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Acne scars

Firas Al Qarqaz, Ali Al-Yousef
BACKGROUND: Acne is very common skin condition. Most patients with acne will have a degree of scarring as a result of their acne. In patients with darker skin color the scarring can be further complicated by hyperpigmentation. Several treatment options can be used to improve acne scarring, however the problem of post acne hyperpigmentation is not often addressed. This study especially focus on the treatment of pigmented post acne scarring using skin microneedling. AIMS: The primary objective is to assess the improvement of pigmentation of acne scarring in patients with dark skin using microneedling...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Pawel Posadzki, Josip Car
Clinical Question: Are light therapies effective and safe for treating acne? Bottom Line: The evidence for all light therapies remains weak and inconclusive. Red-light methyl aminolevulinate-photodynamic therapy (MAL-PDT) was the only treatment associated with a small though clinically insignificant reduction in the number of inflamed lesions and in global improvement as assessed by an investigator in moderate to severe acne. Red-light MAL-PDT was not associated with higher rates of severe adverse effects than placebo or no treatment...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Dermatology
Mehdi Gheisari, Behzad Iranmanesh, Bita Saghi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: A comprehensive study comparing two different modalities, Nokor needle subcision (NNS) and blunt cannula subcision (BCS), for treatment of acne scars, has not been reported previously. The aim was to compare the effectiveness of these two methods based on patient's and doctor's satisfaction measures, in addition to the late complications 3 months postsubcision. METHOD OF INTERVENTION: Patients had 18-65 years old, with acne scars on both malar sides...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
L Petit, D Zugaj, V Bettoli, B Dreno, S Kang, J Tan, V Torres, A M Layton, P Martel
BACKGROUND: One major sequelae of acne is atrophic scarring, yet objective tools to assess scars are lacking. Neither depth nor volume of atrophic scars is readily evaluable clinically and standard 2D photography is significantly affected by lighting and shadows. The aim of our study was to define and evaluate parameters of 3D imaging that can be used to assess severity of atrophic acne scarring. METHODS: Single center study of 31 patients with acne scarring. A target area of 3 × 3 cm was defined on the face...
March 6, 2018: Skin Research and Technology
Pablo Serrano-Castañeda, Jose Juan Escobar-Chavez, Isabel Marlen Rodriguez-Cruz, Luz Maria Melgoza, Jessica Martinez-Hernandez
The microneedles technology has found applications in many health-related fields. For example, their application in drugs and vaccines delivery as well, as the determination of biomarkers, has been reported. They also have a place in the dermatology and cosmetic areas such as the treatment of wounds from burns, scars, acne, depigmentation, and alopecia will be shown. Microneedles are used in therapeutic applications and are manufactured using materials such as metal (steel, titanium, nickel), polymer (oly-glycolic acid (PGA), poly-lactide-co-glycolide acid (PLGA), poly-L-lactic acid (PLA), chitosan), glass, silicon, ceramic, carbohydrates (trehalose, sucrose, mannitol)...
2018: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tom Kovitwanichkanont, Tim Driscoll
Isotretinoin has revolutionized the treatment of severe acne vulgaris, a condition which if left untreated may result in significant socio-psychological implications for those affected. Timely access to isotretinoin therapy is important to avoid the risks of potential physical and emotional scarring. However, due to its high risks of teratogenicity, isotretinoin must be used with care in females of childbearing potential. Since isotretinoin's introduction, numerous risk management programs have been implemented across the world in an attempt to prevent isotretinoin use in pregnancy...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
Winsion Chow, Goran Jeremic, Leigh Sowerby
Rhinophyma is a disfiguring end-stage manifestation of acne rosacea. It is characterized by a painless hyperplasia of the sebaceous glands and connective tissues of the nose. Numerous surgical modalities-including scalpel surgery, dermabrasion, CO2 laser ablation, and electrocautery-have been reported with varying results. We describe our experience with using a microdebrider to treat 2 patients-a 65-year-old man and a 74-year-old man-who presented with rhinophyma. The instrument we used was the Medtronic Straightshot M4 Microdebrider...
