- These researchers proposed an acne severity grading system based on real-life clinical experience that correlates well with treatment choices.
Why this matters
- These authors say that the proposed system would reformulate the clinical approach to rating acne severity and determining treatment.
- Scale is based on visual features of acne from 145 patient images, rated by experienced pediatric dermatologists.
- Using a specific set of images, they developed a score with tight agreement.
- They narrowed down treatment intensities to 5 severity groups (for example, moderate/moderate-less severe were combined into 1 group).
- Publication presents the proposed 9-point scale, which involves counting active lesions and evaluating for secondary changes.
- Study images from 150 real-life patients diagnosed in clinic and covering ages 0-21 years.
- Acne types: 10% severe.
- Funding: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; NIH; Pfizer Fellowship grant.
- Clinical images from a single center.
- Needs validation in a separate population.