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By
Christopher Chu M.D.
on
May 30, 2024

As a consumer, you may have heard of lanolin, an ingredient derived from sheep’s wool and found in numerous cosmetics and personal care products. While lanolin has numerous benefits such as retaining moisture in the skin and reducing transepidermal water loss, it was named the allergen of the year in 2023 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) because of its widespread use and increasing recognition of its ability to cause contact dermatitis.

By
Christopher Chu M.D.
on
April 3, 2024

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by facial redness, swelling, and acne-like eruptions that can cause significant discomfort and emotional distress. While the precise causes of rosacea are multifactorial, factors like neurovascular abnormalities, immune system dysregulation, and environmental triggers play crucial roles. At Pure Dermatology, we see rosacea often, and the condition can be difficult to treat. Botox for rosacea has emerged as an exciting new therapeutic option.

By
Christopher Chu M.D.
on
March 12, 2024

Melasma is a pigmentary skin condition that affects over 1% of the population. In certain populations, particularly dark skin toned patients of reproductive age, this rate is even higher. As a dermatologist with a darker skin tone and pigmentary issues themselves, I know how important these concerns can be for someone of skin of color. In my clinic, melasma is one of the most common pigmentary conditions I see. Today, I’m going to briefly review melasma, go over the importance of using a broad-spectrum tinted sunscreen for melasma, and then provide some tips on picking one.

By
Christopher Chu M.D.
on
February 19, 2024

If you’ve been diagnosed with a dysplastic nevus, also known as an atypical mole, you might have concerns about what this means for your health. The relationship of dysplastic nevi with melanoma is complex. Some dermatologist may call it pre-melanoma, while others will tell you not to worry. Even more confusing, many dermatologist have different recommendations for how to manage and treat dysplastic nevi. In this post, we’ll dive into what a dysplastic nevus is, and what being diagnosed with one may mean for your health.

By
Christopher Chu M.D.
on
January 26, 2024

Vitamin C is the current superstar in the beauty world. It's not just an essential vitamin for your health, but a great ingredient for your skin too. We all love its promises of a brighter, youthful complexion, but there's a catch – it's all about how you use it. Let’s chat about vitamin C oxidation, why all vitamin C products are not the same, and how to pick the perfect topical vitamin C for your skincare routine.

By
Pure Dermatology
on
December 13, 2023

Actinic keratoses are precancerous skin lesions that affect millions of Americans. The good news: Medical treatment can prevent progression, but it’s essential to seek treatment early. If you have actinic keratosis, here’s what you need to know.

By
Pure Dermatology
on
November 2, 2023

A weak, flabby, or receding jawline can affect your entire appearance — and your confidence, too. Fillers help define the contours of your jawline without surgery. Here’s how they can help you get a more chiseled look.

By
Pure Dermatology
on
October 6, 2023

Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treating certain types of skin cancer. If Mohs surgery is in your future, here’s what you can expect during your treatment.

By
Pure Dermatology
on
September 5, 2023

Like acne and psoriasis, rosacea causes very visible symptoms that can cause a lot of embarrassment. Fortunately, those symptoms are manageable with a customized plan focused on your unique needs. Here's how we can help.

By
Pure Dermatology
on
August 1, 2023

Any unusual lump or bump under your skin is bound to cause some concern. But if it’s a benign growth like a lipoma, there’s usually nothing to worry about. However, prompt evaluation is still important to ensure it’s a lipoma and not something else.

By
Pure Dermatology
on
June 14, 2023

Acne doesn’t just affect teens and young adults. It can last a lot longer — into your 30s, 40s, and beyond. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help relieve adult acne symptoms and help you enjoy clearer skin.

By
Pure Dermatology
on
June 7, 2023

Eczema and psoriasis cause similar symptoms, but they definitely require different types of treatments to relieve discomfort and improve your skin health. Here’s how these common skin conditions differ and how we can help you manage both.

By
Pure Dermatology
on
May 5, 2023

Rosacea may not be life-threatening, but it can still have a big impact on your life and your well-being. Red, rash-like symptoms can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but by avoiding specific triggers, you can help keep your symptoms under control.

By
Christopher Chu M.D.
on
April 23, 2023

What happens when my doctor takes a sample of my skin? Why is this important? Learn how a board-certified dermatopathologist is crucial for effective dermatologic care.

By
Pure Dermatology
on
April 17, 2023

Not sure of the best treatment for your skin cancer? Find out how Mohs surgery may be the best option to treat you — and get you back to living your life normally!

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