Acne vulgaris is a common chronic disease involving blockage and /or inflammation of pilosebaceous units. Acne can presents as noninflammatory lesions, inflammatory lesions, or a mixture of both, affecting mostly the face but also the back and chest. Typical features of the condition include blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, and possible scarring. It primarily affects skin with a relatively high number of oil glands, including the face, upper part of the chest, and back. The resulting appearance can lead to anxiety, reduced self-esteem, and in extreme cases depression. It is the commonest dilemma associated with complexion and smoothness of skin .sometimes leading to major skin problems, which is characterized by macula, papulo, pustular eruption on the skin, especially on the face. Both male and female gender of adolescent age group are commonly affected. Genetics is the primary cause of acne in 80%of cases. The role of diet and cigarette smoking in the condition is unclear and neither cleanliness nor exposure to sunlight appears to play a part. In both sexes, hormones called androgens appear to be part of the underlying mechanism, by causing increased production of sebum. In the Ayurvedic perspective Acne Vulgaris can be correlated with Mukhadushika . Mukhadushika is explained by Aacharya Sushruta under kshudra rogas and is considered as swatantra vyadhi in the ayurvedic literature. It is characterized by shalmali kantaka sadrusha pidika on the face. Mukhadushika is also called as Tarunya pitika.
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