Hi, this is Dr. Charles Crutchfield clinical professor of dermatology and medical director at Crutchfield Dermatology.
Today we are going to talk about a condition called Acne Keloidalis Nuchae, which is a crazy name but we’ve all seen it.
What Acne Keloidalis Nuchae?
This is a condition where there’s small very itchy bumps that occur at the nape of the neck. That is the back lower part of the neck.
Who Gets Acne Keloidalis Nuchae?
This is most commonly seen in African American patients but I see it to a lesser degree in all patients It’s most commonly seen in men but it can also be seen in women.
Is It Caused From Barbershop Visits?
Many male patients believe it’s a result of going to a barbershop where the barber had unclean clippers This is quite untrue and I’ve seen many cases that develop without any recent haircuts and also women who don’t normally cut their hair in that area.
This condition is just a normal variant with itchy bumps that develop from very minor irritation in that particular location on the back of the neck.
Smaller bumps can be treated very effectively with topical and oral medicines Larger bumps may need to be treated surgically. Nevertheless if you have this condition, and we’ve all seen it, it can be treated quite successfully.
If you have the problem see your dermatologist.