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    Living With Psoriasis

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    Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition marked by red lesions. It can develop anywhere on the body and may occur in a cycle of flare-ups and remissions throughout life. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, your dermatologist can help you develop a treatment plan to control the symptoms. If you have psoriasis, here is what you need to know about your condition and how to manage it.

    What Causes Psoriasis?

    Dermatologists aren’t sure about the exact cause of psoriasis, but it seems to be caused by a faulty immune response. The immune system is somehow engaged, and the growth of new skin cells starts happening too fast. There is also evidence that psoriasis may have a genetic component. However, researchers are still working to understand the condition.

    What Are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

    There are a few different types of psoriasis, and the symptoms vary depending on which type you have. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form and causes raised, red patches to appear on the skin. The patches are usually covered with dead skin cells that can look scaly. The patches are itchy and sometimes painful. They may also bleed. Although psoriasis can occur anywhere, it is most common on the scalp, knees, torso, and elbows.

    How Is Psoriasis Treated?

    There is no definitive treatment for psoriasis. Instead, it’s important to work with your dermatologist to use trial and error to find the best treatment plan for you. Your dermatologist may try topical treatments, oral and injectable medications, and phototherapy. He or she may also have recommendations about things like dietary changes and which skincare products to use.

    Are you suffering from psoriasis? Make an appointment with Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Our dermatologists will help you control your symptoms with a personalized treatment plan. We provide a range of clinical and cosmetic dermatology services, including skin cancer diagnosis and laser skin treatments. Book your appointment now by calling (866) 608-9531. 

    Update: Ameriderm Research, a division of ADCS, is currently seeking patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema), acne, psoriasis, and advanc

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    Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery has a clinical research division called Ameriderm Research. This division conducts many of the country's clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies doing clinical research on new dermatological drug therapies.

    Ameriderm Research is currently recruiting patients for the following studies:

      *   Actinic Keratosis on Arms, adults

      *   Acne, Moderate – age 12 and older

      *   Atopic Dermatitis (eczema) age 2 and older

      *   Adolescent Plaque Psoriasis - 12-16 years old

      *   Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma,  adults

    Patients wishing to participate or learn more about a specific clinical study can call 386-523-0768 tel://386-523-0768 or email sdavis@ameridermresearch.com.

    Some potential benefits of participating in a clinical trial include the following:

      *   Clinical Trials are under FDA supervision and focus first on patient safety.

      *   Access to promising new approaches often not available outside the clinical trial setting

      *   Treatment that may be more effective than the standard approach

      *   Close monitoring by a research team of doctors and other health professionals

      *   Opportunity to be the first to benefit from the new method under study

      *   Financial reimbursement may be available for time and travel

    Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you to answer any of your questions.

    Ameriderm Research

    Botox for happiness!

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    Botox injections may not only make you happy because you look better and more relaxed but it may have more direct anti-depression effects. As noted in the article below and as presented at the Am Acad Dermatol National Meeting March 2014 Denver a mechanism for antidepression response to Botox is proposed wherein Botox prevents frowning and the resulting relaxed to smiling configuration of facial muscles changes signals from the face to the brain and makes the person happy. Thus, by smiling one becomes happy.

    J Psychiatr Res. 2012 May;46(5):574-81. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2012.01.027. Epub 2012 Feb 24.

    Facing depression with botulinum toxin: a randomized controlled trial.

    Wollmer MA1, de Boer C, Kalak N, Beck J, Götz T, Schmidt T, Hodzic M, Bayer U, Kollmann T, Kollewe K, Sönmez D, Duntsch K, Haug MD, Schedlowski M, Hatzinger M, Dressler D, Brand S, Holsboer-Trachsler E, Kruger TH.

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    Abstract

    Positive effects on mood have been observed in subjects who underwent treatment of glabellar frown lines with botulinum toxin and, in an open case series, depression remitted or improved after such treatment. Using a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial design we assessed botulinum toxin injection to the glabellar region as an adjunctive treatment of major depression. Thirty patients were randomly assigned to a verum (onabotulinumtoxinA, n = 15) or placebo (saline, n = 15) group. The primary end point was change in the 17-item version of the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale six weeks after treatment compared to baseline. The verum and the placebo groups did not differ significantly in any of the collected baseline characteristics. Throughout the sixteen-week follow-up period there was a significant improvement in depressive symptoms in the verum group compared to the placebo group as measured by the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (F((6,168)) = 5.76, p < 0.001, η(2) = 0.17). Six weeks after a single treatment scores of onabotulinumtoxinA recipients were reduced on average by 47.1% and by 9.2% in placebo-treated participants (F((1,28)) = 12.30, p = 0.002, η(2) = 0.31, d = 1.28). The effect size was even larger at the end of the study (d = 1.80). Treatment-dependent clinical improvement was also reflected in the Beck Depression Inventory, and in the Clinical Global Impressions Scale.

    This study shows that a single treatment of the glabellar region with botulinum toxin may shortly accomplish a strong and sustained alleviation of depression in patients, who did not improve sufficiently on previous medication. It supports the concept, that the facial musculature not only expresses, but also regulates mood states.

    Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Determining What Skin Type You Have

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    All skin is not created equal. Skin actually varies greatly from person to person, and in fact, it can vary in individuals over the course of a lifetime. It’s important to discuss your skin type with your dermatologist, since the type of skin you have forms the basis for everything from dermatological treatments to which skincare products work best for you. There are four basic types of skin: normal, dry, oily, and sensitive. You can be one type, or you may have combination skin with different types in different areas. Here is what you need to know.

    Normal Skin

    Normal skin has a good balance of moisture, so it isn’t too oily or too dry. Pores are small and the complexion is clear and radiant. Normal skin also isn’t sensitive. Individuals with normal skin tend to have few skin issues and can use a wide variety of products.

    Dry Skin

    If your complexion is dull and flaky with red patches and visible lines, you have dry skin. Sometimes, people are simply born with dry skin, while medications, tanning beds, aging, and hormonal changes bring it on in other people. Talk to your dermatologist about moisturizers and cleansers that will help boost your skin’s hydration without exacerbating your dryness.

    Oily Skin

    Oily skin is characterized by enlarged pores, shiny complexion, and, in many cases, acne. It can be triggered by hormonal imbalances, stress, and excessive heat. If you have oily skin, resist the urge to wash it frequently. Stick to two times per day. Never pop pimples, which can cause scarring. Ask your dermatologist to recommend non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic skincare products to avoid clogging your pores.

    Sensitive Skin

    Sensitive skin is red, itchy, and dry. It may also burn. Sensitive skin may be genetic or it may be linked to your skincare routine. It is essential that you use very gentle skincare products to clean and moisturize your sensitive skin. Your dermatologist can recommend the right ones for you.

    Make an appointment at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about your skin type and to find out how to care for it. Call (866) 608-9531 to set up a consultation with one of our skin doctors. 

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