Fast Five Quiz: What Do You Know About Acne?

William James, MD; Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH


October 05, 2016

Acne is common in North American white persons. African Americans have a higher prevalence of pomade acne, probably stemming from the use of hair pomades.

During adolescence, acne vulgaris is more common in males than in females. In adulthood, acne vulgaris is more common in women than in men.

Acne or acneiform lesions, such as in neonatal cephalic pustulosis, may be present in the first few weeks and months of life, when a newborn is still under the influence of maternal hormones and when the androgen-producing portion of the adrenal gland is disproportionately large. This neonatal acne tends to resolve spontaneously. However, some neonates require therapy, with topical retinoids sometimes used.

For more on the epidemiology of acne, read here.


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