Scented Moisturizer: Good or Bad? Our Cosmetic Dermatologists in OC Discuss

Question: “I’m going to buy a new moisturizer that smells like cucumber, watermelon, cinnamon, or raspberries.” That’s a BAD IDEA, I frequently hear. While they might smell good, products with strong fragrances are not good for your skin. Scented products contain chemicals that can dry out and irritate your skin. Fragrances account for 11.7% of …

Our OC Medical Dermatologists Pinpoint Foods that Cause Acne

Some 40 to 50 million Americans have acne, and it’s anyone’s guess how many people believe that fried food, greasy food, pizza, and sweets all cause acne. Ordinarily, they don’t—though they may in you. Huh? Most large studies have been unable to consistently prove that these common food culprits cause acne. That said, dermatologists all …

Stressed-Out Skin Tips from an Orange County Dermatologist

Just as your skin is a reflection of your physical health, your mental health also is on display on your skin. Stress actually can trigger many skin diseases. Hives, shingles, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, and some acne are all skin disorders that may be triggered by stress. Stress also ages your skin and overall appearance. How …

How can patients improve their experience at the dermatologist’s office?

Patients can improve their experience at their Orange County dermatologist’s office by having very focused visits. Pick one or two topics per visit and ask your dermatologist for a thorough answer on that topic. Many patients try to cram all of their questions in to one visit and come in with list of things to …

What Our Cosmetic Dermatologist Says About Natural Oils and Skin Care

Many of my patients ask me about “natural therapies”, such as natural oils, for use as part of a skin care regimen or for treatment of their dermatologic condition. The following are the three most common oils used by patients in dermatology and the most commonly questioned. Although they are used commonly, it is my opinion that …

Over-the-counter Acne Promises vs. Dermatologists’ Delivery

Many of my patients come to my office after having spent tons of money on telemarketed products for severe acne. I will refrain from naming specific product names. These products are non-prescription strength and no different than other over the counter products. They usually only work on mild acne and rarely ever work on cystic …

Winter Skin Tips By a Cosmetic Dermatologist on Treating Eczema

Winter is the driest season and harshest on your skin, causing severe dry, cracked skin especially people who are prone to dry skin and conditions like eczema and psoriasis. A good tip in the winter is to actually decrease the number of times you shower in a day, avoid long hot showers, and over exposure …