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Acne

  • Danya Reich
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
  • Bobby Buka
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Abstract

Acne is an extremely common skin condition involving occlusion of hair follicles and colonization of the pilosebaceous unit by Propionibacterium acnes. The condition primarily affects teenagers, although it can also affect children and adults. Acne typically causes whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, or more severe inflammatory lesions that can result in dyspigmentation and scarring. The treatment of acne depends on the types of lesions that are present, and includes topical antimicrobials, topical and oral antibiotics, topical and oral retinoids, and laser therapy.

Keywords

Acne Acne vulgaris Pimple Blemish Zit Rosacea Propionibacterium acnes Teenage Puberty Androgens Blackheads Whiteheads Comedone Benzoyl peroxide Accutane Retinoid Retin-a Antibiotic 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danya Reich
    • 1
  • Corinna Eleni Psomadakis
    • 2
  • Bobby Buka
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineMount Sinai School of Medicine Attending Mount Sinai Doctors/Beth Israel Medical Group-WilliamsburgBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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