Optimizing Acne Care

Publication of THE LATEST IN ACNE CARE supplement was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Galderma Canada Inc.

Maha Theresa Dutil, MD, M.Ed, FRCPC, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

One of the marked changes in the practice of dermatology over the past thirty years has been the increased focus on acne. What was once considered a universal rite of passage that occasionally caused deeply disturbing scars is now considered—by patients and doctors alike—an insufferable condition that must be treated. Perhaps as a sign that available treatments are increasingly successful, acne is showing signs of affecting popular culture. Kid Acne, a British artist (not his real name!), decided to make his affliction his signature so as to stand out in the crowded hip-hop scene. The Uruguayan movie Acné (as you would have guessed, about a thirteen-year-old boy coming of age while enduring acne outbreaks) was a hit of Spanish-speaking cinema in 2008. Acne for Dummies by Dr. Herbert P. Goodheart (a remarkably good book!) ranks a respectable 76th in skin care/ beauty books on Amazon.ca.

Success has bred the desire for even more success. This supplemental publication to Dermatology Times on "Innovations in Acne Care: The Latest Guidelines and Treatment Options" sheds light on new approaches that will be helpful to specialists and GPs alike. Dr. Neil Shear's "Newest Guidelines for the Treatment of Acne" discusses the acne guidelines...