The Basics on Acne Conglobata, Another Form of Severe Acne


We know what you’re thinking: what in the world is acne conglobata? Maybe it’s a term you’ve heard thrown around on the news, or even seen while searching the web for acne treatments and solutions. Here, the basics on this uncommon but serious medical condition—they just might help you determine whether or not you have it.

How to Recognize Acne Conglobata

  1. Acne conglobata is an uncommon form of severe acne that can affect your back, buttocks, chest, shoulders, upper arms, thighs, and even your face.
  2. Acne conglobata is characterized by abscesses and scars. Medically speaking, it’s a combination combination of cysts and tracts under the skin, though you might have bacterial infections as well.
  3. No one really knows what causes acne conglobata (unlike other acne conditions), but it often develops if your existing acne deteriorates or some dormant acne you have (even if you don’t know it) suddenly erupts.
  4. You’re probably most acquainted with acne conglobata because of the media frenzy over steroids.
  5. Acne conglobata can affect all sexes and all ages.
  6. Acne conglobata is a medical condition—one that can be both physically and emotionally destructive. If you think you have acne conglobata, see a dermatologist as soon as possible.