Hair Loss Trial: Now Recruiting

Hair loss, also know as alopecia, is a plaguing skin condition that a number of people deal with on a daily basis.  At any one time, about 90% of the hair on a person’s scalp is growing. Each follicle has its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors. Some things that may trigger or cause hair loss are stress, hormones, genes, drug use, and autoimmune diseases to name a few. There are also many different types of hair loss, all classified by age, severity, cause etc.  Although there are a number of different types of hair loss, the treatments are all relatively the same.

Our first and usually very effective line of defense is Rogaine.  This over-the-counter foam product does an excellent job of helping new hair growth and maintaining what you already have…..you just have to use it! When we want to get more aggressive on the treatment, we also use a medication in pill form called Propecia in combination with the Rogaine treatment.  One of our last lines of defense are steroid injections directly into the scalp in order to stimulate new hair growth in the follicles.  While all of these treatment options are great, we are continually seeking new and better ways to treat such conditions through our research studies and trials.

Are you suffering from thinning on the crown/back of your head? We’re currently recruiting healthy male participants for a clinical trial of a topical treatment product for hair growth in men with male pattern baldness. If you’re a male 18-59 and have thinning hair, you may be eligible to participate in this trial and receive potential FREE treatment.  Contact our office today for further details! 910-256-4350

 

Acne: the who, what, and how

Acne is a skin condition that affects a number of men, women, boys, and girls ranging anywhere from ages 12 and beyond.  The term acne stands for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and occasionally the upper arms. It is one of the most common, and while not life threatening, sometimes one of the most embarrassing skin conditions.

What Causes Acne? The primary trigger for acne is fluctuating hormones. Although the hormonal fluctuations that cause acne are most common during the teen years, they can also affect adults. Hormones stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum, which can block pores. Bacteria can then grow within the pores, causing them to become inflamed and break out.

What Can I do if I have acne? There are a number of treatment options for acne.  Usually it is recommended to start with over-the-counter face washes with benzyl peroxide, or salicylic acid in them.  Acne is a slow process, so sometimes these washes can take 4-12 weeks to really start working, so you must be patient.  If the over the counter options aren’t working for you, then it may be time to see a dermatologist to determine what prescription treatment options may be best for you.

We know going to the doctor can be costly, so if you think you are at the point where you need help managing your acne, but don’t want to have to pay for it, we may have the perfect solution for you!  WDC is now recruiting candidates for our acne study.  If you are a participant in the study, you will receive money compensation for your time AND potentially get FREE acne treatments.  If you think you may be interested in making some money and helping us learn more about current and future treatment options, contact our office today to setup a time to meet with our research department!

Dealing with Acne?

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting approximately 40 to 50 million Americans annually. Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and occasionally the upper arms. While it is something that mostly effects teens, a significant number of adults are also affected by this skin condition. What exactly causes acne? Its cause can be contributed to many factors affecting the skin. Typically, overactive sebaceous oil glands can produce too much oil and combine with skin cells to plug pores causing bumps to form above the skin.

Although the condition itself isn’t life threatening, it can be embarrassing, leave potential scaring if severe, and not great for our self-esteem. That’s’ where we at WDC come in! There are a number of treatment options for moderate to severe cases that your dermatologist can come up with a treatment plan to best suit the type and severity of your acne.

Treatment options:

Treatment is designed to prevent formation of new lesions and aid the healing of old lesions. Treatment may consist of topical creams or gels containing retinoic acid, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, topical antibiotics or oral antibiotics. It is important to remember that there is no quick fix for acne and not every patient will respond the same. It typically takes 6-8 weeks to see initial results and a combination approach is often necessary. Severe or refractory cases may need treatment with isotretinoin or Accutane® which are extremely effective, but have potentially serious side effects. Surgical intervention may include professional chemical skin peeling, laser or light treatments such as Blu-u, removal and/or drainage of cysts, and/or intralesional cortisone injections.

We are also currently recruiting for an acne study in our research department. What can this do for you? You can get potentially FREE, that’s right, FREE treatment for your moderate to severe acne. Contact our office today to see if you may be a candidate in the study to help us learn more about new and upcoming treatments for this sometimes chronic skin condition.