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Comedones

Skin bumps - acne-like; Acne-like skin bumps; Whiteheads; Blackheads

Comedones are small, flesh-colored, white, or dark bumps that give skin a rough texture. The bumps are caused by acne. They are found at the opening of skin pores. A solid core can often be seen in the middle of the small bump. Open comedones are blackheads and closed comedones are whiteheads.

References

Dinulos JGH. Acne, rosacea, and related disorders. In: Dinulos JGH, ed. Habif's Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide in Diagnosis and Therapy. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 7.

James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM. Acne. In: James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach, MA, Neuhaus IM, eds. Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 13.

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    • Acne - close-up of pustular lesions

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    • Blackheads (comedones)

      Blackheads (comedones)

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    • Blackheads (comedones) close-up

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    • Acne - cystic on the chest

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    • Acne - vulgaris on the back

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    • Acne - close-up of cysts on the back

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    • Acne - cystic on the back

      Acne - cystic on the bac...

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      • Acne - close-up of pustular lesions

        Acne - close-up of pustu...

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      • Blackheads (comedones)

        Blackheads (comedones)

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      • Blackheads (comedones) close-up

        Blackheads (comedones) c...

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      • Acne - cystic on the chest

        Acne - cystic on the che...

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      • Acne - cystic on the face

        Acne - cystic on the fac...

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      • Acne - vulgaris on the back

        Acne - vulgaris on the b...

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      • Acne - close-up of cysts on the back

        Acne - close-up of cysts...

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      • Acne - cystic on the back

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      Review Date: 10/10/2020

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