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Hi doctor I have Beckers naevus which is spread over my back. Please suggest me with the treatment. I have seen in one blog that its been cured with a cream which contains the quoted "The skin bleaching cream is 6% Hydoquinone, 0.5% Ascorbic Acid in Neostrata cream".

I'm hoping to save you time, energy and money on this one. At this point in time, there is no really effective treatment for Becker's nevi. Many patients have spent a lot of time and... more


Hi doctor, I am a 56 year old male and have these things popping up on my face. They look like a pimple but they have a hole in the center. they are not a pimple and I am concerned what they may be. Thanks Dan M.

I'm going to try to steer you in the right direction but I really want you to have these checked by your doctor sometime in the next month. Usually, but not always, skin cancers occur one... more


Hi Dr.Irwin, I have two different questions that I would love to hear your opinion on: 1) what do you think about skinceuticals body tightening concentrate? I am quite skinny and in good shape but have some bumpy areas on my legs, especially above knees. It is not the skin's surface that is bumpy but looks like the underneath. Looks like sellulite but a little diffrent I think. Would you recomeend to try the skinceuticals product? Or would you have another suggestion? 2) what do you think about strivectin and their retinol products? Thank you very much for all the great information youu provide. I find myself very lucky to have found your website. Sincerely, Nelly

Thank you for reading and writing!  This is a tough one but let's go back to the first principles, which are first, what's causing this?  Because you can't target the treatment well... more


Can you recommend a treatment for milia? These white lumps get under my skin and cause really nasty sores. They can sometimes take months to heal. I get them generally on my cheeks.

Okay, most of you know that milia are a plug (like a comedone or acne plug) in a pore but then it hardens and gets stuck. They don't generally become sore unless you pick at them! If you... more


hello Dr Brandith,i am a 20 year old female that hardly suffers from skin problems . lately i have been,i have really itchy skin especialy on my face,i have pimples which i normaly dont have.My skin is also not oily. could it possibly be weather conditions? i've recently moved from one particular area to another.

Generally, acne doesn't itch but irritant or allergic problems do. Do me one favor though, and if you can't figure it out in the next few weeks or it gets worse, see a dermatologist! ... more


Through the years I have developed hard, white blemishes with a crater in the center of them. Can you explain what these are and how I can avoid them from spreading. They started on the center of my forehead and I'm now getting some on the area of the face below the cheekline adjacent to my mouth.

Okay so my mantra still is to see your dermatologist because no one should self diagnose these, since some skin cancers can look very similar to benign bumps. Learn more information... more


Hello Dr Irwin, I am wondering about the Lamp robe that I see in many spas but not at dermatologists. I do not understand if it does something different from electrodessication for the removal of small moles or skin tags. My esthetician loves it. Is it safe?

No, it's NOT safe but not for the reason you might think. To remove something on the skin safely, you have to make an accurate diagnosis first. Aestheticians do not have any medical... more


I have a mole on my neck that is irritated by collars and jewelry. I would like to have it removed with the least amount of scarring. Are there laser treatments for this? Shaving it off sounds good but want the hair follicles removed. Thanks for your help. Marilyn

Hi Marilyn, if you want a mole with hair removed so that the hair won't grow there, you must have it excised down through the base which means stitches not just a "shave excision."  

A... more


Thank you for replying to my question regarding warts. Well my warts were diagnosed by a dermatologist. I don't have any risk factors for HIV. Can not having a proper diet cause warts on face???? And can anyone have warts for the first time at 27 yrs old... I thought only children get it.

A couple of myths to dispel. Diet doesn't cause warts. Remember though that warts are a virus and if your immune system is struggling because you aren't healthy (stress, poor nutrition,... more


Hi Dr. Irwin, I'm a 28 year old male from Sri Lanka... I have a few small warts on my chin... and I never had wart problems until I was 27... at this age is it common to have face warts?? I feel perfectly healthy too... do face warts mean I have HIV or some other serious illness... I'm losing my sleep over it...

