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Leave the Hives to the Bees

Have you ever had breakout of swollen, pale red bumps on the skin that appear suddenly? Did they itch or maybe burn just a bit? You probably had a breakout of hives. Hives are one of those skin conditions that can be a minor temporary thing, or a really serious problem. While they generally fade quickly, they can become more…

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The P is Silent, the Skin Irritation Is Not

Like the word gingivitis in the dental word, the word psoriasis is known to most people from the world of advertising. And as Listerine was the advertiser enlightening the public to the word gingivitis, Head & Shoulders dandruff shampoo has brought psoriasis into the public vocabulary. Psoriasis is a skin condition that is known more for its potential embarrassment of…

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Millennials and Hair

If you’re a parent of a teenager or a college student, you may have found anecdotal evidence that this new generation has much different opinions on body hair than previous generations. A recent study about hair removal in the U.S. found that out of 1,000 millennial women surveyed, half admitted their body hair impacted their self-esteem. This proved to be…

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Cysts Don’t Need to Persist

People confuse cysts with moles, but they’re different. Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material. Cysts are common on the skin; they can appear anywhere. They can develop due to an infection, clogging of the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands), or around something like an earring. They feel like a…

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What is the “Mask of Pregnancy?”

Many women get melasma, a common skin problem characterized by brown to grey-brown patches on the face and other parts of the body that get lots of sun. The condition is far more common in women, and it often accompanies pregnancy. Because of this connection it is casually known as “the mask of pregnancy.” Who gets melasma? Melasma is mostly…

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Ultherapy is the Friend of Your Skin

Humans have been trying to find the fountain of youth and other mysterious ways to regain their youth for time eternal. And all this time the secret was right there under our very own skin — collagen. Collagen is the protein in the human body that is responsible for building the skin’s support structure. Collagen keeps the skin taut and…

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Shingles and Shingrix

Shingles may be necessary on the roof to keep out our wet Portland weather, but the word should send a chill up the spine of anyone who’s not a roofer. Shingles is a skin disease that can be exceedingly painful. If you had chicken pox when you were little, you can get shingles when you pass your 50th birthday. We can…

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Give Fat Cells the Cold Shoulder this Winter

Winters in Portland are typically cold and grey. They’re perfect for hanging out by the fire reading a good book. At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we think our damp winters are also the perfect time to put some of your unwanted fat cells in the deep freeze with CoolSculpting, the world’s most popular, non-invasive body contouring treatment.…

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Cysts Need Not Persist

If you follow college football, you may have heard that Urban Meyer, coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, has announced retirement due to a cyst in his brain that is causing headaches. He has said he needs to reduce stress to better deal with the cyst, so he is leaving the coaching profession. People wonder what a cyst is, so…

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Photodynamic Therapy for Treating Acne

At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we treat many patients with acne, both teenagers and adults. Nothing can dash the confidence of a teen quicker than a breakout. And, while it may not shatter the confidence of an adult when they see a couple pimples show up, it’s not a welcome sight either. We find photodynamic therapy to…

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