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  • Q&A with Dr. Debra: Inverse Psoriasis

    This is a female patient who had been treated for months with antifungals and nystatin powder Q.D. by her primary care provider. The morphology of this rash is moderate erythematous patches/plaques with desquamation located under her breasts. What is your diagnosis? A. Tinea corporis B. Intertrigo C. Inverse psoriasis D. Erythrasma If you ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on August 14, 2014
  • Q&A with Dr. Debra: Tinea Corporis

    In dermatology, we discuss the importance of identifying and understanding morphology and changes in a rash. Here is a case of a rash with a sudden change in morphology after prescribing medication for her dermatosis. This geriatric patient was being treated with clobetasol cream B.I.D. for Grover disease. You see pruritic erythematous papules ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 31, 2014
  • The Expert Truth on Sun Exposure

     A nurse practitioner student recently emailed me on the NADNP website to ask the following: ''I am curious about sun exposure. Some small amount is good for vitamin D3 synthesis. Does your organization have a general rule about how much sun exposure is ok, and what to use for protection? For example, I always encourage folks to use zinc ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on May 8, 2014
  • I’ve Got Bugs

    There are several presentations for patients who have or believe they have ''bugs'' in or on their skin. There are the haves, have nots and the ''I know I have it and I brought proof but have nots.'' The haves are easy to diagnose. The most common of these are lice, scabies, ticks, bed bugs and the occasional erythema migracans. The have nots ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on April 15, 2013
  • Arm Reshaping and Toning

    As spring and summer entice the sunshine and warm weather, short sleeves or sleeveless tops and spaghetti straps are the favorite fashion. Yet some people prefer long sleeves and sweaters year-round because they feel self conscious about their arms.  Due to the social climate of southern California, patients come to our clinic ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on April 15, 2013
  • Hyperpigmentation and Fresh, Glowing Skin

    Vivatia is an advanced skin care system offering patients undeniable results. This system is a new take on anti-aging skin care, focusing on safe and effective delivery of key ingredients such as anti-oxidants and hydroquinone. Vivatia consists of 3 steps: Gentle Cream Cleanser - A non-foaming cream cleanser that is hydrating while ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on February 12, 2013
  • Rejuvenating Skin Through Wound Healing Science

    Neocutis is a Swiss skin care and pharmaceutical line that harnesses the power of PSP (processed skin cell proteins, a proprietary ingredient). These products are used to promote skin rejuvenation, to provide post-procedural skin care and to provide general care for sensitive or irritated skin.  Each product in this line was developed after ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on June 5, 2012
  • Healthy, Youthful Skin on the Skinny

    What do our patients want? To look better, look more youthful Look better without down time Look better right away Look better without pain Look better without surgery Look better without costing too much So how do we help them accomplish all of this? First, we have to understand what comprises a youthful appearance. Young, youthful skin ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on March 13, 2012
  • Retinoic Acid Strategies

    Your patient asks about possibly using Retin A. Now what? Lucky for us, retinoids have progressed so much over the past 40 years that we now have different avenues to help the patient realize benefits without all the harsh side effects of earlier years - redness, dryness and flaking, all of which contributed to poor patient compliance. ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on February 14, 2012
  • Light Chemical Peels

    Our skin is not only our largest organ, it is our first line of defense against harsh environmental conditions such as UV damage, pollution and irritants. So, have you thanked your skin lately? What better way than with an effective and inexpensive facial treatment? If you are looking to improve a dull complexion on a budget, a light (superficial) ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on January 10, 2012
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