1. What do I do if my acne medication is causing me a rash and irritation?


·         Stop the offending product.

·         Use 1% hydrocortisone cream (over the counter) to calm down the rash or irritation.

·         You may then restart the product but use less! A pea-sized amount is all you need to cover your face.

·         Resume your treatment every other day until you can tolerate daily applications.

·         Apply the treatment 10 minutes after washing your face instead of immediately afterwards.



  1. Q: How do I get rid of dark spots on my face?


A: First, get a diagnosis! Treatments can vary greatly from person to person. See your dermatologist. Once a diagnosis is made, she will suggest treatment options. In sunny South Florida, flat dark spots on the face are very common. They can be lightened by fading products or chemical peels.



  1. Q: How do I know if the bump on my skin is skin cancer?


A: It can be difficult even for an experienced dermatologist to look at a lesion and know for sure. A biopsy is often required.



  1. Q: My friend had a biopsy on her face. What exactly does that mean?


A: In order to make a definite diagnosis, your dermatologist may take a small piece of the lesion and send it to the laboratory for analysis.

A pathologist looks at it under the microscope and sends back a report. Treatment depends upon the diagnosis.



  1. Q: My 5 year old son has tiny dots on his skin under his armpit and on the arm and chest. What are they?


A: Probably molluscum. The cause is a virus and like other viral infections, they are contagious. Although some pediatricians advise leaving them alone, molluscum should be treated to prevent them from spreading.



  1. Q: I have a wart on my finger. How do I get rid of it?


A: Warts are caused by the HPV virus, which affects the top layers of the skin. They are sometimes called “seed” warts because the blood vessels to the wart produce black dots which look like seeds. The first treatment you may want to try is an over the counter salicylic acid solution or plaster.  Sometimes, the wart may just disappear on its own. However, when dermatologic remedies are needed, the wart will be treated with liquid nitrogen, which freezes the wart to cause a blister. Strong acids may also be applied. Any method that seeks to destroy the wart will usually require multiple treatments.

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