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NYC Acne Clinic – 6 Types of Acne you may Never Heard of

At our NYC acne clinic at Aglow Dermatology, we treat all kinds of acne.  Yes, there are many types of acne.  Just like the verb google has come to represent doing an online search, despite the existence of Yahoo!    and Bing, when we use the word acne we are referring to the condition acne vulgaris, despite the existence of other types of acne. 

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Acne on the face

“Other types of acne?  Oh, you mean maskacne, mask acne, right?  Because of mask wearing during the pandemic?” At our NYC acne clinic we see it all.

Believe it or not, before the occurrence of what we call maskacne, or mask acne, the rash that occurs under the covered areas of the faces which chronic mask wearing, there were types of acne other than what we all know as acne, or acne vulgaris.  These other types of acne, which don’t start with the formation of a microcomedo, a subclinical oil and keratin plug in the hair follicle or pore, also tend to involve the hair follicle.  Here are a few types:

Acne Rosacea

We usually use the term rosacea but the condition’s full name is acne rosacea.  Rosacea is more common in people of northern European descent.  It can present with a variety of findings. These include facial redness, flushing, sensitivity, broken blood vessels and skin thickening around the ears and nose.  Some people also have eye involvement.  It is included in acne because people sometime develop red papules and pustules in the affected area as do people with acne vulgaris.  People with acne rosacea, however, don’t have the blackheads and whiteheads present in acne vulgaris—unless, of course, they happen to have both.  Acne rosacea more commonly develops in adulthood v. puberty as does acne vulgaris.  It is thought, however, that children with rosy cheeks are expressing signs of this condition.

Acne Cosmetica

Acne cosmetic is the term used to describe acne that occurs in people who would not otherwise have it but who develop it in response to cosmetic products including hair styling products.  When the products are avoided the acne goes away.

Steroid Acne

People who are taking systemic steroids, such as prednisone, sometimes suddenly develop an eruption of erythematous papules and pustules. Steroid acne tends to occur on the face, neck, chest, upper back and arms in a typical acne-like distribution.  Steroid acne is different in that all the lesions tend to be the same size. There is also an absence of blackheads and whiteheads or comedones.

Acne Mechanica

An acneiform eruption of papules and pustules on body surfaces undergoing friction, acne mechanica is typically the result of clothing or gear such as when someone has on a football uniform or someone whose thighs rub. 

Acne Keloidalis Nuchae– NYC Acne Clinic

Also known as AKN, acne keloidalis nuchae is a follicular condition, usually seen on the posterior scalp of African American men, characterized by papules, pustules and scars.  The scars many times develop into keloids.  Hairs curling back into the skin with close cut hair styles cause inflammation.

Acne Excoriee– NYC Acne Clinic

Acne excoriee is more of a behavioral condition than just a primary skin condition.   A person with acne excoriee feels compelled to pick, scratch or squeeze acne lesions that may or may not be otherwise present.  Many people with acne excoriee have only mild acne at worst.  Due to the picking, however, the affected area looks like there is a severe condition due to the wounds, discoloration and scaring from trauma.

NYC Acne Clinic and Dr. Strachan

The Aglow Dermatology website has extensive information about acne, acne treatment, what causes acne, and more. Please visit our Acne Treatment NYC page for more information.

Dr. Dina Strachan is a board-certified dermatologist and internationally-recognized acne expert. Are you ready to achieve clear skin with the help of our team at our NYC acne clinic? Call 212-627-1004 or set up a consultation here.

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