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Study Shows Retin-A Micro Pump Effective for Treating Acne

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 17, 2010

Teenagers and many adults can suffer from acne and its side effects for several years, and severe cases of acne can cause excessive scarring and trauma to the skin. While some acne treatments at medical spas and cosmetic dermatology centers can help to keep acne under control, most acne sufferers need to maintain a healthy skin care routine to keep breakouts at bay. A recent study published in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology shows that a once-daily treatment of the Retin-A Micro® Pump in the morning, along with a benzoyl peroxide treatment, can help to keep acne under control.

Researchers found that many acne sufferers need a simple skin treatment regimen in order to achieve noticeable results. The Retin-A Micro® Pump is designed for acne sufferers with busy schedules, and is a once-daily treatment that can help to reduce breakouts and keep the skin clear.

According to Richard Fried MD, PhD, Clinical Director of Yardley Dermatology Associates in Pennsylvania, “Historically, it was thought that tretinoin would degrade in the presence of light and benzoyl peroxide. Therefore, some people used it only as part of a nighttime regimen and without the simultaneous use of benzoyl peroxide…however, this concern is alleviated with the improved tretinoin formulation found in Retin-A Micro® Pump, which can now be part of simpler protocol for acne treatment.”

Results of these studies show that most patients are able to enjoy significant results by incorporating the Retin-A Micro Pump into their skin care regimen. The product is the only acne treatment to combine tretinoin, a prescription retinoid, and works by absorbing excess oil and reducing facial shine. The treatment can be combined with a benzoyl peroxide facial wash and used morning and night to treat mild to moderate facial acne vulgaris.

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BenzEFoam More Effective for Acne Treatment than Prescription Cleansers

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 21, 2010

Many people suffering from acne turn to prescription benzoyl peroxide cleansers and powerful cleansing solutions made with salicylic acid to help clear up congested pores and calm down irritated skin. However, these acne treatments may aggravate the skin even further.

Onset Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology, has highlighted the effects of BenzEFoam™ Emollient Foam, a 5.3% benzoyl peroxide solution that can effectively reduce the level of P.acnes counts in  patients. The results of a study of BenzEFoam™ on back acne were published in the June issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, and demonstrated that the total P. acnes colony counts on the backs of patients were reduced by more than 99% after two weeks of treatment. The results were compared to the effects of a standard prescription 8% benzoyl peroxide cleanser, which had a minimal effect on back acne of patients after two full weeks of treatment.

According to Dr. James L. Leyden, MD, Emeritus Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, “it is well known that “leave-on” formulations of benzoyl peroxide are more effective in reducing P. acnes than cleanser formulations, and this may be especially relevant on the back where there is less sebum to solubilize benzoyl peroxide particles, a necessary step for penetration into sebaceous follicles.”

The emollient foam has the added benefit of moisturizing the skin and spreading easily over a large area, making it especially attractive for patients suffering from acne of the back and other parts of the body, in addition to the face. The treatment can be left on the skin for about five minutes before it is rinsed off thoroughly. There is a risk of bleaching of the skin with this treatment, so patients must wash the cleanser off within the specified time frame.

Approximately 50 percent of acne patients in the United States have both facial and non-facial acne symptoms, and the skin disease affects about 40 to 50 million Americans. The BenzEFoam™ product is available at dermatology centers around the country.

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FDA Approaches Allergan About Misleading Aczone Ads

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 30, 2009

bg-whyaczoneAllergan, the makers of Botox and other cosmetic surgery treatments, has recently been approached the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about its marketing and advertising campaign of Aczone, an acne treatment that was announced for the U.S. markets earlier this year.

According to a recent report in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is claiming that the ads are misleading and that Aczone’s effectiveness is overstated.

The print advertisements ran in magazines and newspapers in Spring 2009 and did not appear again later this year. However, the marketing and advertising campaign did not include information about the (many) risk factors associated with the Aczone treatment, and as a result, Allergan is no longer allowed to run the same ad.

Azone is promoted as a topical gel acne medication that can be prescribed by a dermatologist. Free samples of the product are available online by visiting  and filling out a registration form. The current ads on the website claim that Aczone can produce results in as little as two weeks, and is a “highly effective way to treat acne.”

The safety and side effects section of the website reports that women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, women who are breastfeeding, and individuals who have glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency should not use the product and must consult with a medical doctor before pursuing this type of treatment. According to Allergan, Aczone may not be a good match for those who are taking acne medication with benzoyl perozxide.

Side effects of Aczone include redness, oiliness and peeling of the skin, and if the patient uses benzoyl peroxide in conjunction with the Aczone gel, the skin can turn yellow or orange.

These side effects were omitted from the marketing and adveritsing campaign that Allergan ran this spring.

Allergan has been issued a warning and must send a written response to the FDA by August 28, 2009 before the FDA pursues legal action.

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NanoBio Corp. Unveils Innovative Acne Treatment

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 17, 2009

42-15717262Today’s innovative acne treatments include blue light therapy and Isolaz laser acne treatments, but these aggressive treatments may not be necessary if a new topical product makes its way into the consumer market.

NanoBio Corporation, a privately held biopharmaceutical company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, revealed new data about its innovative nanoemulsion-based product for the treatment of acne at the Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting in Boston the week of July 29. The NB-003 product works by targeting the oil-producing glands connected to the hair follicle, and treating the infection site by killing the microbes on contact. It is the first of its kind to reach deep within into the skin tissues and kill bacteria within seconds, and will be undergoing ongoing review by clinical researchers.

