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!

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.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Showing Skin

We are a culture that covers skin -- for fashion, for warmth, for modesty. We cover to display allegiance to a football team or our identification as a firefighter or doctor. So when do we cast off the apparel and show a little skin? Here are some of the most popular reasons people bare just a bit more of themselves.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Stop Skin Self-Sabotage: 7 New Habits to Benefit Skin Health

It’s time to give another dose of special attention to creating new habits for your skin. In a previous post, we mentioned a few additional practices to avoid. Sidestepping the unhelpful is a great first step. Creating new habits – that’s where the change in our overall complexion happens.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Astronauts Moisturize

If you live your life exclusively in the back woods and hang out with Paul Bunyan, then taking a heavy-duty bar of Lava or Mountain Man soap to your face as your daily regimen might be all you need. conducted a survey of men 35 and over asking the simple question, “Do you moisturize?” The results showed 10 percent of men saying, “Only when my partner suggests it, ‘cause I’m a man.” Oh ya? Let’s see if that definition of manhood, in all its rugged, leather-faced glory, holds up among the hardest hitters of the world


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