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Got Age Spots? We Have Solutions

Do you notice unsightly age spots on your face, hands, and elsewhere? Your skin sustains sun damage that can result in age spots. Keep reading to learn about your options for professional cosmetic treatment to remove or reduce your age spots.

Oct 6th, 2020
Why Do I Still Get Acne and What Can I Do About It?

Have you tried face wash after face wash but still struggle with adult acne? You’re not alone. Thankfully, your dermatologist can provide comprehensive care. Keep reading to learn about the common causes of acne and what we can do to help.

Sep 11th, 2020
How to Prevent a Rosacea Flare-Up

Identifying and avoiding triggers, along with lifestyle changes to best care for your sensitive skin, is key to preventing rosacea flares. Partnering with a dermatology specialist is the best first step to calming rosacea flares.

Jun 9th, 2020
Melanoma vs Sun Spots: 3 Signs And Symptoms To Know

While often common in people over 50, even younger adults can develop sunspots. Also called age spots, liver spots, or solar lentigines, these dark spots come from exposure to the sun. People with lighter skin, women, and...

May 20th, 2020
3 Tips To Prevent And Reduce Acne Scars

Acne is an adolescent rite of passage that can leave behind a memorable mark well after the pimples go away. Instead of accepting a fate full of acne scars, individuals can take proactive steps to not only prevent acne scars...

May 13th, 2020
What Are Skin Tags? When To Consider Skin Growth Removal

Skin tags, also known as acrochordons, are tiny flesh-colored skin growths that are painless and benign. Skin tags can form in places in the body that experience excessive friction such as the armpits, eyelids, groin, thighs, neck, and...

May 6th, 2020
Choosing The Right Soaps & Cleansers To Control Acne

For people who struggle with acne, skincare is an involved process. Washing the face is more than just picking up a bar of soap and scrubbing. Certain ingredients and products will either help to clear acne or make the condition worse.

Apr 19th, 2020
Common And Benign Skin Growths: When To See A Dermatologist

Any new lump or growth on the skin can be concerning. However, many skin growths are benign, meaning the growth is noncancerous. How can people know the difference between malignant and benign skin growths? Here’s what to know and...

Apr 12th, 2020
3 Common Misconceptions About Botox

As people age, there is a natural increase in fine lines and wrinkles. However, there are many treatment options for smoothing out skin and regaining a youthful complexion. One common option is Botox injections.

Apr 5th, 2020
Do Face Masks Improve Skin? What Skin Products To Look For

In the last few years, face masks have become more popular than ever. From anti-aging to acne cure-all, the skin product has boasted many benefits. But are these benefits real or merely a marketing ploy? Do face masks help to improve skin?

Mar 25th, 2020
Treatment For Acne: How Does Microneedling Work?

The concept is counterintuitive, but a dermatology treatment that uses needle pricks can help to treat acne. Microneedling involves pricking the surface of the skin with tiny sterilized needles. The therapy is used as a treatment for acne, scars...

Mar 17th, 2020
What Skincare Do Children Need? 3 Tips For Parents

When children are younger, the skin is more resilient. However, that doesn’t mean that children don’t need a skincare routine at all. The early years are an excellent time to start teaching children about regularly washing the hands and face.

Feb 23rd, 2020
Is It Rosacea Or Acne? When To Seek Treatment

No one likes waking up with a new pimple. Some patients, however, get frequent, uncontrollable breakouts. Most people assume this is a symptom of acne. However, a condition called rosacea can also cause pimple-like bumps.

Feb 16th, 2020
Why Is My Skin So Dry And Flaky?

Dry and flaky skin can be a normal part of aging, but often, dry skin can result from temperature or humidity changes, skin conditions, bad washing habits, and dehydration. People can improve dry and flaky skin with proper skin products and...

Jan 28th, 2020
5 Tips For An Acne-Clearing Skincare Routine That Works

Tiny hair follicles all over skin surfaces can quickly become clogged with oil, sweat, and dead skin cells. When that happens, acne develops in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and nodules. Blackheads and whiteheads are typically small...

