Acne is a disease that occurs at an age when self-confidence is low and appearance issues can affect a child’s future well-being as well as their present well-being. Teens may become focused on their acne and slip into depression. When measured, depression scores improve as acne responds to therapy. Studies have shown that severe acne predisposes someone to decreased success as an adult. Whether this is due to cutaneous or psychological scarring is not clear.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Guy F. Webster, MD, PhD, is with Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.
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Dr. Webster has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships: Allergan, Galderma, Medicis, Ortho, Quinnova, and Stiefel: Consultant; and Allergan, Galderma, Medicis, Ortho, Quinnova, and Stiefel: Member of Speakers’ Bureau.
- Review the four major factors that lead to the development of acne lesions and dispel common myths regarding contributing factors.
- Determine the optimal use of topical and systemic therapy options for acne.
- Discuss advantages and disadvantages of less commonly employed treatment modalities for acne.