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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Dermatology

Advisor

Dr. Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C

Abstract

Self-image issues in adolescents play an integral role in overall mental health. Medical providers must be knowledgeable about all treatment options and potential complications when treating cystic acne. By doing so, providers can quickly reduce the harmful effects of debilitating acne, reducing long term scarring and provide treatments that improve social, emotional and physical health. The purpose of this article provides a comprehensive review of current treatment options for cystic acne as well as determining whether patients with acne who were treated with isotretinoin experience significant increases in psychiatric symptoms compared to patients who receive topical acne therapy.

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