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Acne: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known As A Teen

Acne is a common skin condition among teenagers. It affects up to 50 million Americans annually and can have a detrimental psychological impact on teens’ daily lives. Fortunately, resources and information are abundant and readily available to us. But, it’s also important to decipher what’s legitimate information and what’s a marketing scheme. Here are 5 tips that I wished I Continue reading

Top 10 Ways to Stop Eczema From Flaring In Colder Months

Fall and Winter can be challenging for our skin, and eczema flare-ups are common during the cold months due to the long, cold nights and dry air. What is an eczema flare-up? It’s a return of the symptoms of eczema characterized by: Itchy, red skin Inflamed reddish-brown or gray patches on your arms, hands, chest, or neck Thickening and cracking Continue reading

Is Alcohol Bad For Your Skin?

We all enjoy a fine glass of wine every once in a while, and that by itself is not a bad thing. It only becomes a problem when we are enjoying too much wine too often. Most people know that alcohol is bad for your liver in high quantities, but it can be bad for other organs as well. One Continue reading

Acne: How A Dermatologist Can Help

Everyone has had a few acne breakouts throughout their lifetime. However, in more severe cases acne can become chronic and cause bigger issues for an individual. Sometimes over-the-counter medications and face washes just don’t cut it. “Acne can be embarrassing and painful,” mentions Donna Vial, a certified physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology in Lafayette, Louisiana. It can leave permanent scars Continue reading

Are You A Popaholic?

With over 77,000 likes on Facebook, 2.8 million followers on Instagram and YouTube videos with over 20 million views, Dr. Sandra Lee (a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper) is nothing short of a social media phenomenon. This sensation started with a single YouTube video posted by Dr. Lee four years ago showing extraction of a blackhead. Her cult following has led to Continue reading

10 Things Your Skin Is Trying To Tell You

A rash or blemish on the skin can sometimes be a window to an underlying health issue. Often times people may reach for an ointment or cream to clear the visible problems on their skin, but consider what your body may be telling you. “Those unwanted blemishes or discolorations may not be the main issue, but rather a symptom of Continue reading

What You Need To Know Before Using Topical Antibiotics To Treat Your Acne

For sufferers of severe acne, relief often proves elusive. They try topical treatments, oral treatments, and follow a regulated diet, but nothing seems to clear their embarrassing and painful acne. “One common treatment option for sufferers of severe acne is a topical antibiotic,” shares Dr. Miriam Hanson, dermatologist and skin care expert at Sanova Dermatology. But many patients ask: While Continue reading

What Changes in the Pilosebaceous Unit Lead to Acne?

We’ve heard about all the contributors: diet, stress, hormones. Even outside variables, like touching the skin too much, transferring bacteria and pollution can also contribute to acne. But all of these factors really effect one underlying structure in your skin that leads to the development of acne. The Pilosebaceous Unit “At its core, acne is a disease of the pilosebaceous unit Continue reading

What Traits Does Your Skin Have? How to Identify Your Skin Type

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the basic skin “types” — oily, dry, combination, sensitive and normal — but may still be a bit confused about how to characterize our own skin. The easiest place to start is by asking yourself “What traits does my skin have?”. “Making a list of your skin’s characteristics will help you Continue reading

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