• Does chocolate cause acne?

    With Easter just behind us and Mother’s day shortly ahead, chocolate bunnies and boxes of chocolates are all around. Possible connections between chocolate consumption and acne have been debated for probably as long as chocolate (and acne) have existed. A quick google search of “chocolate and acne” brings up over 50 million results. These results

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  • Rosacea and Caffeine

    Rosacea is a common, chronic condition characterized by facial redness, warmth, dilated blood vessels, and pimples. The condition is sometimes called “adult acne.” It is most common in persons between 30 and 50 years old, women, and those with lighter skin types. In addition to skin changes, patients may experience itchy or gritty feeling eyes.

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  • How to choose a sunscreen

    While its important to wear sunscreen throughout the year, its even more critical during the summer months. Days are longer, people spend more time outside, and the sun is more intense. Choosing the right sunscreen for you, however, can be overwhelming. A recent visit to my local pharmacy revealed over 50 options for sunscreen products.

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  • Molluscum Contagiosum

    My son recently noticed some new skin colored bumps on his stomach and neck. Having a “skin doctor” father led him to ask me what was going on. He had developed molluscum contagiosum.   Molluscum contagiosum is a benign skin infection caused by a DNA poxvirus. The virus produces raised dome-shaped skin colored to pink

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  • Spring Break–Taking Care of Your Skin

    Spring Break—Taking Care of Your skin   With spring break rapidly approaching, some are eagerly anticipating trips to warm and sunny spots. Take a minute before packing up your suitcase to think a bit about your skin health.   If you are considering obtaining a “base” tan before you leave, think again. Tanning beds are

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  • Itchy Skin

    Almost everyone experiences itchy skin at some point. The uncomfortable sensation of itch that causes us to scratch for relief is one of the most common reasons individuals may visit a dermatologist. In fact, one study of patients 65 and older revealed that itch contributed to 11.5% of hospital admissions.   While the most common

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  • Skin Cancer Basics

    Skin Cancer Basics

    If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with skin cancer, basic information about the disease can be helpful in planning and understanding your treatment. When caught and treated early, 99% of skin cancers can be cured. Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer. To learn more

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