Category Archives: Dermatology

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 […]

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 […]

How to Get the Earliest Detection of Melanoma-Jennifer Moller MS, PA-C

Yearly skin exams are recommended to detect skin cancers, but is there a way to assist in the exam and possibly detect a skin cancer earlier? A new technology called FotoFinder revolutionizes full body skin exams through an intelligent combination of automated high-resolution total body skin photography and video dermoscopy. There are only 35 Fotofinders […]

How to Know Which Laser is Best for You- Jennifer Moller, PA-C

Living in Southern California has many benefits, including having excellent sunny weather most of the year. Many of us are active outdoors, and some of us were sun worshipers in our youth. Unfortunately, the exposure to the sun has led our skin to being wrinkled, pigmented, droopy, and aged. When addressing the aging face, the […]

The Down and Dirty About Sunscreen and SPF- Michele Westendorf, NP-C

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and the best way to prevent that is sun protection. What does SPF really mean? SPF stands for sun protection factor and it tells you how long it would take the sun to redden your skin when using the product versus the amount of […]

Baby-Proofing Your Skin: Pregnancy Skincare Concerns and Options- Kristin Scord, MS, PA-C (mom of two under 4 year olds)

Pregnancy and growing a family is such an exciting time in one’s life! Sometimes; however, our skin doesn’t quite behave as we would like with the physical changes and demands, hormones, and discrepancies in sleep and nutritional patterns. We are here to help! Concern: Dry and Dull Skin Come in and see our medical aesthetician, […]

White Chalky Patches on Toenails: Fungus or Dehydrated Nails? -Jennifer Moller MS, PA-C

Have you ever been to the nail salon and your polish was removed only to uncover white patches?  And when the nail technician is questioned she usually states it is due to wearing dark polish, or leaving the polish on too long.  You may then nod, and agree to cover the unsightly nail again with […]

Lip Fillers- Michele Westendorf, MSN,NP-C

Whether you want luscious kissable lips, or to just to get rid of the fine lines around your lips, there is a product designed for your goals. Every pair of lips are different and different people have different ideals in mind. Some patients request just a little volume to make their smile less “gummy” or […]

C02RE Intima, Treatment for women’s vaginal health- Michele Westendorf, NP-C

One of newest and most exciting additions to NBDPS is the CO2RE Intima — a much needed and much welcome addition to women’s health. The benefit of fractional CO2 for resurfacing and wrinkle improvement for the face has been well established. Recently, that technology has been adapted to address the needs of of the feminine […]

Questions about Thinning Hair? We Can Help- Michele Westendorf, NP-C

Traditionally hair loss has been divided into three categories: inflammatory vs non inflammatory, genetic vs acquired, hormone driven vs not, scarring vs scarring. More recent research asserts that there is a level of “micro-inflammation” that is present across categories. Current treatment for hair loss have included: pharmaceuticals that target specific pathways, hair transplants, low-level light […]

FALL in Love With Your Skin- Jennifer Moller MS, PA-C

It’s that time… the kids are in school and you now have a moment for yourself! Time to “fall” in love with your skin again! Hydration in the fall and winter is essential. Hydrated skin helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, gives your skin a pretty glow, and allows makeup to go […]

What Are the Different Types of Skin Cancer? | Jennifer Moller, PA-C

There are three types of skin cancers; basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. Basal Cell is the most common form of skin cancer, most often caused by sun exposure.  Squamous Cell is the second most common, and is from sun exposure as well.  Melanoma can metastasize and can be life threating.  All of these skin […]

What is Microblading? | Allee Ashlock, Medical Esthetician

Microblading is a form of semi permanent make up which is done by using pigment, and a small hand held tool comprised of anywhere from 7 to 16 micro needles on the tip (hence the name microblade).   What makes it different than tattooing your eyebrows? Microblading is the artistic process of implanting pigment into […]

Does diet contribute to acne? | Anne Marie McNeill M.D. Ph.D

One of the most common questions my acne patients ask is what role the food they eat has on their acne.  It is hard to answer for any individual; acne has a variety of triggers, including genetic, hormonal, and mechanical factors.  These seem to be the most common triggers for most patients. However, there is […]

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