Acne: It’s No Friend of Anyone

I have wanted to cover the topic of acne since the launch of this blog, but it’s a topic with such breadth that I have been waiting for the right ...

Think Before You Ink!

Getting “inked” is a decision that one should not take lightly. Tattoos can have potential – and very real – health consequences. Know the Risks We have long acknowledged and mitigated some ...

The Push for More Regulation of Tanning Beds

In my former practice, patients often asked me about tanning salons. I still get questions from friends and family now. I thought it would be helpful to provide an update ...

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Sunny Goes to the Beach: A Children’s Book on Sun Safety

As a dermatology nurse practitioner in Los Angeles for over five years, ...

Airelle: Product Review

The Airelle™ Skincare natural line of anti-aging products claims to improve the appearance of fine ...

A Follow Up on Seborrheic Keratoses

A Common Variant of Seborrheic Keratoses My prior post discusses seborrheic keratoses (SKs), ...

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What is a Nurse Practitioner? (Part II)

Now that you know what a Nurse Practitioner (NP) is, and how to address her/him, here are 10 NP facts that provide important information and perspectives on the integral role of the NP in today’s healthcare system: 1. Nurse practitioners are educated using the nursing model. NP education provides theoretical and evidence-based clinical knowledge and […]

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What is a Nurse Practitioner? (Part I)

Chances are that one of your upcoming medical appointments will be with a nurse practitioner (NP) like me, rather than the doctor you’re used to. And chances are you know very little about who NPs are or what they do, and you may not even know how to address an NP like me–should you call […]

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Visible Leg Veins: Beyond Vanity

‘Tis the season to take care of those pesky leg veins. If you’re like me, you may opt to improve the appearance of leg veins in the colder months to prepare for summer. Classification Veins may be classified according to their size and appearance. Telangiectasias–spider veins–a mild variation of varicose veins, are tiny, thin veins […]

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Unmasking “Maskne”

Daily mask-wearing has become the new normal worldwide as we try to mitigate coronavirus. With facial mask use on the rise, we’re also observing a widespread phenomenon of mask-induced acne, coined “maskne.”  Yes, it’s real, but it’s preventable and treatable. Maskne, Defined Maskne is an example of acne mechanica: skin irritation and acne breakouts, predominantly […]

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My Kickstarter is Live!

The campaign is off to a momentous start, raising $1,425 on Day One! And as of 0700 this morning, we’re at $1,925! We’re well on our way to the funding goal, and we have many more days to go! I’m humbled and excited by the response to my children’s book, Sunny Goes to the Beach. […]

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Seborrheic Keratoses – So Odd, So Common

Seborrheic keratoses (seb-o-REE-ik care-uh-TOE-sees), referred to as “SKs,” are among the most common skin growths. Although benign, they usually look suspicious and concerning, which sends people running to the dermatologist. These growths generally appear in middle-aged and older adults. They have an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance in about half of patients, which means they’re often a […]

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Ugh! Where the Heck Did That Come From? Common warts are a strange phenomenon. They come out of nowhere, have odd shapes and configurations, grow anywhere on the skin, may spread like wildfire, and frequently pose a demanding and lengthy treatment challenge. While they truly belong on witches and goblins, warts commonly afflict us humans, […]

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Maybe You Shouldn’t Put a Ring On It

  Do you ever get a rash like this – an excessively dry or peeling, pink or red, and either itchy or tender, condition – just under your ring? Many people suffer from what’s known as hand dermatitis or hand eczema, especially those with a history of sensitive skin, eczema, allergies, or atopic dermatitis. And, often, […]

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Ava Anderson Non Toxic: Product Review

If you’re in the market for natural and organic skincare products, you may know of a brand called Ava Anderson Non Toxic [AANT]. Some of its personal and skincare products include a moisturizing mask, exfoliator, sugar lip scrub, eye cream, makeup remover, and more. In addition to its popular skincare line, this company offers an array […]

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Reading Between the Facial Lines

It suprises me to learn that, until June 2013, we lacked longitudinal research showing sunscreen’s actual, long-term effects on the appearance of skin. We, both the general public and dermatology professionals, have long deducted through observation that sunscreen (as well as other UV protective measures like wearing sun gear) prevents skin-aging effects, such as wrinkles […]

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