Advocating for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Dermatology and LGBTQ Health
LGBTQ
by Starling Tolliver, MD on
At the 2021 Skin of Color Update, Dr. Andrew Alexis hosted a panel discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), with dermatology powerhouses Dr. Susan Taylor and Dr. Klint Peebles. These two panelists have tirelessly advocated for their respective causes, advancement of knowledge within skin of color (SOC) and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, queer) health. Our first panelist …
Prescribing Isotretinoin for Transgender Patients
isotretinoin for transgender patients
by NEXT STEPS IN DERM TEAM on
Case Scenario A 26-year-old patient presents to the dermatology clinic with severe nodulocystic scarring acne. The patient identifies as a transgender male and notes that he has been receiving hormone replacement therapy for the past 4 years with weekly intramuscular testosterone injections. He has not had any gender-affirming surgeries and reports being currently amenorrhoeic. He is curren …
Managing Acne in the LGBTQ+ Population
Acne in the LGBTQ+ Population
by Andrea Waldman, MD on
One of the most vulnerable populations among both teenagers and adults today is the LGBTQ community. An estimate of the LGBTQ population is difficult to solidify, but based on survey data it is estimated that sexual and gender minority individuals collectively represent four percent of the general population. The LGBTQ community is more likely to experience both dysphoria and discrimination, and t …
Permanent Hair Removal for Gender Minority Individuals
by Dustin Marks, BS | Erica Dommasch, MD on
What are the unique indications for permanent hair removal in gender minorities? For transgender women and other gender minority people seeking a more feminine and/or androgynous appearance, the use of feminizing hormone therapy (e.g. estrogen + finasteride/spironolactone) does not fully eliminate facial and body hair.1  Many transwomen indicate the face as the most important body part for gend …
Managing Acne Among Individuals Receiving Masculinizing Hormone Therapy (MHT)
MHT in Transgender Men
by Dustin Marks, BS - Matthew Mansh, MD on
Masculinizing hormone therapy (MHT) represents a common therapeutic intervention for transgender men (female-to-male) and other gender diverse individuals. MHT typically involves the use of one of several forms of parenteral testosterone (e.g. gel, patch, intramuscular, pellet).1 The goal of MHT is to help develop masculine secondary sex characteristics and/or suppress feminine characteristics in …