While oral isotretinoin has been associated with various side effects and routine blood tests have been recommended, evidence points to inconsistencies in monitoring practices. Many physicians also are questioning whether the effort has value.
The AAD’s new guidelines for the care and management of acne vulgaris include several updates for dermatologists, including an increased emphasis on oral antibiotic stewardship and recommendations for use.
Research shows dermatologists are overprescribing antibiotics for acne treatment, and patients and their parents seem unaware of the consequences, as well as alternatives to antibiotic treatment for acne.
Study demonstrates current antibiotic use for acne therapy far surpasses guideline recommendations and calls for dermatologists to decrease extended courses of antibiotics through early recognition of failure and guiding patients to alternative therapies.