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September 24, 2016

Isotretinoin is a treatment for severe acne that has failed to respond to other therapies. The medication is marketed under a number of brand names including Absorica and Myorisan, but is best known as Accutane. Serious acne sufferers can develop nodules or cysts deep in the skin of the face, back and chest. These acne...  read more

Preventing Head Lice

September 17, 2016

It is no surprise that September is Head Lice Prevention Month. As children return to the classroom, it is common to see an outbreak in head lice infestations at this time of year. Head lice are parasitic insects that need human blood to live. They are highly contagious and everyone – even those with the...  read more

Vitamins for Healthy Skin

September 11, 2016

Healthy skin is about more than the products you use on the outside.  Certain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are also required to promote skin health and prevent damage. One of the best ways to nourish skin is by eating healthy. Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables daily provides your skin with many of...  read more

Air Pollution & Skin

September 3, 2016

Air pollution has been linked to numerous health conditions such as respiratory disease, pre-term birth and cardiovascular disease, but prolonged exposure to high levels of pollutants can also cause skin damage. Natural and man-made pollutants can be found in both indoor and outdoor air. Gases, tobacco smoke, ozone and nano particles produced by burning fossil...  read more


August 24, 2016

Most everyone has experienced a blister at one time or another. Blisters occur when friction causes the top layers of skin to separate, allowing fluid to accumulate. Blisters often form on the feet, but they can develop anywhere on the body. The likely culprit behind blister formation is a pair of new or poorly fitted...  read more

Cystic Acne

August 17, 2016

There are various types of skin breakouts people experience but cystic acne is one of the most painful and difficult to treat. Cystic acne develops when an infection forms deep in the skin tissue but does not come to a head like pimples. Cystic acne also doesn’t heal with over-the-counter (OTC) medications like other forms...  read more

Chlorine Sensitivity

August 13, 2016

Swimming and summer just seem to go together, but some swimmers develop chlorine sensitivity. Chlorine is a chemical added to pools and hot tubs to kill bacteria. Recommended chlorine levels keep water pH at an ideal 7.4. Lower levels of chlorine may not be enough to keep bacteria at bay and higher levels can result...  read more

Smoking & Skin Damage

August 5, 2016

There are multiple health risks associated with smoking, and the addictive habit can also cause skin damage. Smoking speeds the aging process and causes premature wrinkles. Studies have shown smokers develop wrinkles much sooner than their non-smoking peers. From crow’s feet – the lines the form at the outer corner of the eyes – to...  read more

Urticarial Pigmentosa

July 27, 2016

Urticarial Pigmentosa is a skin disease that occurs when the body produces too many mast cells –blood cells that support the immune system. The condition associated with the overabundance inflammatory cells in the skin is known as cutaneous mastocytosis. Urticarial pigmentosa is the most common variety of cutaneous mastocytosis. Although urticarial pigmentosa is seen most...  read more

Necrotizing Fasciitis

July 21, 2016

Necrotizing fasciitis – sometimes called flesh-eating bacteria – is a very rare disease, but when it does occur, it often makes the headlines. There is no one bacteria to blame for necrotizing fasciitis. Several types of bacteria, including those associated with common illnesses such as strep throat and impetigo, can become flesh-eating bacteria. In some...  read more

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