According to the panel’s recommendations, published last year in the July-August Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, other individual patient features that might impact how dermatologists change or modify treatment include patient-reported impact, gender, skin sensitivity and photo type.

Addressing these nuances results in dermatologists’ treating patients; not just acne, according to study author Jerry Tan, M.D., an adjunct professor in the department of medicine, Western University, and in private dermatology practice in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

“Clinical severity is only a single component of the multifaceted way that patients present with a clinical condition. There are a number of other aspects that are critical to evaluate,” Dr. Tan says. “The panel tried to understand what additional detail can be provided as a guide to articulate what we do in the practice beyond what is available in clinical practice guidelines. So, it gives a more detailed summation of what clinicians often encounter and, then, have to resolve in terms of [an acne] patient’s specific needs.”

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