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Acne: How A Dermatologist Can Help

Everyone has had a few acne breakouts throughout their lifetime. However, in more severe cases acne can become chronic and cause bigger issues for an individual. Sometimes over-the-counter medications and face washes just don’t cut it. “Acne can be embarrassing and painful,” mentions Donna Vial, a certified physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology in Lafayette, Louisiana. It can leave permanent scars Continue reading

Taking Care Of Your Skin After Laser Scar Reduction

Every good provider will walk you through what to expect before, during, and after any procedure including scar reduction. They will also give you a list of recommended post-treatment steps to make your skin healthy and to reduce any symptoms or risk of complications after a procedure. If you’re considering scar reduction and you want to have as much information Continue reading

The Role Of A Dermatology Physician Assistant (PA)

Physician assistants (PAs) are becoming more prevalent in many areas of healthcare. These highly qualified medical providers work with physicians, and they receive education and training in all major specialities, including dermatology. While physicians receive a doctorate degree in medicine, most PAs have a master’s degree in medicine. “PAs who work in dermatology receive a great deal of additional training from the Continue reading

Accutane: The Top 5 Tips to Care for Your Skin

When you have acne that has not responded well to other treatments, your dermatologist may choose to prescribe Accutane. This medication is used to treat severe acne to clear the breakouts and reduce the associated risks of scarring. Accutane works by decreasing oil production. When you are taking Accutane, there are several things you should be aware of to take Continue reading

Benefits of Low Dose Accutane Therapy

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a Vitamin A derivative that has been touted as a miracle drug for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. “This oral pill opens pores in the skin and shrinks oil glands,” explains Emily Johnston, certified physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology. The shrinkage of the glands helps clear up the acne cysts and prevents new ones from forming. Continue reading

Can I do chemical peels or laser after Accutane/Isotretinoin? If so, when?

Now that you’ve started your Accutane acne treatment and your breakouts have ceased, you may be wondering what can be done for the scarring and residual skin discoloration that is left behind? Many patients who have used Accutane, or Isotretinoin, for acne treatment, know all too well the embarrassment and frustration had from years of ineffective treatments. “The relief and optimism Continue reading

What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa and How is It Treated?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a chronic, disabling, skin disorder affects the apocrine sweat glands and hair follicles in the armpits, groin, genital, and breast regions. It causes painful abscesses and scarring in these areas and is a progressive disease that has no cure. “It’s a horribly disabling condition,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “Not only can Continue reading

What Causes Acne?

If you suffer from acne, there’s a good chance it has afflicted either your face, neck, chest, and/or back. This is because these areas have the highest concentration of oil glands, which are where the inflammation originates. When sebum, oil, and dead skin cells collect in your oil glands, they cause a blockage that is vulnerable to a bacterial infection–better Continue reading

When Will My Acne Finally Clear Up?

Will I outgrow my acne? That’s a question that many teenagers ask as they struggle with the well-known skin condition that mars their skin and elevates their social anxiety. Simply put, the answer is maybe. The endpoint of this common skin problem can range from ones early 20’s to their 30’s, 40’s 50’s or beyond! “One of the reasons that Continue reading

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