Skin Problems


Acne scars remains one of the most challenging condition to treat. In short, there is no one single treatment that is best for everyone. That being said, I see many patients whom are extremely frustrated after trying treatments that are not effective for their type of acne. The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is an effective…

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Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

Ringworm, also called tinea corporis, is a fungal infection of the skin that usually results in a ring-shaped pink scaly patch that enlarges. Causes & Incidence Ringworm is a common fungal skin infection. It is not caused by a worm. The fungus that causes ringworm lives off the dead skin cells. Risk Factors Anyone can…

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Sebaceous Hyperplasia

What is it? Sebaceous hyperplasia refers to enlarged oil glands. It is a very common, benign condition seen in adults. Lesions can be single or multiple and look like yellowish, soft, small papules (bumps) on the face (particularly nose, cheeks, and forehead.) Some of the lesions can have tiny red blood vessels on the surface….

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Seborrheic Dermatitis

This commonly occurring condition result in redness, flaking, itching, and/or a yellow greasy scale affecting the scalp, eyebrows, creases on the nose, smile lines, chin, chest, and/or armpits. Seborrhea is now believed to be caused by a yeast that lives in the oil glands. Although most people have this yeast living in their glands, most…

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Melasma (Chloasma)

Melasma is a benign process in which brown spots appear on sun-exposed areas, most commonly on the face. Areas that are subject to the most sun are most frequently affected, including the forehead, upper lip, cheeks, and chin, although other areas can be affected. Chloasma is melasma that occurs in someone that is pregnant. What causes…

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Seborrheic Keratosis

These commonly occurring benign (non-cancerous) tumors are believed to be hereditary in nature (run in families). These tumors can appear anywhere on the body, but commonly occur on the face, breasts, back, arms, and legs. Occasionally, these keratosis can arise from solar lentigines (age spots or liver spots). These tumors may appear white, tan, or…

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Freckles are brown spots that commonly occur in sun-exposed areas on the skin that are harmless. As one gets sun exposure, the spots darken. When one avoids the sun or UV exposure, the spots lighten. The face is the most common area affected, but the arms and legs are common sites as well. It is…

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Dysplastic (Atypical) Nevi

DYSPLASTIC NEVI (atypical moles) are common, benign (non-cancerous) moles that may look like melanoma. Typically, the margins are often faint or faded compared with the rest of the mole. Are Dysplastic Nevi (Atypical Moles) Cancerous?No. Atypical Moles are not cancerous, they are benign, although people who have them are at more risk of developing melanoma. Severely atypical nevi…

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Shingles – Herpes Zoster

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Causes & Incidence When someone gets chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in certain sensory nerves for the remainder of their life, without any signs or symtoms. For most people, the virus just lays…

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Bed Bugs

Bedbugs is a common household infestation that results in itchy, welt-like (hive-like), bumps on the body that are usually grouped together and often appear in a zig-zag pattern. It is not a serious condition and the bugs do not live under the skin, but bite and then jump off, similar to a mosquito. The American…

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