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

Have summer fun guys … but avoid those fungi!

Summer is fast approaching which for many means fun in the sun, swimming pools, increased gym time to get beach ready…. and an increased risk of acquiring the dreaded “athlete’s foot”. Not just a problem for athletes, “athlete’s foot” is actually caused by a fungus that invades and proliferates in the skin. It can spread to the hair and nails but does not spread internally. Signs of athlete’s foot include red, scaly patches on the bottom and sides of the foot, cracks between the toes, and sometime small little blisters. 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

My Spicy Food is Making Me Sweat!

Recently, a Desi Dermatology reader posed a question about a problem with increased sweating after eating hot and spicy foods. This is not an uncommon phenomenon and serves as a good launching pad to discuss the issue of excessive sweating or “hyperhidrosis” in general.

Excessive sweating may occur in three patterns:

  • Under the arms and on the palms/soles.
  • Localized sweating isolated to certain body parts such as the scalp or forehead.
  • Generalized sweating diffusely over the body . Continue reading

Red bumps after waxing or threading?

Many of my patients are concerned about little red bumps that develop after their waxing, threading, and even shaving procedures.

Do not worry, these red bumps are very common and due to inflammed hair follicles after the hair removal.

In most cases, the red bumps are only temporary and calm down after a day or so. The bumps typically do not signify that you are allergic to the wax or that the Continue reading

The Common Culprit: Male Pattern Hair Loss

Hair loss is an extremely common problem in men seeking the care of a dermatologist.  It can occur in men as early as the late teenage years and can therefore be an extremely sensitive issue for many young men. In others, it may become more apparent later in the 20’s or 30’s. There are a number of possible causes of hair loss in men but most hair loss is due to male pattern hair loss or “androgenetic alopecia”. This type of hair loss results from the action of dihydrotestosterone on the hair follicle which causes it to miniaturize and close up. Dihydrotestosterone is a product of the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase acting on testosterone. Continue reading

Interested in Botox? All of the questions you were afraid to ask …

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These are common questions and myths about Botox — from a reprint from the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Stylepoints: Skin, sun and saving face

Dermatologist Mohiba Tareen talks about Botox and other treatments.

Photo: Mark Hoffer, MCT

Dermatologist Mohiba Tareen looks impossibly well rested. For her, that’s the ultimate compliment.

“Let me tell you, I’m not well rested,” she said.

As the mother of two young boys and in the midst of establishing her dermatology practice in Roseville, she credits the carefully placed use of fillers under her eyes and in a tiny acne scar and Botox for her perfectly smooth, yet natural complexion.

Tareen recently relocated from New York, where she worked at a high-end Manhattan practice. In addition to being an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota’s Medical School and an expert for WebMD.com, Tareen is launching cosmetic services such as Botox and fillers at the Ivy Spa in Minneapolis.

There, she’ll help Minnesotans capture her same impossibly fresh look.

“Small, subtle things make a huge difference,”  she said. “I don’t want somebody to say, ‘What did you have done?’ I want somebody to say, ‘You look well rested.’ ‘You look like you got a great haircut.’ ‘You look like you went on vacation.'”

She shared some of her skin-care advice. Continue reading