Acne treatment

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Comedonal Acne Open or closed comedone on forehead, nose and chin Topical retinoids
Inflammatory acne Inflamed papules (<5mm) and pustules
  • Mild: Topical retinoids + benzoyl peroxide
  • Moderate: Add topical antibiotics
  • Severe: Add oral antibiotics
Nodular acne
  • Large nodules (>5mm)
  • Sinus tracts with possible scarring
  • Moderate: Topical retinoids + benzoyl peroxide + topical antibiotics
  • Severe: Add oral antibiotics
  • Unresponsive: oral isotretinoin