Are There Different Types of Acne?

Dr. Curt Birchall of The Fountain Clinic has vast experience treating all types of acne in Rocky River, OH, including, but not limited to, papules, blackheads, whiteheads, and nodules, which can leave scars and spots on your face if not treated professionally.


Papules are small, red bumps often seen on the face, chest, neck, and shoulders. They occur when the skin follicle is clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. The resulting inflammation causes the papules to form. If left untreated, the papules may evolve into pustules. For more severe papules, you should consult Dr. Birchall


Blackheads cause small dark spots on the skin. They are formed when a pore becomes clogged with dead skin cells and oil. These pores then become inflamed, resulting in the formation of pimples and pustules. These lesions are caused by an excess of oil in the pores, called sebaceous glands. As these oil glands produce more sebum, the dead cells start to stick together. These particles then slough off as the skin regenerates.

Some breakouts are mild and can be cleared with over-the-counter topical medications, while others are more severe and require a visit to Dr. Birchall for acne treatment in Rocky River, OH.


Whiteheads are a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles are blocked. They are white or yellowish, usually located on the upper part of the cheeks or nose, and typically caused by a buildup of sebum, an oily substance secreted by the skin's sebaceous glands.

If you are prone to having whiteheads, your sebum is thicker than others. Drinking plenty of water is an excellent idea to help prevent blemishes. Water helps keep the cells hydrated, which is essential for proper metabolism. You should also avoid greasy foods. These can clog the pores, causing breakouts.


Nodules are large, firm, and sometimes painful bumps that form on the face and back of patients. They may be found in the dermis or subcutaneous fatty tissue and can be either hemispherical or circular. Their position is determined by simple palpation. Neoplasia, inflammatory processes, and deposits of foreign substances can cause them. They can also be a result of excessive sweating.

Nodules occur in the skin when follicles or sebaceous glands become blocked. The blocked ducts produce pus, which is a hallmark of inflammatory blemishes.

Call The Fountain Clinic at (216) 503-8517 to schedule your acne treatment consultation in Rocky River, OH, with Dr. Birchall.

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