New form of Accutane, researched by Joel Schlessinger MD, approved for use in US

Monday, November 26th, 2012

New form of Accutane, researched by Joel Schlessinger MD, approved for use in USRanbaxy Laboratories has launched Absorica, a drug used to treat recalcitrant acne, in the United States. Joel Schlessinger MD is excited about this new and effective treatment for acne.

Recalcitrant nodular acne is a severe type of acne that often does not respond to antibiotics or topical treatments. Absorica, a new version Accutane, is taken as a capsule by mouth twice daily.

Accutane is an effective treatment that heals and prevents acne breakouts on skin that may be resistant to other treatments. One of the downfalls of Accutane is that it must be taken with a large meal for best results. This version of Accutane has a better ability to be absorbed into the GI tract.

“This means that folks don’t have to take it with a fatty meal to get decent blood levels,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “In our tests, it did a fantastic job.”

Joel Schlessinger MD worked on this drug in clinical trials at the Advanced Skin Research Center in Omaha.

“The other benefit of this drug is that we hope there will be company support for indigent patients who need it.”

Currently, generic forms of Accutane are not much less expensive than the brand name drug, so it is still unaffordable to many patients.

Have you ever tried Absorica or Accutane? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the different types of acne

Monday, October 15th, 2012


While acne is one of the most common concerns treated by dermatologists each year, there is a lot patients don’t know about this condition. There are several types of acne, which all have different causes, appearances and ways to be treated. In this video, Dr. Joel Schlessinger highlights some of the most common types such as small yeast-related bumps, bacterial infections caused by everyday objects and staph infections resembling acne.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also shares his go-to treatment for tough complexions. The LovelySkin Acne Care Starter Set for Normal Skin contains a facial wash, toner, oil-free moisturizer and treatment gel to fight breakouts and keep them at bay.

Watch this video to learn more about different types of acne and how to care for your complexion. For additional advice, set up a consultation with Dr. Joel Schlessinger and Skin Specialists PC today.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares how to minimize pore appearance

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares how to minimize pore appearanceLarge pores can be unsightly and leave your skin looking old and dull. Here are some tips from Dr. Joel Schlessinger on how to minimize the appearance of large facial pores.

“Pore size can’t ever be changed,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger, “but the contents of pores can be exfoliated and cleaned out, resulting in smaller-looking pores.”

Pores can appear large if they are not taken care of properly. They will fill with debris, makeup and excess oil that can lead to blackheads and blemishes. In order to remove buildup, proper skin care is pertinent.

“The best thing to do is to keep your skin clear and clean. This can be done with a good exfoliative procedure or product,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

For a procedure, the doctor recommends trying a professional peel or extraction procedure. Visit LovelySkin Spa or your local esthetician to see what procedure is right for you.

After the procedure, begin using an at-home regimen to minimize the appearance of your pores and keep your healthy complexion.

The doctor recommends using the LovelySkin Acne Care kits to clear your pores and minimize their appearance. These kits contain a powerful cleanser, toner, exfoliating gel and moisturizer in order to keep your skin clean, healthy and refined.

These kits are available for normal skin or for oily skin.

What regimen do you follow to keep your pores looking small? Share with us in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on stubborn yeast-based acne

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Acne comes in all shapes, sizes and forms. A common misconception is that all acnes are the same and they can be treated in one easy cure. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in many people who have acne. Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on one particularly troublesome cause of acne prone skin – yeast.

“There are different forms of acne which is why there are so many treatments used to fight it,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“Many people think acne is a simple condition that just needs one treatment. Unfortunately, many acne treatments will not work on this type of acne.”

Pityrosporum, or yeast-based, acne takes the shape of small, itchy red bumps along your back, chest and hairline. These blemishes are caused by yeast. As these blemishes heal, they can leave a brown discoloration along with a red scar.

Those who have pityrosporum acne prone skin are usually those who are often sweaty or who have a family history of atopic diathesis, a genetic collection of conditions such as asthma, eczema, dry skin, keratosis pilaris or hay fever.

Although many people think a good cleansing regimen will help clear up acne, this is not the case with this stubborn form of acne. Treatment requires both the control of yeast as well as cleansing the pores.

“It is easily treated with a pill, so it is best to see your dermatologist for evaluation,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Medicine will help control the production of yeast while a good skin care regimen will help unclog pores and treat current blemishes. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends supplementing your medication with an acne-fighting set of products, such as the LovelySkin Acne Care Starter Set for Oily Skin.

What’s your acne-fighting regimen?

When should you take your child to the dermatologist? Dr. Schlessinger says the earlier, the better.

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Summer is winding down and school is right around the corner. While many students are worried about what to wear for their first day, others are worried about their acne prone skin. Acne can leave adolescents feelings embarrassed, insecure and socially isolated. While no parent wants his or her children to feel this way, many grapple with the same basic question – when should I take my child to see a dermatologist?

Acne is characterized by pimples, lumps and clogged pores that develop on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Nearly 85 percent of all people develop acne prone skin at some point in his or her life, often occurring during the teenage years.

If left untreated, acne can become painful, causing unsightly lesions and scars. However, once scarring has occurred, it could be too late to make a significant improvement in skin tone and texture.

“One of the most heartbreaking situations I encounter is when a parent brings in their child after acne has caused severe scarring and wants to do anything to make the scarring improve,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Unfortunately, once scarring occurs, there is very little that can be done to improve it.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends taking your child to a dermatologist as soon as you notice mild to moderate acne.

