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Adjunct Emulsion May Help Improve Acne

Findings from a real-world study showed a cosmetic emulation may be an effective add-on to conventional acne treatment for patients with mild to moderate acne.

“Cosmetic emulsions are increasingly being used as supportive care products to alleviate the severe side effects and improve the clinical outcomes associated with conventional acne treatments,” the researchers said. They assessed the effectiveness of an emulsion with antiseborrheic, keratolytic, and anti-Propionibacterium acne activities as an adjunct to anti-acne therapy.

In the international observational study, 3960 participants aged 12 years and older with mild to moderate acne were recruited. Conventional acne prescriptions used by participants was either initiated at inclusion or reviewed and left either unchanged, switched to a different therapy, or another therapy was added. Participants applied the cosmetic product daily for 2 to 3 months in combination with their medical acne treatment.
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Acne severity, noninflammatory and inflammatory lesions, hyperseborrhea, skin irritation, and patient quality of life, as well as tolerance of the product, were assessed as the main outcomes.

The combined therapy resulted in moderate to large improvements in acne in 859 participants whose acne prescription was left unchanged after 2 to 3 months of use, the researchers said. In addition, the combination treatment improved acne severity, quality of life, reduced noninflammatory and superficial inflammatory lesions, hyperseborrhoea, and skin irritation. Tolerance of the product was very good, the researchers added.

Use of the cosmetic emulsion combined with conventional acne therapy significantly improved clinical outcomes and patient quality of life, and was very well tolerated,” the researchers concluded. “The combined therapy may have improved patient satisfaction, leading to improved patient adherence and higher rates of therapeutic success.”


Bettoli V, Coutanceau C, Georgescu V. A real-life, international, observational study demonstrating the efficacy of a cosmetic emulsion in the supportive care of mild-to-moderate facial acne [published online October 10, 2019]. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. doi:10.2147/CCID.S205170

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