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 …

Cosmetic Dermatology Evidence of the Benefits of Green Tea For Skin

Many of my patients ask me about if green tea can be used in their skin care regimen and if they would benefit from such use. The answer is yes. As you get older, your body produces toxic chemicals known as free radicals which damage the DNA in your cells. This also occurs due to …

New skin cancer detection device pending FDA panel approval

MelaFind is a hand-held system that emits 10 different wavelengths of light to capture images of irregular skin lesions. Those images are run through an algorithm that is based on a database of thousands of images of lesions. That algorithm then provides a recommendation on whether the lesion should be biopsied. Melafind is designed to …

What type of skin care products should I use for my child?

Parents are encouraged to use dermatology-approved skin care products on their children that do not contain many “additives” such as fragrances, preservatives, or artificial dyes. This is especially true for babies. Since many children suffer from skin disorders such as atopic dermatitits (eczema) and seborrheic dermatitits (cradle cap), their skin is extremely sensitive and will likely become …

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 …

I wanna look great for the Holidays – Great Dermatology Advice

“I’m meeting my significant other’s family ” “Im seeing family I haven’t seen in years!” “I’m spending new years in another city or country” OR “We’re enjoying the same traditions we do every holiday season” Either way, you wanna look GREAT for the Holidays. Don’t wait for the day before Christmas to decide you want …

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 …

The Benefits of Glycolic Acid for Your Skin’s Health

Glyolic acid is a gentle exfoliator that removes dead skin from the top layer or upper surface of skin called the epidermis. Derived from sugar cane Glycolic acid is probably the best-known naturally occurring fruit acids or Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Use of AHAs on skin dates back to Egyptian times, Cleopatra bathed in sour milk, …