Overview of the treatment of acne vulgaris with topical retinoids.

Title

Overview of the treatment of acne vulgaris with topical retinoids.

Creator

Hsu Peter; Litman George I; Brodell Robert T

Publisher

Postgraduate medicine

Date

2011
2011-05

Description

Acne vulgaris is a common skin disease that is most effectively treated with a combination of topical products and, in some cases, systemic antibiotics. While it is important to treat papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts with topical or systemic antibiotics to suppress bacterial infection, all of these lesions develop from microcomedones. In fact, comedolytic agents enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics and limit the potential for recurrent acne lesions. Because of the superior comedolytic effects of topical retinoids, most patients with acne should be treated with a retinoid unless there is a specific contraindication. Interestingly, only 55% of patients with acne who are treated by dermatologists and 10% of patients with acne who are treated by primary care physicians receive a topical retinoid as a component of their acne regimen. Evidence is provided to buttress the contention that clinical outcomes will be improved if topical retinoids are utilized in patients with acne vulgaris.

Subject

Humans; Severity of Illness Index; Primary Health Care; Acne Vulgaris/*drug therapy/physiopathology; Retinoids/administration & dosage/adverse effects/*therapeutic use; Administration; Cutaneous

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

153–161

Issue

3

Volume

123

Citation

Hsu Peter; Litman George I; Brodell Robert T, “Overview of the treatment of acne vulgaris with topical retinoids.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed April 15, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5182.

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