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Helping a Child with Eczema Dec 1st, 2022

Millions of people deal with skin problems, from acne to skin cancer. For children, skin issues often mean atopic dermatitis, or eczema. This condition affects around 9.6 million children, and 80% of people with eczema first experience it during childhood.  Eczema brings a variety of unpleasant symptoms that come and go, possibly...

Myths and Facts About MRSA Nov 7th, 2022

Staphylococcal infections, or staph infections, are caused by the Staphylococcus genus of bacteria and can affect your skin, chest, digestive system, bones, lungs, heart, and bloodstream.  The skin is the most common target for this condition, possibly leading to boils, blisters, and redness on your face, nose, and mouth. A...

3 Dangers of Chronically Dry Skin Oct 1st, 2022

Your skin has a lot of responsibilities when it comes to protecting your body, such as preventing infections, bacteria, foreign substances, and other materials from causing you harm. Your skin also allows you to sweat, grow hair, make new skin cells, and touch and feel. It consists of three parts: the...

The Link Between Stress and Psoriasis Sep 1st, 2022

Your skin plays an important role in protecting your body. Among other duties, it retains fluid to prevent dehydration, allows you to feel sensations, keeps out infection, and creates vitamin D from sunlight.  Skin diseases have many symptoms and causes, and they affect the skin’s ability to function. Psoriasis is...

Rosacea Triggers You Should Be Aware Of Aug 1st, 2022

Rosacea isn’t as well known as other skin conditions like acne and eczema, but it’s common. One study found that 415 million people worldwide deal with this chronic, incurable illness. Rosacea is often harder to diagnose because it’s confused with other common skin conditions, such as an allergic reaction. So the global...

Facials Flaws Fillers Can Fix Jul 1st, 2022

Healthy skin is important to fend off viruses, bacteria, and other external threats and protect the muscles, tissues, and organs underneath.  There are many ways your skin can be damaged, such as overexposure to the sun’s UV rays, smoking, skin irritants, and other environmental factors. Age also plays a part, as your...

Tips for Protecting Your Skin in the Summer Jun 1st, 2022

The sun plays a crucial role in sustaining life on this planet. By radiating heat and energy, the sun helps plants grow, provides warmth, and gives our bodies vitamin D to support bone growth, proper calcium levels, and immune systems.  We need the sun to survive, but too much exposure...

Who’s at Risk for Melanoma? May 1st, 2022

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the world. More than two people in the United States die hourly from skin cancer, and 1 in 5 has it by the time they reach 70. Having five or more sunburns doubles your chances of getting it.  Melanoma is the...

Why Wax When You Can Dermaplane? Apr 1st, 2022

Treating the skin on your face can be a frustrating business, especially for women who may develop facial hair and other problems over time due to hormonal changes. Shaving, depilatories, tweezing, and at-home waxing are among the ways to manage facial hair, but how would you like a treatment that...

How to Know Which of the 3 Skin Cancer Types You Have Mar 2nd, 2022

Skin cancer, the abnormal growth of your body’s skin cells, kills more than two people every hour in America. It’s the most common type of cancer in the world, and can be caused by factors that include a weakened immune system, overexposure to sunlight, exposure to radiation, and a family...

Why Your Skin Gets Fine Lines and Wrinkles Feb 1st, 2022

The largest and heaviest organ of the human body is the skin, making up nearly 15% of your overall weight.  Your skin performs vital functions, such as protecting your body from harm, storing fats and water, creating sensations through nerve endings, and helping regulate body temperature through sweating and dilating...

Will My Child Grow Out of Eczema? Jan 4th, 2022

There are many illnesses and conditions that affect infants and children. One example is the skin condition eczema. Studies show that eczema is one of the most common childhood skin conditions and presents differently depending on when your child gets it. This condition isn’t curable and tends to flare up...

5 Signs You May Have Psoriasis Dec 6th, 2021

When it comes to protecting your skin, you need to know what symptoms are related to what condition. And sometimes it’s not that simple. If you have a rash, for instance, is it an allergic reaction, impetigo, eczema, or psoriasis? Psoriasis, in particular, has symptoms that are similar to those...

The Many Benefits of Microdermabrasion Nov 3rd, 2021

Nonsurgical skin treatments have become immensely popular in recent years, with a decline in invasive procedures seen since 2000. And there are several nonsurgical options, depending on what you need, with Botox®, dermal fillers, and chemical peels among the most common.  One method used for a variety of medical and...

Waxing vs. Shaving: Which Is Better? Oct 6th, 2021

The idea of removing unwanted hair from your body is far from a modern phenomenon. In fact, it goes back thousands of years, although the cultural reasons for removing hair have changed quite a bit over time. The concept has also taken many forms over the centuries, including the use...

