What's New In Dermatology?
George Woodbury 2/10/23
2023 is an exciting time with increasingly effective therapy for many common skin conditions, including Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Hidradenitis, Actinic Keratosis, and Vitiligo. Let’s take a look at key treatment advances, my perspective being that of a Memphis Dermatologist, in Cordova TN, near Germantown, Arlington, and Lakeland, with Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates, since 1993 (www.Rheumderm.com) (1-901-753-0168).
Regarding Psoriasis, a genetically often itchy or sore skin condition of the elbows, knees, scalp, and neck, traditional therapy focused on prescription topical steroid (meaning “on top of the skin”) creams and ointments, like Clobetasol, and intralesional or injectable steroids. Dermatologists now have seen a true explosion of new psoriasis treatment options, from injectable medications, like adalimumab (Humira®) and etanercept (Enbrel®), to biologic therapies, like ustekizumab (Stelara®) and ixekizumab (Taltz®), to newer Sotyktu (deucravacitinib), a promising new non-steroid JAK-1 inhibitor newly approved for stubborn Psoriasis, including Scalp Psoriasis, and a new steroid-free cream, Vtama® (taparinof).
In 2023, Dermatologists have new options for Eczema treatment (Atopic Dermatitis treatment ). Often starting in childhood, with dry scaly areas of the face, neck, arms, and legs, one new option is an injectable medication – Dupixent® (dupilumab) – to supplement traditional prescription steroid creams, and steroid-free medications, like Eucrisa™; Tacrolimus, and Pimecrolimus. Opzelura® Cream (Ruxolitinib), approved by the FDA for ages 12 and above, is a new topical JAK inhibitor working on the Interleukin system involved in itching. Upadacitinib (Rinvoq®) and abrocitinib (Cibinqo®) tablets, two promising new oral non-steroid JAK-1 inhibitors, show great promise to help manage stubborn Atopic Dermatitis Memphis.
As a member of the American Contact Dermatitis Society, I offer Skin Allergy Patch Testing Memphis, at Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates, Cordova, Tennessee (www.Rheumderm.com: 1-901-753-01680), a helpful way of searching for well-known culprit trigger chemicals for Contact Dermatitis, including preservatives, fragrances, dyes, and components of latex.
Acne treatment continues to improve, with newer forms of Vitamin A becoming available, including topical tretinoin, adapalene, tazarotene, and trifarotene (AKLIEF®), and a new oral antibiotic –Seysara®. We also have a new topical form of minocycline (Amzeeq®), and a promising new topical antiandrogen, clascoterone cream (Winlevi®).
Dermatologists also sometimes choose a 5 months’ course of oral isotretinoin Memphis (Accutane Memphis) – for people with severe acne or acne that keeps coming back (recurrent acne) – though this drug must not be used by people who may become pregnant during therapy – due to the risk of severe birth defects.
Newer treatment options are now also available for Hidradenitis Suppurativa Memphis– a painful underarms inflammation – including adalimumab (Humira®) injections for Hidradenitis; for acne rosacea – include brimonidine gel (Mirvaso®); and for excess sweating – Hyperhidrosis – including Qbrexa® (glycopyrrholate).
For precancerous growths - solar keratosis (actinic keratosis) - we now offer four FDA-approved therapies to supplement liquid nitrogen treatments (cryotherapy): and solar keratoses (actinic kertaoses) also frequently respond to topical 5-fluoruracil (Fluoroplex® and Efudex®), Diclofenac (Solareze®), imiquimod (Aladara®), and (abironone) Klisyri® gel.
Vitiligo treatment Memphis TN has also improved dramatically with the availability of an oral tablet and topical JK inhibitor – Opzeulura® (ruxolitinib) – for patients aged 12 and older
For premature sun aging or wrinkles, Memphis Dermatologists like myself can offer newer prescription options such as Renova® and Retin A Micro Gel.
I have a special focus on my patients with complexion issues and sun damage because the Woodbury family of Dermatologists has been studying and manufacturing organic cleansers (AmberSoy™ Soap Gel) and Alpha-hydroxy Acid (AHA) moisturizer creams for Tennesseans with Acne, Psoriasis, and need for Antiwrinkle creams for many years. In 2016, I became President of Big River Silk™ Skincare Inc., manufacturer and distributor of the GlycoShea™ Creams and Lotions, containing Glycolic Acid, and also a gentle organic moisturizer, HypoShea™ Oil, for people with dry and/or sensitive skin (www.Bigriversilkskincare.com; 1-901-753-0168).
So if you’re looking for a “Dermatologist Near Me Memphis”, or a “Dermatologist Near Me Cordova TN,” my own Dermatology Cordova TN practice is with Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates (www.Rheumderm.com; 1-901-753-0168), Cordova, TN, a suburb of Memphis, TN. Or you can find a Dermatologist closer to you by going to the American Academy of Dermatology web site, AAD.org, then plugging your zip code into the “Find a Dermatologist” tab.
Memphis Dermatologist George Woodbury MD, Cordova, TN, on what’s new for 2023 for Psoriasis, Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis), Acne, Vitiligo, biologic therapy, Dupixent®, allergy patch testing, trifarotene, Winlevi®, and anti-wrinkle GlycoShea™ Creams 1-901-753-0168 www.Rheumderm.com www.Bigriversilkskincare.com 02/04/23