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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-92

Meeting the challenges of acne treatment in Asian Patients: A review of the role of dermocosmetics as adjunctive therapy

1 Department of Dermatology, National Skin Centre, Singapore
2 Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
3 Dermatology Clinic, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
4 Department of Dermatology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5 Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
6 Cutis Medical Group, Hong Kong, China
7 Specialist Skin Clinic and Associates, Singapore
8 International Aesthetic Medical Center, Chinese Medical University Hospital, Taichung City, Taiwan
9 Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
10 Department of Dermatology, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Manila, Philippines
11 Foong Skin Specialist Clinic, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
12 Kubba Skin Clinic, New Delhi, India
13 Derma Clinic, Makati Medical Center, Makati City, Philippines
14 Sunway Medical Centre, Selangor, Malaysia
15 Dermatology and Venereology, Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Hong Kong, China
16 Dermacare Skin Clinic and Cosmetic Centre, Mumbai, India
17 Dermatology Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
18 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam
19 Department of Dermatology, Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei Medical University, New Taipei City, Taiwan
20 Cosmetic Dermatology Division, Department of Dermatovenereology, Faculty of Medicine Universitas /Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia
21 Dr SN Wong Skin, Hair, Nails and Laser Specialist Clinic, Mt Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Chee Leok Goh
Department of Dermatology, National Skin Center, 1 Mandalay Road
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.184043

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Conventional acne treatment presents several challenges such as intolerable side effects and antibiotic resistance. Dermocosmetic products may be used to reduce these unwanted effects. Dermocosmetics include skin cleansers, topical sebum-controllers, skin antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory agents, moisturizers, sunscreens, and camouflage products. Appropriate use of these products may help augment the benefit of acne treatment, minimize side effects, and reduce the need for topical antibiotics. In Asia, there is currently limited scientific data on the application and recommendations for dermocosmetic use in acne vulgaris (AV). This article reviews the evidence on dermocosmetics for AV and provides practice recommendations as discussed during the 4th Asia-Pacific Acne Leaders' Summit held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 7 and 8 February 2015. Through a premeeting survey, a series of plenary lectures, a stepwise program of discussion sessions, and Medline article review, the Expert Panel set forth relevant recommendations on the role of dermocosmetics as adjunct for treating AV in Asian patients.

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