Eczema vs. Psoriasis

Eczema vs. Psoriasis: How to Tell the Difference

Psoriasis and eczema are skin conditions characterized by redness, inflammation, and itching. Although both conditions produce similar symptoms and are often treated the same way, they are different ailments with disparate causes. Because psoriasis and eczema appear much the same, it usually takes the trained eye of a dermatologist to tell them apart. Here, we … Read more

Oral Thrush

Yeast Infections of the Lips and Face: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 150 species of the yeast Candida. However, only 15 of them can infect humans. The most common species that causes infections on the face is Candida albicans (C. albicans). C. albicans resides in the mouth, the skin, and the digestive tract. Normally, … Read more

Skin Cancer Screening

Skin Cancer Screening: Why It’s Important and What to Expect

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Prevention is key — here’s what you should expect during a skin cancer screening. What is a skin cancer exam? A skin cancer examination is when a primary care doctor or dermatologist performs a detailed check … Read more

Natural Acne Treatments

We Asked the Derms: Do These 8 Natural Acne Treatments Work?

Acne Vulgaris—more commonly known as acne—is an inflammation of the sebaceous glands that affects some 60 million people in the United States. This condition is characterized by blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, and oily skin. Almost everyone will be affected by acne at some point in their lives, especially during their teenage years. However, some adults … Read more

after plastic surgery

How to Reduce Swelling After Plastic Surgery

Post-surgical swelling is unavoidable, as the body’s natural response to injury is to trigger an inflammatory process that promotes healing. Here’s what you should expect following some of the most common plastic surgery procedures, and steps you can take to help expedite recovery. Swelling After Breast Augmentation Breast augmentation surgery causes mild to moderate swelling. What you … Read more

Light therapy for acne

Light Therapy for Acne: Does it Work?

Acne vulgaris affects about 45 million Americans and about 90% of adolescents or young adults. While it is most prevalent during the teenage years, many continue to suffer breakouts well into adulthood. Photodynamic therapy is a recent development in the treatment of acne that involves exposing the skin to red or blue LED lights. The … Read more

Benefits of coconut oil

What Lauric Acid Can Do for Your Skin: Coconut Oil Uses and Benefits

Lauric acid is one of the latest “miracle” substances touted all over the web, in beauty magazines, and on television. There are entire books dedicated to coconut oil’s medicinal properties, claiming that it can cure everything from acne to baldness. We reviewed the science behind these claims — here’s what pure lauric acid can actually … Read more