Acne vulgaris

Overview

Acne vulgaris is a common inflammatory pilosebaceous disease characterised by comedones; papules; pustules; inflamed nodules; superficial pus-filled cysts; and (in extreme cases) canalising and deep, inflamed, sometimes purulent sacs.[1] Lesions are most common on the face, but the neck, chest, upper back, and shoulders may also be affected. Acne can cause scarring and considerable psychological distress.[2] It is classified as mild, moderate, or severe.[1] Mild acne is defined as non-inflammatory lesions (comedones), a few inflammatory (papulopustular) lesions, or both. Moderate acne is defined as more inflammatory lesions, occasional nodules, or both, and mild scarring. ...read more. Severe acne is defined as widespread inflammatory lesions, nodules, or both, and scarring, moderate acne that has not settled with 6 months of treatment, or acne of any "severity" with serious psychological upset. This review does not cover acne rosacea, acne secondary to industrial occupations, and treatment of acne in people under 13 years of age.

Latest citations

Isotretinoin and Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A French Nationwide Study. (21 March 2014)

Minocycline for acne vulgaris: efficacy and safety. (29 January 2013)