Course: IDCP2022-M12: Acne
M12: Acne
Raja Sivamani, MD MS AP +1

Welcome to module 12 as we assess new treatment approaches to acne!

Update on Pathophysiology

This session provides a basic overview of the pathophysiology of acne with a focus on development of the integrative toolbox. We will also incorporate concepts that are important to acne in those with skin of color.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the major factors in the pathophysiology of acne
  2. Discuss the unique pathophysiology in skin of color

Acne: Therapeutics Update

This lecture will serve as a review of the novel therapeutics that have gained recent FDA approval for the treatment of acne and to assess the mechanisms of action that are involved.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall the novel therapies for acne
  2. Evaluate the evidence for the use of novel therapeutics
  3. Diagram how current therapeutics affect the pathophysiology of acne

Acne: Microbiome (Gut and Skin)

This lecture will focus on how the microbiota of the skin and the gut are connected to acne. In particular, we will discuss how the microbiome of the skin shifts with the presence of acne and how short chain fatty acids levels are shifted in those with acne.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how the gut microbiome and skin microbiome are shifted in acne
  2. Define gut-skin axis and review how blood levels of short chain fatty acids are altered in acne
  3. Evaluate the evidence for the use of topical and oral probiotics for acne

Diet and Acne

This session will take a look at foods that contribute to acne and the mechanisms involved.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the role dairy plays in acne
  2. Describe how glycemic index/glycemic load impacts acne
  3. List two botanicals that can interrupt acne pathways


User: Raja Sivamani
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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Apple Bodemer

After finishing Medical School and Dermatology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bodemer completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She was the first Dermatologist to be board certified in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine and currently is the only Dermatologist to serve on the Integrative Medicine Board. She has authored academic texts and curriculum and has spoken widely on a variety of topics related to Integrative Dermatology. She has always been drawn to exploring how lifestyle choices impact skin health and disease and feels that the most powerful role a physician can play is as an educator and guide, empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy.

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