Jan 20th, 2020
Savvy Shoppers Look For These Ingredients In A Moisturizer

A good moisturizer is crucial to preventing dry, chapped skin. A sunburn, dry weather, and harsh skincare products can all strip the skin of natural moisture. When shopping for a new moisturizer, look for these ingredients that will pack a punch.

Jan 7th, 2020
Should You Take Your Teen To A Dermatologist For Acne?

Acne is a rite of passage for most teenagers. During puberty, hormones called androgens stimulate the oily sebum production on the skin, which can clog pores. Genetics, cosmetics, and some medications can also worsen teen acne.

Dec 18th, 2019
Menopause And Acne: How Hormone Changes Affect Your Skin

About 6,000 women reach menopause every day. Menopause is a normal and natural part of aging. This happens after a woman’s last period during the middle age. The process can also hit immediately, for example, after a hysterectomy.

Dec 12th, 2019
Going Skiing? How To Avoid Damaging Your Skin

Winter is a special time for adventure-seekers going skiing or on a refreshing walk through a frosted wonderland. Regardless of activity level, individuals should consider the damaging effects of dry air, bitter cold temperatures ...

Nov 12th, 2019
The Importance Of Sunscreen In The Winter

Winter is here again, and with the new season comes warm fires, hot chocolate, and holiday fun. Winter also brings a drop in temperature. Many people stop using sunscreen in the winter as a result.

Nov 5th, 2019
What Changes In Your Nails Can Mean To Your Health

Fingernails are a body part many people believe have little use. Nails look beautiful painted and manicured. About 30% of Americans cope with nerves though nail-biting. And nails help scratch that pesky itch.

Oct 17th, 2019
How To Prevent Rosacea Flare-Ups

Rosacea is an incurable condition, affecting over 14 million people. The condition causes sudden redness in various parts of the face. The red patches look like tiny veins or vessels on the face.

Oct 10th, 2019
24 Hours To Improving The Look And Feel Of Your Skin

Skin is the barrier against the elements and reflects the health of an individual. Skin is the first line of defense for the rest of the body. Improving the look and feel of skin can be fun and simple. Good skin care does not need to take weeks.

Sep 18th, 2019
3 Savvy Ways To Spend Your Cosmetic Skin Care Budget

People with specific skin problems like acne or rosacea often make regular visits to a dermatologist. But even people who do not have particular skin complaints can benefit from regular dermatology visits.

Aug 26th, 2019
5 Benefits About Skin Care You May Not Know

The largest barrier between the outside world and the body, skin has an important job. Not only does skin protect the body from the elements, but the state of a person’s skin also projects what is going on internally.

Aug 19th, 2019
Understanding The Benefits Of Microneedling

The benefits of microneedling are extensive, especially for individuals who are looking for rejuvenated skin. Although the process of pricking the skin with hundred of microneedles sounds counterintuitive, the results speak for themselves.

Aug 12th, 2019
The Link Between Sleep And Healthy Aging

People often hear healthcare providers recommend 8 hours of sleep per night. Why is that? People’s bodies have internal clocks that tell the body when to sleep and when to stay awake. When sleeping, the body goes into a REM cycle.

Aug 5th, 2019
Rosacea Awareness: Know What To Look For

Rosacea is a common skin condition causing redness or flushness of the face. Patients often interpret the signs for sunburn at first. The average person takes years to get a proper diagnosis.

Jul 25th, 2019
Prepare For Hiking: How To Treat Blisters

Blisters on the feet are small, fluid-filled sores that can vary in size. Blisters are common on the feet and can make walking and standing for long periods of time painful and difficult.

Jul 18th, 2019
Why You May Be Itchy, Even If You Don’t Have a Rash

Being itchy is a real pain. Especially if there is no sign of a rash, identifying the cause of itchiness can be difficult. Itchiness can be the result of so many different factors that finding relief may take a while.

