Posted by: Chris Maloney | August 28, 2013

A Really Good Primer On Acne!

Acne vulgaris

Acne vulgaris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a researcher, what I really crave is for someone else to do a really thorough job of researching a subject and then publish the result. It happens all too rarely, and I want to thank Marisa Taylor, Maria Gonzalez, and Rebecca Porter, of Cardiff, UK, for publishing a really fine review of the possible causes of acne.

The complete journal article is free through the European Journal of Dermatology, but I don’t want to reprint it here because they deserve the traffic.  So follow the abstract’s links to their site and read about all the different aspects of acne (hint: part of it is hormonal).

The abstract is below, but here’s the direct link to the abstract.  At the bottom of the medline abstract is a link called “free full text” which will take you to the complete article. It’s worth a read if you or a loved one has acne.

Eur J Dermatol. 2011 May-Jun;21(3):323-33. doi: 10.1684/ejd.2011.1357.

Pathways to inflammation: acne pathophysiology.


Department of Dermatology, Cardiff University School of Medicine, UK.


Acne vulgaris affects as much as 80% of the adolescent population and persists in approximately 3% of middle-aged adults. Only a percentage of these persons seek medical help, however, acne can cause levels of anxiety and depression akin to a chronic illness. A recurring question from patients who seek help from various healthcare professionals – their pharmacist, family doctor or dermatologist, is “why?” They also ask questions about a possible familial link, the impact of their diet and the association with their hormones. The following review aims to link these factors with the end result – inflammation.

PMID: 21609898

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