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Health Tip: Acne Has Lasting Effects

Posted 15 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Acne may be most visible on the skin, but for many people, its effects are greater than just temporary blemishes. Acne can lead to these physical and emotional issues, says the American Academy of Dermatology: Developing poor self-esteem and isolation. Developing depression, which can become severe. Developing dark spots that remain after acne has cleared. These may last for months or years. Developing scars. Read more

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Many Patients With Acne Take Antibiotics Too Long: Study

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – Many patients with severe acne remain on antibiotics too long before they are prescribed more effective medication, researchers say. A team led by Dr. Seth Orlow, chair of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, reviewed the medical records of 137 patients over the age of 12. All were treated for severe acne at Langone between 2005 and 2014. On average, the patients were kept on antibiotics for 11 months before their doctors decided the antibiotics were not effective. Patients were then switched to the acne medication isotretinoin (brand name Accutane). The study also found that it took an average of nearly six months from the time doctors first mentioned Accutane until patients began taking the drug. Reasons for the long delay included strict controls placed on Accutane due to its risk of causing birth defects, and concerns about other ... Read more

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Psoriasis, Cold Sores Most Stigmatized Skin Disorders: Survey

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – Psoriasis and cold sores top the list of stigmatized skin conditions, a new survey indicates, but experts say much of the ill will directed at sufferers is misguided. Surveying 56 people, Boston researchers found that nearly 61 percent wrongly thought psoriasis – which produces widespread, scaly red skin lesions – looked contagious, and about nine in 10 said they would pity a person who had it. About four in 10 said herpes simplex, or cold sore, is the most bothersome skin condition. "We knew from other studies that psoriasis seemed to be more stigmatizing than other skin diseases, [and] we did this study to try to find out why," said study author Dr. Alexa Kimball, a dermatology professor at Harvard Medical School. "We suspected that the fact that it looked infectious could be part of the reason people reacted strongly to it, but we didn't expect that reaction ... Read more

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Health Tip: Shave Properly

Posted 18 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Taking extra care while shaving can help prevent nicks, cuts and ingrown hair. The American Academy of Dermatology advises: To soften the hair and skin, shower or wet the skin before shaving. Lather with a shaving gel or cream. Use a fresh blade. A disposable blade should be tossed after 5 to 7 uses. Shave in the direction of the growing hair. Acne-prone shavers should try both electric and disposable blades to see which is less irritating. Shave carefully with a fresh blade, using light pressure. Read more

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Neglecting Teen Health May Lead to Bigger Problems as Adults

Posted 17 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 – Nearly one in five teens has specific health care needs that are not receiving attention, and this may set them up for poorer physical and mental health in adulthood, a new study contends. "Previous research had shown that lack of medical care in this age group is associated with poor health and higher risk behaviors at the time. But, it wasn't known that these poor health outcomes persisted into adulthood," said lead author Dr. Dougal Hargreaves, a pediatrician and health services researcher at University College London, England, and at Boston Children's Hospital. The study was published online Aug. 17 in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers analyzed data from 14,800 participants in a long-term U.S. study of teen and adult health. The teens first answered questions in 1994-1995 when they were, on average, 16 years old. Then they responded in another ... Read more

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Experimental Treatment Uses Nitric Oxide for Acne

Posted 31 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 – There's no shortage of products out there that claim to treat the pimples that so often plague teen skin, but your body may already be making an effective treatment that just needs a little tweaking from science, a new study suggests. The treatment is nitric oxide, a substance produced and used throughout the human body. But, nitric oxide's benefits are usually short-lived, researchers explained. And, that's where science comes in. By slowing the release of nitric oxide using tiny substances (nanoparticles), researchers were able to kill the bacteria associated with acne. The nanoparticles also inhibited the inflammation that causes the large, painful pimples associated with inflammatory acne. The study was published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. "Our understanding of acne has changed dramatically in the last 15-20 years," study co-author ... Read more

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Galderma Receives FDA Approval for Epiduo Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) for Acne

Posted 24 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FT. WORTH, Texas – July 16, 2015 -Galderma Laboratories, L.P. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved antibiotic-free Epiduo Forte (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.3%/2.5%, for the once-daily, topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting more than 40 to 50 million people. Epiduo Forte Gel is the first combination of these strengths of the retinoid, adapalene, and benzoyl peroxide, developed for the moderate to severe acne population." As the industry leader in dermatology, Galderma recognizes the need for innovative acne medications across a spectrum of acne severities,” said Todd Zavodnick, President and General Manager of Galderma Laboratories, L.P.“ The FDA approval of Epiduo Forte Gel has helped us expand on our robust acne franchise to deliver a safe, effective and antib ... Read more

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Could a Vitamin Play a Role in Acne Outbreaks?

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – New research suggests that high levels of vitamin B12 may affect germ activity in certain people, boosting the odds that they'll develop acne. However, it's too early to say if anyone should cut down on their vitamin B12 intake from food or vitamins to avoid getting pimples, researchers said. "I don't think we have studied enough to suggest that," said study leader Huiying Li, assistant professor of molecular & medical pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Still, the research provides insight into not only vitamin B12 but also genetic activity that could prompt pimples. "There are certain genes that could potentially influence whether people have acne breakouts or not," she said. "These genes could be targets of future drug treatment." The study appears in the June 24 issue of Science Translational Medicine. A deficiency in vitamin B12 ... Read more

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Athletes Need to Guard Against Skin Woes

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

-- Acne can develop due to causes from hormones to medications. To help prevent breakouts, it's important to keep skin clean and healthy. The Womenshealth.gov 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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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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