Video: what is acne?

Video: what is acne?

Viviannadoesmakeup: so the big question, what is acne and how do you define it?

Dr. Tabi Leslie: Acne is a very common condition which usually occurs around puberty and adolescence in teenage years but can go on throughout life. It is characterised by having blackheads and whiteheads, leading on to red inflamed spots that you want to pick or squeeze...

The really painful cystic ones…

Exactly

In terms of the difference between whiteheads and blackheads, what is the difference between them and how should we be treating them differently?

If the pore is open but the sebum has reached the surface and is trying to block it, you’ll get something called a blackhead because the oxygen turns it black.

I didn’t know that!

And if you have a whitehead that is where the oil or sebum has reached the surface but there is still a layer of skin above it so the oxygen can’t reach it so it stays looking white

So there actually the same thing it’s just whether there’s a bit of skin over the top.

Another thing I’ve heard a lot about it acne rosacea, what is that?

Rosacea is a disease that mimics acne, and the way to differentiate between acne and rosacea is that rosacea patients never have the blackheads and whiteheads. So if you don’t know whether you have acne or rosacea then look for blackheads or whiteheads. 

Great! So many good tips there, thank you so much!