Warfield Weekly Update
Feb. 11, 2011

Early success for gel that treats acne scars
WebMD
A gel made from a person's own blood may help to fill in acne scars, preliminary research suggests. In a study of 15 people with depressed acne scars, the side of the face treated with the gel looked more aesthetically pleasing than the side treated with needling alone. All participants also underwent a procedure call skin needling that is used to fill in scars. More

Dermatologists caution that atopic dermatitis is a strong precursor to food allergies
Science Daily
Atopic dermatitis, one of the most common forms of eczema in this family of inflammatory skin diseases, is a chronic disease marked by red, cracked and itchy skin. Now, increasing evidence indicates atopic dermatitis is a precursor to allergic diseases rather than a consequence. Dermatologists are advising parents of infants and young children affected by this common skin condition to be aware of the potential for future food allergies. More

Red, white and brown: Defining characteristics of common birthmarks will determine type and timing of treatment
AAD
Vascular birthmarks, which occur in nearly 10 percent of all infants at birth or within the first few weeks of life, can cause concern for parents particularly if they are large or in a cosmetically important area. The decision to treat a birthmark is one that parents should make with a dermatologist, who can determine the type of birthmark and whether or not it poses any potential risks in the future. More

Few face creams block UV-A1
Cosmetic Surgery Times via Modern Medicine
A review of popular facial creams has found that few provide the UV protection to which they make claim, MedPage Today reports. The review was conducted by researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, here, and at Henry Ford hospital in Detroit. They looked at 29 best-selling daily facial creams. Researchers found that regardless of their cost, popularity or sun protection factor (SPF), most creams provide inadequate or no protection against photoaging from UV-A1 radiation.More

Does chocolate make acne worse?
WebMD
What your mother always told you may be true after all: Chocolate may make acne worse, a small preliminary study suggests. Young men who ate up to 8 ounces of chocolate saw their average number of pimples skyrocket from fewer than four to as many as 70. More

Athletes vulnerable to skin diseases, say doctors
TheMedGuru
Participation in team sports and activities is undoubtedly great for health. But what athletes do not know is that closeness with fellow mates during the game can easily foster the spread of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Dermatologists in the United States are now trying to educate sports athletes and their coaches about the common skin diseases that can occur due to bacteria, viruses and fungi and how they can prevent them. More

New iPhone app scans moles
Dermatology Times via Modern Medicine
Dermatologists will now be able to convert the iPhone into a dermatoscope for checking potential skin cancer lesions, according to an online report from Mobile Magazine. FotoFinder Systems has developed "the handyscope," a device that turns an iPhone into a hand-held digital dermatoscope with which doctors can take and save pictures of skin afflictions. More

Small changes in skin care routine can significantly improve skin affected by acne and rosacea
AAD
Patients with acne and rosacea are often confused about selecting appropriate skin care products, cosmeceuticals and cosmetics to add into their daily routine. While they want to continue to see results with the treatment regimen from their dermatologist, they also want to be comfortable using products that address other skin issues, such as wrinkles or that protect their skin, such as sunscreens. More