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 and staff have a run-in with celebrities in Los Angeles

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Dr. Joel Schlessinger's staff member, Ashley Bell, gets a photo taken with Kevin Connolly from EntourageDr. Joel Schlessinger and a few of his staff members attended a meeting last week in Los Angeles where they spotted several celebrities. The staff traveled to Los Angeles to learn about a new clinical research trial when they happened to run into several celebrities at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

Halle Berry and Tom Hanks were at the hotel for an event surrounding the release of their newest movie, Cloud Atlas.

Other celebrities that were at the hotel at the same time as Dr. Joel Schlessinger and staff were Ben Whinshaw, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Cedric the Entertainer and Kevin Connolly.

The Beverly Hills Hilton was also the hotel where famed singer and actress Whitney Houston passed away last February.  According to Dr. Schlessinger, the room she was found in, number 435, is no longer available for rent and has the room number taken down.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his family are large supporters of cinematic arts – learn more about their involvement in Omaha’s local independent film theater, Film Streams, here.

See more photos of Tom Hanks and Susan Sarandon at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s Flickr photostream.

Have you ever had a celebrity sighting? Tell us about it in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger speaks at RxDerm2012 meeting in Austin, Texas

Friday, September 21st, 2012

On Sept. 21, Joel Schlessinger MD spoke at the RxDerm2012 meeting in Austin, Tex. This yearly meeting consists of physicians and guests that want to learn the ins and outs of new and upcoming dermatology technologies.

This year, Joel Schlessinger MD spoke to a room of physicians about hand-held devices and top cosmeceuticals. See his presentation below.

Other speakers at this year’s conference included Peter Panagotacos, Bill Danby, Lynn Danby, Joe Eastern, Sahar Ghannam, Rhett Drugge and many more.

Did you attend RxDerm 2012? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

New study reveals good news for coffee drinkers: Dr. Joel Schlessinger remarks on the link between coffee and cancer

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Coffee often gets a bad reputation because of its high caffeine levels, but according to a recent study, the caffeine in your daily cup of joe can actually help reduce your risk for skin cancer.

This discovered link between coffee and cancer was published in the Cancer Research journal. Investigators found those who drink more than two cups of coffee per day are at a lower risk for developing basal cell carcinoma.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States. Generally caused by overexposure to UV rays or radiation, this form of skin cancer is common to those who experience severe sunburns or prolonged sun exposure.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was delighted to hear the findings about the link between coffee and cancer.

“My guess is that caffeine works as an antioxidant, therefore it helps prevent and repair sun damage,” he said. “My recommendation is to drink coffee responsibly and protect your skin in many different ways with antioxidants for healthy skin.”

Although this story’s findings were impressive, drinking coffee shouldn’t be the only way you protect your skin. Using sunscreen daily and implementing products with CoffeeBerry and caffeine can help give your skin antioxidants for healthy skin.

“We do supply many caffeine-related products on our website, including CoffeeBerry products from RevaleSkin and antioxidant serums from Replenix,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger said.

Some of his favorite caffeine products include:

While you should always use sunscreen and take precautions when it comes to sun exposure, a couple cups of coffee a day can help boost your antioxidants for healthy skin.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was thrilled with this study about coffee and cancer.

“As a coffee fan myself, this study truly makes me happy!” he said. “I’d also like to wish my many followers and patients a happy Fourth of July!”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger weighs in: Diet and body building supplements closely linked to liver injury.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Body  building supplements may cause liver injuryIt’s believed that up to 40% of Americans take weight loss or body building supplements daily. According to a recent review of the US Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, diet and muscle pills are the most common causes of liver injury.

With the plethora of diet and body building supplements on the market, it’s hard to fully understand the health benefits – and risks – associated with these common pills. They can be purchased over the counter and they are generally not prescribed by a medical doctor. The potential toxicity of diet and muscle pills are often not well defined and poorly regulated.

“Basically, we see many issues with supplements and this is another example of this unregulated territory,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “I often find liver injury in my Accutane patients or other patients who are taking supplements and don’t know they can cause problems.”

In the research, investigators identified 1048 cases of liver injury over 8 years and found that 18.4% of these cases were solely attributed to dietary supplement usage and 31% were due to body building supplements. Other products that may attribute to liver damage included immune support products, mental health medications and cough and cold formulas.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger advises his patients to stay away from all weight loss supplements and muscle pills.

“It is difficult, if not impossible, to determine whether your body will do well with them or not. No one is taking bloodwork to make sure these supplements aren’t causing liver damage,” he says.

Be sure to check with your physician before taking any over-the-counter supplement to avoid harm or injury.

Can tumescent liposuction help prevent skin cancer? A recent study shows promising results.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences found that removing abdominal fat in mice helped prevent skin cancer and slow the development of tumors caused by ultraviolet radiation.

The results showed that mice that were fed a high-fat diet had reduced tumor numbers and volume of tumors by 75% when the mice were exposed to high-energy ultraviolet light.

Although this study was performed on animals, it is a promising treatment to prevent skin cancer in humans.  Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that although he has never observed lower incidences of skin cancer in patients who have undergone SmartLipo or tumescent liposuction, he finds this study to be highly interesting.

“Rarely do we see the benefits of SmartLipo or tumescent liposuction for anything other than overall psychological well-being, but this shows that fat removal and, of course, keeping fat from appearing can be beneficial,” he says.

“We all know that being overweight can cause a host of problems, but this study seems to show that it can be the cause of other vastly unrelated issues, such as skin cancer.”

At this point in time, no trials have been performed on humans. The results are not conclusive to prevent skin cancer among human beings at this time.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends eating healthy and exercising regularly to keep at an ideal weight to avoid health problems. Not only may this help prevent skin cancer, but it can also keep you looking and feeling great.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger offers both tumescent liposuction and SmartLipo procedures at his clinic in Omaha, Nebraska. To find out more about these procedures or set up a consultation, contact us by email or call us at 402-334-7546.

Alternative psoriasis treatments: can exercise help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

PsoriasisThe benefits of exercise are well-known: exercise keeps your weight under control, combats disease, improves mood and increases energy. However, recent research says that the benefits of exercise may even include treating psoriasis.

According to a recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology, women who exercise may be reducing their risk of developing psoriasis. Researchers found that in a study of 86,655 women, the most physically active women had a significantly lower chance of psoriasis than the women who exercised the least.

“There is no doubt that keeping fit and avoiding any extra weight or medical issues can keep the symptoms of psoriasis under control,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “However, this study doesn’t address the challenges that psoriasis patients experience that keep them from exercising – namely joint pains and psychosocial issues.”

Exercising can be extremely unnerving to those who already have psoriasis. Symptoms of psoriasis include skin redness and irritation with flaky, white patches on the skin. It can also cause stress to the joints, making it difficult to move comfortably. Although this skin condition is not contagious, it is unsightly and can be painful.

“Psoriasis patients aren’t as likely to exercise because that means showing their bodies to others in the gym,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “If your joints ache, there is also less likelihood that you are going to go out to the gym.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says one of the most rewarding parts of his profession is when a psoriasis patient begins taking medicinal psoriasis treatments and starts to feel like they can go outside and experience the benefits of exercise.

“We see a complete psychological improvement in many of our patients as they get better. It is one of the most gratifying things that I see as a dermatologist,” he said.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that this study is a great example of why medication is one of the best psoriasis treatments.

“It is a chicken and egg phenomenon – many psoriasis patients experience challenges that keep them from exercising, yet once the symptoms of psoriasis start to improve, many find a new lease on life where they can exercise.”