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JDD November 2023 Issue Highlights | Special Topic: Lasers, Light Sources, and Devices

The November 2023 issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD) focuses on lasers, light sources, and devices featuring the perfect mix original articles, case reports, letters to the editor, and brief communications. Straight from the Editor’s desk, check out this month’s issue highlights.


Interventions to Minimize Pain During Photodynamic Therapy With 5-Aminolevulinic Acid for Treatment of Cutaneous Diseases summarizes the existing evidence with respect to pain control in patients undergoing ALA-PDT, recommendations from clinical experience, and goals for future research.

A Prospective, Multicenter, Study of Laser-Activated Gold Microparticles for Treating Subjects Using Concomitant Topical Retinoids for Mild to Moderate Inflammatory Acne discusses participant satisfaction and the incorporation of this treatment into the clinical practice setting.

Narrow-Band Intense Pulsed Light as Treatment for Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: A Retrospective Study reports on a significant therapeutic effect, which may be applicable in clinical practice.

CO2 Laser Matricectomy for the Treatment of Pincer Nail Deformity. A Retrospective Cohort Study discusses the beneficial outcomes of partial matricectomy with CO2 laser for the treatment of PND.

Fractionated Ablation With Trans-Epidermal Pigment Release: A Novel Tattoo Removal Method discusses a new technique for tattoo removal using fractionated ablation of tattoo pigment with trans-epidermal pigment release. 

In Vivo Reflectance Confocal Microscopy Evaluation of Microneedle Patch Penetration Depth explores the significant effects of microneedle technology.

The First In-Human Application of Continuous Low-Irradiance Phototherapy for Chronic Wounds: A Pilot Study evaluates technology that delivers continuous low-irradiance 405 nm light to chronic wounds.

Topical Treatments for Melasma and Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation provides an overview of topical treatments for melasma and PIH, including recent data from an investigator-initiated trial of the retinoid tazarotene.

A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled, Single-Blinded Study to Assess the Effect of 33-Gauge Needle Versus 34-Gauge Needle on Pain Experienced During Injection of Local Anesthetic on the Face evaluates patient-reported pain levels from over 450 individuals.


Utility of Pulsed-Dye Laser in the Treatment of Recalcitrant Hailey-Hailey Disease investigates optimal treatment settings and intervals for this rare disease.


Telemedicine Versus Teledermatology Usage and Perception Among US-Based Physicians: A Survey Study discusses the concerns, limitations, and solutions of this ever-evolving practice.

Seasonal Patterns in Tetracycline-Associated Hyperpigmentation Among Patients With Acne Vulgaris underscores the importance of photoprotection counseling for these patients. 


Evaluating Quality and Reliability of Most-Viewed YouTube Videos on Topical Steroid Withdrawal explores the need for dermatologists to provide alternative evidence-based resources about TSW to patients.

Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia Milia Treatment With Fractional CO2 Laser and Laser-Assisted Drug Delivery of Triamcinolone presents a new treatment method for addressing the aesthetic concerns of HED patients.

Dapsone to Treat Moderate-to-Severe Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Retrospective Case-Series evaluates HS patients treated with oral dapsone over the past 10 years.

Perceived Barriers in Career Advancement: Medical Students and Resident Physicians compare barriers to obtaining residency specialty or fellowship of choice for medical students and resident physicians.

Epidemiology of Chronic Dermatologic Conditions in Skin of Color provides a resource on the epidemiology of common dermatologic diseases across racial lines.

Management of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: A Case Report and Literature Review highlights how SJS/TEN may present differently in patients on immune checkpoint inhibitors.


Platelet-Rich-Plasma Across the Spectrum of Alopecias: Where Are We Now? evaluates the efficacy of PRP across various forms of alopecia.

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