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Is Hydroquinone Safe?

I get a lot of questions about hydroquinone (HQ). If you aren’t familiar, this is a skin-lightening ingredient that has been a mainstay for treating hyperpigmentation and brown spots for years. It’s applied twice a day and must be used in conjunction with daily SPF to provide continued results. It is banned in most European markets due to studies showing …

Magical Vinegar

A lot of my patients prefer practical, non-prescription remedies whenever possible. I love this no nonsense approach and I try to encourage it! Vinegar is a common under-the-sink product that can do some good work for your skin. Dilute vinegar soaks can help with mild cases of foot fungus (tinea pedis). Both white vinegar and apple cider varieties will work. …

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My Nails are Looking Rough

Often I get questioned about new “roughness” or “lines” that someone has noticed in their nails. Is there something wrong? Are they having a reaction to their nail polish or something worse? Vertical ridges that go the length of your nails are very common and in most cases are nothing to worry about. These small irregularities cause the nail to …

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Wedding Ring Rash

Find yourself scratching at your ring finger? It might be Wedding Ring Rash. (This isn’t a technical term, but it gets the point across.) Commonly it presents as red, scaly and sometimes itchy skin directly under the spot where your ring sits. “Am I allergic to my ring?”  Most often, the answer is no. Your skin is reacting to things …

Wart to Do?

My titles are getting worse! Warts are a common problem among many age groups. Young children, teens and adults all can find themselves with one (or many) of them. I’m always happy to treat them in the office, but often people like to try a remedy at home before coming in for an appointment. There are a lot of wart-specific …

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Blame it on the Smog?

Summertime brings to mind visions of breezy outdoor activities, soaking in the fresh air…unfortunately I’m going to break the spell to bring up one tiny (teeny tiny in fact) problem. Air pollutants are unwelcome additions to our outdoor experience. Tiny particulate matter is floating in our air, mostly invisitlbe to our eyes. These microscopic particles raise the number of free …

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Hot Tub Rash Machine?

So you are enjoying some R&R on your summer vacay, basking in the hot tub at your rental condo when BAM! little itchy bumps all over your back! EEK! What gives? You have become the victim of bacteria that love to live in the pipes of your relaxation machine. Don’t think about this too long or you will never get …

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It’s Tinea Time!

It’s seriously hot out these days. Warm weather, humidity and outdoor activity is the perfect recipe for a rash called Tinea Versicolor. This is a non-dangerous disorder of the skin caused by an overgrowth of yeast. These little yeast creatures live on all of us, so no “eww-ing” allowed.  When the conditions are right, they will multiply enough to cause …

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Random Happy Things

This week I’m just not feeling a regular post or product review. Maybe it’s the summer sun or multiple fun distractions I keep finding, but I just don’t have the attention span today. Instead, I just thought I’d post some random (somewhat, very loosely/vaguely) beauty-related products that make me happy.  Eos Lip Balm. It’s basically just the gimick of the …

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That Plant is Poison..

If you get my 90’s music reference in the title, then you are my age and you have fantastic taste in music. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the poison oak/sumac/ivy is creeping. Happy spring! Thought I would address a few common concerns and questions about outbreaks with poison oak or ivy. My frame of reference is …