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30 years Experience
Dr. Jay L. Viernes, MD
  • Austin, TX
  • Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci- Bethesda Md
  • Accepting new patients

Do acne face washes really help in preventing acne?

Acne face washes (with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid) can help with acne control, but sometimes need additional treatment to clear the skin. By themselves, they might READ MORE
Acne face washes (with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid) can help with acne control, but sometimes need additional treatment to clear the skin. By themselves, they might not be sufficient for you.

13 yr old with hives, should we go to the doctor?

If no other symptoms, I would continue exactly what you are doing. The hives should eventually settle down. Chronic hives (> 6 weeks) can happen and if this does, you might consider READ MORE
If no other symptoms, I would continue exactly what you are doing. The hives should eventually settle down. Chronic hives (> 6 weeks) can happen and if this does, you might consider seeing an Allergist.

I accidentally spilled bleach on my skin and it left a burn. What should I do?

Assuming this is a recent spill and "burn", I would apply plain white petrolatum ointment until the skin is fully healed without an 'rawness', then consider applying an OTC silicone READ MORE
Assuming this is a recent spill and "burn", I would apply plain white petrolatum ointment until the skin is fully healed without an 'rawness', then consider applying an OTC silicone scar gel.

How do I know what is the right SPF for me?

You should always apply a sunscreen or sunblock that's at least an SPF 30 or higher. If you are swimming or perspiring a lot while outside, then make sure the type of product READ MORE
You should always apply a sunscreen or sunblock that's at least an SPF 30 or higher. If you are swimming or perspiring a lot while outside, then make sure the type of product is rated as "very water resistant". You should also plan on re-applying it about every 90-120 minutes or more often if needed depending on the activity you are doing.

I have pigmentation issues around my neck and elbows. Is there anything I can do?

Without seeing the level of decreased color, it is difficult for me to tell you whether or not there's any treatment. You should get it evaluated by a dermatologist.

Is nail discoloration a sign of a health problem?

Fingenails or toenails or both? Nail thickening and discoloration can be due to several issues -- most of which are harmless and more an "appearance" issue. However, if the appearance READ MORE
Fingenails or toenails or both? Nail thickening and discoloration can be due to several issues -- most of which are harmless and more an "appearance" issue. However, if the appearance bother you, you should get it evaluated.

Are parabens really harmful for the skin?

Unless you have a known sensitivity to these chemicals, they are not known to be harmful to the skin.

Is it a spider bite?

Possibly bites. No way to tell if it was a spider. If getting better over time, I would just monitor it for worsening.

Second opinion on biopsy?

Not necessarily. I would just wait until you hear back from the other pathologist and go from there.

Are parabens really harmful to the skin?

Unless you have a known sensitivity to parabens, they are not considered harmful.

What causes excessive facial hair growth?

Usually genetics, but there can also be hormonal issues. You should get seen by your primary care doctor first.

I am suffering for excessive acne, despite of taking care of my skin. What should I do?

Lowering your intake of foods with a high glycemic index number can help. but sounds like you should get evaluated by a dermatologist since you are still having trouble into your READ MORE
Lowering your intake of foods with a high glycemic index number can help. but sounds like you should get evaluated by a dermatologist since you are still having trouble into your 30s. You might have rosacea and not acne.

Can tanning cause any skin concerns?

Tanning is a sign of sun damage to the skin. It's the skin response to excess UV exposure and the color cells (melanocytes) increase melanin production (causing the brown color) READ MORE
Tanning is a sign of sun damage to the skin. It's the skin response to excess UV exposure and the color cells (melanocytes) increase melanin production (causing the brown color) in an effort to shield the skin making ("baby skin cells") from the UV. You risk premature aging of your skin as well and when this shows up, it's too late to reverse most of damage.

I have some red spots around my thighs. What could these be?

There are many possibilities to what this could be. You'll need to be seen by a skin doctor to evaluate it and recommend a treatment.