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Postepy Dermatol Alergol. 2018 Dec;35(6):605-608. doi: 10.5114/ada.2018.77612. Epub 2018 Nov 13.

Abnormal plasma lipids profile in women with post-adolescent acne.

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Department of Cosmetology and Esthetic Dermatology, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland.



Acne vulgaris is a multifactorial chronic inflammatory disease that is increasingly recognized in adult women.


To investigate a relationship between plasma lipids profile and acne in women and a correlation between selected clinical features of acne (severity, age of onset, location of lesions and the presence of comedones) and lipids profile.

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Sixty-four adult women with post-adolescent acne and 20 healthy controls were included in the study. Plasma total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels were determined in all the subjects.


Adult women with acne had statistically significantly increased levels of TC, TG and LDL-C compared to healthy controls (p < 0.05). The level of HDL-C did not differ between the two groups. There was no relationship between higher levels of TC, TG and LDL-C and a clinical picture of acne.


Acne in adult women is likely to be associated with increased levels of TC, TG and LDL-C. This abnormality seems to be important in the pathogenesis of adult acne and could be a result of high fatty acid diet. Performing a lipid profile examination in women with acne should be taken into account when screening patients and followed by appropriate dietary recommendations.


acne; lipids; women

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