Community: The Seattle Skincare Blog

Are Online Reviews Influencing Your Medical Care?

Often when patients are making a decision on a new dermatologist they have been referred by family members, a specialist or their insurance company. They begin researching doctor biographies on company websites and read online reviews.

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How does PRP jump-start hair growth?

Could PRP treatment help you with your hair loss? The most common condition we see, however, is androgenetic alopecia which is more common and more severe in men but is very common in women as well. In the last few years, our most preferred treatment for androgenetic alopecia is PRP [platelet rich plasma]. This works by using growth factors from platelets in your bloodstream to jump-start hair growth in the thinning areas.

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Feeding the Good Bugs

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are sugars that pass right through your stomach and land into your intestines. Here, they function as food for your good bacteria (probiotics) and yeast. FOS help to digest food, clean up your system and improve your immune response. Who doesn’t like a clean and efficient system?

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What are Neuromodulators?

The most common use of these neuromodulators is for correcting creases in the skin caused by repeated muscle movement. Repeated muscle movement creases the skin in much the same way that your letter of becomes creased. The difference is that since your skin is a living organ, if you correct for the cause of the creases, the creases will improve or go away.

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Why not actually “wake up like this?"

We do a lot to our brows to make them look just so. We visit Brow Bars, tweeze, pluck, thread, sugar, wax, and apply makeup pencils, brow gel, brushes and balms. So many steps are available to achieve that Instagram perfect brow line.

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Microneedling Your Way to Flawless Skin

I now know that Medical Needling is an incredible way to stimulate your body into making your skin the best it can be. Our bodies are meant to help heal parts of themselves. With needling – we encourage the cells to produce collagen and elastin to improve the healing process of the skin . . .

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Bitter is Better

At this time of year, many of us begin anticipating rich holiday meals, an abundance of sugary treats and perhaps increased alcohol intake. Sound familiar? It turns out that many cultures around the world have a built-in “aperitif” . . .

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Drug Costs Are Rising

Multiple times a day as a prescriber I am faced with having to find alternative medications for patients that are more affordable with their insurance. Even when drugs are listed as “covered” on a patients health plan . . .

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How Do You Choose Your Fuel?

What is the best fuel for your body? My patients often ask me what they should or shouldn’t be eating. In my opinion, the best fuel for your body depends on three things: #1 Knowing what area of your health you need to prioritize, #2 How well you digest the food, and #3 . . .

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The Dangers of Gel Manicures

With the growing popularity over social media, gel manicures have become a popular choice over the traditional air-dry polish for their creative possibilities and long-lasting appearance. But what about the potential harm coming from the UV light . . .

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Gender Gap Goes Skin Deep

Men tend to refrain from coming into the clinic and getting their skin checked. Usually it is their partner or significant other who makes the appointment and gets them in front of a dermatologist. However, this is not ideal as recent studies from SkinCancer.org illuminates the gender gap that exists amongst patients diagnosed with basal cell carcinomas . . .

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The Dynamic Duo -
The Importance of Vitamin D and Magnesium

In a recent review published in the March issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers confirmed the link between magnesium and vitamin D. Magnesium is required to activate vitamin D for optimal bioavailability . . .

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Camp Discovery - The Game Changer

Summer… the best time of the year! Children are elated that school is out for the summer. . .

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When is the Best Time to Eat Breakfast?

The short answer is this: the best time to eat your first meal of the day is when you start to feel hungry. . .

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Embracing Life with Vitiligo

Why Mom? Why Me? Why am I the only one that has to look different from everybody else? These were some of the questions I asked my mom. . .

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Dr. Clara's Views on Restrictive Diets

I’m asked daily by patients and colleagues whether I believe they should go “gluten-free”, “dairy-free”, “caffeine-free”, “vegan”, “raw” etc. . .

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Psoriasis- More Than A Skin Disease

Psoriasis is a very common skin condition and the incidence of psoriasis is increasing. . .

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How are Hormones in Food and in our Environment related to Acne

Endocrine disruptors are compounds found in our diet and environment which mimic our own hormones. . .

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Allergens in Moisturizers

I get asked about the use of moisturizers on a daily basis - What’s the issue?

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Skin and Alcohol - What's the Connection?

One of the first things I like to remind my patients about alcohol is that it is dehydrating. . .

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How to help your skin survive winter

One way to think about a dietary detox is the concept of “deep-cleaning.”. .

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A Customized Detox

Do you have a habit of eating the same thing every day or at least several times a week?

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Why Treating Your Neck Is Important

Treating the skin on your neck is just as important as treating the skin on your face and body. . .

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Mindful Eating Around the Holidays

Is mindfulness another term for appreciation? Culturally, we’re entering into an important time of giving thanks. . .

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What's the Difference Between Drugstore Products and Clinical Skincare?

Have you ever found yourself at the drugstore contemplating which skincare products to purchase and will actually make a difference on your skin?

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Fat For Your Health

If you’re like many people, you might be inclined to avoid fat in your diet. After all, over the years we’ve been told that fat is bad. . .

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Correcting Sun damaged skin with Photofacial BBL and Forever Young

One way to think about a dietary detox is the concept of “deep-cleaning.”...

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5 Ingredients For An Even Skin Tone

Whether you’ve had exposure to sunlight or darkening of the skin due to inflammation, your dark spots can be visibly reduced by using a combination of the below key ingredients. . .

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Chemical Peels

When clients hear the word chemical peels, they tend to be hesitant about whether or not the service is for them. . .

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The Secret to Step 2- Toner

I ask a lot of my patients if they use a toner, and most of them say “Oh I have one, but I don’t use it” or “No, it’s just an extra step.”. .

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Correct, Prevent and Delay Signs of Skin Aging

The needs of our skin changes with the seasons and with that change comes the opportunity to reverse the signs of aging and unhealthy skin. . .

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How Does Sugar Affect Your Skin?

What happens to all that sugar floating around in your bloodstream?

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Beauty Foods for the Summer

Collagen is a protein that provides strength and structure to the body. . .

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Target Your Fat With Vanquish

If you’re struggling to get into your skinny jeans or are tired of hiding your muffin top then consider a fat reduction treatment that is proven to be effective. . .

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Radiant Skin with Vitamins A, C, and E

As a newborn or child, our skin is at its most plump and best condition. . .

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Get Your Acne Under Control with Isolaz

Every day our office sees patients of all ages ranging from young adults to senior citizens seeking treatment for their acne. . .

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Get the Facts You Need to Know About Skin Cancer

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and according to the Center for Disease Control, Washington State has one of the top ten highest incidence rates. . .

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How PRP is Helping with Hair Loss and Thinning

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma has been around for decades and has been used for facial rejuvenation, would healing, and other orthopedic related injuries. . .

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Acupuncture: Did you Know?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice from China that can be very effective for many conditions. . .

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What Does Diet Have to do with Skin?

You are what you eat. When we eat good quality foods that are clean and high in nutrients our bodies use these vitamins and minerals to carry out various functions in the body. . .

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What You Eat for Breakfast Matters

Cortisol is a stress hormone that naturally peaks in the morning and plays a role in regulating blood sugar. . .

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How THERMIva Has Forever Changed Feminine Rejuvenation

Female Rejuvenation has become a hot topic this year because of the addition of a non-invasive radiofrequency therapy called THERMIva. . .

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