S. S. Gnanendran 1,2, D. Rubel1
Acne vulgaris is a common inﬂammatory condition affect- ing up to 80% of adolescents. Despite the plethora of ther- apies available, isotretinoin remains the most established management option targeting primary etiological factors. In recent years there has been a growing presence of alternative therapies provided by various health and cos- metic professionals. With a general trend towards ‘natural’ and ‘safer’ treatment options, alternative therapies have become increasingly popular and easily accessible to the general public. It has become increasingly important for health professionals to convey a uniﬁed message in order to provide optimal acne management. We aimed to gain an understanding of patient perspectives on acne manage- ment.
Patients presenting to the Woden Dermatology Acne Solu- tions clinic in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia were surveyed on their personal experiences and perspec- tives of acne management. Questions included previous advice, treatments for acne. Information collected included who patients initially sought advice from, what treatments they had trailed and what aspects of acne management remained confusing. We will present our results in antici- pation of receiving feedback from conference delegates and building a discussion to unify the management approach of acne.