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September 1950

ACNE VULGARIS: A COMPARISON OF LOCAL REMEDIES

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA; KANSAS CITY, MO.; BOSTON; READING, PA.

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(3):441-443. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530160095018
Abstract

In the management of acne there have been used many chemical and physical agents, of which sulfur preparations have generally been accorded a prominent position in the local therapy of this disease. While white lotion is best known from a historical viewpoint and because of its wide usage, other sulfur preparations, allegedly superior, have been frequently introduced in recent years. The object of our study has been to compare the clinical effects of white lotion, sulpho-lac,® intraderm® sulfur solution, acnomel® and polythionate lotion under identical and uniformly controlled hospital conditions.

Comparable trial therapy was conducted during a six week period in July and August 1948 after the severer cases of acne vulgaris had been selected from 2,500 patients at the Pennhurst State School. A group of 50 patients was set up for our study of the reactions of the five well known local remedies. At the school

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