The Difference is Clear - Optimizing Acne Treatments

September 1, 2009

By the time an acne patient arrives at your doorstep, she has likely tried, and been disappointed by, an array of over-the-counter lotions and potions. Fortunately, today’s acne treatment armamentarium features a wide range of tools-from topical and oral medications to laser- and light- based treatments- that you can use to design a customized regimen to help your patients achieve the clearer skin they seek.

New Options for Mild to Moderate Acne

Amy Forman Taub, MD, medical director of Advanced Dermatology in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and assistant clinical professor, Northwestern University Medical School department of dermatology, uses a retinoid and antibacterial for mild acne. For moderate cases, she adds oral antibiotics or laser treatment with the Isolaz

To achieve the best results, Dr. Taub suggests combining topical agents formulated to unblock pores and reduce oiliness (i.e., salicylic acid, alpha hydroxyl acids, retinoids or retinol) with products that kill the bacteria (i.e., benzoyl peroxide or topical antibacterials). She also has found a new topical cosmeceutical - SebRx analgesic gel (Revision Skin Care,, which provides significant pore reduction and oil control without drying - for retinoid-sensitive patients…

To achieve the best results for your patients with acne, understand the strengths of current treatments in targeting various aspects of the condition and include your patients when designing their treatment plan. “Have a wide range of options and be willing to use them in combination for the best results,” says Dr. Taub