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Athletes Need to Guard Against Skin Woes

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – Sprains and fractures aren't the only hazards athletes face. Certain skin problems are also common among sports enthusiasts. The five skin conditions most often seen in athletes are blisters; turf burn (abrasions from falls on an artificial surface); athlete's foot (a fungal infection); sun exposure, and a type of acne called acne mechanica, according to the American Academy of Dermatology in their news release. "Athletes who are aware of these five common issues can take action to prevent the vast majority of dermatologic problems they may encounter," said Dr. Brian Adams in the academy release. He is professor and chair of dermatology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Blisters are caused by heat, moisture and friction between the skin and shoes. Adams said the best way to prevent blisters is to wear synthetic, moisture-wicking socks, which ... Read more

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Many Acne Patients Don't Take Their Meds, Survey Shows

Posted 20 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 – Many acne patients do not take all their recommended medications, a small new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 143 acne patients and found that 27 percent of them did not obtain or use all of the prescription and over-the-counter products suggested by their dermatologists. "Non-adherence is a pervasive problem in all of medicine, particularly when treating chronic conditions such as acne," study author Dr. Steven Feldman, a professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., said in a Wake Forest news release. "A previous study reported a 10 percent primary non-adherence rate for acne patients, so we were surprised that what we found was more than twice that," Feldman added. In this latest study, patients who were prescribed two medications were most likely to not get or use a medication (40 percent), compared with 31 ... Read more

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Better Contraceptive Knowledge Can Aid in Safe Use of Acne Drug: Study

Posted 5 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 – Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally sold under the brand name Accutane. That particular brand has been discontinued, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the drug is still available under other brand names, including Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan, Sotret and Zenatane. The FDA requires women of childbearing age to sign a pledge that they will use two forms of contraception when taking isotretinoin because the medication is known to cause birth defects. The study included 100 female patients from one dermatology clinic. Their average age was about 27, and nearly two-thirds had a college education. Their knowledge about eight methods of birth ... Read more

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Bellafill Receives FDA Approval for the Treatment of Acne Scars

Posted 6 Jan 2015 by

San Diego, CA, Jan. 6, 2015 - Suneva Medical, Inc., a privately-held aesthetics company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the dermal filler, Bellafill, for the treatment of acne scars. Bellafill represents a significant clinical advancement as the only filler on the market approved for this disfiguring skin condition. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting 40-50 million people1 and up to 95% of people with acne may go on to suffer from scarring.2 Bellafill was studied extensively prior to its FDA approval and proven to be safe and effective for the correction of moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. "These types of acne scars affect millions of people and can have a profoundly negative impact on their self-esteem and self-confidence," said Nicholas ... Read more

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Health Tip: Minimize Acne

Posted 29 Dec 2014 by

-- Acne can develop due to causes from hormones to medications. To help prevent breakouts, it's important to keep skin clean and healthy. The website offers these recommendations: Twice each day (and additionally after sweating), use a gentle cleanser on your face. Don't use harsh soaps or rough scrubbing pads. Wash face from the hairline to below the jaw, and remember to wash your hair regularly and frequently if hair is oily. Avoid picking at your skin or acne lesions. Protect skin against sunburn. Avoid rubbing the skin with items such as backpacks. Talk to your doctor about treatment options if you struggle with acne. Read more

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Onexton Gel for Acne Vulgaris

Posted 25 Nov 2014 by

LAVAL, Quebec, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced today that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Onexton Gel (clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide), 1.2%/3.75%, for the once-daily treatment of comedonal (non-inflammatory) and inflammatory acne in patients 12 and older. Acne vulgaris is a common skin disorder that affects 40 to 50 million people in the United States. "We are very pleased that the FDA has approved this new dual action medication that gives physicians and patients a new option for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris," said J. Michael Pearson, chairman and chief executive officer. "Onexton is the fourth product to be approved in our medical dermatology business in the past twelve months, three of which were conceived and developed entirely by Valeant's internal R&D team. This ... Read more

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Laser Used to Remove Tattoos May Help Reduce Acne Scars

Posted 20 Nov 2014 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 – The same kind of laser that is used to remove tattoos may reduce scarring from acne, a small pilot study shows. Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and another type of laser is already used to treat scarring from the condition. However, the laser tested in this new study transmits lower energy doses and was used with a special add-on lens. The treatment reduced acne scarring by an average of 25 percent to 50 percent in 20 patients. "We now have a safe, effective treatment option for acne scars in individuals of all skin types that requires minimal preparation before treatment and results in minimal downtime afterward," said lead researcher Dr. Jeremy Brauer, a dermatologist at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. Research has shown that acne scarring has negative psychological ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Acne Scars

