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POLL: What Topical Retinoid Do You Most Often Prescribe?


Click here to answer this week’s acne poll.

What topical retinoid do you most often prescribe?


The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently released new acne treatment guidelines to update the previous 2016 guidelines. The AAD Acne Workgroup made strong recommendations for topical benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and/or antibiotics and their fixed-dose combinations, and for oral doxycycline.

The workgroup also reviewed topical retinoids, including tretinoin, adapalene, trifarotene, and tazarotene.

“We recommend topical retinoids for acne treatment based on moderate certainty evidence from 20 studies. Compared to vehicle at 12 weeks, a greater proportion of patients treated with topical retinoids achieved IGA success in 4 RCTs (risk ratio [RR], 1.57 [1.21, 2.04]). Existing comparative effectiveness data do not suggest superiority of one topical retinoid against another, with efficacy and tolerability differing by specific concentrations and formulations,” wrote Reynolds et al.


Reynolds RV, Yeung H, Cheng CE, et al. Guidelines of care for the management of acne vulgaris. J Am Acad Dermatol. Published online January 30, 2024. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2023.12.017

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