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The best and worst of acne treatment optionsPoor quality trials make assessing effects of non-pharmacological treatments in acne difficult, but based on the evidence, glycolic acid, amino fruit acid, intense pulsed light and diode laser are the most promising.
Medication adherence comes down to costDermatologists should discuss cost and insurance coverage concerns with patients to boost adherence to acne medication, researchers report in JAMA Dermatology.
Are polymer-based specialty cleansers milder?Cleansing is a profound mechanical and chemical skin event. The challenge is to achieve skin hygiene without damaging the skin barrier, but smart surfactants are not yet reality.
Are facial toners necessary?Not really, says Dr. Zoe Draelos in this month's Cosmetic Conundrums. Toners are present in most commercial skin care products, but originally it was intended as a cleanser.
Less itch and more sleep with baricitinibA phase two study of adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis shows that once-daily oral Janus kinase (JAK) 1 and 2 inhibitor baricitinib relieved itch and improved sleep, a study shows.
Gene identified as having a role in suppressing atopic dermatitisThe transcription factor "retinoid-related orphan receptor-alpha" (RORA) has been identified as a regulator of T regulatory (Treg) genes responsible for suppressing allergic skin inflammation, researchers report.
I prescribe drugs off-label. Am I in violation of FDA regulationsIn a CME session through your local dermatology society, a prominent drug company provides journal articles documenting the off-label use of one of their prescription pharmaceutical agents. You obtain CME credits, read the journal article and begin prescribing the off-label medication. Is the drug company in violation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rulings? Are your actions acceptable?
The extent of affected body area in psoriasis may determine mortalityThe risk of death for adults with psoriasis that impacts more than 10 percent of body surface area is about 1.8 times greater than adults without psoriasis, according to a new study.
Heart disease and mental health conditions more prevalent in psoriasisModerate-to-severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients are more likely than people without these conditions to have cardiovascular and mental comorbidities, as well as higher healthcare utilization and medical costs, primarily from pharmacy-related expenses, according to a recent retrospective study of U.S. Department of Defense patients.
5 Ways to Boost Your Resilience in 2018
5 Ways to Boost Your Resilience in 2018It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all that we see in the world and the responsibilities of life. Yet there are plenty of ways to build your own resilience, improve your perspective and keep a spring in your step.

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