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Psoriasis skin care

August 2013

Good skin care plays an important role in managing psoriasis. It can ease discomfort and reduce flare-ups. To find out what dermatologists recommend, watch the following video.

Psoriasis skin care guide (1:41)

What dermatologists tell their patients

If your psoriasis itches, soaking in a warm oatmeal bath may help alleviate the itch.

Related resources

Psoriasis tip: How to apply medicine

Scalp psoriasis: Tips for managing

August is Hair Loss Awareness Month

Hair loss affects millions, and there seem to be nearly as many myths about it. To help people get accurate, useful information, the Academy designates each August as Hair Loss Awareness Month. New this month, you’ll find information that can help you distinguish between hair shedding and hair loss. Yes, there is a difference. You’ll also find links to other pages that offer dermatologists’ time-tested tips.

In the news

FDA encourages you to report side effects
Have you or your child experienced a side effect from taking a drug or using a medical device? The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages consumers to report side effects and other problems. Consumer reports have led to stronger product warnings and nationwide recalls.

There are several ways you can report a problem. You can ask your health care provider to file a MedWatch report. You can report a problem directly to a drug manufacturer. You can also report a problem directly to the FDA. To learn more, including how to report a problem directly to the FDA, go to WANTED: Consumers to report problems.


Ads tell folks in Delaware “SPF is your BFF”
In Delaware, cases of melanoma are rising. Cancer statistics show that Delaware’s incidence rate is three times greater than the U.S. average. To promote the use of sun protection, the state of Delaware announced a new skin cancer prevention campaign, which will feature ads that say, “SPF is your BFF.” To learn more, read SPF is your BFF outreach campaign reminds Delawareans to prevent skin cancer.

Academy news

Beware of illegal acne meds
You may know this medicine by one of its brand names — Absorica®, Accutane®, Amnesteem®, Claravis®, Myorisan®, Sotret®, or Zenatane™. The generic name is isotretinoin. Some people have been buying this medicine from websites that do not require a prescription. Only fake online pharmacies do not require a prescription for this medicine.

Buying medicine from a fake online pharmacy puts your health at risk. You could get counterfeit medicine and develop serious side effects. One woman developed scars on her face after taking a medicine that she thought was isotretinoin. She bought it from an online pharmacy that did not require a prescription.

To protect your health, only take isotretinoin if a doctor prescribes it. And, always fill the prescription at a pharmacy that asks for the prescription. To learn more about this medicine, visit Isotretinoin.


Dermatologists share their insight
During the Summer Academy Meeting held earlier this month, some dermatologists took time to share their insight about some common skin conditions. You’ll find this insight, which includes plenty of helpful tips in the following news releases:

Acne, rosacea
Acne comes of age earlier

Proper skin care lays the foundation for successful acne and rosacea treatment

Contact dermatitis
Saving face: Dermatologists helping patients identify source of facial allergic contact dermatitis

Leg veins
Dermatologists have a leg up on newer minimally invasive treatments for leg veins

Skin cancer
Dermatologists urge the public to take non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosis seriously


Next month – Tips for healthy nails

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