Jun 23rd, 2019
Lipoma Removal: Surgical or Liposuction Options

A lipoma is a growth that develops under the skin due to overgrowth of fat cells. This type of tumor is non-cancerous. Many people who suffer from lipoma wish to have the tumor removed because of the appearance.

Jun 16th, 2019
Benefits of Microneedling | Aging, Acne and Scars

Microneedling is a dermatologic procedure that involves small pricks to the skin to generate new collagen production. The result is smoother, brighter, firmer skin. Many people have experienced the benefits of microneedling in improving aging skin ...

Jun 2nd, 2019
What is Botox? | How Botox Works

Botox is a purified protein made from botulism toxin. The protein is commonly used in cosmetic procedures to diminish signs of aging such as frown lines or laughter lines. In 2017, US adults had 7.23 million Botox procedures.

Apr 23rd, 2019
How To Detect Skin Cancer

Every year, more than 5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer. But skin cancer is preventable. When detected early, skin cancer is much easier to treat. But how does a person detect skin cancer?

Apr 16th, 2019
ABCDE: May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Though preventable, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. And the rate of skin cancer is continuing to climb. In fact, the number of people in the United States who have skin cancer is higher than the number of people who have all other types ...

Apr 9th, 2019
Filler Procedures: Not Just for the Face

Technological advances of today have made dermal fillers more natural-looking than ever before. Dermal fillers are soft, injectable tissue fillers which are commonly used in the face to reduce the signs of aging.

Apr 3rd, 2019
Microneedling vs Dermaplaning | Which Is Right For You?

For people who have fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, or other skin imperfections, there are many aesthetic treatments available. Microneedling and dermaplaning are two treatments that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and ...

Mar 26th, 2019
What To Know About Indoor Tanning

Want a tan right away? No beaches nearby to sunbathe? For many, the solution is the multibillion-dollar indoor tanning industry. With the ability to get a bronzed look, millions use indoor tanning daily.

Mar 19th, 2019
Spring Break: Watch Out For Bed Bugs

After spring break many people like to bring home reminders of the vacation, such as post cards, sea shells, and souvenirs. One thing people don’t want to return home with is bed bugs. Bed bugs have been a household pest for centuries.

Mar 12th, 2019
Which Vitamins Are Best for Dry Skin

Vitamins are versatile compounds. Essential vitamins help the body function properly, from energy and heart health to cholesterol. Can a daily vitamin ease dry skin? Furthermore, are specific vitamins best for the job?

Mar 5th, 2019
Does Dandruff Get Worse In The Winter?

Essentially, dandruff occurs when the scalp sheds itself of dead skin cells. Sometimes, the cells go into overproduction and shed at twice the normal rate, which presents a problem for the scalp.

Feb 26th, 2019
What To Do About Cold Sores

A cold sore or fever blister is an inflamed, fluid-filled blister which occurs on or near the lips. A cold sore is a very common viral infection and is caused by a herpes simplex virus (HVS1). Cold sore blisters are often grouped together in small patches.

Feb 20th, 2019
Which Ingredients To Look For In Creams For Dry Skin

People with dry skin have distinct needs for moisturizers. Products that hydrate and help the skin retain moisture are ideal. However, many products are labeled suitable for dry skin when they don’t contain the ingredients needed to ...

Feb 6th, 2019
Will Dry Skin Cause Wrinkles?

A widely accepted myth is that dry skin causes wrinkles. The reality is that dry skin only gives off the appearance of more wrinkles compared to oily skin. Natural oils or sebum in oil-prone skin help keep skin hydrated making skin appear more plump ...

Jan 27th, 2019
8 Sun Safety Tips to Protect Your Skin this Winter

Just because winter is here doesn’t mean sunburn isn’t still a risk. And every sunburn increases chances of further skin damage, including skin cancer. Follow these sun safety tips to decrease risk and protect skin this winter.

Jan 20th, 2019
Can Dry Skin Make Acne Worse?

Many over-the-counter acne products make skin dry and flaky. For people who already struggle with dry skin, clearing up acne while keeping skin hydrated can be tricky. While dry skin doesn’t necessarily make acne worse ...