Thank you for writing! You bring up two good points: 1) What are these bumps? and 2) Do I need to worry about them? So for the first one, I'm wondering if you made the diagnosis of

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there are many moles in my face and its not cancer causing and how should i remove it without surgical treatment??

The short answer to this is no.  True moles, and there are several different types of moles, can't be removed without surgery.   You will always trade a mole for a scar.  The question... more


Hello Doctor Irwin, I love your site and have followed your recommendations on many occasions with great success, so thanks for doing it!!! I have a question regarding little red spots on my skin. My PCP told me they are called cherry angiomas. For as long as I can remember I have always had a few of them on my body, but now I am close to 40 and I have been getting more and more of them all over. The ones that bother me the most are on my neck and on my face which I have been covering up with a concealer. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them or at least reduce the bright red color of them? I have been trying to exfoliate with 10% glycolic acid, but I don't think I am seeing any improvement. Also, will I keep getting them for the rest of my life? Is there anything I can do to prevent them? I am extremely diligent about sunscreen, but I am not sure if this is what causes them. THANK YOU!!!

Thanks for writing and thank you for going to your doctor and getting the diagnosis of these pinned down.   You are smart to make sure red spots aren't skin cancers because they can start... more


Hello Doctor Irwin, I love your site and have followed your recommendations on many occasions with great success, so thanks for doing it!!! I have a question regarding little red spots on my skin. My PCP told me they are called cherry angiomas. For as long as I can remember I have always had a few of them on my body, but now I am close to 40 and I have been getting more and more of them all over. The ones that bother me the most are on my neck and on my face which I have been covering up with a concealer. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them or at least reduce the bright red color of them? I have been trying to exfoliate with 10% glycolic acid, but I don't think I am seeing any improvement. Also, will I keep getting them for the rest of my life? Is there anything I can do to prevent them? I am extremely diligent about sunscreen, but I am not sure if this is what causes them. THANK YOU!!!
Oops - missed the last part.   So you're right, the glycolic will do nothing.   Hemangiomas are more common in women and are, at least partially, related to fact that we have estrogen. ... more

I have spots around my mouth, nose and jaw. What is the cause? And what can I use to eliminate and cure the spots?
Dear Readers -  Every once in awhile I just have to say this again.   Please don't try to self diagnose!  And the diagnosis must come before treatment - otherwise, treatment is just an... more

Hello Dr, My question is about unprotected sun exposure during healing after laser skin treatment. Will it increase the risk of sun induced skin cancer as laser make skin vulnerable to sun? I have taken 2 q switched nd yag laser sessions on some nevi to lighten them and 6 non ablative nd yag laser sesssions on post acne scars. During the period of treatment (6 months) I could not apply the sunblock regularly and it was about 200 hours collectively of indirect sunlight (morning light) exposure coming from the window when indoors or in my car as well as some (but not much) direct sun exposure. SO What are the risks of such light exposure on lasered skin or nevi and non regular use of sun block during healing period after laser treatment ? Is there a non invasive imaging test done as a chech up? THANKS SO MUCH
There really isn't a good answer for this because there is no data on it.  But, from a common sense approach, your best bet is to get skin exams regularly - once or twice a year - with your... more

I have about a dozen tiny red dots on my chest and back. Most look like a broken capillary, but some are a little bigger. I'm guessing it is largely from sun damage because although I've never been a sunbather/tanning bed person, I lived in a desert and am very fair skinned. Is there a way to get rid of these dots? I am a 43 yr old female.

