Sometimes, You Must Ask for a Biopsy.

Do you know when to ask for a biopsy?

Several years ago I went to my Dermatology office to seek an opinion on a red spot / bump that was slowly growing on my right shin. It didn’t look like a mole, or anything else I could find within the medical sites on the internet – Mayo Clinic, and the like. (I do check my skin for anything unusual every month or so, using a method I’ve shared in a previous post Are You Regularly Checking Your Skin for Skin Cancer?.)

Wanting to get in as soon as possible, I was told my Dermatologist was booked for at least a month, but they did have an opening right away with one of the Dermatology Physician”s Assistant (PA) who does skin cancer screenings routinely. Feeling a sense of urgency, I booked with the PA. [Read more…]

Effective Acne Relief

There is exciting news for those, young and old, who suffer from acne! A new study has shown promising results for prolonged inhibition of the primary bacteria that contributes to acne through the combination of resveratrol and benzoyl peroxide.

http://www.dermmedica.ca/skin-conditions/acne/

Acne

[A] “team of researcher(s from the UCLA Division of Dermatology, David Geffen School of Medicine, have published their findings in the online edition of the journal Dermatology and Therapy where they have)… found that combining resveratrol with a common acne medication, benzoyl peroxide, may enhance the drug’s ability to kill the bacteria and could translate into new treatments.” [Read more…]

Is it Acne or Yeast Infection?

Chest and back acne can be difficult to control, particularly if there is a concurrent infection that mimics acne. The yeast, Pityrosporum, creates a folliculitis when commonly used acne treatments set up the skin for its growth. Although it looks a lot like acne, there are a few things to note that will lead you to suspicion it is something else.

  • Itching (also known as pruritis)
  • Comes about after prolonged oral / topical antibiotics to treat acne
  • Worsens with antibiotic usage, heat, humidity, stress
  • Does not respond to typical acne treatments (acid peels, acne washes, topical retinoids)

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Probiotics for Acne?

probioticsWe’ve long known that what is going on inside your body, manifests itself in your skin. With Acne, which has internal bacterial origins as well as surface bacterial antagonists, there are also hormones, food sensitivities and a whole host of other imbalances that can result in breakouts.

A UCLA study conducted with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute has discovered that acne bacteria contain “bad” strains associated with pimples and “good” strains that may protect the skin. [Read more…]

How to Calm Itchy Skin

Itchy skin makes you scratch, and scratch! What is the most common cause of itchy skin and what can you do at home to help soothe it? Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic:

“Itchy skin that isn’t accompanied by other obvious skin changes, such as a rash, is most often caused by dry skin (xerosis). Dry skin usually results from environmental factors that you can influence. These include hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and washing or bathing too much.”

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