What education should be provided to patients with acne vulgaris?

Updated: Mar 26, 2019
  • Author: Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients should be instructed on their morning and evening treatment programs. Retinoid dermatitis may develop at approximately day 10 of therapy. Patients must be informed of this in advance so they will not consider this exfoliation an allergy. By skipping a day or 2 and restarting the program slowly, the skin can adapt to this irritation.

Prescriptions should be accompanied by a discussion of the potential adverse effects.

For patient education resources, see the Skin Conditions and Beauty Center as well as the patient education article Acne. Also see the Medscape Acne Resource Center.

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