Different Types Of Acne

What are the different types of acne?

There are four grades of acne. All the forms can be defined by eye but there are some symptoms to classify them:

1. Presence of non-inflamed acne
2. Presence of inflamed acne
3. Breakout activity
4. Proportions of inflammation
5. Parts of body covered by acne

You should know your grade of acne: it can facilitate acne treatment.

Knowing your acne type is going to help you choose efficacious cure for a disease. Some types of acne can be treated only by dermatologist but you can cure mild forms of pimples at home.

The First Grade of Acne.

The easiest and mildest form of acne.There can be some pimples, even blackheads or whiteheads, on the surface of the skin but they are non-inflamed and non-numerous.

All the people have this type of acne during puberty. Some pimples appear in the forehead and nose, chin, cheeks or near eyes.

This type of  pimples usually is cured at home and results of treatment are overwhelmingly successful by remedies containing a salicylic acid. If you avoid acne treatment in this stage 1st grade can quickly transform to 2nd and bring troubles.

The Second Grade of Acne

The second grade of acne is more severe form than first grade. There are going to be non-inflamed blackheads and whiteheads but surface of the skin is getting slightly inflamed. The frequency of pimples appearance and their breakout activity will be more obvious.

This type of acne start its way from nose or forehead to other parts of body: chest, shoulders, back (for men). Women can be affected in chin, cheeks especially in periods.

Acne of this grade also can be cured at home using medicines containing a salicylic acid or a benzoyl peroxide. Here two simple advice to avoid transforming second grade of acne to third (more severe):

a) Don’t squeeze or pick your pimples in this stage;

b) If pimples don’t disappear after several weeks of acne treatment you should visit a doctor.

The Third Grade of Acne.

The main and important difference between two types of acne (second and third) is amount of redness and inflammation of the skin. Pimples (papules, pustules and nodules) appear in large numbers, they are inflamed and red.

Usually all the parts of body are affected by this type of acne besides the face (shoulders, neck, chest, etc.) This grade is particularly dangerous because infection spreads deeper subcutaneously and  probability of acne scarring increases.

This stage of acne should be treated only by dermatologist. Left without treatment it can transform in the fourth, the most severe form of acne.

The Fourth Grade of Acne.

This form of acne is the most severe, painful and complex in the treatment. Sometimes it is called “cystic acne” but this title is not quite correct: apart from cysts the skin covered by pustules and nodules so in some cases is more correctly to name it “nodulocystic acne”. A lot of pustules, nodules and cysts appear and are going to be very painful. They are inflamed and breakouts are severe.

All the areas of body are affected and infection is very deep. The 4th grade of acne leaves acne scars nine times of ten.

The 4th grade of acne must be treated by the experienced dermatologist only.

{An example of severe acne. Abstracted from Google.}