Overview

What is Acne Vulgaris?

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by red pimples on the skin, especially on the face, due to inflamed or infected sebaceous glands, including the nose, central forehead, cheeks, chin, back, and chest.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Acne Vulgaris?

Common signs and symptoms of acne include:

Blackheads

Blackheads

Whiteheads

Whiteheads

Inflamed papules, pustules, or nodules

Inflamed papules, pustules, or nodules

Large cysts and nodules

Large cysts and nodules

Scarring

Scarring

Causes

What are the causes of Acne Vulgaris?

Acne occurs when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria.

Additional risk factors include:

 Hormonal changes caused by puberty or pregnancy

Hormonal changes caused by puberty or pregnancy

Certain medications, such as certain oral contraception or corticosteroids

Certain medications, such as certain oral contraception or corticosteroids

Diet - high in refined sugars or carbohydrates

Diet - high in refined sugars or carbohydrates

Family history

Family history

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Acne Vulgaris?

If you have symptoms of acne, your doctor can make a diagnosis by examining your skin. Your doctor will identify the types of lesions and their severity to determine the best treatment. They may also request the following tests:

Male/Female comprehensive hormone profile (blood)

Male/Female comprehensive hormone profile (blood)

Food allergy panel IgG (blood)

Food allergy panel IgG (blood)

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