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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

Habif TP. Acne, rosacea, and related disorders. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 7.

Zaenglein AL, Thiboutot DM. Acne vulgaris. In: Bolognia JL, Schaffer JV, Cerroni L, eds. Dermatology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 36.

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    • Acne - close-up of pustular lesions

      Acne - close-up of pustular lesions

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    • Blackheads (comedones)

      Blackheads (comedones)

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    • Blackheads (comedones) close-up

      Blackheads (comedones) close-up

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    • Acne - cystic on the chest

      Acne - cystic on the chest

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    • Acne - cystic on the face

      Acne - cystic on the face

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    • Acne - vulgaris on the back

      Acne - vulgaris on the back

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    • Acne - close-up of cysts on the back

      Acne - close-up of cysts on the back

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    • Acne - cystic on the back

      Acne - cystic on the back

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      • Acne - close-up of pustular lesions

        Acne - close-up of pustular lesions

        illustration

      • Blackheads (comedones)

        Blackheads (comedones)

        illustration

      • Blackheads (comedones) close-up

        Blackheads (comedones) close-up

        illustration

      • Acne - cystic on the chest

        Acne - cystic on the chest

        illustration

      • Acne - cystic on the face

        Acne - cystic on the face

        illustration

      • Acne - vulgaris on the back

        Acne - vulgaris on the back

        illustration

      • Acne - close-up of cysts on the back

        Acne - close-up of cysts on the back

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      • Acne - cystic on the back

        Acne - cystic on the back

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      Review Date: 10/8/2018

      Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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