Severity of acne
Severe acne is when inflammation occurs and there are many lesions. Medication may be prescribed.
Acne can be mild, moderate, or severe.
Existing classfications suggest that:
Mild acne involves mostly blackheads and whiteheads and does not usually need any help from doctors. There are fewer than 20 comedones, or 15 inflammatory lesions, or a total of 30 lesions.
Moderate acne involves both inflamed and non-inflamed lesions, some of which may leave scars. Tthere are 20 to 100 comedones, or 15 to 50 inflammatory lesions, or a total of 30 to 125 total lesions
Severe acne features widespread inflamed lesions. It can impact both appearance and self-esteem, and it can cause scars.
All forms of acne can be distressing.
Even mild acne can affect a person’s self esteem. This is not only due to its appearance, but also the fact that it often affects young people when they begin developing relationships.
Myths about what causes acne
There are many myths about the causes of acne.
There is no evidence that any of the following cause acne:
* poor hygiene
* chocolate and other diet factors, including nuts or greasy foods
* masturbation or sex
Some research has found weak links between acne and milk products – and especially skim milk.
There is also evidence linking acne with diets that contain lots of foods with a high glycemic index. These include simple carbohydrates, found in white bread, chips, and white potatoes, and sugary drinks.
These foods can increase blood sugar levels, and this may have an impact on hormone levels that then impact the risk of developing acne.MEDICAL NEWS TODAY NEWSLETTERKnowledge is power. Get our free daily newsletter.
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Herbal medicines are examples of complementary and alternative treatments for acne. These are usually harmless, but there is a Examples used include tea tree oil and clove basil.
Practical tips for people with acne
Self-care advice for acne may help with the problem, or avoid making it worse.