Acne

This resource, composed of 10 clinical cases, will assess your knowledge of the advanced treatment of acne. On successful completion of the resource, you'll receive one hour of CPD.

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Resource Overview

Acne is a common skin condition that mainly affects people in their teenage years and usually resolves in adulthood. Archer et al (see reading list) reported that the peak in prevalence and severity is between 14 and 17 in girls and 16 and 19 in boys. The earlier onset in girls would fit with the earlier onset of puberty.

When we talk about acne, we are really talking about acne vulgaris. We are not talking about conditions like rosacea, which is sometimes referred to as acne rosacea. However, acne can manifest in different forms and other conditions can be linked to acne vulgaris and have the same pathological mechanisms involved.

Many factors coexist to bring about acne. These include increased sebum production, the formation of comedones, colonisation and growth of Proprionobacterium acnes and inflammation. Although even severe acne in adolescence is likely to resolve in adulthood, early treatment can prevent some of the long term effects such as disfiguring scar formation.

Aims and Objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an improved understanding of:

  • Pathogenesis of acne vulgaris
  • How to recognise severity of acne vulgaris
  • Treatment of acne vulgaris and how to relate this to severity
  • How to best use secondary referral services