How to Use the ABCDE Method to Evaluate Your Moles Sep 6th, 2021

Moles are clusters of pigmented cells that people commonly get in childhood or adolescence. They’re generally harmless and appear as small, dark spots. If you have moles, you’re likely to develop 10-40 of them as you get older.  On rare occasions, moles may become cancerous, so looking for changes in...

First Spray Tan? Here’s What You Can Expect Aug 5th, 2021

Along with warm weather and vacation plans, summer brings the search for the perfect tan. And if you’re trying to avoid UV overexposure and all of the skin conditions it can lead to, or you just don’t have time to make it to the beach, there are other ways to...

How Effective Is CoolSculpting®? Jul 14th, 2021

When it comes to dieting and weight loss, a number of factors can keep you from reaching your target weight. However hard you push yourself to shed those pounds, some weight may be difficult to lose due to genetics, hormones, or a slowing metabolic rate. Whatever the reason for your...

3 Reasons You Should Finally Get Botox Jun 27th, 2021

When it comes to cosmetic treatments, noninvasive procedures continue to be popular and Botox® is still among the most popular options available. Originally used in 1978 to treat an eye condition called strabismus, Botox’s unique properties have become useful in many medical treatments never dreamed of in the 1970s. In...

Here’s How You Can Prevent Melanoma May 14th, 2021

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and the majority of deaths from skin cancer result from melanoma. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates 106,000 new cases of melanoma, resulting in more than 7,000 deaths.  The number of people getting melanoma has increased over the years,...

What to Do About Psoriasis Apr 1st, 2021

A study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that around 7.4 million Americans are dealing with psoriasis.  Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition that builds up skin cells rapidly, which can cause dryness, scaling, itching, inflammation, redness, cracking, and even bleeding. It can develop anywhere on...

5 Signs of Rosacea Mar 8th, 2021

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects an estimated 415 million people worldwide. It presents with small, red, pus-filled bumps when it flares up. For this reason, rosacea is sometimes mistaken for acne. The causes of rosacea aren’t entirely understood, and while it isn’t curable, it is treatable. Understanding...

What Causes a Double Chin? Feb 8th, 2021

People with a double chin, or submental fat, have an excess layer of fatty tissue under their lower jaw. This common condition affects young and old, men and women. And it happens for a variety of reasons. You don’t have to be overweight to get a double chin. So, if...

Why Wintertime Sun Protection Matters Jan 10th, 2021

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, it’s a task that you likely associate with the hot summer months. But you can suffer overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun at any time of year, making it a threat even in the cold of winter....

What to Expect from Your First Wax Dec 2nd, 2020

There are many cosmetic treatments for hair removal, but few that go back as far as body waxing. Along with shaving, some form of waxing has been around since ancient Egypt and both are still quite common today.  The methods are different today, but they’re safe and can remove your...

Body Contouring: A Minimally Invasive Way to Minimize Stubborn Fat Nov 2nd, 2020

For people who exercise or engage in routine physical activity on a regular basis, it can still be a chore to lose weight in certain areas. It can happen for a few reasons, such as hormonal and metabolic rate changes. But rather than enduring surgical treatments or fad diets to...

5 Foods That Fuel Rosacea Symptoms Oct 2nd, 2020

Researchers estimate that the skin condition rosacea is a common and global problem, affecting around 415 million people worldwide. And yet only about 18% of Americans with this condition are being treated for it. This may be due to how rosacea works: It’s a condition that flares up and goes...

What to Do About Unwanted Facial Hair Sep 16th, 2020

Everybody has some facial hair, including women. When it comes to facial hair, the main difference between men and women is that hair on a woman’s face typically is so fine that it’s barely visible. Facial hair in women has a few causes, including genetics, higher levels of testosterone, or...

Spray Tan: Bronzy Color Without the Risk Aug 17th, 2020

You know that sunbathing without protection is dangerous, as it increases your risk of developing skin cancer. But there’s a safe alternative. Despite what you may have heard, a sunless spray tan is a safe and effective way to get the bronzy look you want. At Skinworks Dermatology, with three...

Psoriatic Arthritis: What You Need to Know Jul 27th, 2020

About 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis, and 10%-30% of them develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is basically a combination of two conditions, psoriasis and arthritis, where you present with swollen joints and red scaly patches on your skin. At Skinworks Dermatology, with three New York City locations, dermatologist Javier...

