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Evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of paediatric acne
  1. Kachiu C Lee1,
  2. Peter A Lio2
  1. 1Brown University, Department of Dermatology, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  2. 2Northwestern University, Departments of Dermatology & Paediatrics, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter Lio, Northwestern University, Departments of Dermatology & Paediatrics, 1455 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA; p-lio{at}

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Information about current guideline

Despite the fact that acne vulgaris is one of the most common skin diseases in children, there is still quite a bit of art in its treatment with significant variations in care. In May 2013, the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) published a guideline addressing acne, entitled ‘Evidence-Based Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Paediatric Acne’.1 The guideline provides practical, evidence-based algorithms for the treatment of paediatric acne. As North American dermatologists, we highlight common misconceptions and suboptimal prescribing based on referrals to our practices, one of which is a paediatric dermatology practice in which acne is a common chief complaint. We wish to highlight some of the key points from this excellent guideline for our readership, but also recommend reading the source document as well.

Previous guideline

There are no previous guidelines specifically addressing paediatric acne. In February 2012, a group of European experts published a guideline for evidence-based treatment of acne in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.2 In contrast to the AAP's publication, this guideline is not limited to the paediatric …

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