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Too much sweat?

Question:  Is there such a thing as sweating too much? What can I do about it if I'm constantly soaking through my clothes? It's so embarrassing, especially at work! Answer:   Yes, the condition definitely heats up during the summer months but can plague sufferers all...

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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...

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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 immediately...

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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 are two...

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Can babies go in the sun?

Question:  I’ve heard conflicting opinions about what age babies can go in the sun. Is there a sun exposure rule for healthy skin for babies? Answer:  I  second the advice of the The American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the...

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What good is coconut oil for hair and skin?

Question: I've been reading more and more about using coconut oil for hair and skin. Do you think this is a good idea? Can you tell me how to buy coconut oil and how to use it properly? Answer: I love coconut oil as an added treat for hair and skin (as long as you are...

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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 cream but I thought...

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UV rays and location, location, location…

Question:  Is it true that the sun’s UV rays are stronger in the South? Answer: Yes, this is true. The closer your location is  to the equator (the line that is equally distant from the South Pole and the North Pole which also separates the Northern Hemisphere from...

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Want to be 25% less likely to get age spots?

Well, I've been saying this to my patients for years:  Daily sunscreen use prevents the ugly results of photo-aging (spots, roughness and wrinkles caused by years of cumulative sun exposure which speeds up your skin's natural aging process)  and finally a study...

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Allergic to sunscreen? Read labels!

Question:  My daughter is apparently allergic to many of the sunscreens I have tried on her and gets an itchy, burning rash. What is it in the sunscreens that is causing this reaction? Answer: There could be many different chemicals causing a skin reaction. Most...

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Black Salve no skin cancer salvation!

Question:  I've read many accounts online about an alternative therapy of using an herbal "Black Salve" to treat skin cancer, but then I also saw many scary photographs and read many scary stories of disfiguring skin damage from the treatment. What's your opinion?...

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