Bumpy arms?

With most of the country in the midst of a heat wave, men and women are baring more skin. Sleeveless tops are meant to make you feel cool — not embarrassed about the bumpy “chicken-skin” on the back of your arms.  This common disorder is a condition referred to as keratosis pilaris (KP).  The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 20-40% of all adults are affected by KP.

  • What causes KP: KP is caused when keratin (a skin protein), blocks the hair follicle and forms hard plugs.  It is an autosomal dominant genetic trait with variable penetrance. This essentially means that most likely, someone else in your family also has KP. Continue reading

Safety In The Nail Salon

A recent trend that has hit the nail salons with a bang is the gel manicure. These are special types of manicures in which gel acrylics are applied to the nail and then cured or cross linked by ultraviolet (UV)  lamps. During the procedure, multiple coats are applied to the nail and each coat is followed by UV light exposure. The popularity of the gel manicures lies in its multiple benefits: a look that is natural,  glossy, and long lasting.

But are there dangers associated with these manicures and more specifically the UV light exposure? Continue reading

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

Do I really need a separate eye cream?

photo courtesy of Dead Sea Spa Care

Cosmetic companies have perpetuated a myth through the years that all individuals need to invest in a separate product for the eyes. Typically, these eye creams, serums, and gels are miniscule and have elaborate packaging. They also have exorbitant price tags.  But, do you really need a separate product just for the skin around the eyes?

Background:  The skin around the eye is thinner than the rest of the skin on the face. This makes it more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, the skin around the eyes has few sebaceous glands (oil producing glands) and thus more dry than other facial skin.

Why you do NOT need a separate eye cream:   You should already be utilizing a good regimen, incorporating antioxidants/growth factors/peptides and retinoids.  Gentle emolliating creams also help to seal in the properties of these active ingredients and give hydration. If you are already utilizing a great Continue reading

I got a suburn- now what do I do?

Even celebrities get sunburnt!
Kim Kardashian photo courtesy of http://www.centralinteriordesign.com

A common misconception among my desi patients is that they are immune to sunburn. In fact, I want our ethnic skin readers to realize that brown skin can burn. Unfortunately, brown skin burns can occasionally be worse than burns in lighter skin tones for two main reasons:

  • The individual does not realize that burning is occurring until a significant burn occurs
  • Not only does the burn and subsequent peeling occur, this burn then causes irregular discoloration (namely light and dark spots) that persist for months.

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Laser hair removal in pregnancy: Is is safe?

Hormonal changes during pregnancy may trigger excess hair growth. It is not uncommon to develop excess facial hair, as well as hair on the nipples and abdomen. Combined with the weight gain, bloating and fatigue- it can make any woman feel less than attractive. But, is laser hair removal safe while you are expecting? Continue reading

Can topical Clindamycin help my acne?

Clindamycin is a type of antibiotic that  been used for decades as a topical acne treatment. Oral clindamycin is rarely used for acne as it does not effectively reach skin cells. Topical clindamycin, however, is a prescription favorite. Let’s explore if topical Clindamycin (Clinda) is right for you.

Why is topical Clinda used for acne treatment?

Clinda is a potent antibiotic that is part of a class of antibiotics called Lincosamides.  Clinda is particularly effective topically as it is active Continue reading