Tom Colletti, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Acne is a huge component worsening the quality of life for many adolescents and young adults around the world, approximately 85% of the population. Unfortunately, knowing what products are safe for acne-prone skin when to use them, and how often to use them is not easily accessible when searching online or even when asking a primary care clinician. Treatments range from nonprescription topicals, prescription medications, light treatments, herbals, diet modifications, chemical peels to lasers and at-home cosmetic devices. Gaining a general understanding of what is best for your patient when it comes to an everyday skin care regimen and a list of tips to combat acne may be highly beneficial even in the primary care setting. For example, two common treatments recommended for patients suffering from acne are topical Benzoyl Peroxide and Tretinoin however, when used at the same time, the patient is likely to experience worsened adverse effects. With the influence of social media to keep up with the crowd and the mask mandate from COVID-19, there has been an increase in the number of patients seeking acne treatment.
Murray ML. Acne Vulgaris: A Clinician’s Guide to an At-Home Skincare Guide for Patients Suffering with Mild to Moderate Acne. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2023; 5(1).
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