Blog Archive

Use the ABCDE Method to Check Your Moles Nov 14th, 2021

Moles can be no big deal, or they could be an early warning sign of a serious problem. If you’re worried about one or more moles on your body, you can use the ABCDE method to check your moles for signs of malignancy.  At Associated Dermatologists, with locations in West...

How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Mohs Surgery Oct 12th, 2021

Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for skin cancer, with a success rate of up to 99% according to Johns Hopkins. The secret behind Mohs surgery success is that your surgeon examines all margins, instead of just 5% of the margins. This means the certainty of getting all cancerous...

Say Goodbye to Unsightly Facial Veins with Vascular Laser Treatments Sep 20th, 2021

At Associated Dermatologists, with locations in West Bloomfield, Commerce, Novi, and Berkeley, Michigan, our team of expert skin care providers can provide vascular laser treatment for a variety of conditions, medical or cosmetic. Types of vein/vascular issues Spider veins (telangiectasia) look like purple squiggles just under the surface of your...

What Can I Do About Hair Loss? Aug 16th, 2021

Hair loss can be isolating and embarrassing for anyone, regardless of gender or race. However, it’s a common problem with many solutions. A specialist can diagnose exactly what’s causing your hair loss, and help you find a solution that addresses your needs. From microneedling to medication, you have plenty of...

The Differences Between Cysts and Lipomas Jul 27th, 2021

Cysts and lipomas are common skin growths, and they can be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. The good news is that they’re harmless, and you don’t need to have them removed unless they become bothersome. At Associated Dermatologists, with offices in Berkley, Commerce, Novi, and West Bloomfield, Michigan, our...

The Difference Between Rosacea and Angiomas Jun 28th, 2021

While rosacea and angiomas might go unnoticed on your arms and chest, they can have a serious impact on your facial complexion. If you’ve noticed a persistent rashy “blush” or lesions on your face, you might be wondering what can be done to clear your skin. The first step to...

3 Ways the Sun Wreaks Havoc on Your Skin May 20th, 2021

May is melanoma and skin cancer awareness month. Around 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers, and approximately 85% of melanoma cases, are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.  In addition to the risk of cancer, sun damage leads to premature aging and lasting skin imperfections. If your...

What Goes into Personalized Acne Treatments? Apr 25th, 2021

Acne can make you feel embarrassed about your appearance. Even if you don’t have painful outbreaks, olds scars can leave your skin uneven. If you're unhappy with the state of your skin due to acne scarring, or if you’re currently experiencing painful and unsightly outbreaks, we can help. At Associated...

When Should You Worry About a Mole? Mar 31st, 2021

While most people aren’t born with moles, these common skin lesions often emerge as small pigmented spots during childhood. It’s normal for adults to have between 10 and 40 moles.  Most moles are benign or noncancerous, but they can change over time. Atypical moles that have an uneven color, irregular...

Do I Need to Worry About My Lipoma? Feb 16th, 2021

Lipomas, while harmless, are technically tumors. If you’ve recently located a lump that appears to be a lipoma, a visit to the doctor can help determine whether it’s worth worrying about. About one in a thousand people will develop a lipoma in their lifetime, and many of these never require...

What's the Difference Between a Mole and a Skin Tag, and How Do I Get Rid of Them? Jan 24th, 2021

Moles and skin tags are extremely common, and often benign. However, they might rub on clothes or make you feel self-conscious. While it might seem tempting to get rid of a mole or skin tag at home, you’re better off going to a doctor to get them professionally removed. And...

What You Should Know About Mohs Surgery Dec 10th, 2020

Although a skin cancer diagnosis can be frightening, our patients at Associated Dermatologists can take comfort in knowing that our providers are experts in performing Mohs micrographic surgery. For many non-melanoma skin cancers, including those in cosmetically sensitive areas, aggressive skin cancers, and skin cancers that have re-occurred, Mohs surgery...

Skin Cancer Facts: Signs that a Growth May be Melanoma Sep 21st, 2020

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide. Of the various forms of skin cancer, melanoma is known as the most serious because it can spread to other parts of the body. It’s important to check your skin on your own and have it checked...

