General Dermatology

A fungus among us– Musings of a NYC dermatologist

Have you been noticing discolored spots on your neck, chest, back and arms?  This may be a sign of warmer weather, humidity as well as a minor fungal infection– tinea versicolor. Our skin is the home of a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi (including yeast).  Tinea versicolor, also know as pityriasis versicolor,  …

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Dr. Strachan comments about health care cost in the AMA News- Musings of a NYC dermatologist

Many people falsely think of dermatology as primarily a cash business.  Although cosmetic procedures get a lot of press, most people see the dermatologist for medical problems and if they have insurance they want to be able to use it.  Check out Dr. Strachan’s quote in this AMA news article about the increasing costs on …

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The vicious cycle of braids, hair weaves and hair loss – Musings of a NYC dermatologist

Hair weaves and braids, usually with extensions,  are popular hair styles especially among African American women.  Sometimes these styles are for fashion.  Other times they are to mask the problem of balding.  The real problem is that these styles can cause hair loss–permanent hair loss.  A study published in the April issue of the Archives of …

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Reasons your dermatologist doesn’t want you to smoke – Musing of a NYC Dermatologist

Most people are aware of the many health hazards of smoking as they pertain to the heart, lungs and the increased risk of many types of cancer.  Did you know, however, that smoking has several negative effects on the health and beauty of your skin?  In case you needed some more reasons to avoid smoking, …

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Why do dermatologists often recommend threading?- Musings of a NYC dermatologist

Other than the types of hair removal that can be offered in a medical setting , such as light-assisted (laser/IPL) or prescriptions, there are other choices that people have that may by more appropriate in certain circumstances.  For example, non-permanent techniques of hair removal are often preferable for the grooming of the eyebrows as style …

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Why healthy skin is beautiful skin-Musings of a NYC dermatologist

At Aglow Dermatology, our motto is “healthy skin is beautiful skin.”  What does this mean? A patient recently asked me if it were “okay” that she were in my office to treat her acne.  Although her acne was not the worst, she had a number of red papules on her face.  She was concerned that she …

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Skin care products: is it a cosmetic or a drug?

Skin care products: did you know that the difference between what makes a cream you apply a cosmetic and what makes it a medicine is a legal matter?  It’s not straight forward, but here is some insight. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA- the government body that regulates these things) defines a cosmetic as something …

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