I get interesting questions every week, but recently a question included a great photo. A women I’ll call Tracy (she asked that her identity stayed private) asked me for a recommendation for dry, red flaking skin around her eyes. She had already tried washing with baby shampoo and applied both vasaline and Gold Bond and nothing seemed to help. To get the best answer I went to New York dermatologist, Dr Albert Lefkovits to take a look.While its not really possible to make an absolute diagnosis from a photo, Dr L came back with an impressive comment
The online diagnosis? Not simple dry skin, but Contact dermatitis, caused by something Tracy was using in her personal care. Most likely culprit was nail polish or a shampoo with ingredients that her skin found unfriendly. Tracy did not want … Continue Reading… →
For the past month, I noticed that my thumb would get little red spots that itched so much it woke me up at night. As a health writer I began to wonder if this was the start of a bigger problem like psoriasis, eczema or ( horrors) even bedbugs. When I showed my spotty thumb to Dr Marmur, she smiled and nodded her head. Her diagnosis? My skin was so dry it was ready to crack open. It was a reminder that what we see as beauty problems are actually physical and chemical changes in the body that are causing unwanted consequences. And the solutions have to be based on science, not the latest fad ingrdient or celebrity interview.