There are three different kinds of burns. They are classified by how severely the skin is burned. The three types of burns are:
A superficial burn is usually red and turns white if you press on it. Only the top layer of skin is damaged.
These burns involve the top layer of skin and a portion of the second layer of skin. Partial thickness burns are often broken down into two types, superficial partial-thickness burns and deep partial-thickness burns.
Full thickness burns destroy the first and second layers of the skin. They are dry, with a dark brown appearance. Most full thickness burns are best treated with early removal of the dead tissue, skin grafting and long-term use of compression therapy to minimize scarring.