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There are basically five types of acne, and they are

Mild Acne (Juvenile Acne) - This is the most common acne condition which affects the teenagers a great deal. So much so that the condition is commonly called teenage spots. The skin examination reveals a lot of little papules and blackheads on a background of greasy skin. This type of acne does not continue for long without a break. It may last a few months, disappear for some weeks and then start again. The mild acne conditions are the easiest to treat. Mild acne can potentially turn into a severe form of acne, and the most likely reason for it is usually improper or inadequate skincare. Scarring in mild acne is not common. Few pits remain after the spots have dried up.

Moderate Acne (Acne Vulgarias) - In about 10 per cent cases suffering from mild acne, the condition worsens due to the prolonged existence of acne and severe oily skin condition. The population and the concentration of whiteheads increase and a large number of papules develop. The affected spots turn red due to the ruptured blood vessels. Generally this type of acne improves in the late teens and early twenties. Scarring is minimal and spots clear up after some time.

Severe Acne (Chronic) - Only a very small proportion of people enter the state of severe or chronic acne. The real difference between this and moderate acne is that the red acne spots are more in number, larger in size, infected and painful to touch. The entire face, shoulders, back can be affected and infested with the acne spots. It usually takes much longer time' to treat this condition and scarring occurs if the spots and pimples are picked.

Picker's Acne - Some young women develop spots that are quite unnoticeable to our naked eye. When examined closely they look different from the usual acne pimples. The central part of the spot is not like the tip of pimple but is covered by a scab or looks raw. This is because the spot has been picked and scratched frequently. Even though these spots are not obvious, some women feel very uncomfortable and conscious about them.

Cosmetic and Fringe Acne - This occurs mainly on the forehead and is mostly due to excessive oil and grease, which clogs up the hair follicles.
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