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Australas J Dermatol. 2003 May;44(2):97-105.

Treatment of acne with isotretinoin: recommendations based on Australian experience.

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Royal North Shore Hospital, Pacific Highway, St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia.


Oral isotretinoin revolutionized acne treatment when it was introduced in 1982 in the USA. However, its use was restricted to patients with severe nodulocystic acne. Today its use worldwide has expanded to treat also patients with less severe but scarring acne who are responding unsatisfactorily to conventional therapies. These recommendations assess the potential for use of oral isotretinoin as a safe and effective treatment for severe nodulocystic acne unresponsive to conventional therapy, and acne of any severity that causes scarring or is associated with psychological distress.

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