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Acne excoriée - Skin in Adult
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Acne excoriée - Skin in Adult

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Contributors: Jeffrey D. Bernhard MD, Noah Craft MD, PhD, Lindy P. Fox MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH, Michael D. Tharp MD
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Synopsis

Also known as picker's acne, acne excoriée is an inflammatory disease seen most commonly in adolescent girls and young women. It is most often a subset of mild to moderate acne vulgaris. It is considered a subset of psychogenic or neurotic excoriation. Affected individuals compulsively squeeze and pick at minor superficial lesions. As a result of this irritation, secondary lesions develop that scar and cause atrophy. In a small number of cases acne lesions may itch, or the patient may have dermatographic itch localized to the face and lesions of acne. Healing ulcerations may itch as well. Acne excoriée differs from most artifactual dermatoses in that the patient will often admit to creating the lesions. It is important to note that an underlying depression may be signaled by the presence of this condition.

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ICD10CM:
L70.5 – Acné excoriée des jeunes filles

SNOMEDCT:
10065003 – Excoriated acne

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Acne excoriée : Excoriated skin lesion, Face, Hyperpigmented macules
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