Jan 13th, 2019
Have The Perfect Valentine’s Date: Address Excessive Sweating

When the candles are lit, the romantic music is playing, and the table is set, the last thing a person wants is to have to go change a sweat-soaked shirt. Though sweating due to nerves is fairly normal, about 2-3% of people suffer from excessive sweating.

Jan 13th, 2019
What Are The Best Types Of Sunscreen To Use?

There are two types of ultraviolet (UV) light that can adversely affect your skin. These are UVA and UVB rays. UVA is responsible for age spots, wrinkles, and premature aging. UVB is responsible for sunburn.

Dec 27th, 2018
How Often Should You See A Dermatologist?

Most people know they should get a yearly check-up with a primary care provider. But how often should a person schedule a dermatologist visit? Yearly check-ins with a dermatologist are just as important as other annual exams.

Dec 20th, 2018
6 Winter Beauty Tips to Keep Your Skin Fresh and Beautiful

In the winter months, colder air and lack of humidity can make skin dry and chapped. However, some simple beauty tips can help to keep skin hydrated, clear, and glowing. While they are particularly relevant in the winter, these tips can be helpful ...

Dec 14th, 2018
Psoriasis 101: Understanding the Fundamentals

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder for which there is no cure. It has a number of symptoms, such as a build-up of plaque on the skin particularly on the knees, elbows, and feet, itchiness, soreness and cracked skin.

Dec 7th, 2018
Why Does Your Skin Itch | Quick Solutions

Persistent itching can be uncomfortable and distracting. Continued scratching can lead to further irritation and possibly break the skin and cause bleeding, which can lead to infection.

Nov 28th, 2018
Who Needs Sunscreen And How Often To Use It

Many people think they only need to use sun protection during the summer time. This is not the case. Over 90% of the visible changes in the skin are caused by sun damage, which is why sunscreen is important year-round.

Nov 20th, 2018
4 Proven Ways to Protect Against Skin Cancer

More people in the US are diagnosed with skin cancer annually than all other types of cancer combined. Skin cancer incidence is on the rise. There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma ...

Nov 13th, 2018
5 Tips For Better Skin For National Healthy Skin Month

Every November, National Healthy Skin Month is a reminder to practice healthy skin habits. But don’t make November the only month of good skin care. Better, glowing skin is attainable all year-round with these five practical tips.

Nov 6th, 2018
The Basics Of Face Watching

A freshly washed face feels good and looks good. It is a great foundation to then add moisturizer, makeup, and sunscreen. There is a right way to wash the face. Less is more and it’s good to know the best face washing technique.

Oct 25th, 2018
What You Need To Know About Artificial Nails

They look amazing, but artificial nails can be damaging to natural nails. They provide pizazz to natural nails, especially when the natural nails are weak, thin, peeling, splitting. Acrylic nails are the nails most likely to damage natural nails.

Oct 18th, 2018
Prevention and Treatment of Head Lice

Head lice are tiny insects that attach to hair follicles in the scalp and are nourished by the blood. Prevention to avoid head lice centers on avoiding close contact with other heads, bedding, and brushes.

Oct 11th, 2018
Finding a Dermatologist

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and its care is crucial. For that, you need a good, board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Aboutalebi. A dermatologist can monitor your skin and its needs by annual skin checks for skin cancer ...

Sep 23rd, 2018
Finding An Aesthetician

Finding a good licensed aesthetician, an expert in skin care, products, and procedures, requires knowing what you want. An aesthetician knows how to assess your skin and its health.

Sep 17th, 2018
Do You Have Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

Painful bumps under the skin are a hallmark symptom of hidradenitis suppurativa. Usually, this skin condition starts at puberty, but it can last well into adulthood. The perfect place for an outbreak to start is in the hair follicles in places on ...

Sep 10th, 2018
Learn About Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a safe and easy way to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin. A chemical peel is a chemical solution that is applied to your face, neck, and/or hands. The solution is left on for a few moments and then gently washed off.

