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Dermatology is defined as the study of the skin, fat, hair, nails, oral and genital membranes; the recognition of normal variants and the diagnosis of disorders, diseases, cancers, cosmetic and ageing conditions; followed by the management of these by different approac...

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The most common method for removal of excess hair, hypertrichosis, is by far, shaving. This method is inexpensive and, contrary to popular belief, does not affect the diameter or rate of growth of hair. But shaving daily can be cumbersome an...

Last week's #DermTipTuesday discussed one key part of maintaining underarm hygiene, controlling the odor. Well, what about controlling the sweat? It's a fine balance between necessity versus burden. Without sweat, our bodies lack the ability to regulate temperature, es...

Bromhidrosis is the medical term for excessive odor. Bromhidrosis occurs specifically under the arms, a.k.a. axilla, due to bacteria and it's interaction with apocrine sweat glands located in the axillary region. The sweat produced by apocrine glands is otherwise odorl...

One of the more common nail findings I see during routine examination of the skin is splitting of the nails, known as onychoschizia. The splitting occurs at the free edge of the nail, separating the nail edge into layers. Why would I as a dermatologist care about the a...

February 28, 2017

It's the little things that, if done properly, go a long way for our skin. And properly washing our face is one of them. As we mobilize throughout our day, our skin encounters various pollutants emitted from sources like road paving, power plants, construction sit...

February 21, 2017

Have you tried taking biotin supplements to improve hair thinning or hair loss (alopecia), but found all it did was strengthen your nails? The reason being is that biotin supplementation works best when a person with alopecia has a true biotin deficiency. But...

February 14, 2017

Keep feeling the need for being first.

But I want you to be first in love.

I want you to be first in moral excellence.

I want you to be first in generosity.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did you know that anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color? The deadliest fo...

February 7, 2017

We have all heard the term 'cosmetics'. You may also be familiar with the term 'cosmeceuticals' or even 'nutraceuticals'. Well, what about nutricosmetics? It is a concept that I find to be fascinating and very useful in practice as a board certified...

January 31, 2017

The skin on our lower extremities (legs and feet) is naturally the driest part of our body, and therefore has the most need for routine moisturizing. Unfortunately, this area is more likely to be neglected during the winter. The feet particularly become dry, thickened,...

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