The zinc topped tables used for many years to prepare tar "spreads" in a teaching hospital dermatology department were recently thrown out—a sign of the times and an indication of both the increasing use of systemic treatment and much more effective forms of phototherapy. There is still an important place for topical treatment and "dressing clinics" to play a vital role in the treatment of skin diseases and enabling affected individuals to continue their daily lives as far as possible.

The link between hospital departments and community services has been greatly increased by the development of the role of "liaison nurses". These nurses, with experience and training in the treatment of skin disease, visit patients in their homes to supervise treatment in conjuction with the general practitioner and the practice nurse. As they are based in the hospital they can call on any specialist opinion or treatment needed.

A great variety of preparations is available for the treatment of skin conditions, and those most commonly used are described. There are numerous effective alternatives.

The techniques for the treatment of specific conditions are described in the appropriate chapters.

How To Reduce Acne Scarring

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