Comedones

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Definition

Comedones are small, flesh-colored, white, or dark bumps that give skin a rough texture. The bumps are caused by

. They are found at the opening of skin pores. A solid core can often be seen in the middle of the small bump. Open comedones are and closed comedones are .

Alternative Names

Skin bumps - acne-like; Acne-like skin bumps; Whiteheads; Blackheads

References

Habif TP. Acne, rosacea, and related disorders. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 7.

Patterson JW. Diseases of cutaneous appendages. In: Patterson JW, ed. Weedon's Skin Pathology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2016:chap 15.

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 10/31/2016
  • Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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