Pomade acne

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Closed comedones on the forehead and temples

Pomade acne is a type of acne cosmetica that appears as a group of small bumps close to the hairline on the forehead, frequently seen in black skin.[1][2] The bumps may be red in pale skin and look purple-brown in darker skin.[2] Less commonly, it may be seen on the chin and cheeks.[2] It may lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.[2]

The condition occurs when some of the pomade that is applied to the scalp drips down over the forehead.[1]

Treatment is by discontinuation of occlusive hair pomades, headwear and oils.[2] Other options include applying retinoids or antibiotics.[2]

In the US, pomade acne develops in up to 25% of dark skinned adult males.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Plewig, Gerd; Melnik, Bodo; Chen, WenChieh (2019). "9.4.3 Acne mimicking diseases: Pomade acne". Plewig and Kligman ́s Acne and Rosacea. Switzerland: Springer. p. 313. ISBN 978-3-319-49273-5. Archived from the original on 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-05-19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Hines, Aliya Courtney; Moin, Moin (2020). "2. Common skin conditions in black skin". In Moiin, Ali (ed.). Atlas of Black Skin. Springer. pp. 49–50. ISBN 978-3-030-31484-2. Archived from the original on 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-05-19.