Feature Article

Acne: general principles of management

Feature Article

Acne: general principles of management

Jill A Cargnello

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Abstract

Today we are in a position to control and cure acne, a common and often socially incapacitating dermatological disorder.

Key Points

  • Acne affects over 90% of adolescents aged 16 to 19 years.
  • Even mild acne can have a devasting impact on self-esteem.
  • Acne is an eminently treatable disorder that can be well managed by the GP.
  • The aim of treatment is to suppress and clear acne and to prevent scarring.
  • The benefits of treatment may take two to three months to become evident.
  • Topical, over-the-counter preparations are an essential part of therapy and may be all that is required in some cases.
  • Fatty foods, dairy products and chocolate do not cause acne.