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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: This book covers the current procedures used to treat acne and rosacea and their accompanying complications. The first chapter is an up-to-date discussion on the pathophysiology of acne. The interplay of cytokines, interleukins, 5 alpha-reductase, vascular endothelial growth factor, and metalloproteinases in contributing to acne are nicely diagrammed and reviewed. The book largely focuses on laser, light treatments, radiofrequency, and nonablative modalities and presents mechanisms of action for topical and oral agents.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate dermatologists on current therapies and procedures for treatment of acne and rosacea.
Audience: The audience is dermatologists and budding dermatologists.
Features: The mechanisms of action of prescription drugs used for treating acne and rosacea are well covered in a direct manner. The rationale for how various light and laser devices are helpful in controlling acne is thoughtfully presented. Photographs illustrate different types of acne scarring, different types of rosacea, and before and after laser treatment acne photographs. General concepts are reviewed for all treatments discussed. Readers will need additional information to be well versed in the details of using any procedure or medications discussed.
Assessment: This is a nice, up-to-date overview of acne and rosacea treatments, although there could have been more chapters on rosacea treatment and it lacks any discussion of dietary supplements such as nicotinamide, copper, zinc, etc. However, this would be useful as an introductory therapeutic book.