Management of acne

Primary Care Dermatology Society

Acne vulgaris is a common but incurable skin condition that affects a majority of people at some point in their lives, most prominently during puberty; about 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne, with some carrying the condition into adulthood. While not associated with mortality, acne can cause significant scarring as well as psychological harm, including loss of self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Therefore, ensuring high quality management of acne can greatly improve patient outcomes.

This new Guidelines summary covers the diagnostic features of acne, potential triggers, and the management of both acne and acne scars.

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