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^^ Acne is categorized as mild, moderate, or severe based on the lesion type and lesion severity (see Table 65-1). Successful treatment approaches are developed based on these categories, as well as any previous treatment information presented by the patient. Improvement of symptoms following treatment occurs gradually, sometimes taking 6 to 8 weeks for results to be physically apparent. 8 Patients need to be educated on continual treatment compliance during this time and not get discouraged if acne lesions appear to worsen before getting better during the initial 2 to 3 weeks of therapy.11

FIGURE 65-2. Stages of acne. A. Normal follicle; B. open comedo (blackhead); C. closed comedo (whitehead); D. papule; E. pustule. (From Ref. 9. Copyright "Hartsock M. Medical illustrations. Cincinnati, OH: The Medical Art Company.")

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