Posted 1 Oct 2014 by

-- Proper skin care can minimize acne and help prevent scarring. The website offers these suggestions: Wash skin carefully twice per day, and after heavy sweating. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, from the hairline to below the jawline. Rinse thoroughly and avoid harsh scrubbing. Wash your hair daily, and more frequently if your hair is oily. Never pick or squeeze acne blemishes, which can lead to scarring. Take care to prevent sunburn. Some acne medications can make your skin more vulnerable to sunburn. Look for more acne-friendly (non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic) skin and hair care products. Avoid sports equipment, backpacks and other items that rub against skin. Read more

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Aqua Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Acticlate (doxycycline hyclate USP) Tablets

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by

West Chester, Pa. — July 28, 2014 West Chester-based Aqua Pharmaceuticals, an Almirall company, today announces the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the NDA for Acticlate (doxycycline hyclate USP) Tablets, 150 mg and 75 mg, thereby continuing Aqua’s leadership in medical dermatology and oral antibiotics for acne. Acticlate is a tetracycline-class antibacterial indicated for the treatment of a number of infections, including adjunctive therapy in severe acne. Acticlate will be entering the dermatology-focused, branded oral antibiotic market, which, according to IMS, is currently valued at $798 million. Acticlate 150 mg tablets have two functional scores, providing several dosing options to physicians and patients. The Acticlate film-coated, round 75 mg tablets and oval-shaped, dual-scored 150 mg tablets are designed to be small and easy to swallow. Utilization of the la ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-The-Counter Topical Acne Products: Drug Safety Communication - Rare But Serious Hypersensitivity Reactions

Posted 25 Jun 2014 by

Sold under various brand names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, and as store brands. [Posted 06/25/2014] ISSUE: FDA is warning that certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne products can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. Consumers should stop using their topical acne product and seek emergency medical attention immediately if they experience hypersensitivity reactions such as throat tightness; difficulty breathing; feeling faint; or swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue. Consumers should also stop using the product if they develop hives or itching. The hypersensitivity reactions may occur within minutes to a day or longer after product use.   These serious hypersensitivity reactions differ from the local skin irritation that may occur at the product application site, such a ... Read more

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Some Acne Products Can Trigger Severe Allergic Reactions: FDA

Posted 25 Jun 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 – Some popular over-the-counter acne treatments can cause severe irritation or even potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The products contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and are applied to the skin. They are available as gels, lotions, face washes, solutions, cleansing pads, toners and face scrubs, the FDA said. The products are marketed under brand names such as Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear, the agency said. The serious allergic reactions caused by these products differ from the less harmful potential problems – such as dryness, itching, burning, peeling, redness and slight swelling – already listed on the products' labels. "There is currently no mention of the possibility of these very severe allergic reactions on the ... Read more

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New Approaches to Acne Treatment

Posted 9 Jun 2014 by

MONDAY, June 9, 2014 – No cure exists for acne yet, but new treatments make this common scourge of adolescence easier to manage, dermatologists say. "Things are so much better today because there are so many more options for treating acne," said Dr. Sarah Taylor, a dermatologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "The prescription world has really changed in the past 10 years or so. We're much better equipped to deal with all different types of acne," Taylor said in a medical center news release. Every skin pore contains a gland that produces oil, known as sebum. When these glands produce too much oil, the pore can become blocked. Meanwhile, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells can build up inside. This causes whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other lesions to form on the skin. Anyone can develop acne – men and women, and people of all races. Although it's ... Read more

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Health Tip: Caring for Acne-Prone Skin

Posted 29 May 2014 by

-- Skin that's prone to acne needs special care to help keep it smooth and clear. The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions: Wash your face with a cleanser designed for people with acne. Look for cleansers that include salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Wash your face gently, avoiding pressure that may aggravate acne. Never pick at acne or scrub skin vigorously. Use a light, non-comedogenic moisturizer. Choose an oil-free foundation if you wear makeup. Read more

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Health Tip: Avoiding Acne Triggers

Posted 18 Mar 2014 by

-- Acne can strike people of any age for different reasons, but there are several factors that can worsen or trigger breakouts. The American Academy of Family Physicians notes these possibilities: Using products with an oil base, such as cosmetics, hair products and suntan oil. Being under emotional stress. Undergoing changes in your hormones, particularly during menstruation. Picking at or squeezing pimples on your skin. Scrubbing your skin too vigorously. Read more

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Pediatricians Endorse New Acne Treatment Guidelines

Posted 6 May 2013 by

MONDAY, May 6 – Pimples have long been the bane of teenage existence, but pediatricians say there is now enough evidence on effective treatments to put out the first guidelines on battling acne in children. There is a range of medications that can clear up even severe cases of acne, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Writing in the May issue of its journal Pediatrics, the group throws its support behind new guidelines from the American Acne and Rosacea Society that detail how to treat acne in children and teens of all ages. That "all ages" part is important because acne is becoming more and more common in pre-teens, too, said Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield, the lead author of the AAP report. One study of 9- and 10-year-old girls found that more than three-quarters had pimples. It's thought that it may be because boys and girls are, on average, starting puberty earlier ... Read more

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