Acne vulgaris: A review of causes and treatment options

Nurse Pract. 2013 Oct 10;38(10):22-31; quiz 32. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000434089.88606.70.


Acne vulgaris is a disorder of the sebaceous follicle. The cause is multifactorial, and both adolescents and adults can be affected. Acne is associated with a significant financial burden and considerable psychological distress. Treatment options are reviewed, including over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and in-office procedures.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / etiology*
  • Acne Vulgaris / physiopathology
  • Acne Vulgaris / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Nonprescription Drugs / therapeutic use
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Prescription Drugs / therapeutic use
  • Severity of Illness Index


  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • Prescription Drugs