There is no better source of care for acne than a good dermatologist. If you don’t have health insurance, however, and oftentimes even if you do, however, your visits to the dermatologist can total hundreds of dollars per month and thousands of dollars per year.
Many acne care products advertise that they kill germs on contact (they usually don’t) or that they get rid of all the germs on your skin after just a few uses (they never do). Typically, these claims are carefully worded to make them sound much more exciting than they are, but you’ll be able to […]
It’s been at least 30 years since doctors prescribed single drugs for treating acne. Acne patients no longer get just a disinfectant like a benzoyl peroxide or just an antibiotic like minocycline or just a retinoid drug like Differin. Dermatologists prescribe medications with multiple effects to get rid of as many blemishes as possible. Typically, they […]
Dermatological researchers are investigating a new class of medications for1 treating acne. These drugs are know as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor agonists, or PPAR agonists (stimulants) for short. This class of new acne treatments contains both great promise and great peril. Before you use them, you need to know about their potential benefits and side effects. We’re […]
Accutane (also known as isotretinoin or 13-cis-retinoic acid) is sometimes a miracle drug for cystic acne, but the benefits of the medication1 come at the cost of side effects. Just a few of the potential side effects of Accutane include:
The antibiotic doxycycline is considered to be a kinder, gentler alternative to minocycline, an antibiotic more often used to treat acne in the United States. Canadian and European doctors often prescribe doxycycline for their teenage and young adult patients because it is less likely to leave black or blue stains on the teeth at the […]
Most dermatologists find1 lasers to be an exciting new technology for treating acne scars. The problem with the technology, however, is that it may be overused. Very few people who have active acne or acne scars respond to lasers used by themselves. They still have to have more traditional treatments, and neither acne nor scars […]
People who pay income taxes to the United States sometimes get to take advantage of itemized deductions. The restrictions on the amount you are allowed to include in your itemized deductions for medical care is a lot less than it once was, but since 2010 Americans have been allowed to deduct the cost of some […]
Acne scar “revisions” and laser treatment of skin roughness and discoloration after acne heals can get really expensive1. It is not at all unusual to want treatment before you can afford to pay cash. And it’s not at all unusual to feel like a contestant on TV’s Let’s Make a Deal as you politely tell […]
Stem cell therapies have been controversial1 in the United States and in most Catholic countries for many years, due to objections concerning the use of tissue from discarded human embryos. The development of techniques that use an adult’s own stem cells, however, have opened up new possibilities for stem cell therapies for an astonishing range […]
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