Back to School Skin Care: How to Prevent Acne from Face Masks Aug 26th, 2020

Wearing a face mask is recommended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. One common problem is an acne breakout, which may be especially troublesome now that children will be headed back to school soon. There are ways to prevent acne from face masks, as well as treat it when...

Methods for Treating Minor Burns Jun 24th, 2020

On average, 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during the month around the Fourth of July holiday, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Of that number, more than 44 percent are for burn treatment, and the most injured body parts are hands and...

Associated Dermatologists Reopens Offices Jun 4th, 2020

Now that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s medical practice restrictions have been lifted, Associated Dermatologists has officially reopened for all medical and elective appointments and procedures. As we welcome patients back, we will take several additional safety precautions in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The health and safety of our patients...

Telogen Effluvium: Possible Causes of This Type of Hair Loss Mar 29th, 2020

Telogen effluvium is a common cause of temporary hair loss. The abrupt hair shedding typically occurs several months after a triggering event. It usually lasts for about 6 months, but chronic telogen effluvium can last longer. No specific treatment exists, but lifestyle and dietary changes can be effective in beginning hair...

Actinic Keratosis And Photodynamic Therapy Mar 16th, 2020

Actinic Keratoses, also known as solar keratoses or AKs, are the most common skin growths caused by sun exposure. While they can be considered as a measure or sign of sun damage, they are also considered precursors to skin cancer. Actinic Keratoses (referred to as Actinic Keratosis in the singular form)...

How To Treat And Prevent Athlete’s Foot Feb 17th, 2020

“Athlete’s foot” is the more colloquial name for tinea pedis, a common, superficial fungal infection. It is acquired from walking barefoot in moist public places, like a swimming pool deck or locker room. It can result in flaky skin, cracking, and itchiness on the soles of the feet and between...

Seborrheic Keratosis Skin Growths: What They Are And Why You Shouldn’t Worry Jan 23rd, 2020

You see a small, brownish growth on your skin and wonder for a moment what it is. Dismissing it as an inevitable sign of aging or a fact of life, you go on about your day. You continue to pay attention to it for several weeks, however, and can’t help...

Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: The Holidays And Your Skin Dec 17th, 2019

The holidays provide so many opportunities for exciting days with your friends and family. From watching your children in the school play to shopping for the perfect gifts to partying until the break of dawn, there are endless ways to celebrate the season. We, at Associated Dermatologists, want you to...

Using Proper Shaving Methods To Avoid Irritation And Infection Dec 10th, 2019

Shaving is a part of most women’s beauty regimens, and it can certainly make your skin feel soft and smooth. Using proper techniques and precautions while shaving your legs, underarms, and bikini areas, however, is more important than some people may realize. The potential dangers of shaving go beyond the...

Skin Changes During Pregnancy: What You Could Experience Nov 17th, 2019

Expecting a beautiful new baby is a wonderful time in your life, full of anticipation and dreams of the future. This time is not only full of wonder, but also many changes in your body. You may be seeing various skin, nail, and hair changes and question if they are...

Hyperhidrosis Facts: Separating Truth From Fiction Nov 5th, 2019

Excessive sweating can be beyond embarrassing. It can disrupt your life, lower your confidence, create unpleasant side effects, and even stain your clothing. People who experience this may believe it’s just a fact of life, not realizing that there’s a difference between simple sweating and a medical condition called hyperhidrosis....

Dreaded Nail Fungus: How to Treat It and Keep It at Arm’s Length Oct 25th, 2019

Just the thought of nail fungus is enough to make someone cringe. Because it’s such an undesirable condition, many of us go to great lengths to avoid it. While the general public may know what causes nail fungus, most people don’t know what it really is and how it can...

Skin Care Tips For Athletes: How To Protect And Maintain Healthy Skin Oct 14th, 2019

While we all should take care of our skin on a daily basis, athletes especially must take a proactive approach to skin care. Professional athletes and student athletes alike should take measures to avoid various skin conditions, especially those that they may contract from others. Understanding general skin care tips...

