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Is the PicoSure better on removing black ink than the NG: YAG laser?

In my estimation, the PicoSure laser is more effective than the NG: YAG laser. The PicoSure laser has a shorter wavelength and voltage, which allows…

My skin is oily and I have pimples on my face. Which over-the-counter face wash would you recommend?

When it comes to caring for pimples and acne, I recommend using a very gentle non-soap, non-detergent facial cleanser. Most of the harsher, over-the-counter cleansers…

What are two ways to avoid flare-ups, i.e., avoid skin temps and sweating?

It's basic knowledge that avoiding temperature extremes and non-cotton clothes are a touchstone for eczema. However, there are other things like extra fragrance and an…

What are the best moisturizers for the scratched, scaly skin?

The old standard of care was petrolatum-based moisturizers, such as Vaseline and Aquaphor. Unfortunately, these are really goopy, they stain sheets and are unpopular among…

Why is it so important to not scratch eczema patches on the skin?

Eczema is inflamed skin, and inflamed skin itches. The problem is that the skin is already an inflamed, compromised skin barrier due to things like…

What are two ways one can figure out if there are triggers of eczema?

Eczema is either intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic eczema represents a hyper-excitable immune system that is ready to trigger to anything from coarse fabrics to cold…

Will the Nd:YAG laser remove 3mm blue veins?

A 3mm blue vein may be too thick for laser treatment. With that sort of volume of blood within a vessel, it's difficult for these…

I have dark scar marks on my face from when I was younger. What is the best peel?

For acne scarring that's deep in the papillary and reticular dermis, we recommend trichloroacetic acid for a peel. However, the fractionated CO2 laser is generally…

I had Perlane injections & have nodules that I didn’t have a week ago. Is this normal?

This is certainly an unusual consequence of Perlane injections. Two mL, depending on where those injections were placed in your face, should have dissolved fully…

Two months ago, I noticed I started to shed a lot of hair. Am I starting male pattern baldness?

It is normal to lose about a hundred hairs a day, so the estimate of 500 hairs a day is definitely over the norm. The…

Will the red marks left from acne while on Accutane ever go away?

After the completion of isotretinoin, better known as Accutane, the majority of the redness associated with this therapy dissipates over the following three to six…

We always want to take care of our skin early on, but how soon is too soon for Clear + Brilliant?

Clear + Brilliant is a fantastic therapy for young patients who are just entering the world of cosmetic dermatology. There is very little downtime involved…

I always get cyst-like acne on my neck. What is the best way to take care of it?

Cystic acne is a form of acne that is classified as moderate to severe. A systemic medication is typically prescribed to help with the infection.…

Is biting your nails really bad for your health?

Biting your nails is not deleterious to one's health, but there are several undesirable outcomes in doing so. When biting your nails, your cuticles can…

Can eyebrows be restored if they were lost due to steroid injection under the eyebrow site?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition, where your body’s own immune system attacks some components of the hair follicle resulting in that hair to shed.…

I had Radiesse placed under my eyes and now I have redness and lighter skin. What do I do?

Radiesse is a tough product to use in the orbital sulcus around the eyes, and it's also a tough product to use in the lips.…

Is there anything special that I need to do to increase the effectiveness of the laser treatment?

This question is a bit tricky to answer, because it really does depend on the type of laser. For non-ablative lasers, or lasers that do…

Can microdermabrasion take away deep acne scars from teenage years?

Unfortunately not. Microdermabrasion, although very easy to find at various spas and some dermatology offices, is limited by its lack of strength. Microdermabrasion consists of…

I always get cystic acne around my jaw, neck, and ears. How do they form?

Cystic acne is the most severe form of acne. The other forms include papular, pustular, and comedonal acne. Cystic acne consists of large nodular lesions…

How often can I exfoliate my face without hurting it?

Exfoliation generally isn't recommended by dermatologists, since a lot of the natural oils that protect your skin are stripped in the process. However, some of…

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