Guidelines of care for the management of acne vulgaris

Andrea L. Zaenglein, Arun L. Pathy, Bethanee J. Schlosser, Ali Alikhan, Hilary E. Baldwin, Diane S. Berson, Whitney P. Bowe, Emmy M. Graber, Julie C. Harper, Sewon Kang, Jonette E. Keri, James J. Leyden, Rachel V. Reynolds, Nanette B. Silverberg, Linda F. Stein Gold, Megha M. Tollefson, Jonathan S. Weiss, Nancy C. Dolan, Andrew A. Sagan, Mackenzie SternKevin M. Boyer, Reva Bhushan*

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Acne is one of the most common disorders treated by dermatologists and other health care providers. While it most often affects adolescents, it is not uncommon in adults and can also be seen in children. This evidence-based guideline addresses important clinical questions that arise in its management. Issues from grading of acne to the topical and systemic management of the disease are reviewed. Suggestions on use are provided based on available evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)945-973.e33
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Propionibacterium acnes
  • acne
  • acne management
  • acne vulgaris
  • amoxicillin
  • antiandrogens
  • azithromycin
  • benzoyl peroxide
  • clindamycin
  • contraceptive agents
  • diet and acne
  • doxycycline
  • erythromycin
  • grading and classification of acne
  • guidelines
  • hormonal therapy
  • isotretinoin
  • light therapies
  • microbiological and endocrine testing
  • oral corticosteroids
  • retinoids
  • salicylic
  • spironolactone
  • systemic therapies
  • tetracyclines
  • topical antibiotics
  • trimethoprim

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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