Course: Oral Contraceptives for Acne
Oral Contraceptives for Acne
Karan Pandher +1

This course sheds light on the role of oral contraceptives in acne treatment while touching on the concerns individuals may have with acne treatment. Additionally, we highlight the mechanisms in which oral contraceptives work for acne as well as the role of intrauterine devices and subdermal implants for acne. We hope to provide information that will help in understanding oral contraceptive acne treatment and what to consider when prescribing these medications.


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Karan Pandher

I was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia and moved to Fremont, California, a diverse city near Silicon Valley, for the remainder of my childhood. I completed my undergraduate career at the University of California, San Diego. Following this, I worked as a remote scribe at Augmedix, Inc. utilizing Google Glass technology to document encounters for physicians in real time. I was then accepted to Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University where I am currently an M3 student. As a future physician, through dermatology, I wish to empower patients through skin education so they can feel in control of their health and specifically the prevention and treatment of their diseases. I also wish to add to the growing field of dermatology through research. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, both recreationally and in competitive adult leagues. I also have an interest in board games such as Settlers of Catan and Codenames, and in cooking fusion foods such as pizza burgers and Korean bulgogi burritos.

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Larissa Larsen

Dr. Larissa Larsen is a board certified dermatologist at Pacifica Center for Dermatology in Camarillo, Ca. A Camarillo native, Dr. Larsen attended University of California, Davis for undergraduate education and attended Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Larsen completed her dermatology residency at University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento CA, after which she was invited to stay on as teaching faculty and serve as associate program director. Her research interests and clinical focus were in patient education and hormonally related conditions such as acne, hidradenitis suppurativa, hair loss, and female health. Dr. Larsen worked as faculty at the University of California, Davis until moving back to Camarillo in 2018. As a general, medical dermatologist she is excited to treat a broad variety of dermatologic conditions affecting all ages.

Dr. Larsen believes a strong commitment to patient education is paramount. And her primary goal is to assure her patient’s comfort throughout their visits and treatments. Crucial to this approach is actively engaging patients in their treatment decisions. It is rewarding to her to find an effective treatment for complicated dermatologic conditions and ultimately collaborating with other medical specialties to optimize patient care.

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Raja Sivamani

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

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