DermBlog

The Best Over-the-Counter Skin Care Ingredients for 4 Common Problems

Craig Kraffert, MD

In this QualityHealth.com story, the editor writes, "Acne, warts, fine lines and wrinkles, and dry, sensitive skin are irritating (in more ways than one), but these skin problems don’t always require a trip to the doctor. Board-certified dermatologist Craig Kraffert, MD, of California’s ReddingDerm Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology practice, highlights the most effective topical treatments for each of these common skin conditions and how to use them to their best advantage. Read More

The Truth About Acne and Accutane

Craig Kraffert, MD

Accutane, or isotretinoin, is an FDA approved prescription medicine used to treat severe cystic acne. The difference between Accutane and conventional acne treatment is that Accutane induces a predictable and durable remission from acne. In layman's terms, this means that Accutane is frequently a 'curative' treatment for acne sufferers who are reasonable candidates for a course of Accutane therapy. Read More

Causes of Acne: The Real Role of Milk, Chocolate and Fish

Craig Kraffert, MD

For years people have speculated on possible acne triggers. Medical dogma and old wives’ tales abound. Yet the real scientific question has, for the most part, been relatively unaddressed by scientific study: are there lifestyle elements that make acne better or worse? Historically, there has been little population-based data relating to which environmental factors protect against or increase the risk of acne. This year, however, an Italian study of more than 200 acne sufferers has shed light on the relationship of acne to several lifestyle and situational factors. Read More

Accutane for Acne

Craig Kraffert, MD

Over the past hundred years, an exceptionally large array of medications has been made available for patients with dermatologic diseases and disorders. Only a small subset of these medications is revolutionary and even fewer might be euphemistically considered ‘miracle drugs.’ The dermatology medications in this ‘miracle’ category include penicillin for syphilis, cortisone cream for rashes, Valtrex for herpes, Lamisil for nail fungus, Stelara for psoriasis, Botox for scowl lines and Accutane for acneRead More