Which clinical history findings are characteristic of acneiform eruptions?

Updated: Jul 29, 2019
  • Author: Julianne H Kuflik, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Patients with acneiform eruptions present with acnelike lesions such as papulonodules, pustules, and cysts. They typically do not present with comedones, which is a distinguishing factor. The physical location may be outside of the area in which acne vulgaris occurs. Acneiform eruptions can be distinguished from acne vulgaris by a history of sudden onset, monotonous lesion morphology, and development of the eruption at an age outside the range typical of acne vulgaris. In the case of drug-induced acneiform eruptions, the eruption resolves with discontinuation of the medication.


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