Acne therapy redesigned

Acne vulgaris is a common, sebaceous skin condition caused by the blocking of hair follicles. Due to hormonal influences, the sebaceous gland enlarges, and more sebaceous fluid is produced, which accumulates in a blocked pore, causing a waxing, solidified sebum. This environment is conducive to the proliferation of bacteria, which may lead to the formation of an open or closed comedone. If the comedone ruptures and disperses the bacteria into the skin tissue – as opposed to on the skin’s surface – the body responds with inflammation to fight the bacteria. This inflamed lesion forms a papule, which can result in permanent scarring if not treated early and effectively. Numerous studies have shown that acne negatively impacts the psychological well-being and quality of life of patients, which may result in depression, anxiety, and social isolation.

The role of the pharmacist in the management of patients with major depressive disorder

Managing patients with Major Depressive Disorder is a team effort. The psychiatric team consists of the general practitioner, the pharmacist, the psychiatrist, the psychologist, the occupational therapist, the social worker, the physiotherapist and others. Each of these professionals has a particular role to fulfil in the successful management of the patient. The role of the pharmacist is often overlooked but can be very helpful and successful.


Health Professions Council of South Africa


2 Clinical 


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Pharmacy Focus Pharmacy Focus Issue 7 - 2022