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Clinical guidelines


The Academy is dedicated to promoting and encouraging dermatology research and the application of these findings to improving patient care. This includes the development of rigorous, evidence-based guidelines of care for dermatologic conditions. Learn more about the guideline development process.

Review current clinical guidelines, those in development, and guidelines that the AAD has collaborated on below.

Current Academy guidelines

Acne clinical guideline

This guideline addresses the management of adolescent and adult patients who present with acne vulgaris.

Atopic dermatitis clinical guideline

The guideline provides recommendations on the diagnosis, assessment, safety, and efficacy of treatments for AD.

Melanoma clinical guideline

These guidelines address the approaches for the surgical and medical treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma. 

Nonmelanoma skin cancer

These guidelines provide recommendations for the treatment, follow-up, and prevention of BCC and cSCC.

Office-based surgery clinical guideline

This guideline addresses the clinical use and safety of local anesthetics commonly used in office-based dermatologic surgery.

Psoriasis clinical guideline

The guideline provides treatment recommendations and the role of the dermatologist in monitoring and educating patients.


  • Guidelines in development
  • Academy collaborations
    • Joint AAD-NPF guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis in pediatric patients: Expected in the fourth quarter of 2019

    • Joint AAD-NPF guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis with non-biologics: Expected in the first quarter of 2020

    • Joint AAD-NPF guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis with topicals: Expected in the second quarter of 2020

    • Guidelines of care for the management of actinic keratoses. Expected in the fourth Quarter of 2020.

    The EAACI/GA²LEN/EDF/WAO Guideline for the Definition, Classification, Diagnosis and Management of Urticaria. The 2017 Revision and Update 

    Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Report of the NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel

    Clinical Practice Guideline: Reconstruction After Skin Cancer Resection
    "...focuses on the process of surgical reconstruction after skin cancer resection. The guideline is a joint effort of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), the American Society for Mohs Surgery (ASMS), and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). It is expected to be published in JAAD in the first quarter of 2020.”

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