Cysts are like nodules, but filled with pus so they feel softer. The patient is likely to have both nodules and cysts and this would generally be considered a severe case of acne.

The same treatment options apply as for nodules, i.e.:

Nodules are large bumps, which go deep into the skin. They can be inflamed and feel quite tender and generally only occur in the most serious cases.

Potential treatment options are likely to include:

Pustules are like papules, but filled with pus. The same advice as for papules applies i.e.:

Blackheads are whiteheads with pigmentation and the same guidelines apply as for whiteheads, i.e.:

Unfortunately, it can take longer for the appearance of blackheads to improve due to the pigmentation

Whiteheads occur when the normal follicles become blocked with excess oil. The white bumps can be quite numerous.

When whiteheads appear, the best tactic is to prevent them from becoming inflamed.

Treatments to prevent and/or treat whiteheads are: