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Feature Article

A GP’s guide to treating acne

Jo-Ann See, Munther Zureigat



The many different treatments available for patients with acne range from over-the-counter preparations to isotretinoin. GPs are in the ideal position to assess the patient with acne and offer an individualised treatment regimen.

Key Points

  • Consider acne as a diagnosis in children and adults, as well as in adolescents.
  • Individualise treatment according to the clinical presentation and psychological needs of the patient.
  • Review patients every three to six months so management can be assessed and changed if ineffective.
  • Treat patients with acne early and effectively to avoid acne scarring.

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