50 Shades of Red

50 Shades of Red

April is Rosacea Awareness Month, which is fitting since spring can be considered “rosacea season” due to the weather changes causing many to flare this time of year. Rosacea is more common than you may realize and can often be misdiagnosed as Acne. What is Rosacea? Rosacea is a fairly chronic inflammatory disorder of the…

Melanoma

Melanoma does not always play fair

Most melanomas I see look funky and problematic before a biopsy is ever done. However, recently I had another scary case that took me by surprise and served as a reminder that melanoma does not always play by the rules.  I had a patient come in to see me concerned about a new spot on…

Cosmeceutical

The Cosmeceutical

Cosmeceutical is the term currently used among dermatologists to refer to the area between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The FDA defines cosmetics as articles intended to be topically applied for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness without affecting structure or function. Whereas pharmaceuticals are defined as compounds designed to be used as medicinal drugs. As you can imagine the…