Category Archives: Dermatology

Unveiling Glowing Skin with the ZO 3 Step Peel-Robin Lewallen, MD, FAAD

If you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin and achieve a radiant complexion, the ZO 3 Step Peel might be the answer to your skincare goals. This transformative chemical peel is designed to shed away dead skin cells, revealing a fresh and glowing appearance.   What is the ZO 3 Step Peel Used For? The ZO […]

How to test skincare products at home and what to do if you develop a skin reaction?

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With so many skincare products available, sometimes it is difficult to tell if your skin might react to any ingredient, including any of the preservatives. A possible allergic contact dermatitis might occur where the skin becomes red, swollen and itchy. Here’s how to test skincare products at home: 1)    Do a test spot on a small […]

Patch Testing: The Basics -Robin Lewallan M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist

Patch testing is a non-invasive procedure that helps dermatologists identify the substances that trigger an allergic reaction on your skin. It involves applying small amounts of suspected allergens, called haptins, onto your skin, usually on your back, and leaving them there for a couple of days to see if a reaction occurs. If you suffer […]

5 Common skincare mistakes that you should never do to your skin!

1)    Picking at your skin Popping pimples or picking at dry skin could cause skin irritation, inflammation and subsequently even hyperpigmentation in certain skin types. 2)    Over exfoliation Exfoliating the skin can help remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture, but over-exfoliation can cause skin irritation and dryness. It could also make acne worse. It’s best […]

Infantile Eczema-Robin Lewallen, M.D.

Infantile eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that affects infants and young children. It is characterized by red, itchy, and dry patches of skin, which can be quite uncomfortable. If your child has been diagnosed with infantile eczema, it is important to understand the causes, presentation, triggers, and treatments.   […]

Types of Eczema and Things that May Help- Larisa Lehmer,M.D.

Eczema Eczema is a generic term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed, irritated, and/or itchy. There are two major types of eczema: contact dermatitis (allergic and irritant) and atopic dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the skin becomes sensitized to a specific agent, known as an allergen. Irritant […]

How do you get rid of blackheads?

How do you treat blackheads? While it is tempting to squeeze blackheads or try to pop them, it’s best to avoid squeezing/popping to avoid trauma and possible hyperpigmentation/scar. There are multiple blackhead removal tools but when using at home, if done improperly you could push down the dead skin cells or dirt clogging the hair […]

Types, Triggers, and Treatment of Rosacea-Robin Lewallen, M.D.

Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by redness, flushing, and acne-like bumps on the face. This condition can be debilitating, causing embarrassment and anxiety in social situations, and can also lead to eye problems and rhinophyma, a thickening of the skin on the nose. There are […]

What is hyperpigmentation and how to treat it?

As a dermatologist when patients come to us for the treatment of dark spots or hyperpigmentation, the first step is to understand that not all dark spots are the same. Dark spots can be caused due to several reasons (melasma or drug reactions or chronic sun exposure) however post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is the appearance of […]

New Year, New Routine- Kristin Scord, PA-C

Make taking care of your skin part of your new year’s resolutions and try something fun and new! You asked, so we asked–What are the skincare routines of our providers? Our NBDPS Physician Assistants share their favorite daily routines! Featured Provider: Jennifer Moller PA-C Skin Type: Dry/Normal Areas of Concern: Melasma, Wrinkles, Large Pores SKINCARE […]

Alopecia Areata – Finally FDA-Approved Treatments Available to Patients Izzy Tran, BA and Robin Lewallen, MD FAAD

Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune skin condition that causes sudden loss of hair on the scalp as well as sometimes other areas of the body.  People with AA usually have smooth, round patches of complete hair loss that happens over the period of a few weeks. AA affects approximately 6.8 million people in the […]

New Vitiligo Treatments Available- Robin Lewallen, M.D.

