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WRK W008 - Translating Evidence into Practice: Acne Guidelines

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Date: Saturday, March 22

CME Credits: 2.00

Location: Room 601

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: Bethanee Jean Schlosser, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout

  • Whitney Bowe, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Emmy M. Graber, MD, MBA, FAAD
  • Rachel Victoria Sabbag Reynolds, MD, FAAD
  • Joshua Zeichner, MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Discuss recent advances in knowledge relating to the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of acne.
  • Formulate appropriate evidence-based treatment plans for acne using Acne Guidelines developed by the AAD and other dermatology organizations.
  • Delineate strategies for the assessment, management and effective treatment of challenging acne.

Studies have shown that evidence-based guidelines can make important contributions to improving the quality of patient care. This session will address gaps in clinical knowledge and care of acne patients related not only to the current guidelines but also to findings of systematic reviews published recently on acne on the following subjects: dietary factors, increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics, oral isotretinoin use and controversies, oral contraceptive uses, spironolactone and cyproterone. This session will be helpful in not only expanding physicians' knowledge base but in improving clinician confidence and effectiveness in treating patients with acne. The session will consist of five presentations with time for questions and answers as well as case discussions which will permit the learners to apply the knowledge gained. A short survey will be conducted before and after the session, and follow-up surveys will be sent at six months and one year post-session to gauge and evaluate if the guidelines were easy to translate into daily clinical practice.


  • Guidelines of care for acne vulgaris management. J Am Acad Dermatol 2007 Apr;56(4):651-63.
  • Acne treatment in the field: how guidelines and other sources can be included in daily practice. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2013 Jul;27 Suppl 2:2-5.
  • Evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric acne. Pediatrics 2013 May;131 Suppl 3:S163-86.


Saturday, March 22
10:00 AMIntroduction and Pre-session Survey / Dr. Schlosser
10:10 AMOverview and Recent Advances in Pathogenesis of Acne / Dr. Reynolds
10:25 AMAntibiotic Therapy Alone and in Combination for Acne / Dr. Zeichner
10:45 AMUse of Isotretinoin for Acne / Dr. Graber
11:05 AMUse of Hormonal Therapy for Acne / Dr. Schlosser
11:25 AMRole of Diet in Acne / Dr. Bowe
11:45 AMPanel Discussion and Post-Session Survey / All faculty