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December 1974

McDonald's Acne

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Beachwood, Ohio

Arch Dermatol. 1974;110(6):956. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630120088024

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To the Editor.—  In the past few years, I have noted an increasing number of adolescents with marked acne vulgaris located on the face and occasionally on the anterior area of the chest.Many of these cases seem to appear suddenly, or during the summer months, when acne usually improves. On close examination and after taking the patients' personal and medical history, I have learned that dozens of these youngsters have been working at one or another of the fast-food restaurants, where they are in constant contact with hot cooking oils and greases.On my own record charts, I have labeled such cases as: "McDonald's acne."I am certain that many other dermatologists are confronted with this same problem and I am curious to know whether this type of acne is considered to be a direct consequence of exposure to these substances.If, in truth, these young people are afflicted

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