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Steroid acne in Adult
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Steroid acne in Adult

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

Steroid acne is a form of acne resulting from the use of topical steroids, oral steroids, or even inhaled corticosteroids. Susceptible individuals will experience the sudden onset of follicular papules and pustules approximately 2-5 weeks after starting the medication. The lesions of steroid acne, unlike acne vulgaris, are often of uniform size and symmetric distribution. The chest and back are sites of predilection after systemic steroid use. Steroid acne does not usually leave scars and clears with the withdrawal of the medication. It is less likely to occur before puberty or in the elderly.

Other medications commonly associated with acneiform eruptions include anabolic steroids, phenytoin, lithium, isoniazid, halogenated compounds, and epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors.

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ICD10CM:
L70.8 – Other acne

SNOMEDCT:
201222006 – Steroid acne

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Drug Reaction Data

Below is a list of drugs with literature evidence indicating an adverse association with this diagnosis. The list is continually updated through ongoing research and new medication approvals. Click on Citations to sort by number of citations or click on Medication to sort the medications alphabetically.

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Last Updated: 07/10/2017
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Steroid acne : Face, Pustule, Superior chest, Upper back
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