Prescription retinoids versus drug-store retinols

Question:  I’ve seen plenty of products in the drug store skincare aisle that contain retinol and say they reduce the appearance of fine lines while balancing an uneven complexion. Is this the same as the Retin-A products I can get by prescription? Answer: While they...

Active? Watch out for a mucocele

Question:  Help – what is this bluish, clear very noticeable round lump on my lower lip? Answer:  I had a young patient come into the office this week with just that:  A clear, bluish-tinted  bump on her lower lip. It was more than just a “fat lip.” I...

What to do about an inflamed, raised, hard scar

Question: I had an injury to my shoulder earlier this year and while the wound has mostly healed and is no longer scabby, the resulting scar is still painful, raised, hard and lumpy. It’s bigger and uglier than the original wound. What can I do? Answer: There...

Should I be using a retinoid?

Question:  As I’ve moved through my thirties and into my forties, I’ve noticed a marked change in my facial skin. I have some dark spots and discolorations and my face seems thinner overall and a little more sallow. I’ve heard about using a Retin-A...