What Kind of Acne Do You Have?

As dermatologists for over 25 years, doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields have seen and treated every type of acne. Recognizing the different forms of acne is your first step in understanding the cause and treatment of your particular type.

We define acne by its severity, helping you to know how to treat it correctly. When you have several comedones but very few papules and pustules, then you have mild acne. If you have a mix of comedones and several inflamed papules and pustules existing together, it's mild to moderate acne. If you also have some nodules along with papules and pustules, it is moderate acne. Deep cysts or any type of acne that leaves behind permanent pitted or saucer-shaped scars is categorized as severe.