When Acne is Not Acne

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Acne vulgaris (AV) is considered a straightforward diagnosis made clinically without specific diagnostic testing. However, certain disorders may simulate AV, such as multiple small epidermal cysts or deep milia, multiple osteoma cutis, multiple small adnexal neoplasms, and follicular and/or infections characterized by multiple small papules and/or pustules such as gram-positive folliculitis, gram-negative folliculitis, Malassezia folliculitis, keratosis pilaris, and flat warts. This can lead to an erroneous diagnosis and improper management. Acneiform eruptions, often associated with ingestion of certain drugs and chemicals, can confound the clinician regarding AV diagnosis. We present herein an interesting case that was originally misdiagnosed as AV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-228
Number of pages4
JournalDermatologic Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Acne
  • Birt Hogg Dube syndrome
  • Inherited syndromes
  • Papulopustular disorders


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