Saturday, May 15, 2010

All About Acne Treatments

The dermatologist has to spend much time on the first visit of a young acne to make the patient feel comfortable and trust the professional. We must explain the concept which now has this condition, assuring him that modern medicine is well aware of this condition and there are many treatments to get the "control" of their injuries.

Acne Treatment in which there is only comedones (Acne Grade I)
The acne grade I is frequent at the beginning of puberty. Some patients persist with this type of acne and never develop papules. The drug of choice for the treatment of acne grade I is retinoic acid.

Treatment of inflammatory acne (acne Grade II acne papules and grade III with pustules)
Benzoyl peroxide: is the most commonly used medication in the treatment of acne grade II and III. It has a bactericidal effect. It is very irritating and may cause erythema and peeling in the first weeks of use.

Oral antibiotic treatment
If the inflammatory acne does not improve after 8 weeks of local treatment or if the patient presents initially with an extensive inflammatory acne antibiotic treatment must be provided orally

Management of nodular acne (acne grade IV)
This type of acne should be treated aggressively because significant scarring. The treatment of choice is isotretinoin VO. This drug can cure approximately 70% of patients with acne.

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