There are different stages throughout a persons life, particularly in males where they go through acne and I will go through these here.
Teenage Acne or Puberty Acne:
Almost all males get acne and this happens due to the oily substance called sebum which clogs pores.
They can appear in various places such as your face, neck back and chest. In some cases, it can also appear on your shoulders, backs of the legs, arms or in the back &/or front of the elbow area which can be further complicated by a skin condition such as Eczema and/or Psoriasis. (More on this later).
Whiteheads: are a mild form of acne. If its white on the surface, then it is a clogged pore covered with a thin layer of skin. Products over the counter from a Pharmacy called Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid. This helps to dry out the skin which in turn decreases oil production. Products which are in or around your home can be of benefit such as toothpaste, baking soda, tea tree oil or vinegar.
Blackheads: are your pores blocked by oil, dead skin and a build up of bacteria. This is most common in puberty as hormone levels trigger a raise in sebum production and an over production of skin cells which form a blackhead. Treatments would be the same as what I have already mentioned. Gentle exfoliation between (2) or up to four (4) times per week will be an extra help.
Another type of pimple is a red bump on the skins surface, filled up with pus due to a build up of bacteria. If left untreated, will only become bigger with infection spreading further along.
Other causes of acne are due to genetics being either traced back to your parents. Other forms of stress could result from school, home environment or some medications themselves.
If you acne is becoming more irritated or spreading further, its best to speak with your local Pharmacist or Doctor/GP. If this has been going on longer than expected, then asking your Doctor/GP for a referral to a Dermatologist would be the next step.
To complicate things further, there are other forms or type of Acne. When you skin become red, irritated as well as itchy, it can develop into Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis or Psoriasis.
I will now go into this further . . .
Eczema: the positive is that it is not contagious. Most people who develop this skin disease is usually passed down from family members, either inherited or genetics? More research needed. With Eczema flare-ups, your skin can become hot and itchy, particularly on hot and humid days, or in some cases, depending on your actual clothing. The skin becomes red, inflamed or even blistered. Some may scratch the skin so much that it becomes rubbery and oozing liquid. Others find that their skin becoming very dry with patches of red raw skin exposed.
Psoriasis: although there is a difference between the two, a proper swab analysis will need to be undertaken. This will ensure that a proper diagnosis will be able to pinpoint the exact skin condition. Psoriasis can be set off by stress and is a life long although can be also managed. It also can sometimes even disappear for extended periods of time for no particular reason.