Monday, July 11, 2016

Treatment of acne mnemonic


Here's a short post on acne.

Antimicrobials for treatment of acne mnemonic: ABCDE
Azelaic acid
Benzoyl peroxide

Treatment options:
Comedonal (noninflammatory) acne:
Topical retinoid (alternatives include azelaic acid and salicylic acid)

Papulopustular and mixed acne:
Topical retinoid AND
Topical antimicrobial / Oral antibiotic AND
Topical benzoyl peroxide

Severe acne (eg, nodular acne):
Topical retinoid AND
Oral antibiotic AND
Topical benzoyl peroxide
Oral isotretinoin monotherapy

Oral isotretinoin, a retinoid, is effective for the treatment of severe, recalcitrant nodular acne. It is also used for milder acne that is resistant to other treatments or associated with significant scarring. 
Mnemonic: Isoo treats scars

That's all!
When I was little, I used to call my pimples "Visitors", pretend they're guests that stay on my face for a few days and leave :D

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