Full Guide On Types And Stages Of Pimples

Stages Of Pimples

Nowadays, pimples have become a very common problem due to climatic changes and changes in lifestyle. However, to treat major acne, it is very important to know the stages of pimples because when a person has full knowledge, they can even treat the major acne problem.

There are many types of acne, and almost all the people who have pimples have different types of pimples. Acne problems occur due to age, hormonal changes, or impurity in the blood. According to the experts’ research, mostly the teenagers between 14 to 18 years old tend to have the acne problem. 

The general reason for pimples is the type of skin not being normal; either you may have oily skin, dry skin, or sensitive skin, which can catch the infection and dust easily due to which the acne problems occur.

There are many types of pimples that occur due to different reasons so, let’s have a look at them.

Types of pimples

There are many types of pimples like:

Acne vulgaris

These types of major acne can occur on the face, back, shoulders, and buttocks. Acne vulgaris starts- off mild but converts into major acne later on. That is why it is very important to treat them as soon as possible.

If you have this type of acne, then concern yourself with your dermatologist.

Comedonal acne

These types of pimples are subsets of acne vulgaris. In this, the skin starts to have bumpiness, blackheads, and Mila. Comedonal acne can occur anywhere on the face or body, and it goes from mild to severe very quickly.

It is very important to treat comedonal acne because it can also damage the nerves of the skin.

Cystic acne

Cystic acne is the most severe type of pimples because it creates inflammation, large pores, and painful blemishes or cysts.

These types of pimples first occur inside the skin and, after some time, appear on the skin and are very painful and take very long to heal. Also, it damages the skin because they are very deep.

Nodular acne

It is another major type of acne, and the breakout of these types of pimples is very large, hard, and deep. Most women face nodular acne during their monthly cycle.

Nodular acne is also very painful, just like cystic acne, so it is very important to take the treatment as soon as possible.

Acne rosacea

Acne rosacea mostly occurs in adults, usually in 20-30 years old people. These pimples occur on the face and mostly occur in women.

In this major acne, the skin appears with bumpiness, pimples and looks red, flushed, and blood vessels appear on the nose and cheeks.

The reason for this major acne can be stress, sun exposure, spicy food, and hot liquids.

Acne Mechanica

This type of major acne occurs due to the excess heat, pressure, friction on the skin. Also, it is the most common type of acne and can occur everywhere on the body but mostly on the face.

The other name of this major acne is sports acne because it is common among athletes and occurs due to helmets, pads, sweatbands.

Acne mechanica can be treated by OTC products, but if they turn severe, then getting treatment from a dermatologist can be the best option.

Acne cosmetica

According to its name, you can understand that these types of pimples mostly occur by excessive use of cosmetics like makeup, creams, and moisturizers. Also, some hair care products can cause this type of major facial acne.

Acne cosmetica is a major type of comedonal acne and can be treated by a basic hygiene routine. It can be prevented by less use of cosmetics and hair care products.

Excoriated acne

This type of pimple is caused due to the chronic and excessive breakdown of skin tissues. Squeezing the skin and blemishes occurs with these types of pimples.

Squeezing pimples can also lead to other types of pimples. So, if you have pimples, do not squeeze them.

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Stages of pimples

There are five major stages of pimples:


The first stage of pimples is invisibility; as we all know that pimples occur from inside the skin, and we never know until they start appearing on the skin.

It means that the skin is gathering the dirt and trying to convert into the pimple soon.

Red bumps

In this stage, the pore starts getting clogged so, make sure you clean the skin every time. Clogged pores start turning into red and start generating the pimple.

If you have clogged pores, then clean them fast; otherwise, they will turn into pimples soon.

Blackheads and whiteheads

After the red bumps, the skin starts gathering dirt which eventually turns into blackheads and whiteheads. Once any blackhead and whitehead occur, the skin becomes sensitive and more prone to pimples.

Do not remove these blackheads and whiteheads by squeezing them; otherwise, they will turn into painful inflammatory pimples.


Once the pimple turns into blackhead and whitehead, they start making pus. If you have a pimple and it is on the papule stage, then take care of the pimple because if the pus breakout there are more chances of getting many more pus pimples.

Also, do not apply anything on the pus and wash it from time to time.

The cyst

It is the last stage of pimples in which the pimple starts breaking the pus pimple itself and starts making new skin in the place of the pimple. 

When the pus breakout, use a cloth to clean the face, and after breakdown, wash the face with a good face wash and apply a small amount of moisturizer on the face so that other pimples do not occur.

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Key Takeaways

If you are having major acne problems and if your skin is sensitive, then check the above-mentioned stages of pimples and protect your skin.

Also, if you have major acne problems, then concern yourself with a dermatologist as soon as possible because it can damage the skin tissues.

Poorvika sharma