Blog Archive

5 Steps for Preventing Skin Cancer May 8th, 2020

After being stuck inside for weeks, you may be itching to get out and soak up some sun. Though a little sunshine helps restore your body’s vitamin D levels, it also increases your risk of skin cancer.   Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States,...

Microdermabrasion: How It Works to Improve Your Skin Apr 7th, 2020

Your skin — your body’s largest organ — does the tough work of protecting you from sun, dirt, wind, and other environmental elements. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished. And these punishing elements that bombard your skin daily create spots, wrinkles, lines, and other signs of aging. Dr. Vicki...

End of Summer Oct 17th, 2018

Now that summer is coming to an end, patients are coming in for their pigmentation concerns. Dark spots and discoloration are treated in multiple ways, depending on the nature of the pigmentation. Here are some popular treatments: IPL (intense pulsed light)This is a photo rejuvenation treatment that targets brown spots....

Topical Acids and Chemical Peels Aug 4th, 2018

There is nothing like a solid chemical peel! Every once in a while, I like to channel my inner chameleon and shed some dead skin for a quick pick me up. Chemical peels are commonly used for acne, fine lines, discoloration (sun damage and melasma), and just general smoothing, tightening,...

Pollution + Your Skin Jun 14th, 2018

Recently, I made a trip back home to Michigan and I was so startled by the clean air! I have been living in Los Angeles for over a decade, and I forgot what Michigan (clean air) was like. Yes, there really is no place like Los Angeles! The sun is...

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! May 2nd, 2018

April showers bring Skin Cancer Awareness month! April showers can bring May flowers too, but here at Rapaport Dermatology, we just happen to be more interested in skin than landscapes. Did you know that skin cancer is the MOST common form of cancer in the US? However, skin cancer is...

Should I Use Witch Hazel? Apr 18th, 2017

There are a variety of natural substances that people have used on their skin in their daily regimen. Passed down from generation to generation, these natural remedies have caused skepticism among those who believe in the power of prescription medication and products developed specifically for skin care. The truth is...

Ways to Treat Deep Wrinkles Mar 17th, 2017

Wrinkles are something that many people dread. Seen as a sign of aging, wrinkles are not uncommon, but most of us don’t buy into the idea of “aging gracefully!” As we grow older, the lines on our face where our skin naturally folds and creases begin to set in instead...

What are Retinoids? Feb 14th, 2017

Retinoids have many forms and functions. They are a medical treatment for skin conditions such as wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging. They can be ingested or applied topically. Retinoids are comprised of chemical compounds that are related to Vitamin A. Retinoids bind with and activate certain retinoic...

What is a Keratosis Pilaris? Jan 7th, 2017

Keratosis Pilaris is a condition that causes skin irritations. It causes small, hard bumps to appear on the skin and can also come with redness and swelling. Most commonly, these bumps show up on arms, thighs, and buttocks. The face is a less common area for these bumps to appear....

Sunscreen in Winter Dec 5th, 2016

When you’re out in the cold months of winter, enjoying the cool weather and not worrying about tanning, you don’t think twice about sunscreen. Those summer months of swimsuits and tanning are far from your mind, but sunscreen application shouldn’t be. The sun’s harmful rays, which can damage and age...

Squamous cell carcinoma Nov 11th, 2016

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. This type of skin cancer occurs when the squamous cells begin to uncontrollably grow and replicate. The squamous cells are thin, flat cells found in the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, all over the body. Squamous cells...

Flawless Complexion Jul 7th, 2016

That flawless complexion is something everyone strives for. It has come to be considered a mark of beauty and some people make it seem effortless. However, for most people, achieving that flawless complexion can be hard and more often than not, they will go through rigorous trials to get rid...

The Balancing Act May 1st, 2016

Makeup Tips for Any Age Apr 12th, 2016

When wearing makeup, it is essential to wear it properly to take care of your skin. The problem is, at every age, makeup application is going to be very different. People in their twenties are going to view makeup differently than those in their forties. At every age of your...

Seborrheic Dermatitis Mar 24th, 2016

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin condition also known as dandruff. While it mainly affects the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis can also occur in other oily areas such as the face, chest, back, buttocks, navel, groin, underneath breasts, and in skin folds. This skin condition is not contagious and does not affect...

Acne Breakouts Mar 22nd, 2016

Acne breakouts are the worst. Nobody likes dealing with breakouts, but the ugly truth is that blemishes happen all the time at any age. Approximately 40 to 50 million Americans have acne. Most are teens, but young adults have acne. Children get acne. Newborns. Women in menopause. Athletes. There are...

Diagnosis and Treatment of Acne Jul 30th, 2015

Today, there are many effective over-the-counter acne treatments as well as prescription based options. It is important to note that not all acne treatments work the same for everyone who has acne. What it does mean is that virtually every case of acne can be controlled and those suffering can...

Laser Treatment for Acne Jun 23rd, 2015

Acne is an aggravating condition. No one likes getting pimples or breakouts and finding the right cleansers and creams can be an exercise in frustration. Some people even get a prescription because over-the-counter products cannot control their acne. Even then, side effects of the medication or non-effectiveness might become an...

Red Skin Syndrome May 31st, 2015

Dr Marvin Rapaport will begin a blog 2 to 3 times a week concerning patients’ suffering of ‘Red Skin Syndrome.’ He has treated over 3000 patients with this diagnosis.  

The Skinny on Botox™ and Bruising Feb 15th, 2015

“Doctor Vicki I have to tell you a story! My friend had Botox™ done and she had HUGE bruises all over her eyes, she totally went to the wrong place and I even told her to come here!”True or False? False, I say!! Bruises are common! Normal! And to be...

Skin Cancer 101 Jul 31st, 2012

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. You can have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer. Here’s how you can prevent skin cancer: Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and...

Understanding Psoriasis Jul 31st, 2012

Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) is a chronic (long-lasting) disease. It develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. New skin cells form in days rather than weeks. The body does not shed these excess skin cells. The skin cells pile up on the...