Proposal for a 4-type Classification of Acne: An Evidence-Based Review of the Literature
O. Prapapan2, *, C. C. Chatchavarn2, P. Suvanprakorn2, H. A. M. Neumann1, R. Knobler3, A. Prombandankul2, K. Siriapaipun2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2020
First Page: 38
Last Page: 43
Publisher Id: TODJ-14-38
Article History:Received Date: 21/05/2020
Revision Received Date: 03/08/2020
Acceptance Date: 01/9/2020
Electronic publication date: 13/11/2020
Collection year: 2020
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Proper evidence-based classification and grading of a disease such as acne are important in guiding medical practitioners to properly diagnose diseases and treat patients.
This is a review of the present classification of acne in order to delineate modified approaches of acne treatment.
The available literature was reviewed, including searches from 7 databases based on the terms “classification of acne vulgaris and pathophysiology”, according to evidence-based medicine using the Cochrane risk of bias tool.
From a total of 10,121 studies on acne classification, 51 full-text articles were assessed and 13 studies were included after screening for acne classification.
The European-evidence-based guideline (EDF) classification fits best. We propose a modified classification in 4 categories to improve the management of each stage of acne.