Like a medieval castle, the skin plays multiple roles: part defense, part regulatory hub, part sensory to keep a pulse on the outside world. This post examines the defensive barrier function of the skin and its role in inflammatory skin disease like contact dermatitis. An Anatomy Lesson As a visual learner and thinker, I find [Read More…]
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Once the itch and rash moved to my face, I had to accept my patch testing results and transition to a fragrance-free, isothiazolinone-free, and SLS-free world. In this article, I discuss the often-frustrating nature of allergic contact dermatitis and resources for finding products free of common and specific allergens. ACCEPTANCE = I Have ACD and [Read More…]
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If you have ever suffered from a chronic itch, I hope this article gives you some hope or at least a laugh. As a dermatologist, the patients that challenge me the most are often the itchy ones. Unfortunately, as my personal experience reveals, things are not always as simple as they should be. PART ONE: [Read More…]