The Armchair Dermatologist (a.k.a. our Blog...)

Hello! You’ve found your way to our dermatologist journal and blog -- my collection of helpful lessons, entertaining tales and curious ponderings to guide you through the world of various skin conditions. Our daily patient interactions incorporate a balance of time-tested methodologies with superb, cutting-edge and novel approaches to skin care. Thanks for stopping by and letting us share our tactics and treatments for hundreds of dermatoses. Keep an eye out for added education links to amp up your skincare knowledge. Have feedback, a compelling story or great idea for us? We would love to hear from you!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

No Sweat: Why Fitness Fanatics Botox Their Hair

All the dry shampoo in the world can’t preserve a good blowout after an hour at SoulCycle.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2017’s Biggest Skin Care Trends, According to Google

If you have a question about your skin or a skincare product, odds are you’re consulting Google even before you get on the phone with a dermatologist. Google may or may not have the answers you seek, but it definitely has one thing: data about what people are searching for.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Is Your Favorite Jewelry Damaging Your Skin?

Most women have been there: you slip off your new toe ring only to find an unbecoming green mark around your toe, or your fierce new earings cause your lobes to swell. Jewelry is a fun way to decorate your skin, but sadly, it’s not always very kind to it.

Here’s what jewelry-wearers should know about how jewelry affects skin, and when it may be a good idea to take extra precautions or go bling-free instead.


Monday, February 27, 2017

All About Pores: Does Size Really Matter?

There’s nothing richer than clean, healthy pores—and like other elements of appearance, it’s common for people to stress over their size. The smaller the pores, the clearer your skin appears. And in many cases, size does matter: enlarged pores, for starters, can indicate clogging and/or oil and bacteria buildup.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Vampire Facelifts: Rejuvenate Your Skin With Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment

Whether you’re looking to give your cheeks a little lift or alleviate eye wrinkles, there are more innovative options than ever for achieving that youthful, beautiful glow when you want it, where you want it. There are an abundance of surgical options, sure, but these aren’t for everyone—for some, non-surgical rejuvenation may be just the ticket.


Friday, February 3, 2017

The Art of Pimple Popping: Why People Love it, And How to Do it Right

In the never-boring world of dermatology, we deal with a lot of things some people consider “gross”-- but one man’s gross is another’s fascinating, and there is no better evidence of this than the wild popularity of pimple popping and extraction videos. Here’s a look why people love it, how it all works, and why you should think twice before popping your own.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Birthmarks: To Remove or Not to Remove?

Birthmarks are part of, well, birth! Nearly 80 percent of all people have some kind of birthmark. Some of these disappear with age, some appear well after we are born, and many remain with us for as long as we choose to take them along for the ride. The first step in a decision of whether or not to remove a birthmark is accurate identification.

Birthmarks come in two main categories: vascular birthmarks and pigmented birthmarks.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Skin Care For All Seasons

When the weather changes, and oh how it changes, how does it affect skin and what should be done about it? Let’s “Turn! Turn! Turn!” to that now.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Thick-Skinned Quotes We Call Upon Most

Many of us are collectors of compelling quotes. From time to time we like to share quotes that relate to our industry. Skin certainly means so very much to so many people, for a multitude of reasons...


Monday, December 19, 2016

Can I Offer You a Mint? - Using Facts to Banish Embarrassment

Some bacteria play nicely, like probiotics (from the Greek meaning “for life”) and some cause continual mayhem and prompt us to declare a take-no-prisoners war, using antibiotics (from the Greek meaning “against life”) or other methods. It’s this naughty kind of bacteria that we need the chat about.


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