LAS VEGAS (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Patients with acne don’t want to be better, they want to be clear, Julie Harper, MD, said at Skin Disease Education Foundation’s annual Las Vegas Dermatology Seminar.

Even one lesion on the face can ruin someone’s day, said Dr. Harper , a dermatologist in private practice in Birmingham, Ala., and an author of the 2016 American Academy of Dermatology’s acne management treatment guidelines . Clinicians need to think outside the box and consider a combination of treatments, and they should not underestimate the potential role of oral contraceptives as part of an acne treatment plan, she added.

“As a specialty, we need to learn how to really clear acne,” she said in a video interview . “People don’t want to be 50% better, they want to be clear.”

Dr. Harper disclosed relationships with multiple companies including Allergan, Bayer, Galderma, La Roche-Posay, Promius, and Valeant.

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