A presentation to provide an update on best practice management of acne, treatment planning, and modern techniques available to treat long term scarring.
Relevance to General Practice
Acne vulgaris is a very common skin disease experienced by nearly all adolescents and can have a substantial impact on quality of life. Even though acne may seem trivial, the psychosocial consequences can be profound, severe disease can leave permanent physical scarring, and the cost is estimated to be up to $AUS100 million per year to the community. Early and effective acne treatment can prevent or minimise such complications.
In a clinical audit investigating general practitioner management of acne, which was accredited by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, results revealed that there is a need for improvement in GP management of acne.
This educational presentation gives information to GPs on the pathophysiology of acne and acne scarring, and recommendations for management, including modern techniques for management of scarring.
1. Australian Family Physician Vol. 35, No. 7, July 2006
2. Australian Family Physician Vol. 39, No. 9, september 2010
- Identify the potential physical and psychosocial morbidity associated with acne
- Describe the importance of treatment planning in the management of acne
- Explain the pathophysiology of acne and acne scarring
- Outline the current techniques available for treatment of severe acne scarring
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Children and young people health