For decades we have known that one of the very best antibiotics at our disposal to treat inflammatory skin conditions, especially acne and rosacea, is minocycline. Minocycline is like all antibiotics in that it kills bacteria. However, more important than this is its anti-inflammatory effect.
At Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands, we are heavily involved in developing and bringing to practice new medical and surgical therapies to improve the care of patients with skin disorders. Because it is so common and can cause so much trouble for our patients, we have a special focus on acne therapy.
We would like to share with you three new acne treatment updates, which are innovative medications for acne that have come to the market recently. Our dermatologists believe that all three of these acne treatments will each have an important role in improving the management and control of acne for select patients.
Unfortunately, acne can leave scars. When talking about scars from acne it is important to separate the visible scars from the ones we can’t see. Most of the medical information out there will focus on visible scarring in the skin. In doing this, however, it overlooks the invisible (psychological) scars that can also occur due to acne.
At Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands, we are particularly interested in the treatment of acne. Because of this, we have organized our focus on acne into the Acne Institute of Omaha.
In addition to state-of-the-art patient care and research, education of patients is the third major facet of the Acne Institute. Our care of acne patients over the last decade, we have identified many different and common acne misconceptions, both in teen and adult sufferers as well as the parents of teen acne patients. In this blog, we want to zero in on and explore some of the more common acne misconceptions.
Now that our earlier blog highlighted what rosacea is, let’s look at how it is treated. Several new Rosacea treatment options have come to the market in recent years. But any discussion about Rosacea treatment would be incomplete without first reviewing some things that may make the condition worse.
Have you ever flushed with embarrassment? It turns out the tendency towards the most common type of rosacea is based on this issue—flushing and blushing. Though the line is blurred between having this predisposition versus having full blown rosacea, the best dermatologists recognize that this skin problem.
In addition to its immediate effects on the skin, acne can cause some long-term alterations which are unpleasant. One of the most common things we see at Advanced Dermatology of the Midlands caused by acne is darkening in the skin—known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These acne dark spots are especially common in people with darker complexions. Though in most cases these darkened areas are not permanent, they can last for a very long time, mimicking scarring. The good news is there are dark spot correctors to help speed their clearance from the skin.
Though acne is most often seen as affecting teenagers, it is also a scourge for many adult women. Perhaps this is why acne in adult women does not receive adequate attention in dermatology. It may also be the reason that many women can feel disappointed, embarrassed, and somewhat lost when they do have acne. We understand this extremely well.