Teenage and Adult Acne Mild Acne

The Three Stages of Acne: Stage One Mild Acne

Acne is a skin condition involving the sebaceous glands of the skin. These sebaceous glands surround each hair follicle and produce sebum, an oily substance, to lubricate the hair. Acne usually appears on the face, back and chest, which left untreated, acne lead to inflammation and damage of the skin. In fact, rubbing the skin or using harsh or abrasive soaps can irritate the skin and make the acne worse.

Mild acne consists of small lesions, such as blackheads, whiteheads or pustules, which appear at or near the surface of the skin. When the pores are partially open, much of the sebaceous gland oil moves up and out, yet the outer surface area does become more dark due to reaction with oxygen, sun and facial products. Whiteheads result when a pore is completely blocked, trapping sebum (oil), bacteria, and dead skin cells, causing a white appearance on the surface.

Mild acne consists of closed comedones, open comedones and papules. Papules do not have 'pus' or a bacterial infection. The elevated red lesion should only have body fluid within which can become infected and result in a scar. Mild acne can be found in many people ranging from infants to people in their old age. It can be found anywhere on the skin, that is, the face, arms, back, thighs, chest or shoulders. Mild acne does not usually leave permanent marks on the skin. However, squeezing pimples or trying to open them in other ways increases inflammation and the depth of injury to the skin, making scarring more likely.