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Current and Emerging Treatments for Acne

Acne responds to energy-based therapiesEnergy-based treatments can be used on their own or in conjunction with medical treatments to address chronic dermatological conditions like melasma, acne, and vitiligo.
Energy-based treatment advantages for acneTwo novel energy-based approaches are ushering in a new era in acne treatment. One expert addresses the role these devices may play.
Isotretinoin: Time to reconsider blood test best practicesWhile oral isotretinoin has been associated with various side effects and routine blood tests have been recommended, evidence points to inconsistencies in monitoring practices. Many physicians also are questioning whether the effort has value.
Data support acne dietary triggersNew findings support dietary and supplementation practices that can influence acne. One expert discusses modifications in context of protocols for managing the condition.
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.