Dr. Debra Jaliman contacted me recently wishing to speak with me regarding new acne treatments that have been released over the past few years. She is passionate about acne. It was a great conversation. You can read the full interview here. Some of the standouts:

Dapsone: This is a new topical anti-inflammatory which can be used alone or with other topicals, like benzoyl peroxide. It seems to have few side effects, and from what Dr. Jaliman has seen, her patients do not get worse before they get better. However, she did say Dapsone can take 12-14 weeks to start producing results. She claims about 80% of her patients are satisfied with its efficacy.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can cause hormonal irregularities that can lead to skin issues. Dr. Jaliman says this may be more common than we realize. If you or someone you love has menstrual irregularities and/or excess hair growth (hirsuitism), it may be a good idea to get checked out.

Dr. Jaliman also offered an invitation to anyone to email her with questions. I thought that was quite generous. If you have any questions for her, feel free to email her at

We have a new volunteer who is organizing interviews with top authorities in dermatology, plastic surgery, psychiatry and psychology, and other medical and skin care related fields. This is exciting and welcome. I thought we should all submit questions so we can have our specific inquiries answered by these leading authorities. Check out this message board thread for more.