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Roger Dean Thurmond, MD
(907) 456-8899
PO Box 71720
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1982

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Roger Thurmond, MD
(907) 456-8899
PO Box 71720
Fairbanks, AK
Education
Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190Univ Ok Hlth Sci Ctr, Dermatology; Univ Ok Hlth Sci Ctr, Flexible Or Transitional Year

Kathie L. Stirling MD
(907) 456-3545
515 7th Avenue, Suite 130
Fairbanks, AK
 
Peter George Ehrnstrom, MD
(907) 552-5503
2741 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Languages
German
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak; U S Air Force Hosp, Elmendorf Afb, Ak

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Margretta Ann O'Reilly
(907) 646-8500
3841 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Dermatology

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Kathie Lorraine Stirling, MD
(907) 456-3545
515 7th Ave Ste 130
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Dermatology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Fairbanks Mem Hosp/Denali Ctr, Fairbanks, Ak

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Kathie Stirling, MD
(907) 456-3545
515 7th Ave Ste 130
Fairbanks, AK
Education
Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350Moffitt Hosp Univ Of Ca, Dermatology; Loma Linda Univ Med Ctr, Internal Medicine

Thurmond, Roger
(907) 456-8896
4001 GEIST RD STE 8
Fairbanks, AK
 
Jeffrey M Weiss, DO
(907) 357-2800
851 Westpoint Dr Ste B10
Wasilla, AK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ny Coll Of Osteo Med Of Ny Inst Of Tech, Old Westbury Ny 11568
Graduation Year: 1990

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Robert F Moreland, MD
(907) 646-8500
2741 Debarr Rd Ste C307
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1995

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Suggestions for Acne Treatment?

Q. Do you have any suggestions for the treatment of acne? -Karen

Q. Do you have any suggestions for the treatment of acne? I’ve been researching accutane but am looking for a safer solution. Thank you, Karen

Hi Karen,

Acne is a common problem for many which occurs when oil and sebaceous glands that produce sebum to lubricate the skin get clogged by skin cells. The obstructed gland swells with excess sebum and becomes inflamed and sometimes infected. This results in a variety of appearances from whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules, to cysts that are large inflamed pus filled lesions that leave scars. 

The cause of this increase in sebum production is not really known but it’s thought that hormones play a role. For women, the week before menses is a common time of occurrence. High testosterone levels, especially in people who abuse exogenous testosterone, is known to correlate with acne. The use of hair and face products such as make-up that contains vegetable or animal oils will certainly contribute to blocking the oil glands. Medications linked to an increased occurrence of acne include: corticosteroids, androgens, birth control pills, lithium, halogens, isoniazid, phenytoin, and phenobarbitol.

Treatment options begin with the basics, which you have likely already addressed such as keeping the skin free of oils, washing with soap to reduce bacterial counts, and over the counter use of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Your doctor will likely recommend antibiotics such as clindamycin or erythromycin to kill bacteria in an attempt to reduce inflammation. If you choose this approach I would recommend the topical varieties so that you avoid a systemic exposure. Antibiotics will kill bacteria in your bowel that are important for immune system to work effectively. Other options like retinoids (Retin-A) are medications derived from vitamin A and work by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation but can cause significant side effects such as peeling, redness and photosensitivity (sun burn).

Accutane is another well known acne treatment but we are not sure exactly how it works. Has great potential to cause birth defects in women.

Food and acne is always a popular discussion but from a scientific aspect there is no evidence that food effects acne, not even chocolate. The one possible exception would be that if you have a food allergy then this can upset your delicate immune balance and play some role. Many people have IgG food sensitivities and are completely unaware. If you have any symptoms such as joint pain, headache, rash, gas, bloating, congestion, cough after eating a particular food then you may have an allergy to that food and should get further evaluation which can be done through a simple blood test. Look at Alletess or Immuno Lab online for more information.

Natural therapies that offer hope:
Zinc has been shown in studies to reduce the effects of acne. Be careful not to take too much as zinc excess can...

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