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Actinic Keratoses Topical Treatment

Actinic keratoses (AKs) are lesions on the skin caused by exposure to UV rays. These precancerous lesions have the potential to become squamous cell carcinoma. AKs can be caused by unprotected sun exposure or from using a tanning bed and are commonly found in patients over 65. They occur most frequently on the face and the back of the hands but can be found on any area of the skin.…
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Top 5 Melasma Cream Ingredients

Melasma – an acquired condition that results in hypermelanosis of the skin – is a common condition among women that is notoriously difficult to treat. However, it is manageable and can be helped with the right topical treatment. While there is no cure for being susceptible to developing melasma, the appearance of hyperpigmentation can be reduced. This is accomplished through a combination of topical treatments and vigilant sun protection. Many…
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Dermatology Compounding

Products that Are Not Commercially Available Dermatologists are frequent prescribers of compounded creams. There are many combinations of ingredients that can be made by a compounding pharmacy that are not commercially available. Higher-strength ingredients can be used including in hydroquinone creams and chemical peels. A compounding pharmacy makes medications that have been discontinued, are experiencing shortages, or are not available in the United States. Combination drug products are available to…
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Hydroquinone for Melasma

Hydroquinone for Melasma Melasma is difficult to treat condition with no cure but there are several treatment options available that can reduce its appearance. The mainstay treatment for melasma is prescription hydroquinone cream. Topical treatments are generally the most effective way to treat melasma. They have fewer side effects than systemic medications and are applied directly to the areas of concern. The topical hydroquinone for melasma that is available commercially…
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Scar Cream with Tranilast

Hypertrophic and keloid scars can be difficult to treat even with the advanced technologies available now. Procedures available to dermatologists like cryotherapy or laser treatment can remove keloid scars effectively while reducing recurrence rates. These procedures are effective but can be enhanced with the use of scar cream applied between office visits. One topical drug that has proven to be effective at reducing keloid and hypertrophic scars is tranilast. Treatments…
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