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Acne vulgaris: Diagnosis and management

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Acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting mainly the face, back, and less commonly, chest. It is characterised by blockage and inflammation of the hair follicle and sebaceous gland, and presents with comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pustules. Acne is associated with significant psychological problems including an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Treatment is usually with topical agents but in severe cases, specialist referral will be needed.


On completion of this module you will have a better understanding of:

  • How to diagnose acne vulgaris.
  • How to treat acne vulgaris.
  • When to refer people to secondary care.
  • What follow-up is required.
  • What information and advice to provide people with acne vulgaris.


Practice in pictures - Acne Dr Mike Wyndham
This resource is provided at an intermediate level by Clarity Informatics. Read the article and answer the self-assessment questions, and reflect on what you have learned.
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