What Does Microdermabrasion Feel Like? Jun 26th, 2020

If you’re looking to reduce fine lines, crow’s feet, age spots, and acne scars, microdermabrasion might be the treatment for you. But if you’re not familiar with microdermabrasion, you might be asking yourself, “Does it hurt?” At Skinworks Dermatology, with three New York City locations, dermatologist Javier Zelaya, MD, and...

Malenoma is Serious, but Treatments are Available May 21st, 2020

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer — and it’s common too. Melanoma cases in the United States have doubled over the last three decades, and one person dies of melanoma every hour, every day.  At Skinworks Dermatology, with three New York City locations, dermatologist Javier Zelaya, MD, and...

Am I a Candidate for Double Chin Treatment? Apr 20th, 2020

There’s no way around it, having a double chin can make you feel self-conscious and unattractive. That’s how most people feel, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, which found that 67% of survey respondents were bothered by their double chins.  At Skinworks Dermatology, with three New York City...

Using The ABCDE Method to Evaluate Moles Mar 16th, 2020

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, an estimated 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It’s important to know the signs of skin cancer so you can get yourself checked. Because skin cancer usually shows up in the form...

How Vitamin D Deficiency Contributes to Psoriasis Feb 6th, 2020

If you live with psoriasis then you know how difficult it can be to plan your day around your flare-ups. When your skin becomes inflamed with itchy, scaly plaques, you may not feel like leaving the house. Luckily, you have options, one of which may be as simple as diagnosing...

Living with Eczema Jan 3rd, 2020

Eczema is an often painful and chronic skin condition. It is most common in babies and children, but it can occur in teens and adults as well. In fact, it’s a common enough condition that according to the National Eczema Association, over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema....

Incorporating BOTOX® Into Your Regular Beauty Routine Dec 1st, 2019

Beauty is a very important aspect of many of our lives, and the data backs it up. The United States leads the world in beauty and personal care sales, with 89.5 billion dollars spent in 2018 alone. So when you’re deciding on a skincare regimen, there’s no excuse for not...

Common Rosacea Triggers to Avoid Nov 1st, 2019

Living with rosacea, you’ve probably noticed that certain triggers lead to flare-ups — triggers like foods, emotions, weather, or skin care products. In addition to medical therapies and treatments, once you identify your triggers, you can make lifestyle changes to avoid things and circumstances that aggravate your condition and worsen...

Finish Off Your Weight Loss Journey with CoolSculpting Oct 1st, 2019

If you’ve lost weight through a diet and exercise program, that’s fantastic! Being in a healthy weight range is wonderful for your health, but even at your ideal weight, it’s common to have frustrating trouble spots on your body that just won’t go away. You’re not alone if you’ve recently...

Spots, Scars, and Stretch Marks: Lasers Can Treat Them All Sep 3rd, 2019

An injury, rapid weight fluctuations, and excessive sun exposure all contribute to displeasing skin blemishes in the form of scars, stretch marks, and age spots. These irregularities may be bothersome obstacles to a clear, radiant complexion that you just don’t want to live with anymore. Sure, there are things you...

Why Women of Color Get Dark Spots on Their Skin And What You Can Do About It Aug 1st, 2019

Nothing is more beautiful than a smooth complexion, but if you’re a woman of color, you know that keeping your skin tone clear can be challenging. That’s because dark skin responds differently than lighter skin when it comes to healing from small scratches and blemishes. Men get dark spots and...

Summertime Tips to Keep the Sun From Wreaking Havoc on Your Skin Jul 1st, 2019

Summer is here, and the sun is out in full force! While many of us look forward to this time of year, summer does mean some special challenges for your skin.  At Skinworks Dermatology, Dr. Javier Zelaya and our expert team are dedicated to providing you with the best in...

You May Have Inherited Your Psoriasis But You Don’t Have to Live With It Jun 3rd, 2019

Contrary to what you might think, psoriasis is not just a skin condition. It’s an autoimmune disease that causes your skin cells to reproduce on overdrive, and, for some patients, there is a definite genetic link to psoriasis. The exact causes remain maddeningly unclear, too. Fortunately for you, Dr. Javier...

Botox® or Dermal Fillers: Which Option is Right for You? May 2nd, 2019

Do you need Botox or dermal fillers? Many adults ask this question, so if you’re asking it now, you’re not alone. Both Botox and dermal fillers can address issues from aging, like wrinkles, but they each have specific uses. So, how can you determine which treatment is right for you?...

5 Tips To Help Prevent Rosacea Flare-Ups Apr 5th, 2019

Rosacea is a relatively common disease. It may begin with a very simple symptom: blushing easily. But as it progresses, the symptoms become more severe than flushing. There are four subtypes of rosacea, with increasingly severe symptoms: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, with redness, visible blood vessels, and frequent flushing Papulopustular rosacea, which...