Steroid acne

Steroid acne
Classification and external resources
Specialty dermatology
ICD-10 L70.8 (ILDS L70.816), Y42
ICD-9-CM E932

Steroid acne is an adverse reaction to corticosteroids, and presents as small, firm follicular papules on the forehead, cheeks, and chest.[1]:137 Steroid acne presents with monomorphous pink paupules, as well as comedones, which may be indistinguishable from those of acne vulgaris.[2] Steroid acne is commonly associated with endogenous or exogenous sources of androgen, drug therapy, or diabetes and is less commonly associated with HIV infection or Hodgkin's disease.[3]

See also


  1. James, William; Berger, Timothy; Elston, Dirk (2005). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. (10th ed.). Saunders. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.
  2. Plewig, Gerd; Kligman, Albert M. (6 December 2012). Acne and Rosacea. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 416. ISBN 9783642972348. Acne vulgaris and steroid acne are quite different processes, although the comedones may be clinically indistinguishable.
  3. Dennis, Mark; Bowen, William Talbot; Cho, Lucy (2012). "Steroid acne". Mechanisms of Clinical Signs. Elsevier. p. 554. ISBN 978-0729540759; pbk
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