Acne Vulgaris

Acne vulgaris is a common chronic skin disease involving blockage and/or inflammation of pilosebaceous units. Acne can present as noninflammatory lesions, inflammatory lesions, or a mixture of both, affecting mostly the face but also the back and chest.

Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.
  • Symptoms
  • Red lesions filled with pus

    • Painful

    • With premenstrual flares

    • Chest, At back, At upper extremity

    • At neck, At face


    Skin rash and redness

    • At the bump site


    Hard skin lesion in arms or hands

    or Hard skin lesion on face

    or Hard skin lesion in torso


    Dark patches of skin

    • At neck, At upper extremity, At back, At chest

    • At face

  • Risk factors
  • Use of steroids

    Polycystic Oary Syndrome

  • Treatment
  • Treatment of acne vulgaris should be directed toward the known pathogenic factors. The most appropriate treatment is based on the grade and severity of the acne. First-line treatment for mild acne vulgaris includes benzoyl peroxide or a topical retinoid, or a combination of topical medications including topical antibiotics. Tetracyclines are the preferred oral antibiotic, and doxycycline and minocycline have been shown to be more effective than tetracycline.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Acne Vulgaris, then a visit to a dermatologist is recommended.

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