New guidelines from the Academy of Dermatology (AAD) suggest that combination treatments are the best way to treat acne – and prevent it from coming back.
The list of recommended treatments today includes topical therapy, antibiotics, isotretinoin and oral contraceptives. Antibiotics should be used with topical therapy for mild-to-moderate acne, and topicals should be being continued once the antibiotic course is complete, the AAD suggests. What’s more topical medications, such as retinoids and benzoyl peroxide, also may be combined for maximum results.
The guidelines are published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
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Dr. Julie Harper has a very personal reason for finding her way into dermatology. She was an acne sufferer as a teenager. But once under the care of a dermatologist, her quality of life greatly improved and she became inspired to offer that same relief to others. Today, she is director of the Dermatology and Skin Care Center of Birmingham, as well as a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
An expert in rosacea as well as acne, Dr. Harper is a founding director of the American Acne and Rosacea Society. She has extensively written and spoken on acne and rosacea. Some of her writings can be found in journals including Practical Dermatology,
You look in the mirror and can’t decide what to treat first – wrinkles or A-C-N-E! You know the feeling. Why is this happening to me? You thought you were done with breaking out in college. As Beth Battaglino, RN, founder of HealthyWomen.org says, “Adult acne is real – you are not alone.”
Birmingham, Alabama Dermatologist Dr. Julie Harper sheds some new light on the science behind adult female acne; “Adult acne in women is incredibly common and it’s increasing. I see it in my clinic all the time, but I rarely see it in men. The good news is that if you wait until menopause, it will go away.” But who wants to wait that long?!
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