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acne vulgaris

[ vŭl-gârĭs ]
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An inflammatory eruption affecting the face, upper back, and chest, consisting of blackheads, cysts, papules, and pustules, and occurring primarily during puberty and adolescence.
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What is acne vulgaris?

Acne vulgaris is a technical name for a common type of acne—a skin condition in which the skin’s sebaceous glands become clogged, infected, and inflamed.

The word vulgaris in the name just means common.

Acne commonly results in pimples—small inflammations or swellings of the skin that may or may not be filled with pus. Different types of pimples are known by different names, including whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, and papules. More severe cases of acne vulgaris can result in cysts and nodules that can leave scars.

Acne vulgaris most commonly affects the face, neck, and back. It is most common among teens and preteens due to changes in body chemistry during the period of development known as puberty, but adults can also get it.

Example: This medication is specifically for treating acne vulgaris.

Where does acne vulgaris come from?

The first records of the term acne vulgaris come from the mid-1800s.The word acne ultimately comes from the Greek akmḗ, meaning “facial eruption.” Since vulgaris just means “common,” acne vulgaris essentially means “common acne.”

The skin condition acne comes from the clogging of the skin’s sebaceous glands. These glands normally release an oily substance that acts as a natural moisturizer for the skin and hair. But when they get clogged, they get inflamed, often resulting in red bumps on the skin known as pimples. Most people get acne at some point, but some people get it worse than others. It sometimes goes away on its own, but sometimes it calls for additional treatment by a dermatologist—a doctor who specializes in skin conditions.

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How is acne vulgaris used in real life?

The term acne vulgaris is most commonly used by dermatologists. Most people just call it acne.

 

 

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