Acne can be triggered by a number of factors including stress, poor skin health, an unbalanced diet, or be the result of hormonal imbalances. In some cases, addressing the root cause of the problem can help. However, many people are not able to trace the cause of the problem and must pursue an ‘outside in’ approach to achieve healthier skin. This may include the application of topical retinoids, taking oral contraceptives, or undergoing a series of laser or light treatments.

If this topical acne treatment is successful, many patients will no longer need to take birth control pills to manage their acne symptoms, or undergo expensive laser or blue light therapy acne treatments to keep breakouts under control.

NanoBio Corp. has been developing other types of anti-infective products to treat cold sores, tinea capitis, cystic fibrosis and nail fungus. If the acne treatment becomes available in the United States, it may be an attractive alternative for many acne sufferers who have not been able to achieve results with conventional acne treatments such as topical retinoids, blue light therapy or Isolaz laser acne treatments.

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Dr. Anil Shah Proves Botox Treats Acne

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 4, 2009

42-15545422Botox has long been the ultimate wrinkle cure for those who want to smooth out wrinkles on the forehead or say goodbye to crows feet, but one doctor has proven that Botox injections can also effectively treat acne.

Chicago plastic surgeon Anil Shah, M.D. has treated approximately 100 patients at his practice to reduce inflammation of the pores and stop the overproduction of sebum that often causes severe acne breakouts and cysts. He injects botulinum toxin directly into the skin so that the pores are ‘frozen’ and therefore cannot produce any more oil. This slows down oil production and may help reduce the rate of acne breakouts.

According to the report in Medical News Today, the technique itself is fairly difficult. The muscle under the skin is only 1/25th of an inch thick, so Botox must be injected only on the very top layer of the skin in order to work on acne breakouts. Going any deeper would result in a partial paralysis of the facial tissues, the same effects that result from injecting Botox into the forehead or around the eyes.

Dr. Shah has published the results of his works in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, and continues to offer it at his practice for patients who have not had any success with Accutane, antibiotics, light therapy or other types of acne treatments.

The most immediate effects of Botox for acne is a reduction of oil production throughout the treated area, and even a shrinking of the pores. As the skin becomes more stable and healthier, it can then heal naturally and become more resilient. The natural healing of the unhealthy pores and skin tissues also helps reduce the risk of inflammation and acne breakouts.

Dr. Shah is one of the few doctors in the country to offer Botox treatments for acne, but more doctors may soon be joining him so that patients have more options for achieving clearer skin.

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Retinoid Creams Not Linked to Early Death

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 29, 2009

creamAn article published in the latest issue of the Archives of Dermatology indicates that retinoid cream made with tretinoin, a topical ointment often prescribed to patients with acne and other skin problems, may have been linked to certain types of cancer, and even premature death.

Researchers wanted to test the efficacy of retinoid compounds on participants who had died, or were suffering from cancer.  The original studies indicate that tretinoin compounds in the creams were linked to some cases of malignant cancer, and those who are suffering from skin conditions because of a weakened immune system may have been putting themselves even more at risk for premature death by using these highly potent creams on a regular basis.

A total of 1,131 patients were selected for the study, and assigned either a cream containing 0.1 percent tretinoin or an unmedicated cream as a placebo.  They were required to apply the cream to their face and ears every day during the study period, and were then evaluated and examined by a dermatologist. In the treatment group, 15 patients died of non-small cell lung cancer, 12 died from vascular disorders and 15 died from respiratory and chest disorders.

However, researchers conclude that some of these deaths may have been the result of smoking that produces additional health risks; when the study was conducted in late 2004, the researchers did not take age, smoking and other illnesses into consideration  (Source:

Still, some reserachers contend that even though there is not a direct correlation between tretinoin and increased deaths, the study suggests tretinoin may play a role the development of cancer.

Medical News Today recently reported on this issue, pointing out that the Veterans Affairs Topical Tretinoni Chemoprevention (VATTC) Trial that  assessed the outcomes of the high-dose retinoid treatment study found there was not enough supportive evidence of the data and further investigation was needed in order to determine if topical tretinoin is in fact, linked to premature deaths.

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Cannabis for Healthier Skin? Researchers Report New Findings

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 3, 2008

Acne treatments, laser skin rejuvenation and other facial enhancement procedures are common methods for treating troubled skin, but scientists are finding that endocannabinoid agents may be a more effective skincare solution.

Marijuana is already used medicinally to treat several types of diseases and ailments including Alzheimer’s, anorexia, and Tourette’s syndrome, but researchers now believe that its cannabinoid properties may also have a positive effect on the skin.

European scientists have found that the body produces a compound that is similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. THC has a sedating effect on the central nervous system and can slow down muscle movements and even reduce pain. Experts suggest that cannabis compounds that are naturally produced by the body can be applied topically to the skin to treat a variety of skin disorders and skin imbalances.

“This research shows that we may have something in common with the marijuana plant,” said Gerald Weissmann, MD. “Just as THC is believed to protect the marijuana plants from pathogens, our own cannabinoids may be necessary for us to maintain healthy skin and to protect us from pathogens .”


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