What type of acne do you have?
To get the best treatment for acne, you have to know what type of acne you have: mild, moderate, or severe. This will help you customize treatment for your skin, and get your skin clearing more quickly because you won't waste time with treatments that won't work for your grade of acne.
Mild acne is usually defined as having occasional minor breakouts. You may get the occasional papule or pustule, but they're not widespread or very inflamed. Mild acne can occur across all ages and in all skin types. This type of acne isn't just limited to the face. You can get mild acne breakouts on the back, chest, neck, and shoulders too. And don't be alarmed if you find pimples on your butt or blackheads in your ears or on the earlobe. Mild acne breakouts can happen there as well.
How Can You Tell If Your Acne Is Mild?
- Most of my breakouts are non-inflamed whiteheads and/or blackheads.
- I sometimes get red pimples, but not very many of them and they're not very big.
- The blemishes I do get are on the surface of the skin. They don't feel "deep."
- I don't get cysts or nodular breakouts (very inflamed, hard, painful blemishes).
- My breakouts are not causing scars.
Don't Ignore Minor Breakouts
For some people, acne will always stay relatively mild. But for others, those insignificant bumps and blemishes can progress to something more serious in a hurry.
It's always best to treat acne at this stage when it is mild.1 Too often, people take the "wait and see" approach, waiting to see if acne will just go away on its own.
Unfortunately, it usually doesn't. Very often the acne gets worse and progresses to a more severe case.
This is especially true with teen acne. Lots of kids will start getting superficial breakouts early on, sometimes as young as 8 or 9 years old. They're really easy to overlook at this point.
But as time goes on, those little bumps become bigger, inflamed pimples. Once acne really takes hold, it gets tougher to treat. Not to mention there is a risk of scarring that comes with serious acne.