Acne vulgaris historical perspective

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Hamid Qazi, MD, BSc [2] Tayyaba Ali, M.D.[3]


Historical Perspective

The historical backdrop of skin acne compasses back to the beginning of written history. In Ancient Egypt, it is recorded that few pharaohs were skin inflammation victims. From Ancient Greece comes the English word 'acne' (signifying 'point' or 'pinnacle'). Skin inflammation medicines are likewise of the significant relic: :

  • Ancient Rome: Taking a hot bath, and frequently sulfurous, mineral water was one of only a handful few accessible skin acne medicines. Probably the soonest text to specify skin issues is De Medicina by the Roman author Celsus.
  • The 1800s: Nineteenth-century dermatologists used sulfur in the treatment of acne. It was believed to dry the skin.
  • The 1920s: Benzoyl Peroxide is used.
  • The 1930s: Laxatives were used as a cure for 'chastity pimples'. Radiation also was used.
  • The 1950s: At the point when anti-toxins opened up, it was found that they effectively affected acne. They were taken orally, regardless. A significant part of the advantage was not from eliminating microscopic organisms but from the mitigating effects of antibiotic medication and its family drugs. Effective antimicrobial opened up later.
  • 1970s: Tretinoin (original Trade Name Retin A) was found effective for acne.[1] This preceded the development of oral isotretinoin (sold as Accutane and Roaccutane) in 1980.[2]
  • The 1980s: Accutane is introduced in America.
  • The 1990s: Laser treatment introduced.
  • The 2000s: Blue/red light therapy.


  1. "Tretinoin (retinoic acid) in acne". The Medical letter on drugs and therapeutics. 15 (1): 3. 1973. PMID 4265099.
  2. Jones H, Blanc D, Cunliffe WJ (1980). "13-cis retinoic acid and acne". Lancet. 2 (8203): 1048–9. PMID 6107678.

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