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

What make-up should I use, Doctor?

This is an exceedingly common question among my female patients. Most women know to use only non-comedogenic and oil free products to avoid clogging pores and producing acne but still have questions regarding the ideal make-up to use. Along with many other dermatologists, my resounding response is to utilize a mineral based make-up usually in a loose powder form. These products provide excellent coverage and camouflage, are generally non-irritating, and are well tolerated by acne prone skin. A number of mineral based make up products are currently available including the following brands:  Bare Minerals, Bare Escentuals, Glo Minerals, and Jane Iredale just to name a few. Continue reading

What SPF sunscreen should I use?

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A fascinating new dermatology study shows sunscreens with SPF 70+ actually provide more protection.  This is because all of us routinely under-apply sunscreen. We are supposed to apply 2 mg/cm2 of sunscreen (approximately 1 oz of sunscreen for the body or a shot glass full). However, the actual protection we 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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Sunscreen 101

With the vast array of sunscreens on the market, how do you choose the best one for you? Let’s review some sunscreen basics:

There are 2 main types of compounds in sunscreens:

  1. Physical blockers: These sunscreens contain zinc or titanium dioxide. They are called physical blockers because they actually absorb and scatter light particles before they reach the skin. They are not absorbed into the skin, thus they rarely cause allergic reactions or contact dermatitis. The downside of physical blockers is that the particles can sometimes be thick and give an opaque or whitish look. In order to avoid that, look for “micronized” formulations- this means that the sunscreen Continue reading