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Clin Cornerstone. 2001;4(1):15-22.

Acne vulgaris and rosacea: evaluation and management.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology, Center for Cutaneous Pharmacology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


Acne vulgaris, commonly termed acne, is an extremely common disease. It can be found in nearly all teenagers to some degree as well as in women in their 30s. Regardless of severity, acne often has a greater psychologic effect than cutaneous effect. Indeed, most patients overestimate the severity of their disease, while most physicians underestimate its impact on their patients. Studies have shown that people with severe acne as teens are less employable as adults and that self-esteem is low. When combined with other adolescent tensions, acne can be a difficult disease to treat. Rosacea, which usually starts in the late 20s, may affect the eyes as well as the skin. This article describes the pathogenesis of acne and rosacea and treatment approaches the primary care physician can use.

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