Acne vulgaris is the most common cutaneous disorder seen by dermatologists. Nearly 85% of adolescents will be affected by acne in some degree. Although considered a disorder seen only in teenagers, this condition also affects neonates, prepubescent children, and adults. At least one-third of adult females may develop acne. Most cases are seen by primary care physicians with only a small number referred to skin specialists. It is important not to underestimate the negative emotional, psychosocial impact, and overall quality of life that acne can have on individuals. This paper will review the pathogenesis, clinical aspects, and treatment of this commonly encountered skin condition. Some new topical treatments recently approved for use in acne vulgaris will also be discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health