Sep 3rd, 2018
Wearing Sunscreen Daily

We all should know that wearing sunscreen daily is a great way to protect your skins from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays, no matter what time of day or what time of year. Your skin gets exposed to harmful rays every time you are outdoors ...

Aug 27th, 2018
What You Need To Know About Aging Hands

Our hands may be the unsung heroes of our bodies. Always doing. Always working. Always exposed to sun and environmental wear and tear. Environmental damage along with the aging process can wreak havoc on our hands.

Aug 19th, 2018
Best Skin Care for Your Skin Type

Best Skin Care for Your Skin Type. With so many products on the market, it is hard to know how to choose the best products for your skin type.

Aug 12th, 2018
Treating Brittle Nails

Treating Brittle Nails. While brittle nails can happen to anyone, you are more likely to have this condition if you are a female older than sixty. Brittle nails usually have ridges or lines up and down the nail.

Aug 5th, 2018
Prickly Heat (Miliaria Rubra)

Prickly heat is also known as Miliaria rubra. It is the condition when your sweat glands get blocked the sweat under the skin can’t channel itself out. The result is sweat that builds up under the skin in the form of tiny bumps that are very itchy.

Jul 27th, 2018
Hives

Hives is a very common allergic reaction that can result from a variety of triggers. Triggers for hives include food, medicine, bug bites or stings, animal fur or dander, pollen, allergy shots, sun, heat, infections, exercise, stress, chemical contact ...

Jul 24th, 2018
Diaper Rash Treatment

Diaper rash is a fairly common thing for babies, infants, and even toddlers. It is a rash, or dermatitis, in the diaper area that is usually caused by chafing, skin sensitivity, and staying in a wet diaper too long.

Jul 20th, 2018
Annual Skin Care

An annual skin check with Dr.Aboutalebi is essential for making sure that your skin is healthy and well. Along with a monthly do-it-yourself check, an annual appointment at Northstar Dermatology allows your doctor’s expert eye to look over your skin.

Jul 17th, 2018
Sun Burns and Sun Allergies

Summer fun can also mean summer skin problems and irritations. Don’t let them get you down; learn how to recognize, manage, and learn when to seek help from your dermatologist.

Jul 13th, 2018
Children and Moles

It is totally normal and common for children of all colors to have moles. Even though melanoma is very rare in children, it is still a good idea to examine moles, skin, and teach your children to do so as well.

Jul 10th, 2018
Treating Bee Stings

Bee stings happen fast. Simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can result in being stung. If a bee stings you, or someone with you, it is important to stay as calm as possible and treat the situation.

Jul 6th, 2018
Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is one of the body’s natural molecules that the skin produces to maintain hydration. It works in the connective tissues to stabilize skin and maintain hydration.

Jul 3rd, 2018
Skin of Color

All skin types needs a skin care routine for clean, healthy, and vitalized skin. Different skin types require different care, but all types require gentle care without scrubbing or irritating, and a good daily moisturizer combined with a sunscreen ...

Jun 28th, 2018
Spot Skin Cancer

Skin checks by your dermatologist/ SPOT skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT skin cancer campaign is that simple: “See Spot. See Spot Change. See a Dermatologist.”

Jun 15th, 2018
Nail Fungus Symptoms and Treatments

Nail fungus is an infection of the nail itself or the skin beneath the nail. What Causes Nail Fungus? Fungi, the tiny organisms that cause fungal infections, thrive in warm, moist conditions. They are commonly found in swimming pools ...

Jun 8th, 2018
Baby Acne – Symptoms and Treatments

Baby acne can sometimes occur on newborn skin and there is no known reason why it happens. It looks like small red or white bumps on the baby’s cheeks, nose, and forehead. Sometimes babies develop milia, which are tiny white bumps on the nose, chin, or ...

May 31st, 2018
Vitiligo – Causes and Treatments

Vitiligo is a condition that causes skin to lose its color. It is also referred to as losing pigmentation or depigmentation. While it is a lifelong condition, it is neither contagious nor life threatening.

May 23rd, 2018