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Book and New Media Reviews
January 2005

Fast Facts – Acne

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by Alison M. Layton, MD, Diane Thiboutot, MD, Vincenzo Bettoli, MD, 88 pp, $29.95, ISBN 1-899541-73-X, Oxford, England, Health Press Limited, 2004.


Copyright 2005 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2005

Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(1):113. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.1.113

Fast Facts – Acne, by Layton et al, offers a comprehensive review of the pathogenesis and management of acne vulgaris. It is a concise reference manual that encompasses a discussion of the epidemiology of acne and its pathophysiology. Diagrams and clinical photographs are used effectively to explain the causes of acne and to demonstrate the different subtypes and severity grades of this common condition. Approximately one half of the book focuses on various treatments of acne, including topical, systemic, and physical treatments. These sections are comprehensive with discussions of safety, adverse-effect profile, and dosing. In addition, an algorithm for managing acne is outlined in the text and summarized in diagram form.

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