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Current and Emerging Treatments for Acne

The best and worst of light therapies for acneReview shows that research on lasers and other light therapies for acne fails to offer robust evidence on efficacy, say researchers writing in the British Journal of Dermatology.
Adult acne could be more traumatizing than teen acneThe presence of adult acne, especially among women, is increasing, shows an Italian study that points to job stress for exasperating the condition in adults who are harder hit by the psychological, social and emotional effects of the condition as compared to teens.
Oral antibiotic prescriptions remain highDespite recommendations to limit the use of oral antibiotics, dermatologists continue to prescribe them in high numbers, according to results of a large, retrospective analysis of U.S. prescribing trends from 2004 to 2013.
Technology proves better than human eye in acne assessmentDermatologist evaluations of patient acne photos submitted via smartphone compare favorably to in-person evaluations, a JAMA Dermatology study shows.
Isotretinoin may ameliorate depression symptomsPooled meta-analysis does not support association between isotretinoin treatment for acne and worsening of depression.
Less isotretinoin monitoring?The lack of serious laboratory abnormalities in patients on isotretinoin suggests that reduced monitoring may suffice.
Isotretinoin requires caution in acne fulminansExpert panel offers guidelines for diagnosing and treating acne fulminans and its variants.
Antibiotic resistance in acne: Avoid monotherapyA recent review supports AAD and EADV calls to limit antibiotic use in acne, and to further study the issue of antimicrobial resistance.
OCPs for teen acne: Seek parental consentHonoring the letter of minor consent laws requires respecting parents' wishes for oral contraceptives prescribed for acne.
EADV touts specific acne quality-of-life toolsEADV experts recommend six quality-of-life measures including the DLQI and Skindex-29 for acne treatment and research.