Pimple Popping: What Are the Types of Pimples?

Raymond Neiderman

Raymond Neiderman

Pimple popping is a practice that people engage in to manage their acne and treat their skin, but it isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Different kinds of acne can often be managed using different tools and techniques. This makes it very important to be able to identify what kind of acne you have on your face. Before you can choose an effective remedy for pimples, you must understand the types of pimples.

What Causes Acne?

Acne, in its different forms, can be caused by a variety of different factors. From your body’s natural biochemistry all the way to your life habits, your acne comes from many different sources. Adding to this, these sources can differ with each new pimple.

Common Causes Include:

  • Hormones
  • Dirt
  • Allergens
  • Infection

Where Can You Get Pimples?

Pimples can show up on different parts of the body, which many people find frustrating. You can get pimples almost anywhere. Some people frequently find a pimple on lip regions or even a pimple on eyelid areas. Anywhere your body has skin with pores, you can get pimples.  Fortunately, you can also choose a remedy for pimples no matter where they show up.

Pimple Popping: What Are the Types of Pimples:

A pimple is fairly easy to see. They often show up with a raised and red appearance, making them difficult to miss. Even small pimples can stand out significantly when you find yourself with one. Most of us engage in pimple popping to help reduce the appearance and lessen the pain. Though pimples can often look similar, they can actually be quite different. A pimple on lip areas and a pimple on your chin can be two completely different pimple types. Let’s take a closer look at the types of pimples.

Common Bumps On Skin

Some of the more common acne types present themselves as bumps that vary in shape and size. These are the most common types of acne you will see on the skin, particularly during times of stress and hormonal changes.


A whitehead is a small bump that is clogged with debris, oil, and dead skin. These tiny bumps are often slightly raised, but they generally are not red. They can even blend into the skin. In most cases, you will only see them if you look closely. Whiteheads will often stay the same size and can even go away on their own.


Blackheads are a common acne type that receives a lot of criticism. Many people find blackheads to be unpleasant to look at, especially if you have larger pores. They present as slightly darkened circles or ovals in the skin and can look sunken in. Blackheads vary significantly in size. Some are hardly noticeable, while others are impossible to miss. Unfortunately, they can make your skin appear visibly dirty.

Blackheads themselves are open spaces in the skin that are filled with debris, oil, and dead skin. They are very similar to whiteheads in this way, but they can have a larger volume. Their darkened appearance may look like visible dirt, but this isn’t true. The color comes from the light hitting them.


Papules are a type of acne that is particularly frustrating because of their appearance. Though papules are small in size, they are often red—sometimes to a very high degree. This can make them highly visible, even when they are small.

Like any other form of acne, papules differ from one person to the next, and can even form differently on the same person. Some papules are less noticeable, offering a lighter pink hue that can sometimes be indistinguishable from the skin.


Pustules are the type of acne that people often hate the most. When you think of pimples, you probably default to picturing pustules. This form of acne is recognized for its puss. With pustules, you will receive a white spot, like a whitehead, but it is surrounded by a red ring.

Beyond their unpleasant appearance, pustules are known for the pain they cause. Due to the swelling and puss, they can hurt a lot—especially when popping pimples. Most people default to popping them to help with the pain and to make them smaller, but this must be done with care.

Pustules appear in different sizes. You may end up with smaller pustules or larger pustules that shrink down as they heal. Generally, the larger they are, the more they hurt. When a pustule gets too large, it can be considered a cyst. Cysts can be very painful and cause scarring.

Fungal Acne

Fungal acne is not the most common type of acne, but it does happen. These pimples are caused by yeast, which infiltrates hair follicles. Since this form of acne is caused by yeast, it can also be quite itchy and uncomfortable.

Choosing a Remedy for Pimples

Since there are so many different acne types, you need the right way to manage all of them. For the most success, you will want to focus on choosing options that cover multiple causes of acne.

First, you will want to start by using good skin care tips to ensure that you are treating your skin correctly. Then, you will want to pair those tips with general wellness tips to support a healthy biochemistry. For consistent results, you will also want to adapt your skincare processes to the season, like focusing on summer skin care or  winter skin care.

The Takeaway

The more you understand about your skin, the more prepared you will be to care for it. Well-managed skin is often less likely to experience unsightly breakouts caused by the different acne types. Instead of focusing on managing your pimples as they show up, it is always best to focus on living a healthier life as a whole. When you treat your body well, you can see it in your skin!

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