At the first sign of any pimple, some people scream acne. Not all pimples, however, are alike. It is important to understand which type of acne one has to ascertain the proper treatment. Four forms of acne cause non-inflamed or inflamed conditions.
Grade I acne is typically mild. Breakouts will be minor and small in appearance. Some minor clogging in the T-zone may produce blackheads. This condition is non-inflammatory and easily treated at home with a skin care system that includes exfoliation. Look for products that include salicylic or glycolic acids and consider monthly facials with a certified esthetician.
Grade II acne presents with pustules, milia, and blackheads that cover greater areas of the face, chest, and shoulders. Breakouts occur more often and are noticeable. These types of pimples will present with some inflammation. The condition is common during the teen years when hormones run wild. In addition to an exfoliating product line, adding products that include benzoyl peroxide will help kill inflammatory bacteria. If there is no improvement after a few weeks of using this system, consult a board certified dermatologist.
Grade III acne is severe. Inflammation, papules, pustules, nodules, and closed comedomes are obvious. As this infection spreads, scarring occurs more often. While home care is essential, a board certified dermatologist should be consulted. Treatments will include topical and systemic formulas.
Grade IV acne is quite severe and presents with numerous amounts of cystic acne in addition to the other blemishes listed above. Inflammation is obvious and painful. This type of infection is deep and hard to control. Consulting with a board certified dermatologist is essential to minimize scarring.
Be aware of two things: Many acne treatments cause sensitivity to sunlight and waxing, and, picking and squeezing pimples often lead to scars. Keep in mind that a good skin care system includes an exfoliating cleanser, toner to balance the skin’s pH, eye care product, and moisturizer for combination skin.