January 2018: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
Venkataram Mysore, Omprakash H Mahadevappa, Shyamanta Barua, Imran Majid, Vishalakshi Viswanath, Ramesh M Bhat, Suresh Talwar, Salim Thurakkal, Sanjeev J Aurangabadkar, Manas Chatterjee, Anil Ganjoo
Background: Currently, the standard protocol regarding the performance of procedures on patients receiving or having recently received isotretinoin (13- cis -retinoic acid) states that the procedures should not be performed. The recommendations in standard books and drug insert require discontinuation of isotretinoin for 6 months before performing cosmetic procedures, including waxing, dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser procedures, or incisional and excisional cold-steel surgery. These recommendations have been followed for over two decades despite little evidence for the stated increased risk of scarring...
October 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
E Forbat, F R Ali, F Al-Niaimi
Whilst the use of isotretinoin has revolutionized the treatment of acne vulgaris, isotretinoin is increasingly recognized as a useful therapeutic option for many other cutaneous conditions. We review the evidence underlying the use of isotretinoin for a variety of dermatological indications including hidradenitis suppurativa, sebaceous gland pathology, rosacea, scarring alopecia, cosmetic dermatology and non-melanoma skin cancer prophylaxis amongst other uses, and thus consider alternative uses within dermatology practice...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Kurt Gebauer
BACKGROUND: Acne vulgaris affects more than 90% of Australian adolescents aged 16-18 years. It may have a significantly deleterious effect on their self-esteem and emotional state. Moderate-to-severe acne can lead to scarring. There are many treatment options available. Most teenagers obtain information from their peers or from the internet. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to inform general practitioners (GPs) of the pathogenesis, physiology and description of acne, as well as therapeutic options, including topical and systemic therapies...
December 2017: Australian Family Physician
Suparuj Lueangarun, Therdpong Tempark
Proven as effective acne scar treatment, ablative fractional carbon dioxide (AFCO 2 ) laser requires post-laser wound healing care. MAS063DP is a multicomponent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory moisturizer for effective post-laser treatment. This study compares the efficacy of MAS063DP and 0.02% triamcinolone acetonide (TA) lotion for post-laser wound healing and complications. A split-face, triple-blinded, clinical study was performed in 16 patients, aged 20-50 years, receiving AFCO 2 on both sides of the face, with MAS063DP on one side and 0...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
Markus V Heppt, Michael C Kirchberger, Thomas Ruzicka, Carola Berking, Werner J Heppt
Isotretinoin is a first generation retinoid with pleiotropic effects on keratinocyte differentiation, proliferation, and activity of sebaceous glands. For years, there has been intense debate on whether the use of isotretinoin combined with cosmetic or surgical procedures is safe and potentially more efficient than either therapy alone. Due to delays in wound healing and keloid formation, conservative recommendations were not to combine isotretinoin with any plastic surgery or local treatment at 6 to 12 months after discontinuation of the drug...
February 2018: Facial Plastic Surgery: FPS
Bikash R Kar, Chinmoy Raj
Background: It is a challenge to treat acne scars and a multimodal combination approach is necessary. While fractional CO2 lasers (FCLs) are an established treatment option, the role of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of acne scars is not established though it is being used extensively in other fields of medicine owing to its healing properties. We combined the two methods to assess the proposed synergistic action on acne scars. Aims and Objectives: To evaluate the effect of FCL alone vs FCL combined with PRP on the quality of acne scars...
