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OTC acne treatment

This article discusses the various types of topical acne treatment and their effectiveness

This CPD module is about OTC acne treatments. It explains what products are available, what they contain, how they should be used, and any cautions and contraindications.


To increase knowledge of OTC acne products and their safe, effective use


After completing this module you should:

  • Be familiar with the various OTC acne preparations and what they contain
  • Be confident about recommending, and advising on, acne treatments.


Alan Nathan is a pharmacy writer and consultant.

About this module

Once you have completed this module, record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.

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