Hidradenitis Suppurativa

The name Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) implies that the disease involves collections of white blood cells or “pus” in and around sweat glands. However, our current understanding of HS is that it begins with blockage of hair follicles followed by inflammation and possibly infection of the associated sweat glands. The areas that are …

Accutane or Isotretinoin for Severe Acne: Update on Side-Effects

One of the most important drugs used in Dermatology today is Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, for severe acne.  It is the only medication capable of curing the most severe forms of scarring cystic acne.  Accutane is the brand name used by Roche, which discovered and developed the drug.  It …