What Does Your Acne Mean? The Acne Visual Dictionary

Pesky, painful, bright red bumps always seem to ruin that special day. Sometimes they just ruin your whole entire life (I’m being dramatic, this is a common occurrence) and more often than not, they stay longer than you hope. Which can actually help you to understand what it might be, and what could’ve caused it. I hope I can help give you a general idea of how to determine that.

Whether it was genetics, diet, or overall lifestyle – we start to understand what changes we personally need to make. When we understand what is on our face, we can treat it better. Lets face it, Acne is a medical condition and it ranges from mild to severe. A common misconception is that it comes when you’re a hormonal teenager, and should typically clear up when your teenage years are over, right? The unfortunate part about that is it’s just not the case. With that ideology, it can really bring you down when you turn 23 and your once immaculate face is plagued with cystic acne.

In Eastern Cultures they have created what is called “face mapping,” and below I will show you what that is, and talk about what it means.

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So, hopefully that can give you a better of idea as to why, and what might be causes these issues. There are many ways you can target these areas, but I would absolutely recommend doing a cleanse, so you can get rid of bad bacteria you might now need. Follow up with a probiotic to restore that good bacteria. While this is not going to fix all of your issues, this will absolutely give you a great baseline to work with. Think of it as clearing a canvas, to start again. If you can, try and eat watermelon, celery, and cucumber. Those are full of water, and great vitamins to supplement your skin with hydration. Drink your water, and try to always use your sunscreen. If your skin is looking dull, and flat – it’s because you’re not drinking water like you should. You will notice a huge difference in your skin. Water works as a filtration system, to flush your body of toxins. You really probably underestimate the magic water can do for your acne prone, or aging skin. I highly recommend reconsidering.

I would also recommend icing your problem areas to stop bacterial growth, and to help with inflammation. Use a serum that targets the issues you are looking to treat (c below)

(person recommendation list here: anti-aging, collagen stimulating, skin treatments/suggestions:

RetinolVitamin A derivative. Use this at night, and make sure it is stored/packaged correctly so it is not ruined by air. Don’t use too much. The recommended amount is pea-sized. 

Hydroquinone –  This lightens the skin, and blocks the enzymes that produce melanin production. Do not wear this during the day time, as it will damage your skin when in sunlight. Use an SPF the following days. 

Hyaluronic AcidA powerful humectant that keeps the skin hydrated, and younger looking. 

Vitamin EAn antioxidant that treats, as well as prevents skin wounds, scars, wrinkles, and over-drying. 

Glycolic AcidTreats acne, and blackheads. Minimizes pores, and dark spots, along with treating ingrown hairs. It’s a great anti-aging acid as well.)


Use a toner, and moisturize your skin. Giving your face a moisture barrier, and restoring the one you have is a key factor when it comes to fighting off acne, and clogged pores. Steaming your face is another great way to purge your skin of harmful bacteria.

Now, to identify what your acne is.. this one is always fun for me. I will provide descriptions, along with pictures to give you more of a better outlook on the visitor on your face you never invited (intentionally).

Cystic acne (aka my enemy): Cysts are large, pus-filled lesions that look similar to boils. Like nodules, cysts can be painful and should be treated by a dermatologist. These usually develop under the skin, and never come to a head. People who develop nodules and cysts are usually considered to have a more severe form of acne.

Acne Vulgaris: A combination of whiteheads, and blackheads. This is one of the most common types of acne. While you can typically treat it at home with a good, and thorough skin routine — if it worsens, it’s recommended to see a dermatologist.

Comedones: This is a very difficult, and pesky pimple. These are usually caused by oil, and bacterial build up in the pore. Which can develop into a blackhead, or whitehead. They commonly show up like a smaller “cyst” type acne as well.

Pustules: Another inflamed pimple which has a white pus visible to the eye. They will generally have a red line around them as well. Avoid picking these, as you really can make them worse.

Papules: Also commonly mistaken for a blackhead. They are comodones, which can vary from color. They are generally smaller.

Acne Conglobata: This is the most severe form of acne. It involves a cyst type acne, that can connect to other cysts under the skin. Unfortunately, this is more common in men as it is sometimes caused by steroid use, and testosterone. It is absolutely essential to be treated by a dermatologist.


While I am not a dermatologist, I can only recommend what has worked for me and others.

As I’ve struggled with cystic acne, I’ve found things to help few and far between. I, have, however found an excellent resource. A virtual dermatologist, who I can communicate with Monday-Friday, with a prescription topical medication. Acne is medical issue, and sometimes seeing a dermatologist is the only thing that can really help you.

I’ve had great luck with Curology, and I highly recommend them. If you would like more information on that clink the following links below for my personal journey:


Curology Part 1

“You look disgusting.”


As always, thank you for reading. I hope I have, and can continue to help you with your skin concerns.



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