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Teamine for Tired Eyes

This is a cream that is marketed through Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons’ offices for the treatment of those dreaded under-eye circles. Teamine has some interesting sounding ingredients like grape seed oil and avocado oil, but the jury is still out on whether this gets a “miracle cream” status. Truth be told, I do offer it to patients as an option, …

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Topical Scar Treatments

I get asked about the usefulness of scar creams all the time. Mederma is just one example of a scar cream which has onion extract as its main active ingredient. Studies have not shown that the onion extract works any better than just plain moisturizers, so it’s probably one to skip. If you are interested in treating an existing scar, …

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Don’t Be Gel-ous of My Nails

Gel or shellac nails are becoming very popular at nail salons. When I first tried one and realized that it was immediately dry (ie no delicate, pinky-up use of your car keys or cell phone for an hour post-appointment) I was quickly in love. Then I realized that over the next two weeks the color didn’t chip or fade, I …

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Is it Humid in Here?

Probably not. During the winter, in most parts of our country, the humidity in the air goes down and the heat gets turned on inside. Cozy? Yes. Good for your skin? No. If you have ever visited the mountains in the winter, you are familiar with the chapped lips and parched throat you feel as soon as you get off …

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Hi I’m Kate. I am a Board Certified Dermatologist currently practicing in beautiful Northern California . I have been in love with all things skin and dermatology for a long time, and feel lucky I get to help other people with their skin every day.  There are lots of fun facts and tips that I wanted to be able to …