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AAD Work Group Presents New Guidelines for Acne Treatment

AAD Work Group Presents New Guidelines for Acne Treatment

Acne (AV) is one of the most common disorders treated by dermatologists and other health care providers. An AAD work group developed an evidence-based guideline to address important clinical questions that arise in its management. The work group consisted of 17 recognized acne experts, 1 general practitioner, 1 pediatrician, and 1 patient. The group convened to determine the scope of the guideline and identify clinical questions in the diagnosis and management of AV. Issues addressed range from grading of acne to the topical and systemic management of the disease. Clinical recommendations were developed on the best available evidence tabled in the guideline. In addition to the recommendations, research gaps were identified for future study. The strength of recommendations for the management and treatment of AV that were based on consistent and good-quality patient-oriented evidence received an “A” level rating.

The work group examined the effectiveness and potential side effects of:

  • Topical agents
  • Systemic antibacterial agents
  • Hormonal agents
  • Isotretinoin
  • Physical treatment modalities; and
  • Complementary/alternative therapies

Based on these ratings and questions, the work group identified first line treatment guidelines for mild, moderate and severe AV.

The report contains specific and detailed recommendations on best practices for acne treatment. Though not every treatment earned an “A” rating, the “B” level rating treatments also show effectiveness for treatment. The co-chair of the working group stated, “There are a variety of effective treatments available for acne, and dermatologists have found that combining two or more treatments is the best option for the majority of patients,” says board-certified dermatologist Andrea Zaenglein, MD, FAAD, co-chair of the expert work group that developed the guidelines. “Recommended treatments include topical therapy, antibiotics, isotretinoin and oral contraceptives.”

Byline: Martha

Posted: March 28, 2016

Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Adapted from the original article and AAD press release.

[Image: Wikimedia / Kinan Ayu]

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