Meeting the Challenges of Acne Treatment in Asian Patients: A Review of the Role of Dermocosmetics as Adjunctive Therapy

Chee Leok Goh, Nopadon Noppakun, Giuseppe Micali, Noor Zalmy Azizan, Waranya Boonchai, Yung Chan, Wai Kwong Cheong, Pin Chi Chiu, Kristiana Etnawati, Zharlah Gulmatico-Flores, Henry Foong, Raj Kubba, Purita Paz-Lao, Yin Yin Lee, Steven Loo, Farida Modi, Trong Hao Nguyen, Thi Lan Pham, Yi Hsien Shih, Irma Bernadette SitohangSu Ni Wong

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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 4(th) 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 12 2016


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Goh, C. L., Noppakun, N., Micali, G., Azizan, N. Z., Boonchai, W., Chan, Y., Cheong, W. K., Chiu, P. C., Etnawati, K., Gulmatico-Flores, Z., Foong, H., Kubba, R., Paz-Lao, P., Lee, Y. Y., Loo, S., Modi, F., Nguyen, T. H., Pham, T. L., Shih, Y. H., ... Wong, S. N. (2016). Meeting the Challenges of Acne Treatment in Asian Patients: A Review of the Role of Dermocosmetics as Adjunctive Therapy. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, 9(2), 85-92.