ICD-10 Diagnosis Code L70.0

Acne vulgaris

Diagnosis Code L70.0

ICD-10: L70.0
Short Description: Acne vulgaris
Long Description: Acne vulgaris
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code L70.0

Valid for Submission
The code L70.0 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00–L99)
    • Disorders of skin appendages (L60-L75)
      • Acne (L70)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code L70.0 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


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  • Acne indurata
  • Acne nodule
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Basal cell nevus with comedones
  • Closed comedone
  • Comedonal acne
  • Comedonal cyst
  • Comedone
  • Cystic acne
  • Familial dyskeratotic comedones
  • Giant comedo
  • Juvenile acne
  • Macrocomedone
  • Nodulocystic acne
  • O/E - blackheads
  • O/E - blackheads present
  • O/E - closed comedones
  • Open comedone
  • Pustular acne
  • Superficial acne vulgaris
  • Superficial inflammatory acne vulgaris
  • Superficial mixed comedonal and inflammatory acne vulgaris

Information for Patients


Also called: Pimples, Zits

Acne is a common skin disease that causes pimples. Pimples form when hair follicles under your skin clog up. Most pimples form on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Anyone can get acne, but it is common in teenagers and young adults. It is not serious, but it can cause scars.

No one knows exactly what causes acne. Hormone changes, such as those during the teenage years and pregnancy, probably play a role. There are many myths about what causes acne. Chocolate and greasy foods are often blamed, but there is little evidence that foods have much effect on acne in most people. Another common myth is that dirty skin causes acne; however, blackheads and pimples are not caused by dirt. Stress doesn't cause acne, but stress can make it worse.

If you have acne

  • Clean your skin gently
  • Try not to touch your skin
  • Avoid the sun

Treatments for acne include medicines and creams.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Acne (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Acne -- self-care (Medical Encyclopedia)

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