DermBlog

The Truth About Acne and Accutane

Craig Kraffert, MD

Accutane, or isotretinoin, is an FDA approved prescription medicine used to treat severe cystic acne. The difference between Accutane and conventional acne treatment is that Accutane induces a predictable and durable remission from acne. In layman's terms, this means that Accutane is frequently a 'curative' treatment for acne sufferers who are reasonable candidates for a course of Accutane therapy. Read More

Sunscreen and Driving

Craig Kraffert, MD

Recent studies have found that many people don’t apply sunscreen before driving. This is mainly due to the misconception that vehicle glass shields skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure. Unfortunately, at this time this is not generally true.   Read More

Aging Skin

Craig Kraffert, MD

As people grow older, their skin develops changes in both appearance and texture. It becomes drier, more wrinkled and various growths may appear. The skin also tends to heal more slowly. Read More

Canker Sores

Craig Kraffert, MD

Canker sores are painful, round or oval red ulcers in the mouth that typically have a yellowish or grayish center. Also referred to as aphthous stomatitis, canker sores are a common problem that affects at least 20 percent of the population at one time or another.  Read More

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Craig Kraffert, MD

Seborrheic (seb-o-re’ik) dermatitis is a common skin rash that tends to occur on oily skin areas such as the scalp, ears, and face as well as occasionally on the chest, back, arms and legs. It responds readily to treatment and is not contagious. Seborrheic dermatitis typically arises after puberty and tends to become milder later in life. A variant of seborrheic dermatitis called cradle cap occurs in newborns and usually goes away without treatment during the first year of life. Read More

Melasma

Craig Kraffert, MD

Melasma, or chloasma, is a skin condition in which brown patches develop primarily on the cheekbones, forehead and upper lip. Melasma is also often seen on the nose, chin, lower cheeks and lateral neck. The dark patches typically have distinct edges with pigmentation being deposited in one or more layers of the skin. Melasma may be confined to the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, or it may be present solely in the inner layer of skin, the dermis. Generally, however, it is present to a greater or lesser degree in both outer layers of skin.  Read More

Skin Cancer Awareness

Craig Kraffert, MD

Did you know that more than 3.5 million new skin cancer cases are likely to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year? That’s why it’s important for you to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and know how to detect skin cancers early so they may be treated. Read More

Nail Fungus

Craig Kraffert, MD

Nail fungus is an unsightly, common condition that usually presents in mid-life or later years. Generally, nail fungus involves the toenails and presents as a yellowing, crumbling or thickening of the nails, especially at the edge nearest to where the nails are cut. This sometimes results in discomfort, but usually is painless.  Read More