Acne Signs & Symptoms

Acne can take different shapes, sizes and forms. It can also be mild, severe, or somewhere in between.

Types of acne lesions

Acne doesn’t always ‘look bad’

How ‘bad’ or severe acne can get varies from person to person. Acne can be classified as mild, moderate or severe.

  • Mild acne: a few pimples and comedones, without much swelling (inflammation)
  • Moderate acne: inflammatory (papules, pustules, nodules) and non-inflammatory lesions (comedones) are present
  • Severe acne: numerous or extensive papules and pustules, as well as many nodules or cysts; scarring can occur

Acne is more than a physical issue

Acne can affect more than your appearance: it can also affect how you feel. Know that there are things that can help you manage your acne. Acne can be effectively treated in most cases. You can also use a few tips and tricks of your own to care for your skin and help prevent breakouts.

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