Battling Eczema

If you suffer from eczema (atopic dermatitis), you’re probably beyond the point of frustration and irritation. There is no cure, and it tends to be hard to treat. Popular remedies can be slow-acting, expensive, and in some cases, ineffective. The disease tends to go through cycles of remission (symptom-free periods), and flare-ups, with symptoms often times becoming quite severe. So [...]

Dealing With the Pain of Shingles

Do you remember having chickenpox? Do you remember staying home from school, covered in itchy, red, blistery bumps? Do you remember the itch that almost drove you crazy, covered in calamine lotion, while your mom chastised you for scratching? Probably not until I reminded you. But if you have ever had chickenpox or even been vaccinated for it, you are [...]

Science of Skin Care Series: Dr. Berger’s Corner: How Do Poison Plants Cause So Much Inflammation?

If you have never had an allergic reaction to one of the infamous “poison” plants, consider yourself very lucky. The sustained irritated itching has been described as unbearable by some. Yet roughly 85% of Americans report a sensitivity to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac. […]

Science of Skin Care Series: Dr. Berger’s Corner: Free Radicals, Oxidation, Antioxidants, and Inflammation

There’s much talk out there about the damage free radicals can inflict on our skin and the benefits of antioxidants, both internally and topically. You’ve got the gist that free radicals are bad and antioxidants are good. But do you really have a grasp on the situation? […]

Science of Skin Care Series: Dr. Berger’s Corner: Conventional Anti-Inflammatory Skin Treatments vs. DELTA-5

When your skin is irritated, it’s trying to poke you to get your attention. The acne breakouts, redness, or flakiness that is flaring up is your skin trying to tell you that something is wrong. Irritants like UV exposure, allergens, and chemicals from skincare products are throwing things off. […]

The Trouble With Toenails

Some people have a thing for feet. Call it a fetish. They like feet. Some people have a complete aversion to feet and want nothing to do with them, ever. Regardless of what camp you’re in, there is nothing attractive about feet with sick toenails. So what causes toenail troubles? What can you do to fix them? […]