Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition that involves inflammation of the hair follicles and oil glands. It is most commonly seen on the face and trunk as pink papules and pustules in addition to open and closed comedones (blackheads and white heads), and draining cysts. If left untreated, it can result in scarring. In rare cases, acne can be associated with arthritis and an elevated white blood cell count.
Acne affects up to 80% of the adolescent population, in addition to a high percentage of adults. Certain medications, such as prednisone and lithium can exacerbate acne. It may resolve spontaneously in the early twenties, yet for many people acne continues for many years. Treatments include topical retinoids (differin, retin-A, tazorac), benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, dapsone, topical antibiotics, oral aldactone for adult women, oral antibiotics for short term treatment of acute flares, and Accutane.
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