Blog Archive: 2013

3 Great Tips for the Slopes

Date: Dec 1, 2013

Dermatology Tips for Slopes | Beverly Hills Ski Skin Care Tip #1: Don't Forget the Sunblock. The manifestations of UV skin damage include dark age spots, the early appearance of wrinkles, and skin cancer. Be sure to wear proper protective clothing and hats and apply a broad spectrum, water resistant, sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection with a minimum SPF 30 value. If you're going to be on the slopes all day, reapply the sunscreen to exposed areas every few hours and apply a lip balm with SPF 30 as well. Remember, when you're on the slopes, you're getting extra sun exposure from the direct and reflected rays of the sun.

Ski Skin Care Tip #2: Don't Forget Your Lips. Lips are especially sensitive to drying and sun damage. Frequently apply a lip balm with SPF 30 protection.

Ski Skin Care Tip #3: Gently Cleanse and Moisturize to Undo Environmental Damage. Hot showers and low humidity play havoc on your skin; causing chapping, redness, and dry patches. Use a fragrance free cleanser gentle cleanser and moisturize immediately after your shower or bath with a cream or oil.

Helpful Hints for Brittle Nails

Date: Nov 1, 2013

Onychoschizia, horizontal splits within the nail plate edge, is a common problem especially during fall and winter. Nail splitting is often seen together with onychorrhexis, longitudinal, splitting or ridging of the nail plate. Together, these conditions are called "brittle nail syndrome." 

Frequent wetting and drying are the most common causes of nail splitting, making this condition common among health care professionals, hairdressers, and house cleaners. Nail cosmetics (hardeners, polish removers/solvents), nail procedures, occupational exposure to various chemicals and injury (trauma) may play a role in the development of brittle nails. Brittle nails can also be caused by medical problems such as gland (endocrine system) diseases, tuberculosis, Sjögren syndrome, and malnutrition. 

Other skin diseases, including lichen planus and psoriasis, as well certain medications made from high dose vitamin A, may cause nail splitting. 

Treatment for brittle nail syndrome: 

  • Reduce how often you wet and dry your nails. 
  • Never use your nails as tools. 
  • Wear cotton lined rubber gloves or plastic or rubber gloves over thin cotton gloves while doing all housework, including food preparation. 
  • Keep the nails trimmed short to reduce worsening of nail splitting. File in a rounded fashion and avoid filing to a point. 
  • Apply moisturizers, such as Aquaphor Healing Ointment or Cutemol® to cuticles, nails and surrounding skin, immediately after water exposure. 
  • Nail polishes can protect nails. Use a base coat and a top coat so the manicure will last longer. 
  • Avoid acrylic, paint on, glue on, or porcelain nails, especially if your nails are thin and fragile. 
  • Oral supplements of biotin 2.5 mg daily have been shown to be effective.
The physicians at Dermatology Associates Medical Group have expertise in treating conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. 

Avoiding Autumn Eczema

Date: Oct 1, 2013

Dermatology Avoid Eczema | Beverly Hills Autumn has arrived and the mercury is falling. A common, annoying, itchy condition seen with increased incidence in cooler, dryer weather is asteatotic or dry skin eczema. It is particularly common in the elderly and often most pronounced on the extremities, especially the shins. Fortunately, simple measures are available to treat this condition.

We agree with the following recommendations adapted from

  • Take short baths with decreased water temperature.
  • Eliminate or reduce the use of soap on the involved areas.
  • Avoid harsh skin cleansers.
  • Apply petrolatum-based emollients following bathing, and use moisturizing agents liberally.
  • Topical steroid creams or ointments can be used for short periods. Note that steroids can thin the skin and lower the threshold for further insults that lead to dermatitis, especially in elderly patients. Topical steroids (except for mild OTC hydrocortisone) requires a prescription from your physician.
  • Use humidifiers.

What to Know About Hot Tub Skin Rashes

Date: Sept 1, 2013

Hot Tub Folliculitis | Beverly Hills Hot tub folliculitis is an itchy skin rash that develops due to an infection of hair follicles caused by the bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This organism thrives in warm moist environments, hence, its occurrence in hot tubs (usually wood). It may also infect diving suits and natural or synthetic sponges. The bacteria can be controlled by proper chlorination and ph control of the water.

The rash typically develops within hours to 2 days after exposure and often looks like acne with red bumps and pus pimples present on the trunk. Fortunately, it is self limited and generally clears spontaneously without scarring in 7-10 days. Treatment is directed toward symptomatic relief with topical cortisone creams and oral antihistamines. Occasionally, oral antibiotic treatment may be required. For more detailed information, click here. 

Dealing with Summer Insects

Date: Aug 1, 2013

This time of year we see an increased incidence of various insect bite and sting reactions. Fortunately, most are a mild nuisance but occasionally severe reactions occur. Localized reactions typically include redness, swelling, itching, and pain of the affected site(s). Simple home treatments include removal of the stinger (if applicable), application of a cold compress or ice, application of 1% hydrocortisone cream, ingestion of an OTC antihistamine, e.g., diphendydramine (Benadryl), Cetirizine (Zyrtec), etc. Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) can help relieve pain. Serious symptoms requiring immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital's emergency department include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Sensation of the throat closing or difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • Faintness or weakness
  • Infection (If the wound appears infected and you are not able to reach your doctor, seek care at a hospital.)

