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adapalene (Differin)

adapalene (Differin)

What is adapalene, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Adapalene is a gel used for the treatment of acne vulgaris (pimples). The exact mechanism of action is not known. Scientists believe that when adapalene is applied to the skin, it affects the growth of skin cells and thereby reduces the formation of pimples. […]

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thalidomide, Thalomid

thalidomide, Thalomid

What is thalidomide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Thalidomide is an oral medication used for treating the skin conditions of leprosy, a disease caused by a parasite, Mycobacterium leprae. The mechanism of action of thalidomide is not well understood. The immune system reaction to Mycobacterium leprae plays an important role in producaing […]

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methoxsalen (Oxsoralen)

methoxsalen (Oxsoralen)

What is methoxsalen? What is methoxsalen used for? Methoxsalen is a naturally occurring photoactive chemical found in the seeds of the Ammi majus (Umbelliferae) plant and in the roots of Heraclem candicans. It belongs to a group of compounds known as psoralens, or furocoumarins. Methoxsalen lotion is used for treating vitiligo (leucoderma). The exact mechanism […]

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Spider Bites (Black Widow and Brown Recluse)

Spider Bites (Black Widow and Brown Recluse)

What should you know about spider bites? What type of spider bites are poisonous? Most spiders in the US are harmless. However, black widow and brown recluse spider bites are dangerous, and sometimes life threatening. Black widow and brown recluse spider bites need immediate medical treatment. What are signs symptoms of spiders that aren’t poisonous? […]

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Diving Deeper Into Sunscreen’s Impact on Marine Life

Diving Deeper Into Sunscreen’s Impact on Marine Life

Latest Skin News THURSDAY, Aug. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Is the sunscreen you slather on your body marketed as safe for coral reefs? New research suggests those claims may not be entirely true. Trace metals and other compounds in many sunscreens have unknown effects on marine ecology, say researchers studying Mediterranean waters. Previous studies […]

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Topicort (desoximetasone cream, ointment, spray, gel)

Topicort (desoximetasone cream, ointment, spray, gel)

What is topical desoximetasone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Desoximetasone is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid that is used on the skin (topically). The naturally occurring corticosteroid is cortisol or hydrocortisone produced by the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory actions and also suppress the immune response. The FDA approved desoximetasone in March […]

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hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Perlane)

hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Perlane)

What is hyaluronic acid? What is hyaluronic acid used for? Restylane is a gel of hyaluronic acid produced by bacteria and used for treating facial wrinkles and folds. It is classified as a medical device. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is normally produced by the body; it is what gives skin its volume and […]

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deoxycholic acid (Kybella)

deoxycholic acid (Kybella)

What is deoxycholic acid (Kybella)? What is Kybella used for? Deoxycholic acid (Kybella) is an injectable medication used for reducing fat in the submental region of the face (below the chin). Deoxycholic acid destroys the cell membrane of fat cells causing fat cells to die. Reducing the number of fat cells reduces fat under the […]

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Health Tip: Using Aloe Vera

Health Tip: Using Aloe Vera

(HealthDay News) — Aloe vera is a plant that has been widely used for its healing abilities, the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says. Latest Skin News Topical aloe vera is likely to be safe and helpful for psoriasis and certain skin rashes, the center says. But the center warns against consuming […]

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Protopic Ointment vs. Hydrocortisone

Protopic Ointment vs. Hydrocortisone

Protopic ointment vs. hydrocortisone: What’s the difference? Protopic ointment (acrolimus) and hydrocortisone are topical drugs (for the skin) used to treat atopic dermatitis (eczema). Hydrocortisone is also used for the relief of itching and inflammation caused by a wide variety of skin conditions (for example, insect bites and allergic reactions). Protopic Ointment and hydrocortisone belong […]