One of the more severe types acne blemish, “Nodules are hard, painful bumps that form under the skin,” says Dr. Jaliman. Some nodules may cause red bumps on the skin’s surface while others remain the same color as the surrounding skin, but all nodules are caused by bacteria that become trapped and cause infection. Nodules are more likely to leave scars because the associated inflammation can damage surrounding skin cells, and since nodules don’t have a “head,” trying to pop them is likely to leave a dark spot as well
According to Dr. Jaliman, “Cysts are another type of more severe acne associated with inflammation, redness and infection.” These deep, painful bumps are like nodules but they are filled with pus. Similar to nodules, cysts are more likely to leave acne scars.₅
Must-know info about makeup for acne-prone skin
In addition to acne-fighting skincare, makeup can help make it easier to deal with blemishes. The best makeup for acne should tick a few key boxes, and Dr. Jaliman says the most important are that the products you use are oil-free and non-comedogenic, which means they will not contribute to clogged pores.
Other meaningful skin-safety indicators include the terms “dermatologist-tested,” “sensitive skin tested,” “allergy tested” and “fragrance-free.” For peace of mind, look for products that incorporate broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and are free of phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate or animal-derived ingredients. The ideal makeup for acne, each and every one of Dermablend’s products meet these criteria and are developed to be suitable for oily and acne-prone skin.