For more detailed info about insect bites/stings, check out this article on insect bites.

Take a Hike but Watch Out for Poison Oak

Date: July 1, 2013

Summer is a great time for hiking (provided you incorporate appropriate sun protection measures!) In addition to getting exercise and being in the midst of beautiful scenery, exposure to poison oak is common. Most adults will develop an allergic rash upon exposure to urushiol oil, a resin present in poison oak, ivy, and sumac. The intensity of the rash varies and tends to be more severe with subsequent exposures. The eruption usually develops within days of exposure and commonly spreads beyond the sites of contact due to the body's immune response to the resin. The rash usually appears as red, swollen, linear streaks that have a "painted on" appearance. Fluid filled blisters are common but the contents are not contagious.

Avoiding exposure to the plant is achieved by wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts, and following the advise, "leaves of three, let them be!" If you think you've been exposed, removing the resin by washing with soap and water might prevent the rash from developing. Laundering clothing separately in warm water is also a good idea.

Finally, if you develop the rash, OTC hydrocortisone cream and oral antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benedryl) or cetirizine (Zyrtec) can help mild reactions. For moderate to severe reactions, prescription topical steroids or oral steroids (eg prednisone) are often required.

Summer Sun Protection | Beverly Hills

Summer Sun Protection Strategies

June 1, 2013

Peak sun hours, when UV light is strongest, are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When possible, plan outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon when the sun's rays are less intense.
Wear protective clothing including a broad brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses. Apply a broad spectrum, UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher a half hour before sun exposure. Adults should use approximately 2 tablespoons of product (a shot glass) to cover their body.  Re-application every 2 hours and after water exposure or heavy sweating is advisable. Newborns should be kept out of the sun, and apply sunscreen to babies over 6 months of age.
If you do, however, end up getting too much sun, as long as you are not allergic, acetaminophen is a great way to find a bit of relief from a mild sunburn. Additionally, avoid heat and apply a cool water compress to affected areas. You can also treat a mild sunburn by gently applying a light unscented over the counter moisturizer. For more severe sunburns, seek medical attention asap. For more detailed information on sun protection and skin cancer prevention, visit and
The physicians of Dermatology Associates Medical Group have expertise and years of experience in detecting and treating skin cancer. Schedule a total body skin exam and learn how to examine yourself for signs of skin cancer. To set up an appointment call: (310) 274-9954.

Dermatology Melanoma | Beverly Hills

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 10, 2013

May is designated as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Awareness Month by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. While people with fair complexions are most susceptible, anyone can develop melanoma. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime and melanoma is the most common cancer for women between the ages of 15 and 29. When discovered early and treated, the cure rate is nearly 100%. Allowed to grow, melanoma can spread to other parts of the body and can be deadly. 

Here's the good news: Mortality from melanoma can be greatly reduced if people are aware of the warning signs of melanoma and learn how to examine their skin for signs of skin cancer.

The physicians of Dermatology Associates Medical Group have expertise and years of experience in detecting and treating skin cancer. Schedule a total body skin exam and learn how to examine yourself for signs of skin cancer. To set up an appointment call: (310) 274-9954.

Rosacea and What To Do About It.

Date: May 2, 2013

Dermatology Rosacea | Beverly Hills Rosacea is a common, chronic, facial skin condition that affects approximately 1 in 20 people. Women are affected more frequently than men, but men tend to have more severe symptoms. Typical signs and symptoms include:

  • Spider-like blood vessels of the face
  • Generalized or central location redness of the face
  • Acne-like eruptions
  • A stinging sensation of the face
  • In some extreme cases a red and bulbous nose
While there is currently no cure for rosacea, the condition can be successfully managed with avoidance of potential aggravating factors, topical and or internal prescription medications. Laser treatments are often beneficial to reduce redness, spider-like blood vessels, and restore the nose to a healthier appearance.

The physicians of Dermatology Associates Medical Group have expertise and years of experience in treating Rosacea. If you suffer from Rosacea, call for a consultation: 310-274-9954.

Adult Acne It's Not Your Fault

Date: April 20, 2013

Dermatology Adult Acne | Beverly Hills A common misconception is that acne is a condition unique to teens and people in their 20s. Adult onset acne, however, can develop in the 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Seen mostly in adult women, it's sometimes triggered by hormonal changes (menses, pregnancy, menopause), medications, (e.g. anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, certain birth control pills), oil containing skin and hair care products, underlying medical conditions, and stress. Often, a clear cause isn't evident. Fortunately, many treatments options are available.

At Dermatology Associates Medical Group we have expertise in treating all forms of acne. If you have persistent acne call to schedule a consultation with your dermatologist: 310-274-9954

Managing Shaving Hair Bumps

Date: April 6, 2013

Bumps that come from shaving, aka Pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), occur when the hair grows into the skin causing unsightly, and sometimes painful, pimples. It primarily affects curly-haired men, but is also seen in women. Pseudofolliculitis pubis is a similar condition occurring after pubic hair is shaved. 
This annoying condition can be managed by the following: washing with a gentle soap and warm water before shaving; reducing the frequency of shaving; using a triple blade safety razor with a shaving gel or using an electric razor; and applying an alum mineral block to the skin after shaving. Hydrocortisone 1% cream can also be applied periodically after shaving to reduce irritation. 
If these measures are inadequate, prescription medications are available from your dermatologist. Finally, laser hair removal can be a very effective treatment for this condition.

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