How Do I Choose an Eye Cream?

With the plethora of eye products available on the market, it can be confusing and difficult to choose the right eye cream for you. Devising a systematic approach to choosing your eye cream will help optimize your results and minimize adverse effects. There are three main issues you need to consider:

1.Do I have sensitive skin or can I tolerate stronger products?

This is a very important question to consider as eyelid skin is Continue reading

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Chemical Peels for Melasma Explained

Melasma is a condition characterized by patches of hyperpigmentation usually located on the face. It is believed to be caused by an interplay of hormones or medications and sun exposure. Melasma is more common in women and may be associated with oral contraceptive use and can occur in pregnancy. Although less common, melasma can also be seen in men. Continue reading

Could my skin discoloration be caused by fungus?

Yes! Skin discoloration can either be characterized as hyperpigmentation (dark patches) or hypopigmentation (light patches) and can be quite pronounced in Indian, Pakistani, and other South Asian  and ethnic skin.  The skin can look especially uneven and in the case of light patches, many patients become concerned about the possibility of vitiligoContinue reading

What causes vitiligo and what can be done about it?

What is vitiligo? 

Vitiligo is a dermatologic condition in which the pigment producing cells called melanocytes are lost producing bone white patches of skin. Although this can occur anywhere including the scalp, face, neck, trunk, arms, and legs, there are some special areas of predilection such as around the eyes, mouth, lips, hands and fingers, and genital area. Continue reading

Is Metronidazole an effective treatment for my skin?

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Let us continue our acne series with the prescription medication Metronidazole (Metro). Metro is both an oral and topical antibiotic.

 

How does Metronidazole work?

Metro is part of a class of antibiotics known as nitroimidazoles. These type of antibiotics cause breakage of DNA – in fact, Metro can be used to treat both bacteria and parasite infections! In addition, topically metro has effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and effects – helping reduce redness and aging.

 

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What are all these tiny brown bumps on my face?

A common complaint among my brown skin patients are new “moles” that develop on the face and neck. Typically, these lesions look like tiny, little brown bumps. These lesions are not actually moles, but a benign condition referred to as dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN).

The cause of DPNs remains unknown but they are thought to be genetic. In fact, DPNs are estimated to occur in 35% of African Americans. It is unknown what percent of desis are affected by DPNs, but it is higher that the caucasian population.

Many of my patients state that DPNs make them look and feel older and less confident.  As a confession, I admit that after Continue reading