The Removal Guide: How to Get Glue, Dye, and Marker Off Your Skin

You know the saying “life happens”? Well, sometimes life happens to leave a mess on your skin! From superglue to permanent markers to hair dye, sometimes those useful products end up in the wrong place. Here are some helpful tips to make the permanent impermanent and to unstick the stuck. Unsticking the Sticky Stuff: How to Safely Remove Superglue According to the manufacturer, Loctite, it’s easy to get this on your hands because it’s highly spreadable. Goodness: despite its toughness as an adhesive, it’s actually not hard to get off. Simple option Start by soaking your skin in warm, soapy … Continue reading

Get Glowing Skin on Your Wedding Day: Pro Tips from Our Dermatologist

We all want to look our best for weddings, especially if you’re the one getting married. Beyond what to wear, how can you help your skin look its best? Dr. Lauren Moy, MD We broke it down into what you can do ahead of time, and what you need to keep doing, including some pro tips from one of our own doctors, Lauren Moy, MD of Moy Fincher Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology, a Golden State Dermatology Affiliate. She combines firsthand experience with professional expertise! Advance Planning If you have any skin concerns, meet with a dermatologist as soon as … Continue reading

Bumps And Spots – Common Skin Growths After Age 45

As we mature, men and women over 45 may notice the sudden development of new skin lesions on the face and body. What are these things? Sometimes occurring singly, or maybe as multiple spots, these skin growths can be unsightly and often cause concern about their potential for skin cancer. In this blog post, we will explore many of the common skin growths we experience after age 45. This information is not meant to be a substitute for a thorough, skin examination by a physician, but as an overview of skin lesions that occur commonly, but not exclusively, in middle … Continue reading

Skin Tags: What Are They & Can They Be Removed?

Acrochordons. Now that’s a word we rarely see, and most of us don’t know how to pronounce. Your dermatologist does, though. That’s because acrochordons, soft fibromas, or fibroepithelial polyps, are small, benign skin growths. We know them as skin tags. What are skin tags? Skin tags are what they sound like: little “tags” (like the kind on clothing) that stick out from the skin. They’re the same color as your skin, but they’re attached just by a thin strand or stalk, instead of lying flat like moles. They’re in the category of benign skin growths, and generally don’t grow or … Continue reading

Dermal Fillers: Which Option Is Right for You?

While some people love their “laugh lines,” others don’t. As with all aspects of aging, how we age and how we feel about it is highly individual. But biology happens to us all! “As we get older, we lose subcutaneous fat,” explains Kasie Palmer, PA-C of Golden State Dermatology in Pleasanton and Livermore. “This means the cushion between muscles and skin is much thinner, so things like ‘crow’s feet’ or the ‘parentheses’ from nose to lips show up that much more.” If you prefer smoother skin and fewer lines, or if you have scars, dermal fillers could be a good … Continue reading

Skin Cancer Prevention & Treatment

More than 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed and nearly half of all cancer deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to preventable causes, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. This would include excessive sun exposure as it relates to skin cancer. February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and the focus is on living a healthier lifestyle for cancer prevention. Here are some facts that you should know about skin cancer: Skin cancer is America’s most common form of cancer, with over 5 million cases per year diagnosed. Fortunately, it is both preventable and if caught early, manageable. … Continue reading

10 Minutes Can Save Your Life: Self-Skin Exams

Let’s be blunt about the bad news: nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma every day. It can appear without warning. It spreads to lymph nodes and internal organs. It can show up anywhere on the body – even the scalp, eyelids, and under fingernails. “Any kind of cancer is scary, but the good news for skin cancer – if there is any –is that if you find it early and get it treated, it’s highly treatable,” said Robert Greenberg, MD of Golden State Dermatology, Livermore and San Ramon. “The key to spotting it early is a self-exam. You can’t do … Continue reading

Which Laser Is Right For You? A Guide To Lasers

It’s a tradition: in the new calendar year, we inevitably think about how to renew ourselves. Whether it’s what we eat, what we wear, or even a new career, January is a month for introspection and goal-setting. If improving your appearance is one of your goals – for whatever reason – you may have thought about lasers. But which laser? It can be confusing. Lasers use a variety of technologies, each of which has a different name, and some lasers go by their brand name instead of the type of laser. “The good news is that now, in the 2020s, … Continue reading

Obtain healthy skin with cosmetic dermatology services in San Mateo, CA

Healthy Skin With Cosmetic Dermatology at Allura Skin & Laser Center in San Mateo Area

Sun damage, exposure to environmental toxins, and simply growing older can all take a toll on our skin. Fortunately, with the latest aesthetic technologies, rejuvenating and restoring the youthful appearance of your skin has never been easier or more effective. In fact, with many of the cosmetic dermatology services at the Allura Skin and Laser Center in San Mateo, CA, you will obtain healthy skin from the inside out while you are revitalizing its appearance. Laser and light therapies Much of the research in aesthetic dermatology has been focused on laser and light therapies in recent years, and for good … Continue reading