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Post Hair Epilation Acneiform Eruption Among Females

Authors: Khalifa E. Sharquie --- Haider R. Al-Hamami --- Inas K. Sharquie --- Adil A. Noaimi --- et al.
Journal: Iraqi Academic Scientific Journal المجلة العراقية للاختصاصات الطبية ISSN: 16088360 Year: 2013 Volume: 12 Issue: 2 Pages: 244-246
Publisher: The Iraqi Borad for Medical Specialization المجلس العراقي للاختصاصات الطبية


BSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Acneiform eruptions are common and important variants of acne vulgaris, there are many examples of acneiform eruptions like steroid acne and pityrosporum folliculitis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the acneiform eruption that follows hair epilation.PATIENTS AND METHODS: This case-series study was conducted in Department of Dermatology and Venereology, BaghdadTeaching Hospital during the period from January 2005 through July 2006. Forty females wereincluded in this work, history was taken from each patient and all were clinically examinedregarding all relevant points to this condition. Swabs and cultures from rash were carried out on11 patients using blood, chocolate, and McConky agar as culture media. RESULTS: The ages of patients ranged from14-40 years with a mean ± SD of 20.85 ± 5.52 years. History ofacne vulgaris was positive in 32 (80%) patients, and it was mild acne, resolved before the onsetof hair epilation acne. Method of hair epilation was threading and sugaring.The time intervalbetween hair epilation and rash appearance was 1-21 days with a mean ± SD of 4.48 ± 3.36 days.Itching was the commonest symptom complained by 18(45%) patients.The lesions morphologywas mainly monomorphous erythematous papules surmounted by tiny pustules. Swabs andcultures revealed no pathogenic bacteria. CONCLUSION: Hair epilation by threading and sugaring is a common cause of monomorphous acneiformeruption and might be an important triggering and exacerbating factor for acne vulgaris in Iraqifemales

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