Botulinum Toxin Injections May Improve Scarring

Long lauded for its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, botulinum toxin is now being considered for reducing scarring.

By using botulinum toxin to denervate underlying muscle and immobilize tension―which increases inflammation, fibrosis, erythema and scar size―scarring can potentially be reduced, say researchers writing in a review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.

Women Disproportionately Affected By the Psychological Impact of Skin Diseases

Women in treatment for skin diseases, including psoriasis, experience higher levels of non-psychotic psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression, than men.

Identifying these conditions earlier can not only improve their quality of life, but it can also reduce the dermatological impact, according to recently published research.

Psoriasis Linked with Greater Need for Cardiovascular Interventions in Patients with Hypertension

In a new Journal of Dermatology study, patients with hypertension and psoriasis more often required cardiovascular procedures and surgeries than hypertensive patients without psoriasis.

The results suggest that hypertensive patients with concurrent psoriasis experience an earlier and more aggressive disease progression of hypertension, compared with general hypertensive patients.

The Value of Online Patient Reviews

Online patient reviews on social media sites can be an effective tool in helping dermatology practices market and educate patients about minimally-invasive fat reduction procedures, a new study has found.

The study, published in Dermatologic Surgery, analyzed 11,871 patient reviews on fat-reduction procedures from the website RealSelf.com.

According to the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, body sculpting procedures are among the top four treatments patients request. Consequently, knowing what patients do and don’t like about them and how they rate their experiences can help clinicians influence patient choices, study authors say.

Optimizing Fillers for Men

The use of neurotoxins and dermal fillers in men has been on the rise for nearly two decades, but men don’t often achieve the same results as women.

To provide the same degree of success, dermatologists should take into consideration the more masculine features, according to several studies published recently.

Since 1997, there has been a nearly 300% increase in the number of cosmetic procedures performed on male patients. Despite the increased use, however, men still experience lower levels of efficacy.

Coffee May Tame the Redness of Rosacea

Researchers studied the effect of coffee drinking on the risk for rosacea, a chronic skin disease that causes facial redness in about 5 percent of the population. The scientists used data on 82,737 women participating in a large health study between 1991 and 2005.

The analysis, in JAMA Dermatology, found that compared with women in the lowest one-fifth for caffeinated coffee consumption, those in the highest one-fifth were 24 percent less likely to have rosacea. Women who drank four or more cups a day had a 23 percent lower risk of the skin disorder than those who drank less than a cup a month.

VisualDx Launches Aysa, a Consumer-Facing Dermatology App

Clinical decision support tool maker VisualDx officially launched Aysa, its first consumer-facing app, last month at Health 2.0 in San Francisco.

The app allows users to upload pictures of skin lesions or rashes, enter some additional information about themselves and receive suggestions of what condition they might have and what actions to take next.

The app is not intended to be a diagnostic tool, but it does give users options after giving them information about their probable condition.

Squeezing Pimples Could Make Acne Worse

It may be tempting to squeeze a large pimple, but doing so could make the zit worse, skin doctors say.

Up to 50 million Americans struggle with various forms of acne, particularly red, swollen, painful bumps that develop deep in the skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

There are better, more effective ways to manage acne, said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Meghan Feely.