On Contact Dermatitis, Sensitive Skin, and Patch Testing: Interview with an Expert

Is a rash a skin allergy or an irritation? What is a patch test and why would I need one? How can I prevent rashes? To get clarity, we spoke to Jenny Murase, Chair of the CAMP Optimization Task Force of the American Contact Dermatitis Society, Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, and Director of the Patch Test Clinic at the Palo Alto Foundation …

A Dermatologist Shares Another Reason to Keep Your Resolutions

by Dr. Jackie Dosal Sticking to those New Years resolutions?  Need a little motivation?  Maybe I can help.  Many of the good things we do for our body and mind can have a positive effect on our skin.  What a nice bonus!  Don’t we all want glowing skin? Let’s review below: Move daily – Get that blood …

A Dermatologist Shares How To Pick Your Cleanser Wisely

Choosing products that fit your lifestyle can be confusing.  And in my opinion, there are several kinds of people/lifestyles in the skincare world: Minimalists, who barely make time to wash their face, Naturalists, who are looking for simpler nature-based solutions, and Revelers, those who relish in the art of caring for their skin. There are …

How To "Dew" Dry Skin Right

Dry skin — anything from generally being acne-free to visible peeling or hypersensitivity — can be something you’re born with or develop over time. Like our muscles or heart, our skins change over time, depending on what we’re eating, where we’re living, how we’re taking care of it, and regular ol’ aging. Being so “out there,” the skin can react to things it’s exposed …

Stubborn Skin Problems? You May Need An Investigative Dermatologist

Your skin may need further investigation. Most dermatologists can handle the majority of skin concerns, and jumping from doctor to doctor isn’t the best idea. Usually, it takes a few visits for a doctor to get a full history and see how you’re responding to certain suggestions, procedures, or treatments. But some specific skin conditions …

My Dermatologist Has X-Ray Vision

Or, How My Skin Doctor Found My Thyroid Problem. My dermatologist isn’t Superwoman (although I think of her that way). No doctor can see through you, to your blood, thyroid, heart, or bones. I’m not sure anyone would want that. But my dermatologist took one look at my skin and knew something was off with my insides. It was, frankly, fascinating. …