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January 1964

Acne Treated With Compress and a Corticosteroid Cream

Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Dermatology, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Boston City Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(1):141-143. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590250147025

A technique using warm compresses and subsequent application of a fluocinolone acetonide cream in the treatment of acne vulgaris is reported. It is especially helpful in the severe types of acne.

This report deals with preliminary results in the treatment of acne vulgaris with warm moist compresses and the topical application of a corticosteroid cream.*

This technique was prompted by several previous communications. Corticosteroids have been reported to be beneficial in the treatment of acne vulgaris by oral administration1-3 or by intralesional injections.4,5 Although the topical use of a corticosteroid cream in acne vulgaris has had its advocates,6,7 we have not been able to attest to their favorable results. Occlusive dressings using a thin plastic film,8-10 moist dressings with an occlusive wrap,11,12 and the addition of heat13 have been reported to increase the therapeutic effectiveness of the topical application of fluorinated corticosteroid preparations in

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