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Dark-skinned teens, females prime targets of acne's psychological fallout
A more aggressive approach to treating acne that marries the disciplines of psychology and dermatology is needed, according to two UC Riverside psychology researchers. They also assert that women and people with darker skin disproportionately suffer from acne's psychological impacts. (2021-02-12)

Trifarotene in moderate acne: No study data for the assessment of the added benefit
Trifarotene in moderate acne: no study data for the assessment of the added benefit. Although acne affects many people and there are treatment alternatives, the new drug was only compared with placebo in the approval studies. (2020-11-16)

Fighting cardiovascular disease with acne drug
Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and Stanford University have found the cause of dilated cardiomyopathy - a leading cause of heart failure - and identified a potential treatment for it: a drug already used to treat acne. The study was published on 8 September in Cell Reports. (2020-09-08)

Anatomy of an acne treatment
Sarecycline, a drug approved for use in the United States in 2018, is the first new antibiotic approved to treat acne in more than 40 years. Now, researchers at Yale and the University of Illinois-Chicago have discovered how its unique chemical structure makes it effective. (2020-08-03)

Mindful yoga reduces testosterone by 29% in women with polycystic ovary syndrome
New research shows the regular practice of mindful yoga helps ease symptoms and improve androgen levels in women with PCOS. (2020-04-14)

Probiotics may help treat acne
Acne is caused by chronic inflammation and is often treated with antibiotics. A recent analysis published in Dermatologic Therapy indicates that probiotics may be an effective alternative. (2020-04-08)

Doctors urged to reconsider controversial acne drug
Acne treatment including the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin should be made more readily available despite reports of its association with depression and teen suicide, a study recommends. (2020-03-16)

Are there racial/ethnic disparities in treatment for acne?
Whether there are differences in treatment of acne by race/ethnicity, sex and type of insurance was the focus of this observational study that analyzed treatment and prescribing patterns for acne for nearly 30,000 patients. (2020-02-05)

Teens with obesity and PCOS have more 'unhealthy' bacteria
Teens with obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have more 'unhealthy' gut bacteria suggesting the microbiome may play a role in the disorder, according to new research published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2020-01-23)

Study finds key brain region smaller in birth control pill users
Researchers studying the brain found that women taking oral contraceptives, commonly known as birth control pills, had significantly smaller hypothalamus volume, compared to women not taking the pill, according to a new study. (2019-12-04)

Does blue light therapy help acne? Efficacy and evidence is lacking
Conclusions about the effectiveness of blue light therapy for acne are limited. A new systematic review and meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials of blue light therapy for acne shows methodological and reporting limitations -- including small sample sizes, short intervention periods, and variation in reporting quality for acne outcomes. (2019-11-12)

Daily consumption of sweets, cakes and unhealthy foods associated with acne, study reveals
The research, presented at the 28th EADV Congress in Madrid, evaluated the exposure to different worsening factors on acne more than 6,700 participants across six countries in North America, South America and Europe. It is the first research of its kind, analysing both external and internal factors that can influence acne. (2019-10-11)

Teenage acne may be a natural, transient inflammatory state
Adolescent acne does not always result in a pathological condition; rather, it may be a natural, transient inflammatory state occurring when the maturing facial skin is exposed to new microbes and enhanced production of an oily substance called sebum. Researchers argue that their novel framework suggests that the development of new treatments should focus on promoting mechanisms that restore homeostasis between facial skin and its microbial and chemical milieu. (2019-09-26)

Microneedling improves appearance of acne scars
It turns out creating tiny injuries on your face with needles actually helps decrease the appearance of acne scars. (2019-08-09)

Stem cell research sheds new light on the skin
For the first time, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have studied and outlined the development of sebaceous glands in the skin. The study provides greater insight into the development and maintenance of the skin and how cancer mutations affect the behavior of stem cells. (2019-07-30)

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: Testosterone may significantly improve sexual function and sexual wellbeing in postmenopausal women
The most comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis of testosterone treatment for women undertaken, including 46 reports on 36 trials involving 8,480 women, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal, suggests it can significantly improve sexual wellbeing for postmenopausal women. Benefits include improved sexual desire, function and pleasure, together with reduced concerns and distress about sex. (2019-07-25)

Pregnancies persist among women taking acne medication known to cause birth defects
In a new study, investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital evaluated the frequency of reported pregnancies and pregnancy-related adverse events among women taking isotretinoin. In a paper published in JAMA Dermatology, the team reports that although the number of pregnancies has decreased, pregnancies among women taking isotretinoin have continued to persist even after the implementation of iPLEDGE. (2019-07-17)

Researchers show that the composition of human skin microbiome can be modulated
Scientists at UPF and the company S-Biomedic have demonstrated the use of living bacteria to modulate skin microbiome composition. In the study, published in Microbiome, mixtures of different skin microbial components have been used to temporarily modulate the composition of recipient skin bacteria for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes. (2019-07-08)

Topical cream shows promise in treatment of skin pigmentation disease, vitiligo
A nationwide phase II clinical trial, coordinated out of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, has found that a topical cream was extremely effective in reversing the effects of vitiligo, a relatively common autoimmune disease that causes loss of skin pigmentation. Topical application of the medicated cream, ruxolitinib, which is currently used as an oral treatment for certain blood disorders, resulted in substantial improvement of facial vitiligo symptoms in nearly half of the trial's participants. (2019-06-17)

The Estée Lauder companies showcases skin metabolomics at world congress of dermatology
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) Research & Development (R&D) team will present data focused on new findings in skin metabolomics, skin defense, ingredient science, and anti-aging research at the 2019 World Congress of Dermatology (WCD) in Milan, Italy from June 10 -15, 2019. (2019-06-11)

