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Acne: It’s No Friend of Anyone

I have wanted to cover the topic of acne since the launch of this blog, but it’s a topic with such breadth that I have been waiting for the right angle. Recently, I read an article about new acne guidelines that creates a perfect forum for discussion of this important issue. According to the American […]

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Think Before You Ink!

Getting “inked” is a decision that one should not take lightly. Tattoos can have potential – and very real – health consequences. Know the Risks We have long acknowledged and mitigated some problems (like infectious blood borne diseases like hepatitis and HIV through the use of unsterilized needles). Other risks include: Allergies – ink pigments or dyes in […]

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Sunny Goes to the Beach: A Children’s Book on Sun Safety

As a dermatology nurse practitioner in Los Angeles for over five years, I routinely treated patients who wished they had done more to take care of their skin.  As a mother of a toddler (with another on the way!), this particularly worries me.   How do I help Liam (and Baby#2!) form good habits early on […]

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A Follow Up on Seborrheic Keratoses

A Common Variant of Seborrheic Keratoses My prior post discusses seborrheic keratoses (SKs), and I think a subsequent post on a related condition – one that is in the SK family – is fitting. “Here is a 46-year-old man who presented for evaluation and treatment of multiple, clustered dark brown papules that he reports have been […]

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Seborrheic Keratoses – So Odd, So Common

Seborrheic keratoses (seb-o-REE-ik care-uh-TOE-sees), referred to as “SKs,” are among the most common skin growths. Although benign, they usually look suspicious and concerning, which sends people running to the dermatologist. These growths generally appear in middle-aged and older adults. They have an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance in about half of patients, which means they’re often a […]

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Wart…Away!

Ugh! Where the Heck Did That Come From? Common warts are a strange phenomenon. They come out of nowhere, have odd shapes and configurations, grow anywhere on the skin, may spread like wildfire, and frequently pose a demanding and lengthy treatment challenge. While they truly belong on witches and goblins, warts commonly afflict us humans, […]

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Maybe You Shouldn’t Put a Ring On It

  Do you ever get a rash like this – an excessively dry or peeling, pink or red, and either itchy or tender, condition – just under your ring? Many people suffer from what’s known as hand dermatitis or hand eczema, especially those with a history of sensitive skin, eczema, allergies, or atopic dermatitis. And, often, […]

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Reading Between the Facial Lines

It suprises me to learn that, until June 2013, we lacked longitudinal research showing sunscreen’s actual, long-term effects on the appearance of skin. We, both the general public and dermatology professionals, have long deducted through observation that sunscreen (as well as other UV protective measures like wearing sun gear) prevents skin-aging effects, such as wrinkles […]

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Did I Mention I’m Airbrushed, and It’s Customized?

As a prerequisite for this post, we must acknowledge that a tan has psychological benefits, particularly for women. How So? Research reveals that both being tan and the tanning experience itself can immediately boost our psychological well-being – our mood, self-esteem, and self-confidence. When tan, we may perceive ourselves as more attractive – thinner and […]

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Sunless Tanners, Part 2

One thing I learned about myself while reviewing these products is that I am really into self-tanning. The extra time I spend applying it is nominal, and the process is zen-like. I also like the results. When people compliment my tan, they are shocked to learn its fake. “But you live in California? You don’t need self-tanner!” Cue the […]

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