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"Confetti Skin, Beauty Within" is our blog about ichthyosis and its effect on our lives. Rachel and our three boys are affected with the form of ichthyosis called "icthyosis en confetti, type 2".

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Here's our summary of our best and most important posts of 2012.

Rachel’s Isotretinoin Log: Month 4

I’m starting my fourth month on isotretinoin (also known as Accutane and other names) and I’ve run into a bit of logistical problems. Thanks to a combination of expiring prescriptions and me leaving the refilled prescription at home before I left for the week, over the past two weeks I only took the medicine on […]

Isotretinoin and Wedding Rings (Rachel’s Isotretinion Log: Week 3)

I’ve been on isotretinoin (also known as Accutane and other names) for three weeks now, and I’m amazed at how quickly I’ve seen results.

But isotretinoin almost made me lose my wedding ring! About a week after starting on the medicine, I had full range-of-motion in my hands and was able to my fingers open […]

Retinoids: What are they?

Retinoids. You’ve heard of them, and maybe been prescribed them. You may have heard that some people say they are a wonder drug that made their ichthyosis go away, but others say scary, scary things about them.

We’ve previously written about sorting out the names of different retinoids and discussed how much one retinoid costs […]

Retinoids and Ichthyosis: A simple explanation for my 10-year-old

We’ve been meaning to start a series of posts about retinoids, but life and summer vacations and travel some family emergencies and even blog emergencies have gotten in the way of our publication schedule. But since back-to-school season is now underway, perhaps now is a good time to re-launch our discussion about retinoids.

Tazarotene: How much does it cost us?

Let’s talk about prescription drug costs.

I mentioned at the end of Tuesday’s post about a clinical study involving tazarotene that I use tazarotene (also known as Tazorac or Zorac and other names), a topical retinoid. (We also use it – very sparingly – on Cookie and Monkey.) I also mentioned that if it were […]

News from Italy: A clinical trial of tazarotene cream

I was excited to listen to Dr. Giovanna Zambruno’s presentation at the UNITI conference this past weekend in Bari, Italy. Dr. Zambruno is with the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI-IRCCS), Laboratory of Molecular and Cell Biology in Rome. The title of her presentation to UNITI was “New topical formulation of Tazarotene: clinical trial’s preliminary results” […]