CE: The Role of Ceramides in Restoring and Maintaining Skin Barrier Function in the Treatment and Prevention of Common Dermatologic Conditions

Pharmacy Times, January 2021, Volume 89, Issue 1

This activity is supported by an educational grant from CeraVe.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from CeraVe.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Pharmacists

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Explore the function of the skin barrier and what factors may disrupt it
  • Examine the effect of decreased ceramide levels in the pathogenesis of common skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, and photosensitivity/UV damage, and the clinical data supporting the use of ceramide-containing cleansers and moisturizers in their treatment and management
  • Analyze the current American Academy of Dermatology recommendations for the treatment and management of common skin conditions, including routine skin care regimens involving the use of cleansers and moisturizers that restore skin barrier function
  • Illustrate the role of the pharmacist in educating patients about common skin conditions and the role of ceramides as well as in making clinical recommendations that may augment outcomes in patients with these skin conditions

Pharmacy Technicians

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the function of the skin barrier and what factors may disrupt it
  • Discuss common skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, and photosensitivity/UV damage, and the effect of decreased ceramide levels in these skin conditions
  • Recognize the use of ceramide-containing routine skin care regimens involving cleansers and moisturizers that restore skin barrier function that are used in the treatment and management of common skin conditions
  • Review the role of the pharmacy technician in supporting the pharmacist by referring patients who would benefit from education and recommendations that may improve outcomes in patients with these skin conditions

FACULTY

Kathleen Kenny, PharmD, RPh

Chief Executive Officer, Med Ink Exec, LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado

TARGET AUDIENCE: Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

ACTIVITY TYPE: Application for pharmacists; Knowledge for pharmacy technicians

RELEASE DATE: December 21, 2020

EXPIRATION DATE: January 15, 2022

ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE ACTIVITY: 2.0 hours

FEE: This lesson is offered for free at www.pharmacytimes.org.