Classifying acne severity....Mild acne

Acne vulgaris is classified (Graded) as mild acne, moderate acne or severe acne based on severity, which is used as a basis for selecting treatment:

Mild acne

  • <20 comedones
  • <15 inflammatory lesions
  • Or, total lesion count <30

Moderate acne

  • 20–100 comedones
  • 15–50 inflammatory lesions
  • Or, total lesion count 30–125

Severe acne

  • >5 pseudocysts
  • Total comedo count >100
  • Total inflammatory count >50
  • Or total lesion count >125

Mild acne

Most dermatologist classify acne as mild, moderate, or severe. Mild forms of acne is the most minor form of acne consists of small lesions, such as blackheads, whiteheads or pustules, which appear at or near the surface of the skin.

Almost everyone at some point in his or her life will be troubled with mild forms of acne. It can occur across all ages, in all skin types and ethnicities. Nearly every teen has acne. And many adults are shocked to learn that the acne they thought they outgrew... it's back. Yes, mild cases of acne is common in adults as well. Even newborn babies can have such cases of acne.

Mild forms of acne has the following features:

  • No scarring however subtle
  • Mild papular, pustular and/or comedonal
  • Regional, i.e., on the forehead, nose, chin, back
  • New onset and of short duration
  • Cyclical, i.e., related to menstrual periods.

Find out if you have mild acne:

Read the following descriptions to see if they relate to you:

  • Most of my breakouts are non-inflamed comedones (whiteheads or blackheads).
  • I get an occasional red pimple, but they are pretty small and infrequent.
  • My pimples feel like they are only on the top of my skin and not very deep or painful.
  • I never get nodular acne (inflamed, hard, and painful breakouts).
  • My breakouts are not causing scars.

If all of these describe your skin, you probably have a mild case of acne. If these description don’t relate to you, you may have a more severe or moderate form of acne. These types of acne are treated differently, and need dermatologist help to get under control.

 It is important to begin treatment as early as possible in order to prevent mild forms of acne from becoming worse and causing scarring.

Sometimes mild cases of acne can start as early as nine years old. At this age, it is too easy to overlook. However, as time goes on, those tiny acnes become swollen and inflamed. Once it is severe, it becomes more difficult to treat easily, and can have a risk of scarring.

Irrespective of how old you are and to get better results, much more quickly, it is best to start treatment immediately when it is still in mild stage.

The good news is that mild cases of acne usually responds well to treatment. With both prescription and over-the-counter options available, there's a treatment out there that can help improve your acne.

› Mild Acne


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