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Seeing the Light: Dermatologists Weigh In on Light Therapy for Acne

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With minimal adverse effects, light therapy has become an alternative treatment in women of childbearing age who cannot use systemic retinoids due to teratogenic effects.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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Adalimumab Reduces Skin Pain in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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Outcomes were examined in 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group clinical trials: PIONEER I (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01468207) and PIONEER II (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01468233).

Strong Link Observed Between Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Crohn Disease

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Patients with hidradenitis suppurativa are at an increased risk for the development of Crohn disease.

Hormonal Anti-Androgen Therapy Good Alternative to Systemic Antibiotics in Acne

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Although HAAT is not typically used as a first-line systemic therapy in women with acne, HAAT usage is linked to shorter cumulative antibiotic duration.

Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne More Likely to Stain Cotton/Linen vs Synthetic Fabrics

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The investigators selected 6 different black fabrics for analysis: 100% polyester fleece (100% polyester), 100% cotton, 75% nylon/25% spandex, 100% rayon, and 55% linen/45% rayon.

Education, EMR Tool Improve Acne Treatment Among Pediatricians

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Adherence to guidelines on the part of pediatricians who care for patients with acne has the potential to improve treatment provided in the primary care setting, enhance patient satisfaction, and permit greater access to dermatologists and pediatric dermatologists.

Oral Isotretinoin for Acne Has Substantial Effect on Health-Related Quality of Life

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Dermatology-specific and acne-specific instruments have better sensitivity in assessing successful treatment interventions than generic instruments.

High Rate of Hidradenitis Suppurativa Observed in Patients With Axial Spondyloarthritis

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Hidradenitis suppurativa is more common in patients with axial spondyloarthritis compared with the general population.

Low Glycemic Index/Glycemic Load Decreases IGF-1 Levels in Adults With Acne

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Medical nutrition therapy may be a practical treatment option for patients with acne, based on the diet-induced endocrine effects on acne-promoting pathways described in this study.

Atrophic Scar Formation in Acne Linked to Long-Acting Immune Responses

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Investigators sought to examine the pathophysiology of scar formation among patients with acne.

Combo Therapy Appears Safe, Effective for Severe Inflammatory Acne

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Treatment with the combination gel + oral doxycycline was associated with a 66.2% reduction in inflammatory lesions, a 58.7% reduction in non-inflammatory lesions, and a 62.6% reduction in total lesions at Week 12 vs baseline (P <.0001).

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