANSE Facial for removal of blackheads as it involves extraction.
Papules & Pustules
Papules are bumps under the skin's surface. They are solid, tender, pink, and raised, and the skin around a papule is usually slightly swollen and red. Unlike whiteheads, papules have no visible center. Unlike blackheads, the pores of a papule do not appear to be widened. Papules develop when whiteheads or blackheads cause so much irritation that they damage some of the surrounding skin. The damage leads to inflammation.
Pustules are larger, tender bumps with a defined circular center. The center is filled with whitish or yellowish pus, and the bump has a pink or red base. Immune cells and bacterial cells collect to form this pus. Pustules typically look like much larger and more inflamed whiteheads.
We recommend our ACNE FACIAL involving a Chemical Peel and LED Light Therapy to reduce and remove Papules & Pustules.
Nodules & Cysts
Nodules are hard, painful, inflamed lumps located deep within the skin. They look like larger, deeper papules and have no visible centre or head. This type of acne lesion develops when clogged pores damage tissues and cells deep beneath the skin's surface. Nodules are a severe form of acne blemish, and they can cause skin complications such as dark spots or scarring.
Cysts are very large, soft, painful, red or white lumps situated deep in the skin. They are filled with pus. Cysts form deeper within the skin than nodules, and they are the most severe type of acne blemish. Cysts can also cause skin complications, such as scarring.
The best treatments for Nodules and Cysts are our Dermapen (Microneedling) or our ACNE Facial.