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The Expense and Experience of Adult Acne

The Expense and Experience of Adult Acne

Acne: it’s not just for teens. While many teens do experience acne, two-thirds of patients seeking treatment for the disorder are adults. If you find yourself picking up pimple prescriptions and dry cleaning in the same trip, you’re not alone. Approximately 3 million adults are being treated for acne by a physician. And, the cost […]

Conquering Psoriasis: Taking Control for Psoriasis Action Month

Conquering Psoriasis: Taking Control for Psoriasis Action Month

  Understanding Psoriasis We don’t yet know what causes psoriasis. However, experts suspect it’s related to problems with T cells and neutrophils – white blood cells that make up part of the immune system. What we do know is that individuals have unique triggers resulting in flare-ups of the condition. These triggers can include, but […]

5 Dermatologic Conditions that Impact Men Differently

5 Dermatologic Conditions that Impact Men Differently

Many dermatologic conditions impact men and women differently. For Men’s Health Week, we’re highlighting the unique challenges men face when dealing with five common conditions of the hair, skin, and nails. Melanoma Not only are men more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma  – 1 in 27 men will develop this cancer in his lifetime […]

Homemade Sunscreen: A Dangerous Trend

Homemade Sunscreen: A Dangerous Trend

This weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer. While we encourage you to turn to Pinterest for delicious picnic recipes, fun poolside activities, and cute home decor ideas, we also urge you to scroll past the DIY sunscreen directions. The desire to take the “kitchen sink” approach to sun protection is understandable. You want […]

Fashionably Safe

Fashionably Safe

Preventing skin cancer doesn’t stop at spot checks, sunscreen, and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. And, because we can’t always be indoors during the day, opting for a skin-smart look is increasingly important. To stay fashionably safe, we recommend these additions to your summer wardrobe: Heads Up, Hats […]

Face It, Seasonal Allergies Affect the Skin

Face It, Seasonal Allergies Affect the Skin

  Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. And pollen is in the air. Springtime means allergy season, and while we most commonly associate it with stuffy noses and watery eyes, these airborne irritants can dramatically impact the skin as well. Seasonal allergies can show up on the skin in a variety of ways: Contact Dermatitis […]

Retinoids: A Primer

Retinoids: A Primer

Retinoids are an increasingly hot topic in skin care. Effective in treating acne, psoriasis, and in warding off the signs of aging, these topical and oral medications are skyrocketing in popularity in both prescription and over-the-counter formulations. Despite their ubiquitous presence on drug store, beauty specialty shop, and pharmacy shelves, there is a lot of […]

After Acne: Dealing with Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

After Acne: Dealing with Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

After an acne flare, many patients find themselves plagued by brownish or purple spots on the skin. Unlike scars, which are either raised or indented areas due to changes in the skin’s collagen, these are flat discolorations where blemishes once were. This common condition is known as Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) and is a direct […]

More Than Just a Red Face: Seven Signs of Rosacea

More Than Just a Red Face: Seven Signs of Rosacea

Sixteen million Americans suffer from rosacea, yet we know very little about this condition that is frequently mistaken for acne or an allergic reaction. Experts are unsure as to what exactly causes rosacea but suspect that certain environmental and hereditary conditions may play a part. While rosacea is more common in women than men, men […]

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 […]

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