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How to use antibiotics sensibly in acne vulgaris

Acne vulgaris is an extremely common skin disorder that affects virtually all individuals at least once during their life. While its incidence peaks at 18 years of age, there are substantial numbers of adults, of both genders, that are affected – 12% of women and 3% of men aged over 25. Although acne is not a fatal disease, it can have important psychosocial consequences, including diminished self-esteem, social withdrawal due to embarrassment, depression and unemployment.
Dermatology in practice 2008; 16(4): 21–23
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