Our first article in this series introduced you to a new approach to dealing with your acne problem, beyond the limitations of a one size fits all treatment, which has been proven not to work. You are unique, and your acne problem is unique.
The best solution to help treat your acne will need to take into account your special situation, and the severity of your acne problem.
Your acne falls into one of several categories. There are different types of acne; no two cases are the same.
In order to correctly classify your acne problem, let us go through the list of categories that have been identified by experts. Dermatologists typically break acne into types, or grades, which describe the level of seriousness of the problem. The grade of your acne will also determine the treatment methods that are recommended for best results. We will begin by identifying and categorizing your acne problem within this system.
When you understand how your unique acne case works, you will know what you’re dealing with, and what steps to take moving forward.
Grade 1 Acne
The mildest form of acne (grade one) will show up as small pimples, also called “comedones”. They show up right below the surface of your skin, and you may see two types of pimples—whiteheads, or closed comedones; and blackheads, or open comedones. Blackheads, since they are open to the air, are oxidized, and that is why they take on the brown or back color.
Grade 2 Acne
Maybe your acne is a little more severe. “Grade two” acne is characterized by a large number of blackheads and whiteheads, with new pimples appearing regularly, before the old ones fade away. It’s more of a problem, and can affect your appearance more than Grade 1 acne. You might also see small, pink bumps, called papules, which can be quite painful at the touch, and contain large amounts of pus.
Grade 3 Acne
“Grade three” acne shows increased levels of papules, with more pus being developed, and being developed more quickly. When the inflammation is easily visible, these are known as pustules.
Grade 4 Acne
This is the most severe type of acne. If you have “grade four” acne, you will experience reddened, sore skin in the breakout areas; it can be very painful and difficult to live with. If you suffer from this type of severe acne it’s likely you may have acne not just on your face, but also on other parts of your body such as the neck, chest area, back and upper arms.
Finding the Acne Treatment That’s Right for You
Don’t lose heart. All types of acne can be treated, even the worst levels of severity. Keep on reading! Now that you have been able to identify the level of intensity of your unique acne problem, we will go on to the next article, which looks at the causes of acne.