Lipoma

A lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous) fatty tumor that can occur anywhere on the body. It looks and feels like a soft lump. These tumors lie within the fatty layer of the skin or just beneath the muscle. These can be hereditary or can occur secondary to trauma. Although harmless, there are some variants of…

Read More

BLACK SALVE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR SKIN CANCER

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 74% of persons using black salve were not aware of the possible side effects of the remedy, including infection, scarring, and disfigurement. Black salve can destroy the top layer of skin, but most cancers lie beneath this layer and continue to grow.…

Read More

BEST OTC ACNE TREATMENT–COMING SOON

One of the most effective topcal acne treatments has been retinoids–Retin A, Differin, & Tazorac. Well now, Differin has been approved for OTC use–no prescription needed. That’s right. Anyone will soon be able to get this medication. This medication combined with OTC Benzoyl Peroxide gel is a 1-2 punch for acne.  Differin works great with…

Read More

NEW “LASER” TO TREAT SKIN CANCER

Every day a patient contacts me as a nearby Dermatology group is running a television advertisement of a new treatment for skin cancer that does not require surgery. Interestingly, every patient says it is a laser.  Well, this is not the case. This “new” treatment is not new at all. It is electron beam treatment,…

Read More

NEW SCAR TREATMENT FOR THICK SCARS

Tranilast 8% liposomal gel was shown to be effective in treating scars from cesarean sections. Patients were asked to treat half of their scars with this gel and the other half with placebo. Patients were much more satisfied with the Tranilast side. Unfortunately, this treatment has not been compared to other treatments, including steroid injections and…

Read More