OTHER SKIN AILMENTS & TREATMENTS - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports



Also called acne vulgaris – the most common skin condition in the United States and can occur at any age.  It can lead to permanent scarring and takes time to cure – about 4 to 8 weeks


Topical treatments including benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics that come in many forms, including gels, lotions and creams.

Oral antibiotics are standard care in managing moderate to severe acne.  Combination therapy (the use of two or more therapies) use oral antibiotics and topical medication.

Corticosteriod injections may be used to treat large, painful acne lesions.

Accutane (isotretinoin) is used to treat severe resistant nodular cystic acne.  Due to extremely high risk of birth defect while taking this medication, both male and female patients must register before taking isotretinoin with "I PLEDGE".  The patient is monitored by the provider for physical and psychological effects during treatment.


For the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo.

Psoriasis occurs when skin cells grow too quickly.  Faulty signals in the immune system cause new skin cells to form in days rather than weeks.  The body does not shed these excess skin cells, so the cells pile up on the surface of the skin and lesions form.

The three types of treatment for psoriasis is topical, mild to moderate psoriasis; phototherapy (uvb light) moderate to severe psoriasis; systemic (taken orally or by injection or infusion) for moderate, severe or disabling psoriasis

Vitiligo develops when cells no longer make pigment.  Treatment options include light therapy and medications; narrow band ultraviolet (uvb therapy); creams and ointments and in extreme cases, depigmentation or surgery

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