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Surgeon General finally warns about Skin Cancer

This past Tuesday, the United States surgeon general issued a call to action to prevent skin cancer, calling it a major public health problem that requires immediate action. Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year. According to the American...

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For acne that just won’t go away…

Question:  My acne is so bad I'm desperate to try Accutane – but I've heard scary things about its side effects. What's the truth about this medication and how can I get rid of this acne once and for all? Sick and tired of acne? Try Isotretinoin Answer: First of all,...

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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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