Acne (Acne vulgaris)

Condition Descriptionacne vulgaris

Existence of comedones, papules, pustules and nodules affecting the skin. Acne may have a psychological impact on any patient regardless of the severity of disease

Common Symptoms

  • Blackheads or comedones with inflammation
  • Generally involves the face but may also involve the chest, back, or upper arms

Underlying Causes

  • Hormonal causes including Polycyctic Ovarian Disease (PCOD), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, or Hypothyroidism
  • Sensitivity to facial cosmetics
  • Use of topical and as well as systemic medications
  • Oral antibiotics like Minocycline, Tetracyclin, Erythromycine or Septra
  • Where hormone-related in women, birth control pills or Spironolactone

EHAC Approach

  • Avoid oral antibiotics as they can cause yeast overgrowth
  • Look for hormonal causes like PCOD, Hypothyroidism or adrenal problems
  • Vitamin A, Zinc or Copper supplements
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