Ask Dr. Kaplan | Insider Secrets From A Beverly Hills Dermatologist

      What's causing the bags under my eyes and how can I make them disappear?   This depends on the type of eye bags. Some eye bags are caused by changes in the orientation of fat below the orbital rim that leads to heavy, sagging eye bags, while others are caused simply by sagging skin. The only way...

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Which products do you recommend to help me look more awake in the AM?   1. A nutrient-rich night cream   I formulated my Night Replenishment Concentrate with the most complete combination of patented peptides and antioxidants so it truly works to replenish, rejuvenate and revive the skin while you sleep. It contains 22 Certified Organic Extracts and 3 Plant...

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From a dermatological perspective, what is the connection between sleep and skin health?   There is a reason why they call it Beauty Sleep! Sleep is essentially your body's own natural healing cycle. For skin, it is during this period of uninterrupted rest that allows for maximum cell renewal, repair and regeneration. This is the main reason why a nighttime...

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...the risks of sun exposure in spring, that is. Slightly more than 90 percent of parents underestimate the sun’s strength in spring and as a result, don’t adequately protect their children, according to a survey by parent magazine Kinderzeit.org. Specifically, 90.6 percent of parents polled tend to forget to apply sunscreen on their children during the first days of spring,...

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There’s a bit of wisdom that’s passed from father to son that goes like this: “Before you marry a girl, look at her mother because that’s how she’s going to look in 20 years.” But is that accurate? Is it possible that the future of our skin has been predetermined by our genetics?   The answer is yes and no....

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Thanks to internet resources and a greater awareness of the risks of sun exposure, people have become much more proactive about protecting their skin. However, while patients remember to apply sunscreen to their face, chest and arms, they forget that skin cancer can affect the entire body. Here are the top 5 body parts that patients commonly forget, and unfortunately,...

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Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to research published on Wednesday. Working with mice in a laboratory, British scientists used chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing to examine the genetic damage caused by acetaldehyde, a harmful chemical produced...

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When 40 greeted Danielle Pergament with her first-ever cystic breakouts, she learned a thing or two about isotretinoin (a.k.a. Accutane). I’m not saying I drink too much. What I’m saying is that if I did drink too much, a little heads up would have been nice. See, here’s what they don’t tell you right off the bat about isotretinoin: no...

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We all want to look our best this holiday season, but with demanding schedules, hectic shopping and, let’s face it, stress that comes with plenty of family time, last-minute skin emergencies have a way of arriving at the most inconvenient moment. From sudden breakouts before your holiday office party, to embarrassing cold sores before reuniting with old friends, Dr. Kaplan...

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Have an appointment with a dermatologist? Here’s what to expect:   Before You Arrive Gather your family history, and make it a point to note any family history of skin cancer. Remove all makeup and lipstick, so the doctor has a clear view of your face for suspicious moles or pre-cancerous lesions. Remove nail polish on fingers and toes, so...

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While there are many treatment options for skin cancer, such as topical medications and light-based treatments, I still believe the most effective solution is cutting them out. For the most common types of skin cancer, such as Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, I use MOHS, which is a precise micrographic surgical technique. It is an outpatient procedure that...

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"Dr. Kaplan - Sunscreen always makes me breakout, can I skip it on my face?"   The short answer is unfortunately, no.   Certain sunscreens can feel greasy or have a chalky finish (especially sunscreens that contain Titanium or Zinc Oxide, which are preferable for sun protection), so it’s understandable you don’t want to wear it on your face, especially...

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Washing your face twice a day is an essential step to maintaining clear skin. However, cleansers (no matter how gentle) and tap water disrupt the skin’s natural pH. Without proper skin balancing, it leads to skin issues.  Skin’s optimal pH is 5.5, which is slightly acidic. This inhibits bacterial growth on the skin, and keeps skin calm and blemish-free. To...

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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It spreads rapidly and can develop anywhere on the skin, even on places that are never exposed to the sun. There is no replacement for visiting a dermatologist every year for a full-body check-up, but when checking yourself, there is an easy way to remember what to look for. When observing moles,...

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In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we will be featuring a 3-part blog series on the best ways to be diligent about protecting yourself from skin cancer. Most people assume that all skin cancer is melanoma (the most dangerous) and that you are safe if you are naturally tan or have dark skin tone. To kick off Skin Cancer...

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During the Spring and Summer months, there's humidity in the air so while your skin is absorbing moisture from the atmosphere, a heavier moisturizer may become too heavy for most skin types. While your skin does get a dose of hydration from the warmer climate, sweat and sun exposure actually dehydrate the skin, so moisturizer is still necessary, however, you...

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