Supplements for Hair Growth: Do they work?

When it comes to hair loss and thinning hair, you can get people to buy anything. Including snake oil. The most common supplements for hair growth usually include the ingredient biotin. Some other common ingredients are antioxidants and omega fatty acids. But what really works? Science says that most of the supplements out there are essentially snake oil. There is not a lot of evidence to support that over the counter supplements for hair loss work. Biotin Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. It’s also called vitamin B7. Biotin is necessary for a variety of enzymatic reactions in the body. […]


Research Round-Up — Melasma Treatment and Indoor Tanning Ban

Welcome back for research round-up! Thanks for reading my Monday morning segment on the latest Dermatology research. Today I’ll be discussing an oral adjunctive treatment for melasma and new research regarding the ban on indoor tanning for minors. I’m passionate about skin cancer prevention so I thought today’s topic on indoor tanning was very important to discuss. Keep reading to get the full scoop. Oral Tranexamic Acid for Treating Melasma A study recently published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that oral tranexamic acid may help in the treatment of melasma. (1) Melasma is a chronic hyperpigmentation condition that […]


Allergic Contact Dermatitis — Mechanism, Diagnosis, & Treatment

If you’ve ever been outdoors, chances are you or someone you know has encountered poison ivy. The rash from poison ivy is extremely itchy. Doctors can diagnose poison ivy from a mile away because of the characteristic symptoms and history. Poison ivy rash doesn’t develop right away. It builds up hours after the exposure and may not even develop on first contact. Dermatologists have a specific name for the rash caused by poison ivy — allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis is a special kind of allergic reaction in the skin. It occurs when the skin becomes sensitized to a foreign […]


Research Round-Up — Diet in Acne and Electronic vs. Paper Prescriptions

Today we have a quick research round-up. I’ll be writing about the role of diet in acne and the best method for receiving a prescription if you intend to fill it. I’ve written about the role of diet in acne in the past so today will be touching on those same topics again. Like I said before, several studies have found a link between milk consumption and acne. The other article is interesting for the technologically inclined. I love the intersection of technology and medicine. This article highlights yet another one of the many ways that technology is improving outcomes in […]


Crisaborole for Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Topical steroids and moisturizer are the mainstay treatments for eczema. However, steroids have a lot of unwanted side effects and moisturizers alone can’t treat most eczema patients. The topical options to treat eczema are limited. Outside of steroids, eczema patients can also use the topical calcineurin inhibitors such as tacrolimus and pimecrolimus. The FDA is recently approved crisaborole as a treatment for mild to moderate eczema. This is the latest topical medication for eczema approved in the past 15 years. Crisaborole for Eczema Most people who suffer from eczema have mild to moderate disease. However, even mild disease can result […]