The Armchair Dermatologist (a.k.a. our Blog...)

Hello! You’ve found your way to our dermatologist journal and blog -- my collection of helpful lessons, entertaining tales and curious ponderings to guide you through the world of various skin conditions. Our daily patient interactions incorporate a balance of time-tested methodologies with superb, cutting-edge and novel approaches to skin care. Thanks for stopping by and letting us share our tactics and treatments for hundreds of dermatoses. Keep an eye out for added education links to amp up your skincare knowledge. Have feedback, a compelling story or great idea for us? We would love to hear from you!

Friday, July 7, 2017

What to Expect From Skin Cryotherapy

Skin cryotherapy and the form of cryotherapy popularized by celebrities are very different. The frequent image of cryotherapy is a football star standing in a large silver tube with plumes of cold smoke around his face — an enticing picture, and frightening too — but we assure you, the dermatological procedure is less sensational.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

3 Celebrity Skincare Habits Anyone Can Replicate

Not everyone can have a team of professionals to groom them before every public appearance, but who really wants that hassle, anyway? Keeping skin healthy minimizes the need for makeup and other temporary fixes. The people who make our favorite stars shine know this, too. Here are three ways to can replicate celebrity skin care practices at home. No weird serums or tips here, just good habits!


Friday, June 30, 2017

How Tattoos are Removed, and What it Does to Your Skin

Forty-five million Americans have tattoos, according to Inked. That’s 14 percent of the total population. The percentage is higher, up to 40 percent, for adults between the ages of 26 and 40. That’s a lot of people with ink—which is precisely why there’s also a lot of conversation about getting rid of it.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Dermatology Lasers

Going to the doctor can be intimidating enough, but some of us appear to want to make it as scary as possible for you. Whether it’s scalpels, drills or those little reflex hammers, many physicians have a full complement of tools that resemble weapons. Well, you’ll be glad to learn that a great many medical procedures now make use of the weapon of the future: lasers!


Friday, May 26, 2017

The Top 4 Myths and Facts About Sunscreen and Skincare

Summer is just around the corner, and that means brushing up on safe sun practices. Many people associate a tan with health and vitality; however, the reality is quite the opposite. Dermatologists unanimously agree: there is no such thing as a safe tan. The fact is, a tan is the skin’s visible response to sun damage. But the amount of misinformation circulating about proper sun protection is vast! The following four myths and facts about sunscreen and skincare are here to set the record straight, to keep skin safe and healthy year round...


Monday, May 15, 2017

Four Facts to Know for Melanoma Awareness Month

May is melanoma awareness month, which means it’s time for a little education about facts, stats, causes and cures.


Friday, May 5, 2017

The First Step to Aging Gracefully? Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

There are a lot of concerns surrounding the aging process. People worry about their financial stability, their health and their ability to stay independent. But there’s one fear that people don’t need to have, if they are able to just ask for help: what to do about the effects of aging on skin.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Dermatology for Villains: Treating Bad Guys With Good Skin Care

What do Freddie Kreuger, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Hannibal Lector have in common? If your first answer is “movie villains,” you’ve got one answer covered. If you answer “dermatological skin conditions,” way to go! Either you’re especially astute, or you read the article title. Either way, congratulations.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Plastic Surgery’s Surprising Past, Present, and Future

Plastic surgery has been around for centuries, but it became mainstream during the world wars of the 20th century. And although plastic surgery procedures are still used as corrective measures, cosmetic surgery has become a personal choice and a statement. At Bobby Buka MD, we celebrate the choice many of our patients make to become truer versions of themselves.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Too Much Hair, or Not Enough? Here Are Your Options

Dermatology may be all about skin, but you’d be surprised how often hair is at the center of our patients’ concerns. Because hair is a modified type of skin—one that protects our flesh and covers most of our body in some capacity—it makes sense.


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