Treatment of Actinic Keratosis A.K.A. Precancers | Anne Marie McNeill M.D., Ph.D

Actinic Keratosis (or keratoses, plural) is a sun-induced thickening of the skin that is precancerous.  If untreated, approximately 10% of actinic keratoses will turn into a skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma) over several years.  Most people want to treat their actinic keratoses (AKs) because of both medical and cosmetic reasons. There […]

How do I treat brown spots? (Solar Lentigines) | Anne Marie McNeill M.D., Ph.D

In Orange County, we are blessed and cursed with sun year-round. It is beautiful, but bad for your skin. The sun causes brown spots called solar lentigines on the face or any sun-exposed areas. Luckily, there’s a number of options for removing solar lentigines. The first thing to mention is how important it is to […]

My Favorite Sunscreen Products | Anne Marie McNeill M.D., Ph.D

There are a number of sunscreens on the market. All of my favorite sunscreens have one thing in common: the active ingredients are zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These are mineral (as opposed to chemical) sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens are my favorite types of sunscreens because: 1) they are the most broad-spectrum and therefore provide the […]

Getting Rid of Acne Scars for Good- Anne Marie McNeill M.D., Ph.D

What causes Acne Scarring? Dr. McNeill: Picking!!!! No matter how much acne, or how large acne cysts become, they will not cause scarring if left untouched. The skin may hyperpigment and become darker for a while, but this hyperpigmentation will not be permanent. Picking at acne can cause scars that are permanent. Sometimes, patients will […]

Hair Loss in Men | Anne Marie McNeill, M.D., Ph.D

Hair loss and balding in men is largely genetic, right? Dr. McNeill: Yes. Balding is mostly genetic. There may be environmental factors, as well, but these are poorly understood. Hair loss in men is primarily genetic, and X-linked, which means it is primarily inherited along the maternal side. Males inherit their X chromosome from their […]

Womens’ Health and Vulvar Dermatology | Anne Marie McNeill, M.D. Ph.D

What doctors treat rashes in the vulvar area? Both dermatologists and OBGYN treat rashes in this area and receive some training in residency. However, not all dermatologists and OBGYN have a good deal of experience in this matter. I do specialize in skin diseases and conditions of the female genital area. I received extended study […]

What to Do When Acne Persists | Anne Marie McNeill M.D., Ph.D

Is it my imagination, or is everyone more stricken with acne these days? Dr. McNeill:  There does appear to be more prevalence and persistence.  Interestingly, we are finding that certain cultures, such as Japan, are experiencing more acne compared with previous generations.  In other, remote cultures, such as tribal communities in Africa, there is still […]

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