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Comedones

Definition

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 a sebaceous follicle (pore).

Alternative Names

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

References

Habif TM. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 1.


Review Date: 11/14/2012
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