Acne is one of the most common disorders treated by dermatologists and other health care providers. While it most often affects adolescents, it is not uncommon in adults and can also be seen in children. This evidence-based guideline addresses important clinical questions that arise in its management. Issues from grading of acne to the topical and systemic management of the disease are reviewed. Suggestions on use are provided based on available evidence.
This guideline addresses the management of adolescent and adult patients who present with acne vulgaris (AV). This document will discuss various acne treatments, including topical therapies, systemic agents, and physical modalities, including lasers and photodynamic therapy. In addition, grading/classification system, microbiology and endocrinology testing, complementary/alternative therapies, and the role of diet will be reviewed. This guideline does not examine the treatment of acne sequelae (eg, scarring or postinflammatory dyschromia).