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What Types of Acne are There?

While many people associate breakouts with teenage hormones, they often continue throughout a person’s adult life. Acne comes in many forms, and your type affects your treatment. We customize your acne treatment plan to target your unique concerns so we can help you achieve clearer skin as quickly and effectively as possible. 

What is Acne?

Acne is a general term for bumps or inflammation that develop due to clogged pores. The affected pores secrete an oily material called sebum. Sebum keeps your skin flexible and protected, but it can combine with dirt and dead skin cells to block your pores. Bacteria that normally live on your face can get into these pores, causing painful inflammation and redness. Acne can be a stubborn condition that resists treatment efforts. Fortunately, your Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz team can help you get long-lasting relief

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What Causes Acne?

Most teenagers find out that the combination of stress and pubertal hormones are a powerful acne trigger. Women can also experience hormonal acne resulting from menstrual periods or pregnancy. Along with hormones, common causes of acne include:

  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Skin and hair products

The association between acne and stress can result in a breakout right before an important event. Establishing a successful acne management routine is the best way to avoid frustrating breakouts. Getting your acne under control can protect you from future breakouts that tend to happen at the worst possible times. 

What Types of Acne Are There? 

Acne is separated into two main categories, with several types of acne in each category. Your Premier Vein & Body team will consider your type of acne when planning treatment. 


Blocked pores can form blackheads or whiteheads. These do not grow bacteria or become inflamed, although they can become infected if you touch or pick at them. Blackheads are dark because the pore remains open, exposing the material to oxygen. Whiteheads remain closed from the air so the material does not oxidize. These will not typically cause scars unless you interfere with them. 


Inflammatory acne occurs due to bacteria that can inhabit your clogged pores. These bacteria trigger an immune response that can break down the cells around your pores. This results in redness, swelling, and pain. 

  • Papules occur when the affected pore becomes red, hard, and sensitive
  • Pustules are also red and sensitive, contain pus, and may have a white head
  • Nodules happen when bacteria move deeper into the skin
  • Cysts are deep, bacteria-infected, and painful to the touch

Inflammatory acne is more likely to cause scars, with cystic acne deep in the skin most likely to leave you with scarring. 

You may have inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne at different times or even during the same breakout. 

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

How is Acne Treated?

At Premier Vein & Body, we treat acne patients who have often not responded to a “traditional” acne treatment plan, including topical treatments and/or oral medications, such as Accutane and oral antibiotics – both of which can involve some serious side effects.  In these cases, our laser acne treatment – AviClear – is a highly effective way to treat all types of acne, and on all skin types. 

What is AviClear™?

AviClear™ is a laser treatment that targets the root cause of acne: overly active sebaceous glands. When these glands secrete too much oil, it combines with dead skin cells and debris to clog pores. AviClear™ uses a 1720nm laser that travels harmlessly through the skin and targets sebaceous glands. The laser energy heats and damages the glands, decreasing their oil production. Research has shown that 90% of people see acne reduction with three treatment sessions. 87% see the frequency and severity of breakouts cut in half or less. 

Are There Any Side Effects With AviClear?

This revolutionary FDA-cleared laser treatment involves no side effects, while providing significant long-term improvements. Any immediate post-treatment redness or sensitivity disappears within hours. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about acne treatment, call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier aesthetic center can help you!

Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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