Vitiligo is an chronic disorder of the skin in which immune cells destroy melanocytes, the skin cells that produce pigment. Researchers estimate that between 1.9 and 2.8 million adults in the United States have vitiligo; it is estimated 40 percent of adults with vitiligo going undiagnosed. This can be cosmetically very disabling, particularly in people […]

Skincare Basics Series – Kristin Scord, MS PA-C

Welcome back to the Skincare Basics mini-series–the PM edition!   A simple reminder that this series will be the “Basics” for some great starter regimens for most skin types. These are foundational recommendations for general skin types, with some starting recommendations in some problem areas.   Skincare Basics 101:  PM Routine – Hydration + Exfoliation! […]

Treatments Available For Precancerous Actinic Keratoses- Robin Lewallen M.D. FAAD

If you have an actinic keratosis (AK) on your skin, you are not alone. It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans develop actinic keratoses (AKs) each year. AKs are one of the most common conditions treated by dermatologists. These precancerous skin growths occur after ultraviolet radiation causes significant DNA damage to your skin […]

What is Psoriasis- Robin Lewallen, M.D. FAAD

Psoriasis is one of the most common skin conditions affecting three to five percent of people worldwide. Most commonly, it presents as red or white scaling areas on the elbows, knees, belly button, or scalp. The rash from psoriasis is commonly itchy but may become painful or bleed in some patients. For most people, the […]

Skincare guide in Pregnancy-Larisa Lehmer, MD, FAAD

The skin goes through a lot of changes in pregnancy. While there are some things dermatologists recommend avoiding, there are plenty of options to take care of your skin while waiting for your little one’s arrival.   To-Do at Home Cleanse gently to remove excess oil and skin with: – Purifying Gel Cleanser by AlumierMD. […]

What are the Best Cosmetic Treatments to do this Winter? – Kristin Scord, PA-C

These are a few of our favorite things to do this winter to get your skin refreshed and revived! *Lasers: For improvement of texture, wrinkles, elasticity, hyperpigmentation. -Fractional and CO2 lasers offer different degrees of anti-aging skin resurfacing which is important to do when you can stay out of the sun following treatment due to […]

Skincare Basics 101: AM Routine with Sunscreen and Antioxidants: The Ultimate Duo for Enhanced UV Protection -Kristin Scord, PA-C

Want to start a well-rounded skincare regimen and not know where to begin? This is what this mini-series is about! This series will start with the “Basics” for some great starter regimens for most skin types. In later posts, more specific problem areas will be touched on and recommendations for those concerns! We’ll start with […]

Evidence Based Hair Loss Supplement Strategies- Robin Lewallen M.D.

Hair Health: Supplements and Nutrition There are many different myths and over-the-counter supplements available on the market marketed as improving hair health and growth. We took the time to review the literature and evidence and have narrowed in on the most effective nutrients and supplements available for hair health. Nutrients and Supplements with evidence for […]

Green Tea & Your Skin- Larisa Lehmer, M.D.

Green tea may be one of the healthiest beverages around — drinking it has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 30% as well as lower cholesterol, blood sugar, and body fat. In addition, those who drink green tea have smoother skin, and fewer wrinkles than those who do not. Research into […]

May is SKIN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH- Q & A with Kristin Scord, PA-C

Medical Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery

Why Are Skin Exams Important? Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Melanoma is one of the most dangerous cancer types, leading to thousands of deaths per year. Skin exams are key in catching skin cancers and intervening early! How Often Should This Be Done? As a general rule of thumb, for […]

Aftercare Following Lasers and Microneedling Can Be Summarized In Two Words: Kind & Gentle-Larisa Lehmer M.D

Basically, you want to help your skin heal from the energy it has received. This means a mild cleanser (Antioxidant Cleanser – McNeillMD; Hydrating Cleanser – AlumierMD; Gentle Cleanser – Priori) formulated for use on “sensitive skin” and a bland ointment until the time of healing is complete. There is a growing variety of suitable […]

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 […]

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