Higher Doses of Isotretinoin Reduce Acne Recurrence

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Acne is one of the most common concerns for which individuals seek dermatological treatment. Especially common amongst adolescents, acne can occur at nearly any age, causing great emotional distress to those affected. Successful acne treatment requires a great deal of patience, diligent medication usage, and regular follow-up visits, often causing patients to miss work or school, not to mention the costs of medication or lab tests. It is therefore in everyone’s best interest to treat acne effectively and as soon as possible. According to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, acne patients on higher doses of isotretinoin saw lower recurrence rates than patients that received the standard dosage. What else do we know about this study? And is it safe to increase medicine dosages?

Higher Doses, Lower Recurrence Rates, No Dangerous Side Effects

The study consisted of 116 acne patients, 78 of whom received the higher doses of isotretinoin. After a year, roughly one-third of these patients saw a recurrence of their acne and needed additional treatment. Almost of half of these individuals initially received the standard dose of isotretinoin, compared to just over a quarter of those who received higher doses. Although nearly all the patients in the study developed dry skin as a result of the isotretinoin, lab testing showed no alarming differences between the standard dose and surplus dose groups. While the high-dose isotretinoin treatment takes six to seven months compared to the standard five months, this greatly increases the likelihood that patients will be acne-free in the last month of their treatment.

Reminder: Don’t Play “Doctor” and Up Your Doses!

While raising isotretinoin doses offered safe, effective treatment of acne, it is important to realize that not all medication doses can be safely raised. Upon being prescribed medications, use them only as per your dermatologist’s instructions. Do not try “doubling up” in hopes of speeding up your treatment. Acne is a very frustrating condition and may require great patience until your medication takes effect. If you have any doubts about the effectiveness of your current treatment, discuss them with your dermatologist, as he or she will be able to guide you in the right direction.

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If you or your child are suffering from acne, stop suffering in silence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating acne and other concerns of the skin, hair and nails. We offer the latest treatment methods for acne, including Acleara. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Fresh Meadows), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Ridgewood, Bergen County, NJ, Summit, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.

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Psoriasis and Kidney Disease: Is There a Link?


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is a condition in which red, itchy, scaly patches appear form on the skin as a result of abnormal skin cell growth. This condition is hereditary and equally affects males and females. While psoriasis by itself causes major discomfort, a recent study suggests that individuals with psoriasis are much more likely to also have kidney disease. What else do we know about this possible association?

Extensive Study, Covering Many Possibilities

Researchers at the University of Philadelphia studied 834,000 people, 144,000 of whom suffered from varying levels of psoriasis. It turned out that patients with moderate to severe psoriasis were at greater risk of developing moderate to advanced kidney disease compared to healthy individuals. In addition, a psoriasis patient’s risk of developing kidney disease significantly increased with age, especially amongst those aged 50 and above. No association, however, was found between mild cases of psoriasis and raised incidences of chronic kidney disease. What has been gathered from this study?

Further Research Still Needed

At this point, further research is necessary to accurately define the association between psoriasis and kidney disease. The appropriate treatment method for this double condition also needs to be determined. At a bare minimum, it is clear that psoriasis sufferers, especially those suffering from moderate to severe psoriasis, should be screened regularly for kidney disease to catch and treat it at its early stages. Given the association between these two conditions, ideally a medication would be developed that can treat both simultaneously.

With or Without Kidney Disease, Psoriasis Must Be Treated

Whether or not one also has kidney disease, psoriasis is an extremely uncomfortable condition. Not only does psoriasis affect the skin, it also affects the mind, as patients experiencing symptoms often feel anxious or depressed. In the case of psoriatic arthritis, the debilitating pain can severely interrupt one’s daily routine. It is therefore important that everyone with psoriasis seek proper treatment by a board-certified dermatologist. Treatment for psoriasis often entails a trial-and-error approach, so it is important to remain patient throughout treatment and communicate any concerns to your dermatologist.

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If you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis, there is no reason to let it take over your life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating psoriasis and other concerns of the hair, skin and nails. We offer the latest treatment methods for psoriasis, including laser treatment. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Fresh Meadows), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Ridgewood, Bergen County, NJ, Summit, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.

Also Read: Psoriasis Treatments May Lower Risk of Heart Attack

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Smoking Signifcantly Increases Facial Aging

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The risks and downsides of smoking are already well-known. Not only do smokers increase their risk of developing cancer, they also are more likely to develop breathing problems later in life, not to mention the smell of cigarettes is highly unpleasant to others. Although this is not so surprising, a recent twin study recently showed that smoking also accelerates the rate at which one’s face ages. How were these findings discovered?

79 Twins Studied, Of Varying Smoker’s Levels

Consisting of 79 pairs of identical twins, the study was conducted at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. On average, the twins were 48 years old and 57 of these pairs were female. Within each set of twins, one smoked a minimum of five years longer than the other, but otherwise led similar lifestyles. What specifically was studied in these twins?

It’s All in the Face!

Physicians were presented with photographs of each twin’s face and were asked to identify which twin was the smoker (or the longer-term smoker). For the most part, the physicians were able to easily notice who was the smoker. Those who smoked (or smoked longer) had more sagging within the upper eyelids, more dramatic nasolabial folds, and more wrinkles under the eyes. In cases where both twins smoked, the one who had been smoking for at least five years longer showed significantly more signs of facial aging.

Treatments for Facial Aging

Previously, anyone seeking treatment for facial aging needed to undergo plastic surgery. Between the costs, downtime and associated risks, many did not qualify for plastic surgery. Today, a full range of minimally-invasive anti-aging treatment options are available. Botox and injectable fillers can reduce wrinkles and restore facial volume. Other treatment options includes lasers such as Fraxel and Pixel, or Ulthera skin tightening. Compared to plastic surgery, the aforementioned treatment options are more affordable, less invasive, and require significantly less (or in some cases, no) downtime. There’s a minimally-invasive treatment for nearly every type of facial aging.

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Facial aging can occur to anyone, even those who follow healthy lifestyles. If you are experiencing signs of aging, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss remedies. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at treating facial aging and other concerns of the skin, hair and nails. We offer the latest minimally-invasive treatments so that patients can look younger with minimal to no downtime. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.