Category Archives Dermatology

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy is safe and can treat a variety of skin conditions. It is less invasive and has a faster recovery time than other treatment methods. It may cost anywhere from $100 - $4,000 or more per session. You must stay away from bright lights for at least 48 hours after the procedure. The average human carries about 22 square…

Light therapy for acne

Light therapy uses red and/or blue LED lights to treat and prevent acne. Blue light may kill the bacteria responsible for acne, while red light may reduce the skin’s oil production. Light therapy is most effective for mild to moderate cases of acne. There are now FDA approved at-home light therapy devices, but there is not yet enough data to…

Dark Nipples

In some cultures, lighter, pink colored nipples and areolas are esteemed as more youthful and enticing. Hormonal fluctuations can contribute to changes in nipple color. While most nipple bleaching creams are safe, healthcare professionals report that some women misuse them. Nipple color varies from person to person and is primarily determined by genetics. If your skin is bright or fair,…

Back and chest acne

Acne can occur anywhere on the body, including the chest, back, and shoulders. Contributing factors include sweating, choice of clothing, and physical stressors. Basic hygiene, spot treatments, and body washes can help manage outbreaks. Chest and back acne have the same root causes as facial acne: a combination of dead skin cells, oil produced by the skin (called sebum), and bacteria…

hydroxycinnamic acid

Ferulic acid, a naturally-occurring compound in plants, is a powerful antioxidant that’s gaining popularity among dermatologists. Serums containing ferulic acid combined with vitamins C and E can help prevent skin aging and skin cancer. Most ferulic acid skin serums aren’t cheap, but given the benefits, many skin care experts believe that they are worth it. What Is Ferulic Acid? Ferulic acid,…

Facial Wart Removal

Facial warts, like all other warts, are caused by a virus (HPV) and spread by person-to-person contact. Facial warts are typically flat or finger-like in appearance. The best way to treat your facial wart and avoid complications like scarring is to visit a dermatologist. Home remedies are typically not recommended for facial warts due to the risk of irritating sensitive…

acne inversa

Acne inversa sufferers are faced with recurrent and often debilitating outbreaks that dramatically reduce their quality of life. Knowing which stage your acne inversa is in could help inform treatment options. No one knows for certain what causes acne inversa, but medical professionals believe that it could be linked to excessive sweating or changes in hormones. Although there is no…

Mole Removal

Moles, also known as nevi, are extremely common skin growths which typically first appear in childhood and young adulthood. Most moles are not dangerous, but some are. If your mole changes in shape or color you should consult with a dermatologist. There are multiple home remedies for removing moles. Some home remedies work, but they do have risks and may…

Accutane For Acne

Isotretinoin (Claravis, Amnesteem, Absorica, Myorisan, and formerly Accutane) is a powerful, oral retinoid treatment for severe or recalcitrant cases of acne. Oral isotretinoin comes with a host of side effects, and has been proven to cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Talk to your doctor about isotretinoin's risks, benefits, side effects, and drug interactions before making the decision to…

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