You'll want to be sure you see a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis before removal but often these are small blood vessel growths often referred to as cherry hemangiomas.  They are... more


I have multiple tiny bumps all over my forehead, neck and chest from last 4 years.They do not seem like acne as they never go away and never grow in that size. I have observed that the edge of the bump is slightly red and top of the bump is of skin color. they are not visible from far but under light clearly visible. On the neck it appears as if someone has pasted skin color muster seeds. I have tired BP (5%) which keep them in control but does not go away completely. Please advise what skin disorder I am suffering from and how to treat this.
Ladies, ladies ......... please remember that to really treat something well, it's important to know what it is!   This is a situation where you really need your dermatologist because... more

Dear Dr. Iriwn, I have small black mole on my face. Can you tell me how it can be removed please?
PLEASE, please, please see your dermatologist to make sure this isn't a melanoma which is a deadly form of skin cancer if it's caught late.  If diagnosed early, it's completely curable. ... more

My son is 11 soon to be 12. About 4 months ago he developed a patch of bumps on his face that at first I thought was just acne developing because of his age. The bumps are hard, small and white and can not be popped. I took him to his regular doctor and she said that they were a type of wart that would go away in a few months. Since then a couple of them have been scraped off during rough play and bled when they did. Just in the last 2 weeks he has developed more on other areas of his body. About a dozen on his back, a handful on his chest and 1 or 2 on his leg. Any ideas? Any suggestions for treatment?
Please go back to your dermatologist to get more options for this.  These sound like a very, very common problem in children called molluscum contagiosum (caused by a virus like... more

Situation: My forehead has had some 'odd' looking bumps for years now. I regularly go to the derm for 'vanity' purposes; Botox, fillers. The problem is I can't ask about skin problems without paying for his opinion & diagnosis when I'm getting my cosmetic work. My insurance doesn't cover this particular derm that I've gone to for years & years. I went to the website: skinsight.com. This site, you may be familiar with, has pictures of various skin disorders. My forehead resembles Molluscum Contagiosum. The sight says it generally goes away on it's own or can hang around for a long time - that's my situation. Question: Do you have a recommendation on getting rid of this with a topical oinment or what? I don't want ot have a in-office procedure, again because my derm doesn't subscribe to my insurance carrier. Thank you in advance.
I really think you should go to a dermatologist who is covered on your plan if you don't want to pay out of pocket for medical care. An accurate diagnosis is key and you will save yourself... more

Hi, I heard you last night on Paula Begoun's web talk and was impressed with what I heard so I have been browsing your site. My question has to do with your comment on post-menopause acne. I am 54, have had a full hysterectomy at age 50, take monthly shots of Estrodial and according to my ob/gyn should stay on this the rest of my life. I also have used Retin-A-Micro since age 40. I agree that the acne that I get now is much different than as a teenager. It is deeper and more cystic as you stated. But, I didn't see anything that you recommended to help with this. Besides the Retin-A-Micro, I occasionally use a glycolic acid. Is there something else or better to do to get rid of the under the skin white "spots" that turn up. Some become bumps, some stay under the skin. Thank you for any guidance.

I'm wondering if your acne is all month long or concentrated around when you get your monthly estradiol injection.  It might be worth seeing your gynecologist and trying a different... more


About 15 years ago (I am 56)I had some Electrolysis to remove hair from my upper lip area. During one of my treatments the operator missed the hair follicle and created a small hole in my skin. Over time the "hole" has gotten bigger. Is there anything that can be done to fix or at least minimize this "hole"? It's really bothering me now. Thanks for any help you can offer, LuAnne
If you have a good dermatologist, the best way is to have her/him use a tool called a "punch."  These come in different sizes starting at about 1.5 millimeters.  The spot is numbed first... more

DR. I. Another mole questions...my mole is also above my lip raised and yes some hair... I'm looking into removing it ...what are the best and safe way, by my dermatolagist to remove. Best

If you want the hair removed permanently with the mole, than your dermatologist will need to remove it surgically with stitches.  If you don't mind plucking a few hairs there, than he/she... more


Hello Dr. I liek ot remove a mole above my upper lip....what would be the best way to remove and would i have a scar?....its about half the size of a pea. Thanks

For this you'll need a dermatologic surgeon (sometimes called a "Mohs" surgeon)  or a plastic surgeon.   And yes, you are always trading a mole for a small scar.  It's just a question of... more


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