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Pimples and Zits (Acne Vulgaris)

Diagnosis of Acne

Acne vulgaris is first diagnosed for the different type of acne mentioned above. Since acne scars don't look too appealing, it leads to emotional stress and psychological issues, so a psychiatrist or some counselling sessions may also be required. Social withdrawal or phobias, emotional imbalance, etc all need to be addressed along with the acne itself.

Severity of the acne can be measured in many different ways. In the Leeds technique, lesions are counted and categorised as either inflammatory or non-inflammatory and the counts can range between 0 and 10.0. In the Cook's scale, photographs are used to determine severity ranging between 0 and 8 whereas in the Pillsbury technique, the acne ranges between 1 and 4.

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