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What is phototherapy, and how does it work?

What is phototherapy, and how does it work?

By Charlene V. Kakimoto, MD Chief Medical Officer, Clarify Medical Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is the use of ultraviolet (UV) light for its healing effects. Phototherapy has been used worldwide for nearly a century to treat chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo and severe eczema. While many treatments decrease the overall immune […]

A reaction to your jewelry? It’s more common than you think.

A reaction to your jewelry? It’s more common than you think.

It starts with an itch – around your neck, finger, wrist, or on your ears. The skin feels warm, tender. It starts to swell and turn red. If things get really bad, blisters and dry patches form, it may look like you’ve been burnt. If you’ve been wearing jewelry, it’s likely you’re having an allergic […]

Have You Scheduled Your End-of-Summer Spot Check?

Have You Scheduled Your End-of-Summer Spot Check?

Did a new spot show up on your skin this summer? Now is the best time to get it checked. Your summer tan may be fading, but that skin damage isn’t going anywhere. Before sunny summer days (and maybe accidental sunburns) vanish from memory, remember to look for any new spots that may have cropped up during the […]

Don’t Get Sidelined by Skin Infections

Don’t Get Sidelined by Skin Infections

Sometimes, teammates share more than just the competitive spirit. These common skin diseases among athletes can spread rapidly and ruin everyone’s fun. Below are six season-wrecking conditions that parents, players, and coaches should be aware of: Concerned you may have contracted one of these common infections? Don’t let long waits for in-office visits keep you […]

Test Your Acne IQ

Test Your Acne IQ

The fall semester is about to start. Are you putting your best face forward when it comes to acne?  Acne affects so much more than just your skin. Even mild breakouts can damage your self confidence, making this busy time of year even more stressful. That’s why it’s important to understand your skin. Make sure […]

How To Be “Sun Smart” This Summer

How To Be “Sun Smart” This Summer

Summertime is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors, the long days and the warmth of the sun. It’s also the most critical time to be “sun smart.” Being aware of the sun and reducing its long-term ultraviolet radiation exposure leads to healthier skin, slows the effects of photo-aging (including skin thinning, wrinkles, […]

Men: Does Your Skin “Got Game” During Playoff Season?

Men: Does Your Skin “Got Game” During Playoff Season?

It’s fun to tease men as a group for being doctor-shy, so add in the distraction of NFL playoff season, and there’s another reason that can be used for putting off care. It’s more comfortable in that “man cave” anyway, right? But men are just as susceptible to skin, hair and nail medical conditions as […]

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