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Occasional acne; an acne variant

Authors Melibary YT, Alkeraye S, Alnutaifi KA, Melibary NT, Alsuwaidi MK, Algzlan HI

Received 1 January 2019

Accepted for publication 20 February 2019

Published 10 April 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 219—222


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg

Yaser Taha Melibary,1 Salim Alkeraye,2 Kholood Abdulaziz Alnutaifi,3 Nouran Taha Melibary,4 Mariam Khalfan Alsuwaidi,5 Haitham Ibrheem Algzlan6

1Private Cinic for Dermatology, Allergy and Aesthetic Medicine, Coesfeld, Muensterland, Germany; 2Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 3Department of Dermatology, National Guard Hospital, Dammam, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia; 4Department of Family Medicine, Prince Sultan Military Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 5Department of Dermatology, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE; 6Department of Dermatology, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA

Abstract: This article is about a common skin eruption that dermatologists face regularly in their clinics. It is a form of acne that patients frequently refer to as nightshifts acne, stress acne or airplane acne (after experiencing a prior occasion that might aggravate it). Physical or psychological stress is not the only causative factor, therefore we took into consideration of naming it based on its presentation irrespectively of the skin proneness to acne and self-limiting tendency, we name the entity as “occasional acne”. This article will discuss the similarities and differences between this entity and other forms of acne, as well as different causative factors that are involved in the eruption. These factors vary individually whether single or multiple factors might provoke it; maladaptation driven by mental and/or physical stress, temporary imbalance of sebum lipids and nicotine effect, etc.

Keywords: temporary acne, night shifts acne, airplane acne, acne

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