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Sun gets through that?

Since I have moved to a sunnier climate, I get constantly reminded of all the sneaky ways unintentional sun exposure can happen. I know, poor me with all of these sunny scenarios to cope with daily…sigh… I will handle it somehow… Through you car window? Yes! For two months I couldn’t figure out how I was getting more sun spots …

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PA is the new SPF

It’s almost summer, it’s skin cancer awareness month, and, oh yea, it’s always a good time to talk sunscreen. We have seen some (great) changes in our sunscreen labels starting in January, making them more honest and easy to understand. There is one rating included on some sunscreen labels that you might not recognize; the PA rating. SPF measures how …

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Are You Seeing Red (Spots)?

“What are these red things?” This is a common refrain in my office. Cherry angiomas are small red flat or dome-shaped growths and occur almost anywhere on the skin. It’s harder to find a person (over the age of 30) without a few of these spots; they are that common. They tend to like the trunk the best, but arms, …

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Skin Consult, STAT!

Hypothetical: You are considering a cosmetic skin procedure. Where is a good place to start? Dr. Google can only get you so far. Personal referrals are one good way to find the right doctor. If you keep hearing that Dr. Smooth does the best at botox in town and takes time with her patients, those reviews tend to point you in …

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Pimple Patrol

Most people have, at some point, experienced a pimple on an important day. These situations evoke panic and despair, and lead to the development of many home remedies. Just when I think I’ve heard them all, I learn of yet another creative (read, bizarre) way to banish a spot. Toothpaste, honey, soaks and scrubs…the list is seemingly endless. Let me …

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Are Your Feet Cracking Up?

Thickened, dry skin on the feet and heels is something that I see on my patients every day. Sometimes these thick layers of skin split, causing painful cracks in the skin. People are walking around with this problem unaware that it’s totally preventable…I have to say something! Staring deep into the chasm on your heel, you might feel helpless..not to …

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Anti-Oxidants = Pro-Pretty Skin

Antioxidants are showing up in a huge variety of skin and beauty products. I get a lot of questions about how to best incorporate them into a skin care routine. Why do we care about antioxidants? Our skin suffers from oxidative stress every day, just from being exposed to the air and outdoor environment. The sun amplifies this oxidative stress, …

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These Bumps Bum Me Out

I see a lot of people in clinic who want an explanation (and a cure) for the annoying rough red bumps on the back of their arms. Some hate the texture, other can’t take the color or the itchiness that can pop up around them. Still others are convinced that these spots are new and indicate something terrible is spreading …

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Drugstore Cures Worth Trying Part 2

Sun-damaged, Dull Complexion: RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream.  Retinols help exfoliate and renew dull, sun damaged skin. The challenge of retinol cream is the irritation. It’s very hard to avoid some amount of redness or flaking… “nature of the beast” to some extent. Roc was the leader of OTC retinols when they first emerged, and their latest innovation is this sensitive …

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Drugstore Cures Worth Trying, Part 1

Oily, pimple-prone on your teenager (or you): Stridex Sensitive Pads. These contain salicylic acid, which targets the oil glands, but without the drying effects of alcohol contained in most acne wipes. Used twice a day, especially after volleyball/basketball/hockey practice, they can help ward off mild breakouts from that extra oily skin. Panoxyl Creamy Wash. Benzyol Peroxide is the gold standard of …