FAQ Friday!

Q: What do you think of the #Clarisonic?

A: I get this asked this question everyday. The Clarisonic is a skin cleaning brush that costs between $125 to $235 depending on the model. It is touted to do many things, like cleanse the face 6x better than hands alone, and allow moisturizers and serums to absorb into the skin more effectively.

I have many patients and friends that use the Clarisonic and really like it. They say it makes their skin feel more soft, clear and smooth, and removes makeup and oil better than traditional washing. However, some patients experience more breakouts after using it. Also, if you have sensitive or dry skin I would be cautious as the Clarisonic can be irritating.

So if you have more oily skin and don’t feel that traditional washing is effective then certainly try the Clarisonic, but have realistic expectations. If you have more sensitive or dry skin be careful.

Whether you choose to use the Clarisonic or not, don’t forget the two foundations of any skin care regimen: broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, and a Retin-A type cream.


FAQ Friday!

Is Botox® dangerous?

People may be scared of #Botox® because it is a neurotoxic protein, the same protein that in large doses causes botulism, a rare illness which is usually linked to food poisoning.

However, when Botox® is administered by a doctor, it is in a very diluted form and there has never been a serious case of toxin spreading away from the injection site. Since 2002, there have been about 11.8 million procedures done using Botox®, and it is FDA approved.

Since it is a powerful neurotoxin that relaxes muscles, Botox® is now being used in a variety of procedures, from treating chronic sweating and migraine headaches to chronic pain. If you’re interested in Botox®, talk to your doctor about your expected results and concerns.


FAQ Friday!

Q: What’s the difference between the different types of UV rays?

A: There are three types of UV rays; UVA, UVB and UVC. Fortunately UVC rays are blocked by the ozone layer; however UVA and UVB penetrate to the earth surface.

UVA rays account for up to 95% of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. UVA rays are present during all daylight hours and can penetrate glass and clouds. UVA penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB causing cumulative DNA damage that over time results in photo-aged skin and skin cancer.

UVB rays damage the skin’s more superficial layers causing sunburns. The intensity of UVB rays vary depending on the season and time of day (10 am to 4 pm are the peak hours) and UVB rays also play a key role in the development of skin cancer.

Remember that UVA rays are present even on the most cloudy days, and penetrate glass. That is why it is important to wear your “broad spectrum” sunscreen on cloudy days, while skiing or snowboarding, and indoors if you work near a window.


With the weekend coming don’t forget your sunscreen! When picking a sunscreen pick one that is at least SPF 30 or higher, Broad Spectrum and most importantly REAPPLY EVERY 2 HOURS!

Happy Spring!


New research shows having just five blistering sunburns as a teenager increases your risk of melanoma by 80%, and basal cell and squamous cell cancer by 68%.

Wear your sunscreen this summer and please encourage your friends and family to do as well!


Great article to read about how to avoid poison ivy and treatment options.


Check out this article about one of my wonderful patients Lauren that was recently published hoping to educate and discourage young women from tanning.

Thanks Lauren for sharing!

The Truth about Tanning

New Jersey native Lauren Beloff grew up spending summer vacations at the shore, lying in the sun for hours every day, coating her skin with baby oil to promote tanning. In college she won a contest that offered a free month of indoor tanning, tried it, and was hooked.

“I would go two or three times a week,” she says. “They told me it was safer than going out in the sun, and I believed them. I loved hearing people say how great my tan looked.”

Then, in the summer of 2006, when she was 25, she noticed a “weird-looking” blemish on the right side of her chest. She went to a dermatologist, who diagnosed the spot as an early-stage melanoma.
Lauren is not alone. Among white women ages 15 to 39 in the United States, annual diagnoses of melanoma increased by 50 percent between 1980 and 2004. Moreover, indoor tanning before age 35 increases melanoma risk by 75 percent, according to a large international study.

“Melanoma rates are rising four to five times more rapidly in young women than in young men,” says Dr. Rigel. “The one thing young women do differently than young men is they are about seven times as likely to go to a tanning salon.”

There is no such thing as a “safe” tan, says Dr. Rigel. “You tan because your body senses it’s being injured by ultraviolet radiation, and it produces melanin—the pigment in the tan—to protect itself. UV radiation from a tanning bed is 10 to 15 times more powerful than from natural sunlight, so of course you tan faster—but you are damaging your body 10 to 15 times more quickly.”

A week after her melanoma surgery, Lauren canceled her tanning salon membership. Now 32, she sees her dermatologist every six months and never lays out in the sun without wearing sunglasses and a hat and reapplying an SPF 50+ sunscreen every couple of hours. In 2013 she underwent Mohs micrographic surgery to remove a basal cell skin cancer from her face.

To other young women who covet the “glamorous” look of a tan, her message is: “the damage to your body and the scarring that will never go away should not make anyone want to tan.”


Birth control is a great treatment option for young women with acne.

Studies show it is as effective as oral antibiotics, and unlike antibiotics, it is something you can stay on for an extended period of time!