Mild Acne

Mild acne includes blackheads, whiteheads and a few, red pustules and papules (“pimples“) on the face from time to time.

About mild acne:

Most teens – 70% – get this type of acne.

Even mild acne can be upsetting, embarrassing, and cause emotional distress.

Even mild acne can cause scarring or in people with darker skin types, dark stains (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) at the sites of previous acne spots.

Over the counter or non-prescription medications can usually control and clear this acne in most cases.

If your skin is not improving or you are having problems with skin irritation, scars, dark marks, or are feeling down, seek medical help from your family doctor or dermatologist.

Boy with mild-moderate acne looking over shoulder

Be aware: Some with mild acne or mild-moderate acne may need medical help to get this condition under control and to prevent scarring. (Checklist – When to see a doctor)

For information about treatments, see How do I treat mild acne

*** Note: There are many conditions that look like acne. If you are not sure if you have acne, see your physician or dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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