July 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
Gabriela Casabona
BACKGROUND: An unfortunate consequence of severe acne is scarring, which can have serious psychosocial consequences. Available methods for treating acne scars have varying degrees of effectiveness. OBJECTIVE: This nonrandomized, retrospective pilot study assessed the safety and effectiveness of combining microfocused ultrasound with visualization (MFU-V; Ultherapy® ) and a calcium hydroxylapatite dermal filler (CaHA; Radiesse® ) for treating atrophic acne scars...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Mohamed L Elsaie, Shady M Ibrahim, Wael Saudi
Introduction: Non-ablative fractional erbium-doped glass 1540 nm and fractional ablative 10600 nm carbon dioxide lasers are regarded as effective modalities for treating acne atrophic scars. In this study, we aimed to compare the effectiveness of fractional CO2 laser and fractional nonablative 1540 nm erbium doped glass laser in treating post acne atrophic scars in Egyptian patients. Methods: Fifty-eight patients complaining of moderate and severe acne atrophic scars were randomly divided into 2 groups of 29 patients each...
2018: Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences
Fereshteh Ansari, Fatemeh Sadeghi-Ghyassi, Barmak Yaaghoobian
INTRODUCTION: Fractional CO2 has many indications in medicine including in treatment of acne scars and rejuvenation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of Fractional CO2 Laser in comparison with other methods of rejuvenation and acne scar treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Several databases including Medline, OVID, EMBASE, CINHAL, SCOPUS, Web of science, CRD, and Cochrane were searched. After conducting the search and evaluation of selected publications, critical appraisal was done and eligible studies were accepted for inclusion in the systematic review...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Deirdre Connolly, Ha Linh Vu, Kavita Mariwalla, Nazanin Saedi
Acne vulgaris is a ubiquitous problem affecting 80 percent of people ages 11 to 30 years, with many patients experiencing some degree of scarring. This review focuses on atrophic scars, the most common type of acne scar. We briefly address the cellular sequelae that lead to scar formation and the initial evaluation of patients with acne scars. We then discuss an algorithmic approach to the treatment of acne scarring based on the classification of scars into erythematous and atrophic types. Lastly, we discuss the future treatment of acne scars and ongoing clinical trials...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Hsing-Jou Su, An-Yu Cheng, Cheng-Han Liu, Chia-Bau Chu, Chaw-Ning Lee, Chao-Kai Hsu, Julia Yu-Yun Lee, Chao-Chun Yang
Primary scarring alopecia (PSA) is caused by irreversible damage to the hair epithelial stem cells that reside in hair follicles. There is limited published work regarding PSA amongst the Asian population. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical features and to characterize the subtypes of PSA in southern Taiwan. In this retrospective case series, we reviewed 89 patients with pathology-confirmed PSA. The data was collected from National Cheng Kung University Hospital between 1988 through 2016. The clinical and histological data were reviewed, and the patients were characterized into different subtypes of PSA based on the clinical features and histological findings...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
Yaqin Xu, Yunhua Deng
Ablative fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is a well-established treatment for acne scars. However, there are limited consensus and guidelines regarding the procedure, such as its treatment plan, efficacy, and safety. In this study, we performed a systematic review to assess the efficacy and safety of the fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment procedure, and to provide evidence-based recommendations concerning its practical use on atrophic acne scars. A comprehensive search was performed in, EMBASE, Ovid, Web of Science, and Cochrane databases, using the keywords "scar(s)," "acne vulgaris," "carbon dioxide," and "fraction* laser(s)" for the period from January 1987 to December 2016...
January 5, 2018: Facial Plastic Surgery: FPS
Anargyros Kouris, Eftychia Platsidaki, Christos Christodoulou, Vasiliki Efstathiou, Vasiliki Markantoni, Kalliopi Armyra, Irene Potouridou, Dimitrios Rigopoulos, Georgios Kontochristopoulos
INTRODUCTION: Chemical peeling is a safe method, widely used to treat a variety of skin conditions and reduce the aging effects. This study aims to evaluate self-esteem among adolescents who undergo chemical peelings. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred and twenty six patients constituted the study group. Sixty seven individuals had undergone chemical peeling for therapeutic reasons and 59 individuals for cosmetic reasons. To assess patients' self-esteem, the Rosenberg's Self-esteem Scale (RSES) was used before and after treatment...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
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