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Responsible Use of Oral Antibiotics for Acne

Responsible Use of Oral Antibiotics for Acne

Should oral antibiotics be used as a treatment for acne? Oral antibiotics should be prescribed with care, and should not be considered a long term solution for conditions such as acne.  There are often better, more effective treatments such as Accutane. Oral...
Why do you use so much liquid nitrogen?

Why do you use so much liquid nitrogen?

What is liquid nitrogen used for in dermatology treatments? Liquid nitrogen is one of the most versatile tools to treat a variety of skin spots in dermatology. Although liquid nitrogen is not generally used in the treatment of overt skin cancers, it is one of the most...
ABCDE’s of Melanoma

ABCDE’s of Melanoma

What do I need to know about melanoma? One easy way to remember common characteristics of melanoma is to think alphabetically – the ABCDEs of melanoma. ABCDE stands for asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving. These are the characteristics of skin...
When should a mole be seen by a doctor?

When should a mole be seen by a doctor?

How do I know if a mole needs to be checked out? Self skin surveillance should be a very important part of everyone’s monthly routine but what exactly should you be looking out for when examining my moles? It’s fairly normal to develop new moles until the age of 40,...
Get Rid of Your Magnifying Mirror

Get Rid of Your Magnifying Mirror

Each week I see several patients who are fixated on a tiny spot or blemish that they noticed while looking into their vanity magnifying mirrors. Oftentimes, I can only see these spots with my dermatoscope, but almost never with the naked eye. While this can be...
Online Dermatology Products and Evidence Based Medicine

Online Dermatology Products and Evidence Based Medicine

Are The Online Dermatology Products You See For Real? Be aware that many dermatology products advertised online are not based on Evidence Based Medicine and are often scams. I’m frequently asked questions about the newest and coolest skin care regimen, device, or...