“While many parents assume acne treatments or a dermatologist visit is expensive, it is usually not the case. We have treatments that are very cost conscious and most of the time, they are actually less expensive than many of the infomercial alternatives,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger said.

As soon as you notice acne, make an appointment with your dermatologist. You can recognize acne prone skin by these common signs on the face, neck, chest, back and arms:

  • Blackheads or whiteheads
  • Tender red spots
  • Pus-filled lesions
  • Large, painful lumps

“Due to severe emotional issues associated with teenage acne, it is always best to have treatments when it is early enough to save children from embarrassing or socially isolating situations,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

While you’re out shopping for notebooks and pens, be sure to add a call or visit to your local dermatologist to your back to school to-do list.

How do you get acne and how do you get rid of acne? Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on the issue.

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Acne is a common skin ailment that affects 40 to 50 million Americans. Almost 85 percent of people have had acne at some point in their lives – whether it is on their face, chest, back or all three. But, how do you get acne? And how do you get rid of acne?

Acne is characterized by pimples, cysts and clogged pores that can often be unsightly and painful. More than 40 percent of people in their mid-teens have acne that will one day require acne scar treatment performed by a dermatologist.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger deals with a large number of acne patients on a daily basis. Many of these patients come to see him about acne breakouts or acne scar treatment regimens. While a large number of people receive treatment for their acne, an even larger number of people are trying to take care of their acne without the help of a dermatologist.

“It always saddens me when I see infomercials on TV proclaiming they can cure acne,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “They use pictures that represent severe acne that needs strong, prescription strength medications for treatment.”

Many of these people are also under false pretenses about how acne is caused. There are numerous myths about how one can get acne from chocolate to greasy foods. But, really – how do you get acne?

“Acne can be due to yeast, infections, hormones and heredity,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “While many medications can be used to treat these, there are very few types of acne that succumb to over-the-counter treatments.”

Dr. Schlessinger is frequently asked how do you get rid of acne with an over-the-counter medication.

“A good cleansing system is a great idea, but it alone won’t work to improve acne,” he said.

To begin fighting acne, the doctor recommends using LovelySkin Acne Care System, a comprehensive set of acne-fighting products that treat lesions and help reduce the need for acne scar treatment later. But as the doctor stated, a thorough cleansing may not be enough for severe acne.

“I also recommend a trip to the dermatologist if acne is worse than expected or any scarring is occurring.”

What products do you use for your acne?

What causes acne? Learn more about the link between milk and acne prone skin.

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Could your recommended daily glass of milk be what causes acne breakouts? According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, milk is a major culprit of acne prone skin.

“Acne is frequently worsened by exposure to milk,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “The reason for this is that milk has active hormones in it that also work on humans.”

Milk is naturally designed to promote rapid growth in nursing children and, in the case of cow’s milk, calves. It is full of anabolic and growth hormones that build muscles and in turn, cause acne prone skin.

“Cows pass these hormones into milk and due to the fact that many cows are actually pregnant while being milked, there are other hormones in play that can further complicate the situation,” he said.

In just one glass of milk, an average of 60 hormones is present. These hormones have been found to be a major component in what causes acne.

“Almost all of these hormones can play a role in worsening acne prone skin.”
It’s not just whole milk either – in fact, skim milk could be worse for acne.

“The hormones in skim milk seem to be more concentrated which can cause more problems in people who see a link between their consumption of milk and acne,” he said.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends taking a break from milk if you have concerns over what causes acne blemishes in your skin.

“If you feel that your acne is worse when you drink milk, stop it for a month and see,” he says.

If you can’t give up your daily bowl of milk and cereal, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends trying almond milk as this alternative does not have hormones. Avoid soy milk, as it can have the hormone genustein in it.

A glass of milk may not be what causes acne in your skin, however.

“Not all people are subject to the hormones’ activity, so milk may not be what causes acne in your skin,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger points out. “Be sure to check with your dermatologist and discuss if milk and acne might be connected in your case.”

Have you noticed any correlation between milk and acne in your skin?

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers questions about the acne medicine, Accutane.

Monday, February 20th, 2012
Teenage Girl With Acne

Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers important questions you may have about the acne medication, Accutane.

Question: When is the best time to consider Accutane if my child has acne?

Answer: Generally, I wait until most reasonable methods of treatment for acne have been exhausted before I broach the subject of Accutane usage. That time interval can be months or years but, if I see evidence of severe acne or scarring happening (especially if this is causing anguish on the part of the patient), I will speed up the process on occasion. Acne is reversible with most Accutane treatments, so it is important to use it when necessary.

Question: Is Accutane dangerous?

Answer: Yes and no. Every drug has its risks and benefits, but Accutane has some serious concerns due to birth defects in pregnant women (teratogenicity). This only happens if the pregnancy is exposed to Accutane and won’t affect women after Accutane is stopped, should they then become pregnant.

Here is what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to say about the risks for pregnant women who are exposed to Accutane, along with the importance of avoiding pregnancy while taking the medication.

Other concerns, such as depression, suicide, inflammatory bowel conditions, dry skin, headaches and joint pains are of note but, in my practice, I have never seen a single case of suicide or attempted suicide.  This doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible, but it is a commonly stated side effect and one that the press, in general, seems to promote as ‘fact.’

Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health provides more information about side effects of Accutane.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger has prescribed Accutane to family members.

While I feel Accutane is an incredibly useful drug and have used it on family members, I don’t take the decision to use it lightly and always weigh the risks seriously. If patients have a history of depression, I insist on a psychiatric involvement prior to starting it.

What questions do you have about Accutane that I haven’t answered here?