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Glossary for Acne

Here is some common terminology associated with acne:
  • Acne cosmetica - The scientific name for a variety of acne caused by cosmetics.

  • Acne keloidalis nuchae - The scientific name for a persistant acne inflammation caused by shaving. Also known as Pseudofolliculitis nuchae.

  • Acne neonatorum - The scientific name for acne experienced by newly-born babies. It is commonly found on the bridge of the nose, on areas of the cheeks near to this, and in some cases on other parts of the face such as the forehead. See Neonatal Acne.

  • Acne rosacea - The scientific name for a variety of acne. This variety usually appears as a red rash on the sufferer's face.

  • Acne vulgaris - The scientific name for the most common variety of acne. Usually variety affects the sufferer's face, shoulders, and/or chest.

  • Bacne - Acne that appears on a person's back - see Bacne 101: What You Need to Know About Back Acne.

  • Benzoyl peroxide - The principal active ingredient in most over-the-counter acne medications. Benzoyl peroxide is anti-septic (kills bacteria) and an anti-inflammatory agent. See Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne.

  • Blackheads - A hair follice that has become blocked and infected with bacteria because of excess production of sebum, the blockage occuring above the surface of the skin, results in a darker appearance and is known as an open comedo. See Just What Are Blackheads? and Acne - How Acne Occurs: The Cellular Processes.

  • Comodones - A hair follice that has become blocked and infected with bacteria because of excess production of sebum is known as a comodo (plural: comodones). Comodones may be above the surface of the skin, and open, in which case they are usually dark in appearance ("blackheads"), or below the surface of the skin, and closed, in which case they are usually lighter in appearance ("whiteheads").

  • Dermatologist - A doctor specializing in skin conditions and skin health.

  • Emollients - Moisturising treatments for dry skin.

  • Neonatal Acne - Many newborn babies have some acne. It is commonly found on the bridge of the nose, on areas of the cheeks near to this, and in some cases on other parts of the face such as the forehead. See Neonatal Acne.

  • Pregnancy Acne - The hormone changes that occur during pregnancy, means that many women experience acne during their pregnancies. See Pregnancy Acne: Why Do I Now Have It And Can I Avoid It?.

  • Pseudofolliculitis nuchae - The scientific name for a persistant acne inflammation caused by shaving. Also known as Acne keloidalis nuchae.

  • Pustules - Pustules are painful red bumps that contain white pus. Some forms of acne can cause pustules to appear.

  • Sebacious Glands - The glands in your skin which produce oil.

  • Sebum - The oil produced by the sebacious glands in your skin.

  • Whiteheads - A hair follice that has become blocked and infected with bacteria because of excess production of sebum, the blockage occuring below the surface of the skin, results in a lighter appearance and is known as an closed comedo. See Acne - How Acne Occurs: The Cellular Processes.


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