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Arch Dermatol. 2004 Apr;140(4):423-4.

Quantitative documentation of a premenstrual flare of facial acne in adult women.

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Dermatology Research Associates, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230, USA. dermresearch@fuse.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To quantitatively document the presence and extent of a late luteal (premenstrual) acne flare in adult women.

DESIGN:

Case series.

SETTING:

Subjects were recruited from a general community dermatology practice and by advertising.

SUBJECTS:

Adult women 18 to 44 years old with normal periods who were receiving no treatment for their acne.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Acne lesion counts were surveyed over the follicular and luteal phases of 2 full menstrual cycles.

RESULTS:

Most (63%) of these women showed a 25% premenstrual increase in the number of inflammatory acne lesions.

CONCLUSION:

This is the first quantitative documentation of the presence and degree of premenstrual acne flares in adult women.

PMID:
15096370
DOI:
10.1001/archderm.140.4.423
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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