2018 AMI Online Salon

Pathology of Acne Vulgaris

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Natividad Chen; Toronto, Ontario
  • Client: Faculty advisor: Dr. Shelley Wall; Content advisor: Dr. John Wong
  • Copyright: © 2018 Natividad Chen
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Final presentation format: Print (editorial, magazine)
  • Primary audience: Educated lay audience

Project Description

Produced as part of a graduate pathology course in the UofT BMC program, this two-page spread was designed to explain and visualize the pathology of acne vulgaris, a chronic skin disease affecting most teenagers that often persists into adulthood. The different stages of acne and acne scarring are depicted at both the gross and cellular scale. Since acne classifications are histologically distinct and sequential, I chose to use tissue cubes to present the etiology and pathogenesis of the disease, explaining how acne is caused by a bacterial infection that may become an inflamed lesion. Due to the prevalence of acne, I also decided to feature treatment options and common misconceptions, information particularly relevant to those suffering from acne.