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History of Acne and Rosacea

  • Gerd PlewigAffiliated withKlinik und Poliklinik für Dermatologie und Allergologie Klinikum München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • , Albert M. KligmanAffiliated withDepartment of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania

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Acne is probably one of the most common diseases in dermatology. In 1931, Bruno Bloch was the first to point out, after examining some 4000 girls and boys in Zurich, Switzerland, that acne, particularly in the form of comedones, was so frequent in young persons that it could be regarded as a physiological manifestation of puberty. Acne has plagued mankind since antiquity. King Tut (1355–1337 a.d.) had unmistakable acne scars, and his tomb contained a variety of medicaments for treating this disorder.