Covid-19 mRNA Vaccines: A review of the most recent data as well as special considerations for the vaccine in dermatology patients – Lauren Melnick BS, Chloe Silva BS, and Robin Lewallen MD FAAD

The coronavirus pandemic has affected every single person since the first lockdown in March of 2020 and has resulted in death, social disconnection, loss of jobs, increased distress, and much, much more. While many people are experiencing a new phenomenon known as “covid fatigue,” there is a glimmer of hope with the two vaccines currently […]

New Year, New Hair! PRP Hair: A great in-office procedural option for hair loss – Kristin Scord, PA-C

Hair loss concerns plague 40% of men and women over 35, 65% over 60, and 70% over age 80! There are various types of hair loss including genetic and hormonal, autoimmune-induced and scarring forms; as well as various additional contributors like stress, nutritional challenges and external influences. It can be a major aesthetic concern as […]

Chipping Away at Melasma- Kristin Scord, PA-C

Hyperpigmentation can plague both men and women, as well as skin of any color. If you’re reading this, you may have struggled with this personally or know someone who does and are eager for some helpful advice. It can take several months to see improvement once you’ve begun a process so stick with it–it’s best […]

Beauty > Skin Deep: Plant Based Diets for Vibrant Skin and Overall Health- Larisa Lehmer, MD

Did you know that what you eat can have dramatic effects on how your skin looks and functions? See how you can get clear, glowing, and smooth skin by making some key dietary changes. Clear Acne affects 85% of teenagers in industrialized nations across the globe, but it is almost non-existent in places like Okinawa […]

Treating Acne from the Inside-Out- Larisa Lehmer M.D.

Food Rules Plants ONLY – NO animal products. Stick with it! Whole food, i.e., non-processed, as if you harvested it yourself. If purchased in a bag, there is ONE ingredient listed. NO added oil, nuts, or seeds until your skin clears. These may be added back slowly based on your skin’s tolerance. Center your meals […]

“Maskne”: Face Mask Break-Outs and How to Keep Your Skin Healthy During a Pandemic – Robin Lewallen, M.D.

Are you suffering from break-outs and blemishes under your mask? If so, you are not alone. At NBDPS we have definitely seen an uptick in adults suffering from break-outs. For many people, mask-wearing is leading to an embarrassing and unpleasant side effect: bumps, pimples, and zits. The problem has become so common that we have […]

May: Skin Cancer Awareness Month-Robin Lewallen, Board Certified Dermatologist

What is skin cancer: Skin cancer is uncontrolled growth of atypical cells in the outermost portion of the skin called the epidermis. The epidermis is composed of basal cells, squamous cells, melanocytes, and merkel cells. When the DNA of these cells are damaged, mutations occur that result in the skin cells dividing rapidly forming malignant […]

Self-Care: Treat your Precancers at Home During Quarantine- Kristin Scord PA-C

While quarantine is difficult for a number of reasons, it’s a great time to finally treat precancers on your skin! Actinic keratoses are spots, patches and lesions that are precancerous. They are a result of damage to the skin from sun exposure. This exposure may have been from childhood sunburns or long exposures to the […]

MEDICAL GRADE PEEL AT HOME- Jennifer Moller MS, PA-C

Did you know the cellular turnover of our skin and the stimulation of collagen slows down in our 30’s? A baby’s skin turns over approximately every 14 days, and in our 30’s it is every 30-35 days. Yikes! That’s why a baby’s skin is so soft and plump, and well… why as we age it’s […]

How to Pick Your Supplements-Michele Westendorf, MSN NP-C

Supplements are one of the fastest-growing areas of medicine. We are up to $43.4 billion in yearly revenue in the US supplement market, and the majority of Americans have at least one supplement in their home. However, most laypeople feel intimidated by the sheer number of products on the market, as well as the wide-ranging […]

Probiotics and Why They Matter to Your Skin-Michele Westendorf, NP-C

Probiotics and Skin Health What are Probiotics? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” In order to be labeled a probiotic, scientific evidence for a health benefit would have to be documented. Probiotics can be bacteria, fungus or yeast. […]

Sebacia is the Newest Acne Treatment Available at NBDPS – Robin Lewallen, MD

What is Sebacia? Sebacia is the newest way to treat acne and is much different from the traditional acne treatment regimens such as medicated washes or prescription medications. Sebacia is an innovative treatment that involves applying a FDA-approved gold microparticle technology mask to the face followed by treatment of the skin with a 1064 nm […]

The New Psoriasis Guidelines That May Finally Get You the Treatment You Need-by Claire Gillespie –Robin Lewallen MD, comments on a new, simplified method of grading psoriasis severity that proves when it comes to treating chronic skin conditions one size does not fit all.

As a chronic autoimmune skin condition, psoriasis can have a huge physical and emotional impact on a person’s life—especially if you’ve been living with it for several years. Inflamed, itchy, scaly patches of skin, which often go hand-in-hand with bleeding, pain, anxiety and stiff, swollen joints, are no party. By this point, you’ve probably tried […]

Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary-Kerry Knollenberg, Office Manager since 2010

Three thousand six hundred and 50 days. That’s how long Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery has been serving patients and the Southern California community. During that time there have been so many special moments and accomplishments they are hard to count. Notably, Dr. McNeill, as our sole provider, treated 1,279 patients that first year […]

Tips for sun protection to reduce your risk of skin cancer (and premature aging)-Robin Lewallen M.D.

Tips for sun protection to reduce your risk of skin cancer (and premature aging) Skin cancer is the most common and also one of the most preventable forms of cancer worldwide. In fact, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the United States than all other cancers combined. Ultraviolet (UV) light is a proven […]

Can diet and supplements reduce sun damage and skin cancer?- Alyssa Braun, BA, and Anne Marie McNeill, MD, PhD

Most Southern California residents are aware that the sun has harmful rays that can be detrimental to the skin; however, this knowledge can’t compete with the enjoyment of spending time outside. Despite our efforts to be prudent when it comes to wearing sunscreen (and reapplying every 3-4 hours!), the CDC reports that the incidence of […]

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