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Nevus Comedonicus Treatment & Management

  • Author: Rossitza Lazova, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
Updated: Jun 27, 2016

Medical Care

Asymptomatic lesions may be left untreated or therapy may be implemented for cosmetic concerns. Some lesions improve with topical retinoic acid,[31] salicylic acid, or ammonium lactate lotion.[32]


Surgical Care

Disfiguring lesions may require surgical interventions. Laser treatment may be used.[33, 34]



If defects associated with a nevus comedonicus syndrome are found, consult the appropriate specialist, as follows:

  • Neurologist for seizure disorders
  • Ophthalmologist for cataracts
  • Orthopedist for skeletal deformities
Contributor Information and Disclosures

Rossitza Lazova, MD Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Director of Dermatopathology Residency and Fellowship Program, Yale University School of Medicine; Consulting Pathologist/Dermatopathologist, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Haven, Connecticut

Rossitza Lazova, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, International Society of Dermatopathology

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Specialty Editor Board

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine

Michael J Wells, MD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association

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Lester F Libow, MD Dermatopathologist, South Texas Dermatopathology Laboratory

Lester F Libow, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, Texas Medical Association

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Chief Editor

William D James, MD Paul R Gross Professor of Dermatology, Vice-Chairman, Residency Program Director, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

William D James, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology

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Additional Contributors

Barbara R Reed, MD Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, Dermatology Service, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Consulting Staff, Denver Skin Clinic

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.


The authors and editors of Medscape Reference gratefully acknowledge the contributions of previous authors Joseph J. Shaffer, MBBS, Vincent A. de Leo, MD, to the development and writing of this article.

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