Deeper than the Surface: Studies Show Correlations Between Skin Care and Overall Health Oct 1st, 2019

Increasingly more research shows that reducing skin inflammation could help protect the body against certain types of diseases. A recent study, as reported on the Wall Street Journal, showed that, when it is attacked, the skin can produce enough of an inflammatory substance called cytokines to affect both the skin...

Skin Changes Associated With Chemotherapy Sep 23rd, 2019

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy may notice various skin changes. While side effects such as hair loss can be unpleasant, they must be balanced against the effectiveness of cancer treatment. By definition, cancer is a fast-growing cell. It’s an unregulated cell in the body that grows at a more rapid rate than...

A Dermatologist’s Firsthand Experiences with Skin Cancer: Doctor Shares His Story Jul 15th, 2019

Associated Dermatologists’ Dr. Michael Dorman understands firsthand what it is like to experience skin cancer, and he has now made it his mission to educate others about the importance of protecting themselves while in the sun. In a span of less than 10 years, Dr. Dorman was unfortunate enough to...

The Best Sunscreen: Sun Protection Recommendations Jul 1st, 2019

Our patients frequently ask us this question: “What is the best sunscreen?” Our answer is usually this: “The best sunscreen is one that you use.” Using sunblock regularly can minimize consequences of overexposure to the sun’s damaging rays like sunburns, premature aging, wrinkling, and skin cancer including melanoma. The proper use of sunblock is...

From Hair Care To Diaper Rash: Skin Care For Newborns Jun 10th, 2019

Parents often ask us about skin care for newborns, and with good reason. Babies’ gentle skin often needs special care, and newborns often have marks on their skin that parents understandably wonder about.  The  following are a few tips about skin care for newborns that will help you protect your...

BROtox And DySPORT: Cosmetic Enhancements For Men Triple In Popularity May 8th, 2019

The secret’s out. Men are putting their best face forward more than ever before, and there’s no shame in admitting it. While the old adage of men (and women too) get better with age still applies, it doesn’t have to mean what it did generations ago.  Both men and women...

Lip Augmentation Through Dermal Filler Injections: Facts You Should Know Apr 23rd, 2019

Lip augmentation is a simple procedure that can give you fuller, smoother lips, but there are many myths regarding the process. Following are a few things you should know if you are considering lip augmentation through dermal filler injections. The Basics About Dermal Filler Injections Hyaluronic acid fillers offer temporary...

I’m A Dermatologist, And Here Is My Skin Care Routine Apr 12th, 2019

As dermatologists, many of our patients ask us, “What do you do? Which skin cleanser do you use? What kind of moisturizers do you prefer? Do you never go out in the sun at all?” Well of course we do! Most of us love to feel the warmth of the...

Facts About Birthmarks: What They Are, Why They’re There, And What They Mean Mar 5th, 2019

Birthmarks can be a fun topic of conversation. Some people don’t hesitate to roll up their sleeve or pant leg to show others their birthmarks. But have you ever wondered what birthmarks are to begin with? And are they as meaningful as they sound? The word “birthmark” seems very important,...

Winter Skin Care: How To Protect Yourself In Cold Weather Feb 22nd, 2019

Wintry weather can really take a toll on your skin. Many people suffer from dry, cracked, even bleeding skin during the winter season. However, it doesn’t have to be a fact of life. You definitely can protect yourself with a few winter skin care tips that are not only easy,...

Injectables: The Differences Between The Restylane Products Jan 25th, 2019

If you are considering injectables for skin enhancement, you may have heard of the Restylane line of products and procedures. With so many products available, however, you may be a bit confused about how each product works and what’s right for you. To help you decide what’s best, consult with...

Choosing The Right Moisturizer For Your Skin: What To Look For And What To Avoid Jan 25th, 2019

Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin may seem impossible. Nothing works for you, and you’ve purchased almost every brand on the market. Everyone you know swears by one particular brand, and you’ve tried all of their suggestions, hoping that one of them is the right one, to no avail....

Do The Foods You Eat Really Cause Your Skin To Break Out? Jan 25th, 2019

We’ve heard it all before. “I can’t have greasy foods. My skin will break out. … If I eat chocolate, my skin will break out. … Drinking soda is the worst thing for my skin.” Is any of this really true?  Do the foods you eat really cause your skin...