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A clinically practical approach to acne. Part 1: diagnosis, assessment and general skin care

John Sullivan, Veronica A Preda

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Abstract

Good lifelong skin care practices, including effective sun protection, are particularly important in people prone to acne.

Key Points

  • Acne is not just ‘part of growing up’. It is one of the most common skin conditions, and has an enormous physical and psychological impact if left untreated.
  • The classification of acne is based on the different types of lesions present and can be divided into mild, moderate and severe.
  • Acne management should involve consideration of disease pathogenesis and comorbidities in each patient.
  • Avoidance of scarring is fundamental in the management of acne.
  • Good rapport and patient education are vital for compliance with therapy and for long-term improvement.

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