Stages And Severity Of Acne

Do you fully understand the science behind acne? You’re not alone. The medical community knows a lot about acne; however, there are as many questions as there are answers for causes and treatment. One reason is the complexity of our skin – it is our biggest organ and it holds many, many jobs. It must protect us from bad things, but let enough of the right things in and help to get rid of some things we no longer need. It regulates our body temperature, sends warning signals, and often betrays our feelings! Et cetera. So, it should be no surprise that when things go wrong with our skin; it’s the result of lots of complex forces at work.  Acne, for example, is an enigma that can present itself in many forms. If this sounds like rocket science to you, Clinically Clear is here to help break down the stages and severity of acne. Because once you understand acne, you can learn what you need to change or improve on to help prevent it in the future.

Let’s start simple.

What is acne? 

According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory dermatosis notable for open or closed comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and inflammatory lesions. In other words, it is when oil (sebum) and dead skin cells clog your pores which in return causes a small bump to develop.  There are multiple types of acne including papules, pustules, or nodules (also known as cysts). Acne is common and affects approximately 85% of teenagers and can unfortunately persist into adulthood. 

What are the stages of acne?

Rather than bombard you with text information explaining it, we thought these might do the trick.

What are the severities of acne?

It is virtually impossible to classify all acne or skin into one specific type, as skin is constantly adapting as well as changing. However, here are a few general grades of acne to understand levels of severity:

  1. Mild Acne – most likely limited to blackheads and whiteheads. 
  2. Moderate Acne – can be defined as facial papules and pustules. 
  3. Moderately Severe Acne – papules and pustules with potentially inflamed nodules present, not only on the face but also likely the chest and back as well. 
  4. Severe Acne – includes the presence of large, painful papules, pustules and nodules. 

The most efficient way to understand the severity of your acne, nonetheless, is to visit your local esthetician. At Clinically Clear we strive to help you fully understand your acne as well as provide you with a plan of action tailored specifically for you. Interested in learning more? Schedule your complimentary consultation and facial here today.

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