Acne Conglobata

Acne conglobata is an uncommon and very severe form of acne characterized by burrowing and interconnecting abscesses and irregular scars often producing pronounced disfigurement. This condition is essentially a combination of acne pustules and nodules, though you might have bacterial infections as well.

No one really knows what causes acne conglobata.

Unlike other acne conditions, no one really knows what causes conglobata. However,  it often develops if your existing acne deteriorates or some dormant acne you have suddenly erupts. It is characterized by several large lesions interconnected across the face often in a group of 2 or 3. This specific type is known to cause severe skin damage and scarring over time.

Conglobata is an infectious form of acne, and it typically appears between the age of 18 and 30 years. In some occasions, it may continue for many years, till the age of 40 years. A. conglobata usually occurs to people having active acne infection. This form of acne hits males more than the females, and may even occur in infants. It may develop in different parts of the body such as the back, face, buttocks, chest, upper arms, shoulders, and thighs.

Causes of acne conglobata

The exact cause of conglobata is not known. It is however believed to be due to genetic susceptibility. Some factors that could precipitate or cause conglobata that has been identified include:

  • Anabolic steroid use
  • Withdrawal of testosterone treatment
  • Medications containing iodine or bromine
  • Tumour of the adrenal gland


  • The skin is red and hot
  • Scars and skin deformity are common
  • Scarring almost always occurs upon healing
  • Blackheads are very common


  • low-glycaemic-load diet improved patients with conglobata.
  • Regular face washing and the use of antiseptic gels
  • Emotional support is essential.
  • People who have a severe variant of acne should be referred to a dermatologist.


Many people think that there is no possible treatment for conglobata. But, this is not true. Though conglobata is quite rare and severe form of acne, it can be cured. The primary form of treatment for conglobata is the prescription oral medication isotretinoin. In some cases, doctors prescribe topical corticosteroid medications and oral antibiotics as well.

If you develop conglobata symptoms, do not try to treat yourself. This is a serious medical condition that can cause major scarring, and it will not go away by itself. Do not try to express the cysts yourself, or you risk further damaging the skin and worsening the infection and inflammation.

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