Because these lesions can become ulcerated, they can cause severe,
irrevocable damage -- even disfiguring scarring -- to the skin. Acne conglobata is commonly found on the face, chest, back,
buttocks, upper arms, and thighs.
The age of onset for acne conglobata is usually between 18 and 30
years of age and it is more likely for males to get the condition than it is for females.
It should also be noted that acne conglobata can stay active for many
years, lying dormant until something causes it to resurface.
As is true with all types of acne, the cause of acne conglobata is
• Acne Fulminans
This type of severe acne is actually an abrupt onset of acne conglobata
that typically afflicts young men.
The symptoms of the severe nodulocystic, often ulcerating acne, are
As with normal cases of acne conglobata the lesions cover large portions
of the extremities and the facial region, including the disfiguring scars that can eventually develop.
Yet what makes acne fulminans unique in that it also includes fever
symptoms, aching of the joints, particularly the knees and hips, and varying degrees of weight loss that depend upon the individual.