Dermatology Frequently Asked Questions

A cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid 2% is best.  There are great prescription medications covered by insurance that do well to prevent these.

Yes.  Skim milk and high glycemic load (lots of carbohydrates) can trigger severe acne breakouts.  A diet lower in dairy and carbs can dramatically increase acne, but it takes several months to see a difference.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It is vital to have regular check ups twice a year or at least one a year to address common conditions to prevent serious skin complications.

If any mole is causing symptoms, like itching, pain, or burning, it should be checked.  An easy rule for moles are the ABCDE’s, which stand for Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color change, Diameter (6 mm or larger) and Evolving.  If a mole is demonstrating any of these qualities, it’s important to have it checked.

Here in Utah, the most likely cause is irritant contact dermatitis.  This can be from soaps with too much fragrance that dry out the skin.  The best treatment is hydrocortisone 1% over-the-counter twice daily for at least one week.  If it fails to improve, call the dermatologist.