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Current and Emerging Treatments for Acne

New and emerging treatment options for acneWhile many are in early phase studies, most of the new topical options are targeting sebum reduction, a novel pathway to controlling acne, and the data are exciting, one expert says.
Important updates to AAD's acne guidelinesThe AAD’s new guidelines for the care and management of acne vulgaris include several updates for dermatologists, including an increased emphasis on oral antibiotic stewardship and recommendations for use.
Antibiotic overuse for acne common, misunderstoodResearch shows dermatologists are overprescribing antibiotics for acne treatment, and patients and their parents seem unaware of the consequences, as well as alternatives to antibiotic treatment for acne.
Cosmeceuticals hold potential in acne treatmentPatients expect dermatologists to have answers for which cosmeceuticals can help their condition. Experts run through pros and cons of several common ingredients.
Faster response to antibiotic therapy failure neededStudy demonstrates current antibiotic use for acne therapy far surpasses guideline recommendations and calls for dermatologists to decrease extended courses of antibiotics through early recognition of failure and guiding patients to alternative therapies.
Treat acne to achieve remissionThere is an absence of strong evidence supporting the recommendation that cumulative dosing of isotretinoin follow a reference range of 120 to 150 mg/kg. This points to the need for clinicians to treat their patients to achieve clearance of acne rather than adhere to this range.
Acne a growing problem in pre-teensClinicians recognize that acne is increasingly presenting in pre-adolescents and that early presentation is also a predictor of worse disease in the future and the potential for scarring. Prompt, aggressive treatment will lead to better outcomes and will reduce the potential for adverse psychosocial effects.
Gold microparticles zap sebaceous folliclesSelectively heating sebaceous follicles with topically-delivered light-absorbing gold microparticles is a safe and effective treatment for acne.
Take your medicineA new study suggests that 27% of acne patients don’t get all or even, perhaps, any of their doctor-recommended acne medications. These patients are more likely to get their medications when only one treatment is prescribed.
The Irregular Border
The Irregular BorderThere is increasing interest in so-called alternative medicine. Both patients and practitioners are clearly interested in this domain and this is in striking contrast to the bright, shining edifice of evidence-based medicine.