AAD clinical guidelines

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is dedicated to promoting and encouraging dermatology research and the application of these findings to improving patient care. This includes development of rigorous, evidence-based guidelines of care on dermatologic conditions.

Acne (In update)

Anticipated: May 2015

  • Guidelines of Care for Acne Vulgaris Management

Position Statement

Performance Improvement CME


Non-melanoma skin cancer (In development)

In development — Anticipated: Summer 2015

  • Guidelines of Care for Management and Treatment of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Office-based surgery (In development)

In development — Anticipated: Summer 2015

  • Guidelines of Care for Usage of Office-based Anesthesia

Psoriasis (Current)

The American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) clinical guidelines are produced for dermatology topics that are of importance to members and their patients in a process that combines a comprehensive review of the best available scientific literature with the clinical judgment of an expert volunteer physician work group. Visit the Guideline Development Process page to learn more about this process.

Guidelines serve as decision-making and educational aids for clinical practice to support and improve quality dermatologic care, and are used as the framework for:



Adherence to these guidelines will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. Furthermore, these guidelines should not be interpreted as setting a standard of care, or be deemed inclusive of all proper methods of care nor exclusive of other methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. The ultimate judgment regarding the propriety of any specific therapy must be made by the physician and the patient in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient, and the known variability and biological behavior of the disease. This guideline reflects the best available data at the time the guideline was prepared. The results of future studies may require revisions to the recommendations in this guideline to reflect new data.

AAD Psoriasis app

The mobile-friendly AAD psoriasis app allows users to access best practices in the complex management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis from their mobile devices. It puts the expertise of world-renowned scientists who contributed to the guideline at your fingertips.

The Web app is designed to help users develop the skills required to manage patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The content emphasizes decision-making criteria that enable the clinician to individualize therapy based upon disease type, extent, response to previous treatments, quality of life issues, and comorbidities. It enables clinicians to recognize and diagnose challenging cases and formulate appropriate evidence-based treatment for patients.

Clinical recommendations for all available therapies for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis from the AAD’s clinical guidelines are also included.

View the free Web app on your iPhone, iPad, Android, or other mobile device here.

iPhone and iPad users can create an icon on their devices for easy access to the Web app by following the instructions below:
  • Visit www.aad.org/mobile-psoriasis on your iPhone or iPad Safari Web browser.
  • Tap on the middle icon with the arrow at the bottom of the Safari screen Web browser.
  • Choose the "Add to home screen" icon.
  • The Web app icon will be added to your iPhone or iPad home screen.
  • Any time you want to access the psoriasis Web app, tap on your new icon.

AAD Mohs app

There are many considerations when determining whether to use Mohs surgery for the treatment of skin cancer, such as the cancer type, location, and whether it is new or recurring, as well as the health profile of the patient.

With the AAD’s new Mohs Surgery Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) App, you can easily and systematically determine when Mohs surgery is most appropriate for your patients from your mobile device, right at the point of care.

Highlights of this free app include:

  • Decision support on the appropriateness of Mohs surgery for 270 unique scenarios.
  • Guided navigation through tumor and patient characteristics.
  • Color-coded body maps for high-, medium-, and low-risk areas.
  • Supplemental clinical algorithms.
  • Quick reference guide that can be shared with referring physicians and patients.

Whether you are a Mohs surgeon, a general dermatologist, or other referring physician, this free app will help you seamlessly implement the AUC into your practice.

Download the app to your iPhone, iPod, or iPad today!

Download the app to your Android phone or tablet!

Have a question or comment about our guidelines?

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Send an email to guidelines@aad.org and let us know!