Acne Treatment

What is Fungal Acne?

Fungal acne is a type of infection that most commonly occurs in the form of small pimples in an individual’s skin’s hair follicles.

Fungal acne can cause whiteheads and skin irritation. These pimples typically don’t vary much in shape or size, and they’re often not itchy.

This condition is very common and can be treated with over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs and ointments.

Product Tip

Products that may trigger acne are called “comedogenic.” Makeup labeled non-comedogenic is less likely to clog pores and contribute to acne. Learn more about our non-comedogenic acne treatment products.

What Causes Acne?

Acne occurs when your hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin. It’s often associated with the hormonal shifts that come with adolescence and puberty, but can appear during other stages of life. Your sensitivity to acne could also be genetic.

In addition to being uncomfortable, acne can have an unfortunate social stigma. Some people with acne have reported that their quality of life has been affected. Some report feeling low self-esteem and social anxiety, interfering with their ability to live each day to the fullest.

You are not your acne. There are many acne treatment options available to help cover up and moisturize dry skin that may be caused by acne.

Identifying Types of Acne and Treatment

The most common form of acne can develop into bumps called whiteheads and blackheads. However, more severe cases of acne can appear in other forms.

Use the slider below to learn more about the types of acne, their severity and treatment.

Acne Symptoms

Most often, acne symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the condition. These symptoms include:

  • Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
  • Blackheads (open plugged pores)
  • Small red, tender bumps (papules)
  • Large, solid, painful lumps under the skin (referred to as nodules)
  • Painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin (referred to as cystic lesions)
  • Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips
  • These symptoms usually appear on your face, neck, back, and/or shoulders. Depending on how irritated it gets, how persistent it is, and whether it responds (or doesn’t respond) to over-the-counter medications can help determine your acne’s severity. Use the slider above to learn how to identify and treat the types of acne.

    Acne Treatment Options

    There are various methods of treating acne. There are many common over-the-counter (nonprescription) acne products that can be used to lessen and treat the effects of acne. If over-the-counter products don’t work, you can ask a dermatologist for stronger medications.

    Typically, your dermatologist can help:

  • Control your acne
  • Avoid scarring or other damage to your skin
  • Make scars less noticeable
  • Acne treatment medications help by reducing oil production and swelling or by treating bacterial infection on the skin. At Summers Laboratories, our Rezamid Acne Lotion and Liquimat Medium can help you treat, cover, and prevent your acne.

    Preventing Acne

    While your acne treatments are very important, it is just as important to keep your skin healthy and clean.  Here are a few suggestions towards making that happen:

    1

    Whether you have acne or not, it’s important to wash your face twice a day in order to remove excess dirt, dry skin, and oils that can clog your pores – and promote breakouts.

    2

    During a breakout, avoid wearing foundation, powder, or blush.

    3

    Some studies link stress with the severity of your acne. Getting in the habit of mindfulness and self-reflection can help reduce the presence of acne. If it’s the stress of acne that’s increasing its severity, let us help you with that.

    4

    Moisturize your skin frequently. Use products that are “non-comedogenic” (meaning they should not cause acne).

    5

    Avoid touching your face. Your hands can have bacteria that can be easily spread to your face, which can cause a breakout. In all cases, avoid picking at current acne on your face. This can irritate the already inflamed facial skin.