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Insights on Acne and Rosacea Treatments, Hormonal Therapies, and Depression Screening | AAD 2024


John Barbieri, M.D., MBA, associate professor at Harvard Medical School, discussed various topics based on his presentations at this year’s American Academy of Dermatology meeting about acne and rosacea with Managed Healthcare Executive.

Barbieri shared that in one session, his co-presenters highlighted energy-based therapies, including 1726-nanometer lasers for acne treatment, as well as advancements in acne management for skin of color, focusing on hyperpigmentation and new trials.

Another co-presenter discussed hormonal therapies for acne and rosacea, referencing the recent UK Soccer study on Spironolactone.

Barbieri shared insights on mood changes with Accutane, emphasizing a recent meta-analysis indicating a reduced suicide risk with isotretinoin compared to other acne therapies.

Regarding suicide and depression screening, he suggested using tools like the PHQ-2 or engaging in discussions with patients, stressing the importance of patient-reported outcomes like PHQ-2 and PROMIS measures in clinical practice.

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