Smoking Associated With Common Adult Acne Type

Comedonal postadolescent acne appears to be most common acne type in adult females by far

MONDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- The type of acne most common in adult females is comedonal postadolescent acne (CPAA), and it appears to be strongly correlated with smoking cigarettes, according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

To explore the clinical features of postadolescent acne and its possible association with cigarette smoking, Bruno Capitanio, M.D., of the Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri in Rome, and colleagues examined 226 adult women with acne to assess the age of disease onset as well as the number and type of acne lesions.

The researchers determined that 192 of the women (85 percent) had CPAA, and 34 had papulopustular postadolescent acne. One hundred fifty of the women (66.3 percent) were smokers, but smoking was identified in 72.9 percent of those with CPAA and only 29.4 percent of those with papulopustular postadolescent acne.

"According to our results, CPAA appears as the most frequent clinical form of postadolescent acne and seems to be strictly correlated with cigarette smoking," the authors write.

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