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Systematic reviews on acne vulgaris

Do you struggle to find the latest evidence about major skin disorders and their treatments? If so our maps of systematic reviews are for you.

This page is a mapping by topic of systematic reviews on acne vulgaris (common acne) published since 1999 (the last search date of the 2001 AHRQ review Management of acne). The systematic reviews were found in the searches for our Annual Evidence Updates and CEBD Evidence Updates. Links are given to the PubMed abstract, or the original publication if not in PubMed.

It is important to appraise the quality of systematic reviews before applying to practice—we recommend the AMSTAR tool, which is very quick and easy to use.

We hope you find this resource helpful and welcome feedback.

Acne

Acne vulgaris (© Professor Hywel Williams)

 

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Epidemiology and aetiology

Prevalence
 
Aetiology
 
Risk factors
 
Diagnosis & evaluation
 
Disease impact
 
Trial methodology
 

 

Prevention

Dietary (for prevention)
 
Hygiene
 
Sunlight
 

 

Topical treatments

Topical retinoids
 
Topical antibiotics
 
Azelaic acid
 
Benzoyl peroxide

2016 How much do we know about maintaining treatment response after successful acne therapy? systematic review on the efficacy and safety of acne maintenance therapy

2016 Guidelines of care for the management of acne vulgaris (AAD Guideline)

2015 Evaluating clinical trial design: systematic review of randomized vehicle-controlled trials for determining efficacy of benzoyl peroxide topical therapy for acne

2014 Tolerability of topical antimicrobials in treatment of acne vulgaris

2014 Systematic review on the rapidity of the onset of action of topical treatments in the therapy of mild-to-moderate acne vulgaris

2013 A systematic review of benzoyl peroxide for acne vulgaris

2013 Topical dose justification: benzoyl peroxide concentrations

2013 Evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric acne (US Guideline)

2013 Side effects of common acne treatments

2012 Topical antimicrobial treatment of acne vulgaris: an evidence-based review

2012 European evidence-based (S3) guidelines for the treatment of acne (EDF Guideline)

2011 Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials using 5% benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin versus 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin topical treatments in acne

2011 Acne vulgaris (BMJ Clinical Evidence)

2010 Meta-analysis comparing efficacy of benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide with salicylic acid, and combination benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin in acne

2009 Advancement in benzoyl peroxide-based acne treatment: methods to increase both efficacy and tolerability

2004 Treatment of acne vulgaris

2001 Management of acne

 
Cleansers
 
Combination therapies
 
Other topical treatments
 

 

Systemic treatments

Oral tetracyclines
 
Other oral antibiotics
 
Antibiotic resistance
 
Oral isotretinoin

2017 A systematic review on oral isotretinoin therapy and clinically observable wound healing in acne patients

2017 Isotretinoin treatment for acne and risk of depression: A systematic review and meta-analysis

2016 Not every patient needs triglyceride check, but all can get pancreatitis: A systematic review and clinical characterization of isotretinoin associated pancreatitis

2016 How much do we know about maintaining treatment response after successful acne therapy? systematic review on the efficacy and safety of acne maintenance therapy

2016 Laboratory monitoring during isotretinoin therapy for acne: a systematic review and meta-analysis

2016 Does exposure to isotretinoin increase the risk for the development of inflammatory bowel disease? A meta-analysis

2016 Evaluation of evidence for acne remission with oral isotretinoin cumulative dosing of 120-150 mg/kg

2016 Guidelines of care for the management of acne vulgaris (AAD Guideline)

2013 Isotretinoin and risk for inflammatory bowel disease: a nested case-control study and meta-analysis of published and unpublished data

2013 Evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric acne (US Guideline)

2013 Side effects of common acne treatments

2012 Retinoic acid and affective disorders: the evidence for an association

2012 European evidence-based (S3) guidelines for the treatment of acne (EDF Guideline)

2011 Compliance with pregnancy prevention programmes of isotretinoin in Europe: a systematic review

2011 Acne vulgaris (BMJ Clinical Evidence)

2011 Acne in adolescents: quality of life, self-esteem, mood, and psychological disorders

2010 [Pharmacoeconomy in acne--evaluation of benefit and economics] (in German)

2009 Isotretinoin and psychopathology: a review

2005 Depression and suicidal behavior in acne patients treated with isotretinoin: a systematic review
(republished in 2007 in a "best of" compilation in the same journal)

2005 Isotretinoin, depression and suicide: a review of the evidence

2004 Treatment of acne vulgaris

2003 Acne: comparing hormonal approaches to antibiotics and isotretinoin

2001 Management of acne

1999 The cost-effectiveness of isotretinoin in the treatment of acne. Part 1. A meta-analysis of effectiveness literature

 
Oral contraceptives & insulin-sensitising drugs
 
Anti-androgens
 
Dietary & supplements (for treatment)
 

 

Other treatments

Phototherapy
 
Photodynamic therapy
 
Laser therapy
 
Treatments for acne scars
 
Grenz rays
 
Psychological & educational
 
Complementary & alternative therapies
 

 

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