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Sign of the Times: Facial Mask Irritation

Sign of the Times: Facial Mask Irritation

Masks trap moisture, sweat, oil, and dirt close to our skin. The resulting blemishes often include acne: small, inflamed bumps and irritation. Those irritations in fact have become so common that mask acne has now been dubbed "maskne." Even the simple act of breathing or talking while wearing a mask increases moisture, which ends up changing our skin's natural pH.

Skin care is essential in treating the irritation brought on by wearing masks. Facial cleansing with gentle produ... Continue Reading

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Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia: Making the Diagnosis

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia: Making the Diagnosis

For many providers, seeing "hair loss" as the chief complaint on a patient's chart can induce dread. Imagine how the patient feels if their clinician lacks... Continue Reading

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Pyoderma Gangrenosum

Pyoderma Gangrenosum

A patient presents to your clinic with a painful, rapidly expanding ulcer on a lower extremity. If pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) isn't on your differential, it s... Continue Reading

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Documenting Skin Color in Medicine: Are We Unconsciously Racially Profiling?

Documenting Skin Color in Medicine: Are We Unconsciously Racially Profiling?

Practicing medicine in 2020 has certainly been challenging, especially given recent worldwide discussion on race relations. In a recent Dermatology Grand Rou... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology, Public Health

Sunscreen Updates

Sunscreen Updates

Everyone knows they should protect their skin from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB exposure. The proper way to do so, however, has been the subject of muc... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology, Miscellaneous

Spironolactone Use in Adult Female Acne

Spironolactone Use in Adult Female Acne

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that is usually seen in adolescence. However, it is becoming more common past the teenage years, often affecting those... Continue Reading

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Skin Manifestations of COVID-19

Skin Manifestations of COVID-19

By now it is well known that COVID-19 is an illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that may lead to serious respiratory disease. The most common sy... Continue Reading

Filed under: Dermatology, Infectious Diseases

Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), also called chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), is a condition when urticaria, or hives, are present for more than 6 wee... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Dermatology

Using Topical Steroids Safely and Effectively

Using Topical Steroids Safely and Effectively

Since their introduction in early 1950s, topical corticosteroids (TCS) have become the drugs most commonly prescribed by dermatologists for outpatients and a... Continue Reading

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Determining the Cause of Hair Loss

Determining the Cause of Hair Loss

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is one of the of most common disorders that dermatology practitioners diagnose and treat. With so many potential causes, i... Continue Reading

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Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, debilitating, inflammatory disease of the hair follicle that usually develops after puberty. It presents with pai... Continue Reading

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Sun Protection

Sun Protection

In the late 1970s, the promotion of sun protection was almost nonexistent, even though Swiss researcher, Franz Greiter, had developed the concept of sun prot... Continue Reading

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The Lowdown on Popular Psoriasis Medications

The Lowdown on Popular Psoriasis Medications

These days, it seems that most of us can't avoid seeing a commercial for a psoriasis medication when watching our favorite shows. Most of the ad... Continue Reading

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Atopic Dermatitis – It’s Not Just Skin Deep

Atopic Dermatitis – It’s Not Just Skin Deep

Atopic dermatitis (AD), or "eczema," is a common cutaneous disorder that most primary care clinicians see in their practices. Howev... Continue Reading

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