Acne/Rosacea: The Stuff You Need to Know

September 23, 2023

John Barbieri, MD, MBA, FAAD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, engages in a discussion about acne and rosacea alongside host Rob Casquejo, PA-C. Their conversation encompasses a wide array of acne treatment options, including topical retinoids, antiandrogens, and isotretinoin. Dr. Barbieri emphasizes the remarkable effectiveness of isotretinoin while highlighting its associated side effects. He underscores the role of hormones in the underlying causes of acne, noting that hormonal influences are present to some extent in individuals, whether they are 14-year-old boys or 35-year-old women. Furthermore, Dr. Barbieri serves as a member of the American Academy of Dermatology work group focused on developing new guidelines for acne treatment.

Shifting the discussion to rosacea, Dr. Barbieri delves into the collaborative process of identifying the most distressing aspects of rosacea for individual patients, which can range from redness and bumps to flushing. He also addresses topics such as insurance coverage and the use of lasers, among other aspects of rosacea management.