• Hair loss,  Minoxidil

    Topical Minoxidil: What You Need to Know

    Minoxidil is, simply put, notorious.  There are few medications or active ingredients that are the subject of more misconceptions, rumors and misinformation.  Anybody who follows me on social media knows I love this stuff!  It’s the only over-the-counter medication we have that can provide substantial results for people suffering with hair loss.  While countless interactions with my patients have clued me in to the fact that many people are scared to try minoxidil, this pales in comparison to some of the comments I’ve seen on my social media posts.  “It’ll make you hair fall out!”  “It’s addictive!” “It doesn’t work!”  Research done by my colleague Dr. Julia Schwartz showed that…

  • Acne,  aging,  Antiaging,  Hydroxy acids,  Ingredients

    (Hydroxy) Acid Trip

    In the 1970s, the dermatologic community embarked on a weird trip – I’m not talking about psychedelics, I’m talking about a trip inward – all the way to the dermis. That’s when researchers realized that hydroxy acids have wide-ranging benefits thanks to their ability to exert their effect at multiple levels of the skin. Since then, they’ve become one of the powerhouses of cosmeceuticals and cosmetic dermatology, and they’re seeing a revival among skincare junkies due to their ease of use and multiple benefits. Here’s what you need to know about Hydroxy acids!

  • Acne,  cosmetic dermatology,  cosmetic procedures,  hyaluronic acid,  retinoids

    Acne Scarring: Setting the Record Straight

    The impact of acne goes far beyond the skin.  While we know that active acne can cause not only physical symptoms, but serious damage to one’s self-image and social functioning, the effects of this condition can last for years – even after one has achieved “clear skin.”  Many people who have suffered with acne are left with resultant scarring – a constant reminder of what once was.  After clearing their acne, many are bombarded with a whole host of products that claim to improve acne scarring, from moisturizers to exfoliants, but it’s not quite that simple. Let’s set the record straight on acne scarring. What are acne scars? Acne scars…

  • Acne,  aging,  Bathing,  botulinum toxin,  Collagen,  cosmetic dermatology,  cosmetic procedures,  Hair,  Hair loss,  hyaluronic acid,  PCOS,  supplements

    A Year of Dermangelo – What I Learned

    It’s hard to believe that one year ago, I decided to hang my digital shingle and launch this blog.  When I posted my humble first article about showering practices, part of me thought I’d just be shouting into the void of the internet.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my writing was well received and that so many people were eager to learn more about the science behind healthy skin.  A year later, I can’t imagine my life without this creative outlet.  It’s truly where “Dr. Landriscina, the skin doc” and Angelo, the person (and personality) meet and I’m so grateful I get to share my knowledge with…

  • Acne,  aging,  Antiaging,  Bathing,  botulinum toxin,  Collagen,  cosmetic dermatology,  cosmetic procedures,  Dry skin,  Hair,  Hair loss,  Moisturizing,  photoaging,  retinoids,  sun protection,  supplements

    20 Easy Skincare Resolutions for 2020

    A new year—nay—a new decade, is upon us and I have something to say!  I’m tired of New Year’s resolutions with no substance – you know, the same weak promises that rear their ugly heads year after year like “drink more water” or “take better care of my skin.”  While making substantive improvements to your skin health in the next decade might seem elusive, it’s easy if you break it down to the basics.  Here are 20 super easy resolutions to try for 2020. 1. Wear SPF EVERY DAY! I know I’m required to say this as a dermatologist, but daily SPF provides a whole host of benefits including lowering…

  • Acne,  Hair,  Hair loss,  hirsutism,  PCOS

    PCOS and Your Skin

    Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects up to 12% of XX people in the US – that’s roughly 5 million! This is a multifaceted syndrome that can cause problems ranging from insulin resistance to irregular periods to infertility. However, some of the most visible signs of PCOS manifest on the skin.

  • Acne,  isotretinoin,  retinoids

    My Own Experience on Isotretinoin (formerly Accutane)

    I’ve already shared via this blog just how much acne affected my young adult life.  The years I spent struggling to achieve clear skin are part of the reason I became a dermatologist.  During my teenage years, I tried every over the counter or holistic remedy I could find to little and sometimes counterproductive effect.  When all that failed, I sought out the help of a dermatologist.  I spent several years going from doctor to doctor trying various prescription medications including topical retinoids and antibiotics, and while my skin got better, nothing ever got me totally clear.  Even more frustrating was the fact that my breakouts were unpredictable, and that…

  • Hair,  Hair loss

    “Male Pattern Hair Loss” Doesn’t Just Affect Men and It’s Treatable

    There comes a time for every man when he realizes that his hairline is… slowly back back backing it up.  If you’re a man, and you haven’t realized this, I bet you will now.  How can I be so sure?  Most men’s frontal hairlines start to recede as soon as they hit puberty.  Our hair’s proclivity to react to changing hormone levels means that we will all lose hair as we get older, though it will happen at varying speeds and to varying degrees of baldness.  That’s why male pattern hair loss is considered a natural process – more of a trait than a true disorder.  It’s just one flavor…

  • Acne,  Moisturizing,  oily skin,  retinoids,  sun protection

    Skincare for Acne: The Complete Guide

    By now, we all know how common a problem acne is, and skincare companies have also taken notice.  Each year, billions of dollars are spent in the hopes of finding the miracle product that will rid us of our blemishes.  While skincare often isn’t enough to treat acne on its own, having the right skincare habits can significantly help decrease the severity of acne or help to make an acne treatment regimen more tolerable.  Here’s your complete guide to skincare for acne. Cleansing This first step in skincare is often a favorite of acne sufferers.  It was definitely a favorite of mine as an acne-prone teenager.  I always felt that…