Acne conglobata is a rare and severe form of acne vulgaris, characterized by the presence of comedones, papules, pustules, nodules and sometimes hematic or meliceric crusts. Acne excoriée is a form of self-inflicted skin condition in which the patient picks on imaginary or real acne lesions.
We report the case of a 16 year old Caucasian female patient from the urban area who addressed our dermatology department for erythematous, edematous plaques covered by pustules and crusts, located on the face. The anamnesis revealed that during the last weeks she had had a depressive mood after ending a relationship with her boyfriend and started scratching and picking on the lesions.
The patient's depressive mood prior to the worsening of the disease was probably aggravated by the condition. This might have determined the picking of the skin which could have impeded the response to standard treatment. The self-excoriative behavior could also be regarded as an appeal for help.
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Georgescu, Simona R.; Sârbu, Maria I.; Mitran, Cristina I.; Mitran, Mădălina I.; Benea, Vasile; and Tampa, Mircea
"Diagnostic challenges and treatment difficulties in a patient with excoriated acne conglobata,"
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences: Vol. 4
, Article 12.
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