Acne Research Updates
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Chronic Care for Skin Disease? Cannabis is recognized as a potential treatment for psoriasis, lupus, nail-patella syndrome, and severe pain. A growing body of research suggests that cannabis and its derivatives could be used to treat acne, pruritus, and skin cancer and to support wound healing. (J Cutan Med Surg. 2017 Oct 1) In a recent publication, authors urged additional research to clarify potential benefits of cannabis derived treatments. The authors also noted that dermatologists may be presented with side effects of cannabis use. These can include urticaria and pruritus resulting from cannabis allergy, necrosis and ulcers associated with cannabis arteritis, and oral cancers from cannabis smoke.
Late Adolescen Acne Linked to Melanoma? Swedish researchers did not identify an increased risk for malignant melanoma in men associated with late adolescent acne. (Cancer Epidemiol. 2017 Oct 12;51:44-48) However, being overweight or obese in adolescence may be associated with an increased risk for malignant melanoma.