How does the pilosebaceous system determine the location of acne vulgaris?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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The fundamental unit of involvement is the pilosebaceous system. The location of acne manifestation is defined by the distribution of the pilosebaceous glands. Adolescence causes endocrine maturation of the adnexal elements, resulting in an accumulation of cellular products within the ductile systems. In addition to the cellular products are coexistent microorganisms, most commonly Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis.


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