Acne androgenetica L70.8

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

Androgenetic acne in women; androgenic acne

Definition
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Form of acne in adult women with a different localization pattern compared to acne vulgaris, caused by increased androgen action in the area of the hair follicles.

Manifestation
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Predominantly occurring in women in the 3rd or 4th decade of life.

Clinical features
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Follicle-bound, more or less inflammatory papules in the submandibular and chin region with premenstrual exacerbation. The tendency to pustular transformation is low. There is often an association with seborrhea of the facial skin and a tendency towards the male type of hair. Increased androgen production may be present in ovarian dysfunction or polycystic ovaries (Stein-Leventhal syndrome).

Therapy
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Progression/forecast
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Without treatment the nodules will persist for a long time. After healing, small hyperpigmented spots appear.

Literature
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  1. Gru├čendorf-Conen E (1994) Acne vulgaris and acne-like dermatoses. Gustav Fischer, Stuttgart Jena New York
  2. Zouboulis CC, Degitz K (2004) Androgen action on human skin -- from basic research to clinical significance. Exp Dermatol 13(Suppl 4): 5-10

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020