Cause of hardening of the arteries -- and potential treatment -- identified
A team of UK scientists have identified the mechanism behind hardening of the arteries, and shown in animal studies that a generic medication normally used to treat acne could be an effective treatment for the condition. (2019-06-11)

Newly identified bacteria-killing protein needs vitamin A to work
UT Southwestern researchers identified a previously unknown bacteria-killing protein on the epidermis that requires vitamin A to work. (2019-05-14)

Doctors turning to antibiotic alternatives to treat acne, Rutgers researchers find
Physicians are scaling back on prescribing antibiotics for long-term acne treatment in favor of a combinations of therapies, according to Rutgers researchers. The findings, published as Part I and Part II in the journal Dermatologic Clinics, surveyed studies on acute and long-term acne treatments over the past decade to identify trends. (2019-04-24)

Blue light could treat superbug infections
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterium that causes infection in various parts of the body, is often called a 'superbug' thanks to its ability to dodge many common antibiotics. Rather than rolling the dice with a multi-drug combination or wasting precious time trying to determine which medicine to prescribe, doctors could soon use a new method for disarming the superbugs: light therapy. (2019-04-02)

Proof of pimple: Mouse model validates how 'good' and 'bad' bacteria affect acne
Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine generated a new mouse model that mimics human acne for the first time, and used it to validate the concept of 'good' and 'bad' acne bacteria and introduce new possibilities for targeted treatments and vaccines. (2019-03-07)

Diagnosing 'art acne' in Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings
A multidisciplinary team from Northwestern University and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico has diagnosed the strange paint disease causing Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings to deteriorate. The micron-sized protrusions are metal soaps, resulting from a chemical reaction between the metal ions and fatty acids commonly used as binder in paints. (2019-02-16)

Impact of acne relapses on quality of life and productivity
In a study of teenagers and adults suffering from acne who consulted their dermatologist, the acne relapse rate was 44 percent (39.9 percent of ≤20-year-olds and 53.3 percent of >20-year-olds). The study was published in Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. (2019-02-06)

Trends over time in antibiotic prescribing by dermatologists
This study looked at trends over time in oral antibiotic prescribing by dermatologists using commercial insurance claims data for almost 986,000 courses of oral antibiotics prescribed by nearly 12,000 dermatologists. (2019-01-16)

The age of puberty for Danish children appears to continue to fall
The age at which children enter puberty has fallen in a large number of Western countries, including Denmark. A new Danish study from the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University indicates that the age of puberty is continuing to fall. (2018-11-26)

Anabolic steroids linked to higher rates of premature death in men
Men who use androgenic anabolic steroids -- such as testosterone -- may face a higher risk of early death and of experiencing more hospital admissions, according to a new Journal of Internal Medicine study. (2018-11-21)

UMN researchers work to improve dermatologic care for sexual and gender minority patients
University of Minnesota researchers recently published an opinion piece in JAMA Dermatology focused on standardizing collection of sexual orientation and gender identity in dermatology clinical settings. (2018-11-21)

Age at which women experience their first period is linked to their sons' age at puberty
The age at which young women experience their first menstrual bleeding is linked to the age at which their sons start puberty, according to the largest study to investigate this association in both sons and daughters. The research is published in Human Reproduction journal. (2018-10-11)

Outpatient antibiotic overprescribing rampant
Clinicians prescribed antibiotics without an infection-related diagnosis nearly half of the time and one in five prescriptions were provided without an in-person visit, according to research being presented at IDWeek 2018. The study, which is the first to look at overall outpatient antibiotic prescribing, analyzed more than half a million prescriptions from 514 outpatient clinics. (2018-10-05)

Acne stigma linked to lower overall quality of life, Irish study finds
Many people with acne are negatively impacted by perceived social stigma around the skin condition, a new study from University of Limerick (UL), Ireland, has found. A survey of 271 acne sufferers has revealed that their own negative perceptions of how society views their appearance is associated with higher psychological distress levels and further physical symptoms such as sleep disturbance, headaches and gastrointestinal problems. (2018-09-28)

On the horizon: An acne vaccine
A new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reports important steps that have been taken towards the development of an acne vaccine. The investigators demonstrated for the first time that antibodies to a toxin secreted from bacteria in acne vulgaris can reduce inflammation in human acne lesions. (2018-08-29)

Caution needed when prescribing antibiotics to hypertension patients, study finds
Individual variations in genetic makeup and gut bacteria may explain the different effects of antibiotics on blood pressure, a new rat study suggests. The findings are published ahead of print in Physiological Genomics. (2018-08-23)

Investigational treatment for acne appears promising in laboratory studies
Topical retinoids, which target retinoic acid receptors, are commonly used to treat acne. New research published in the British Journal of Dermatology reveals that trifarotene, a fourth-generation retinoid with potent and selective activity against only one particular retinoic acid receptor, may have an improved efficacy and safety profile compared with less selective retinoids. (2018-07-06)

Spironolactone may be an alternative to antibiotics in women's acne treatment
In a finding that suggests the potential for practice change that would reduce the use of antibiotics in dermatology, researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found the diuretic drug spironolactone may be just as effective as antibiotics for the treatment of women's acne. (2018-06-04)

Large-scale study links PCOS to mental health disorders
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common hormone condition among young women, are prone to mental health disorders, and their children face an increased risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2018-04-10)

New clues to help restore fertility in women with disabling ovary disorder
Ground-breaking research out of the University of Otago, New Zealand, is showing potential to restore fertility in women suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. (2018-04-09)

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