Acne Management

Accredited  Continuing Professional Development Program


Acne is a common skin condition that can occur at any stage of life and it can have a significant impact on mental health, regardless of acne severity and clinical presentation.

It is common for people with acne to delay or avoid seeking medical treatment. Delayed treatment of acne is a common cause of acne scarring.

Pharmacists play an important role in supporting people with acne. This may include educating and providing clear and accurate information to people with acne, and those supporting people with acne such as family and friends. Additionally, pharmacists can support adherence to acne treatment and provide advice for monitoring and managing adverse effects.

This course aims to provide pharmacists with a greater awareness and understanding of the association between acne and mental health concerns, including a refresher on the management of acne for pharmacists, and an update on the understanding of the impact of acne on a psychosocial level.

Learning objectives

  • Recognise the pathophysiology of acne, including the influence of inflammation and the skin microbiome
  • Recall the psychosocial impacts of acne on patients
  • Recall medications used in the management of acne, including limiting factors and adverse effects
  • Identify potential barriers to effective management of acne
  • Recognise the role of the pharmacist in supporting patients with acne management
  • Identify appropriate lifestyle measures to support the management of acne

This activity has been accredited for 1.5 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1.5 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 3 CPD credits) upon successful completion of the assessment.

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      CPD accreditation number: A2209PGA1 

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