New Science for Smooth Skin

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The conditions that cause redness, flushing, and irritation are under control with breakthrough research. Some of these newly discovered skin soothers are available now; ask your doctor if they're right for you: Omiganan, an Rx antibacterial gel already used to treat acne, decreased pimples in rosacea patients by 30% after 9 weeks of daily use. >>> Good news if you pop aspirin regularly for heart health: It might also calm your complexion. Rosacea patients taking a low-dose aspirin (81 mg) for 30 days experienced fewer and shorter flare-ups, according to Joseph Bikowski, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Ohio State University. "Aspirin constricts blood vessels, preventing skin from turning red," he says. >>> Almost half of patients injected with 45 mg of ustekinumab, a psoriasis drug that could be available next year, saw a 90% improvement of the skin disease.

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By Jessica Girdwain

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