• 1 Department of Dermatology, National Skin Centre, Singapore
  • 2 Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3 Dermatology Clinic, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
  • 4 Department of Dermatology, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 5 Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 6 Cutis Medical Group, Hong Kong, China
  • 7 Specialist Skin Clinic and Associates, Singapore
  • 8 International Aesthetic Medical Center, Chinese Medical University Hospital, Taichung City, Taiwan
  • 9 Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 10 Department of Dermatology, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Manila, Philippines
  • 11 Foong Skin Specialist Clinic, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • 12 Kubba Skin Clinic, New Delhi, India
  • 13 Derma Clinic, Makati Medical Center, Makati City, Manila, Philippines
  • 14 Sunway Medical Centre, Selangor, Malaysia
  • 15 Dermatology and Venereology, Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Hong Kong, China
  • 16 Dermacare Skin Clinic and Cosmetic Centre, Mumbai, India
  • 17 Dermatology Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 18 Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 19 Department of Dermatology, Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei Medical University, New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 20 Cosmetic Dermatology Division, Department of Dermatovenereology, Faculty of Medicine Universitas/Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 21 Dr SN Wong Skin, Hair, Nails and Laser Specialist Clinic, Mt Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore
J Cutan Aesthet Surg, 2016;9(2):85-92.
PMID: 27398008 DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.184043


Conventional acne treatment presents several challenges such as intolerable side effects and antibiotic resistance. Dermocosmetic products may be used to reduce these unwanted effects. Dermocosmetics include skin cleansers, topical sebum-controllers, skin antimicrobial/anti-inflammatory agents, moisturizers, sunscreens, and camouflage products. Appropriate use of these products may help augment the benefit of acne treatment, minimize side effects, and reduce the need for topical antibiotics. In Asia, there is currently limited scientific data on the application and recommendations for dermocosmetic use in acne vulgaris (AV). This article reviews the evidence on dermocosmetics for AV and provides practice recommendations as discussed during the 4(th) Asia-Pacific Acne Leaders' Summit held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 7 and 8 February 2015. Through a premeeting survey, a series of plenary lectures, a stepwise program of discussion sessions, and Medline article review, the Expert Panel set forth relevant recommendations on the role of dermocosmetics as adjunct for treating AV in Asian patients.

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