Nurse Prescribing | Vol 14 | No 3 | March 2016 | pp 126–129
Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the pilosebaceous unit, which results from androgen-induced increased sebum production, altered keratinisation, and inflammation by Propionibacterium acnes. Topical therapies are a common starting point for treatment; however, there are a lack of data and evidence on the comparative effectiveness of common topical and systemic acne therapies. Topical therapies including benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and antibiotics—when used in combination—usually improve control of mild-to-moderate acne. This article will discuss the topical therapies available.