Acne Vulgaris in the Athlete.


In brief: The treatment of acne is basically the same for athletes and nonathletes. However, certain aspects of sports can affect acne adversely, and in some cases treating athletes may require a cautious approach. The best treatments are topical tretinoin for comedonal acne, benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics and tretinoin for comedonal and mild pustular acne, and a combination of oral antibiotics and long-term benzoyl peroxide or topical antibiotics (with the eventual aim of stopping the oral antibiotics in three to five months) for moderate to severe pustular acne. For severe cystic/nodular acne, highdose oral antibiotics and intralesional steroid injections or oral isotretinoin should be considered.

DOI: 10.1080/00913847.1988.11709622

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@article{Conklin1988AcneVI, title={Acne Vulgaris in the Athlete.}, author={Robert J Conklin and Jack E. Taunton}, journal={The Physician and sportsmedicine}, year={1988}, volume={16 10}, pages={57-68} }