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December 1963

The Bacteriology of Acne

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(6):829-831. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590240153025

A total of 175 acne lesions, including comedones, papules, pustules, and cysts were examined bacteriologically by smear and culture.

The bacteriology of acne is simple. Two organisms, Corynebacterium acnes and Staphylococcus albus, usually in combination, occupy the various types of acne lesions almost exclusively. Both are regarded as contributors to pathogenesis by secondary infection.

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