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Adjunctive Skincare for Acne

Shannon Humphrey, MD, FRCPC, FAAD, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Clinical Instructor, Department of Dermatology and Skin Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Abstract
While topical therapy remains a key therapeutic approach in the clinical management of AV, it can be associated with side effects that may compromise the stratum corneum and impair patient adherence. The use of adjunctive cleansers and moisturizers can help mitigate treatment side effects and subsequently enhance therapeutic efficacy. Providing patient-specific skin care recommendations, including product selection and proper use, is an important part of the clinical management of AV and may adjunctively augment the efficacy of topical medications in reducing acne lesions.
Key Words: acne vulgaris, adherence, cleansers, moisturizers.