Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Exercise for Skin Health – Larisa Lehmer, M.D.

It is no secret that exercise is good for your heart, mental wellbeing, and waistline, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that it enhances skin health as well. Regular, moderate-intensity* exercise: ● Enhances natural antioxidant production. ● Increases resistance to oxidative damage from ultraviolet (UV) light and other physical stresses by enhancing DNA repair. […]

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 […]

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.   […]

Nourishing Hair from Within – By: Larisa Lehmer, MD

Eighty percent of “typical” hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia (AGA), is genetic. For the other 20% of the equation, medications like minoxidil, spironolactone, or finasteride are prescriptions that have a long-standing track record of efficacy. Not every patient is a good candidate for these medications. However, everyone can take advantage of the findings […]

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 […]

Laser Removal of Microbladed Eyebrows-Anne Marie McNeill MD PhD FAAD

Eyebrow microblading is a popular semi-permanent form of brow tattooing.  Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the result.  Microblading pigment is similar to tattoo pigment, and can be removed safely at NBDPS using the PicoSure tattoo removal lasers and/ or microneedling or fractionated lasers. Removal of microbladed eyebrows is increasingly popular.  They can look artificial, too dark, too […]

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! […]

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. […]

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 […]

Breaking News: Carcinogen Benzene Found in Some Over-the-Counter Sunscreen Products Robin Lewallen, MD FAAD

On May 25th, 2021 Valisure, a third party testing pharmaceutical company that batch tests medications before they are released to the general public, released a report where they tested 294 unique batches of sunscreens from 69 different sunscreen and after-sun care brands. They found that over a quarter (27%) of the specific products and batches […]

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 […]

Skin and Superfoods Series- Flaxseed- Dr. Larisa Lehmer

Flaxseeds See links to summary videos on my favorite website for evidence-based nutrition information: https://www.nutritionfacts.org Skin benefits Improved sensitivity After three months of daily intake, participants on the flax had a significant decrease in skin redness in response to irritation that got better as the study progressed while there was no change in the placebo […]

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 […]

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 […]

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