Category: Ask the Doctors

lee

The Most Common Skin Condition in the United States: Acne

Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition that involves inflammation of the hair follicles and oil glands. It is most commonly seen on the face and trunk as pink papules and pustules in addition to open and closed comedones (blackheads and white heads), and draining cysts. If left untreated, it can result in scarring. In […]

madhok

Curious Skin Disorder Often Misdiagnosed as Ringworm

Granuloma Annulare (GA) is a curious skin eruption that is often misdiagnosed as “ringworm” (fungal infection) due to its circular shape. It is most common in children but any age group may be affected. For unknown reasons women are more commonly affected than men. It occurs as clustered pink to flesh colored bumps that may […]

hannon

What Exactly is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris (usually called “KP”) is a very common, benign, readily diagnosable condition. The most typical cases present with rough bumps on the posterior arms, anterior thighs, or cheeks, and frequently occurs in individuals or families with atopy (e.g. atopic dermatitis/eczema, seasonal allergies, food allergies).           The latin name is appropriate. […]

hannon

How Important is Sunscreen for Rosacea?

Many signs suggest the sun is partially to blame for rosacea: the condition is more common in fair-skinned people, sunlight alone can induce transient flushing, and even skin biopsies of rosacea tend to show increased levels of sun damage. The exact mechanism of this effect is unclear, and most studies suggest a complex interplay between […]

creswell

Help! My Suncreen Burns My Eyes When I Sweat!

I hear every day from patients that they would like to wear sunscreen on their face when they are outside, but it burns their eyes when they sweat. Fortunately, not all sunscreens cause this issue. There are two types of sunscreens – chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens provide great protection from the sun’s harmful UV […]

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