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Stress, Acne and Skin Surface Free Fatty Acids

Kraus, Stephen J. MD

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Abstract

: Emotional stress was accompanied by an exacerbation of acne vulgaris lesions and an increase in skin surface free fatty acids (ffa). Surface total lipids did not show a statistically significant change during the period of stress. A cause-and-effect relationship has not been established between skin surface free fatty acids and acne vulgaris, but this and other indirect evidence suggest that ffa may play an important role in the pathophysiology of acne.

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