7331 E Osborn Dr, Ste 250                  
               Scottsdale, AZ 85251                                
                    480-947-7725                                     

Welcome to our Patient Education page!

We believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics, which can be found on the side of each page. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. You may also search this database, entering your term(s) in the search bar provided.

For more comprehensive information on skin conditions please follow these links to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology and American Academy of Dermatology websites both of which maintain excellent databases for patients.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

 

ASDS Non-Physician Practice of Medicine & Patient Safety Campaign 

"Due to the proliferation of spas, salons and walk-in clinics offering cosmetic procedures performed by non-physicians, the ASDS has noted a significant increase in patient complications."

The problem of impaired safety arises from a lax regulatory environment, indiscriminate sales of medical equipment and the absence of adequate dermatologic training among non-physician providers.  Arizona, in particular, lags behind other states in regulation and the enforcement of laws involving the non-physician practice of medicine.  Frequent complications seen by dermatologists include laser burns, scarring, pigmentary changes, inappropriate treatment, the delayed diagnosis of disease and mis-managment of adverse events.  

Patients should be aware of the potential hazards associated with treatments received in medical spas, salons and clinics owned or staffed by non-physicians and, whenever possible, seek the advice and care of board-certified physicians with training in cutaneous medicine and surgery. 

Complications from the Non-Physician Practice of Medicine

ASDS Patient Safety Campaign

 

Acne is the most frequent skin condition in the United States. It is characterized by pimples that appear on the face, back and chest. Every year, about 80% of adolescents have some form of acne and about 5% of adults experience acne.

Acne is made up of two types of blemishes:

  • Whiteheads/Blackheads, also known as comedones, are non-inflammatory and appear more on the face and shoulders. As long as they remain uninfected, they are unlikely to lead to scarring.
  • Red Pustules or Papules are inflamed pores that fill with pus. These can lead to scarring.

Causes

In normal skin, oil glands under the skin, known as sebaceous glands, produce an oily substance called sebum. The sebum moves from the bottom to the top of each hair follicle and then spills out onto the surface of the skin, taking with it sloughed-off skin cells. With acne, the structure through which the sebum flows gets plugged up. This blockage traps sebum and sloughed-off cells below the skin, preventing them from being released onto the skin’s surface. If the pore’s opening is fully blocked, this produces a whitehead. If the pore’s opening is open, this produces blackheads. When either a whitehead or blackhead becomes inflammed, they can become red pustules or papules.

It is important for patients not to pick or scratch at individual lesions because it can make them inflamed and can lead to long-term scarring.

Treatment

Treating acne is a relatively slow process; there is no overnight remedy. Some treatments include:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide — Used in mild cases of acne, benzoyl peroxide reduces the blockages in the hair follicles.
  • Oral and Topical Antibiotics — Used to treat any infection in the pores.
  • Hormonal Treatments — Can be used for adult women with hormonally induced acne.
  • Tretinoin — A derivative of Vitamin A, tretinoin helps unplug the blocked-up material in whiteheads/blackheads. It has become a mainstay in the treatment of acne.
  • Extraction — Removal of whiteheads and blackheads using a small metal instrument that is centered on the comedone and pushed down, extruding the blocked pore.

Arcadia Dermatology - 7331 E Osborn Dr, Suite 250, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251 (480) 947-7725 / Fax (480) 947-7881