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Live Blog: Allergan Pharmaceuticals Product Theater – Acne Vulgaris: Disease State, Pathophysiology, and Management – Faculty: Sarah Jackson, MD

In this live blog from the Annual Summer SDPA Conference in Las Vegas, Sarah Jackson, MD, presented product theater for Allergan called “Acne Vulgaris: Disease State, Pathophysiology, and Management.” Here are some of the highlights.

In this product theater by Allergan, Dr. Sarah Jackson shared information about caring for our acne patients. She also provided clinical data supporting the use of Aczone Gel (dapsone) for the treatment of acne vulgaris.

“We are seeing acne every day in our practices,” Jackson began. Acne is indeed one of the most common dermatologic diagnoses. It is estimated to affect 40 to 50 million people in the US. Many of our patients come in seeking a cure, but one of the best things we can provide is support, empathy, and education. “I always reassure my 20 year old patients who ask, ‘Am I the only one?’ I say, ‘One in two 20 year olds have acne! You’re not alone.”

It is important to treat our patient’s acne especially in light of the irrevocable scarring that can occur. Understanding the pathology of acne can help clinicians choose a regimen for their patients. Dr. Jackson explained that the classic view of acne was that inflammation was only present in the later steps of lesion development. However the evolving view is showing that inflammation is present throughout all stages of lesion development. Finding a medication that takes this inflammation into account is going to be helpful.

Aczone Gel is an FDA approved acne treatment that helps clear up acne with minimal redness and irritation. Aczone Gel is clinically proven to reduce or eliminate acne and inflamed lesions. Patients apply Aczone Gel twice daily. Adverse events included dryness, redness, and peeling, however over time, these events almost always tend to decrease as they did in the 2007 clinical trial.

The safety of our patients is always priority. Allergan provides important safety information for the use of Aczone Gel. Do not use Aczone Gel if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Aczone Gel or if you are younger than 12 years of age.

Like all medicines, Aczone Gel can cause some side effects. The most common side effects of Aczone Gel are dryness, redness, oiliness, and peeling of the skin being treated.

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