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By Dawson Dermatology
December 26, 2019
Category: Dermatology

Are age spots, freckles or even rosacea distressing you each time you look in the mirror? Then, why not ask dermatologists Dr. Kevin Dawson, Dr. Douglas Chun, and Dr. Sarah Grekin at Dawson Dermatology about IPL treatments? In their Honolulu, HI, office, they perform comfortable Intense Pulsed Light services for adults who want a clear, refreshed look quickly, safely and easily.

Just what is IPL?

IPL instruments utilize many wavelengths of focused light, delivering it to areas of the face, chest, hands and neck which show signs of sun exposure and aging. Additionally, IPL helps individuals control the red rash of rosacea, unsightly spider veins and areas of unwanted hair as well.

These treatments are fully customized to your needs and preferences.

Who can use IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light treatments are very versatile. Some medications make people light-sensitive and therefore prohibit the use of IPL. Your dermatologist will examine your skin, review your medical history and tell you if IPL is right for you.

The in-office treatment

To prepare you for your IPL procedure, you'll wear eye protection and also a cooling, anesthetic cream on the areas to be treated. Then, as you relax, the doctor will use the IPL device to deliver short bursts of light directly to your skin.

You likely will feel just a mild sensation like a rubber band snapping on your skin. Most individuals need repeat treatments for maximum effectiveness--typically, three to six at one-month intervals.


You can resume your normal activities right away. However, expect some minor puffiness, redness and flaking. Additionally, wear a moisturizer and sunscreen each and every day.

Are you ready for a new look?

If you are, then call Dawson Dermatology for a consultation with Dr. Dawson, Dr. Chun or Dr. Grekin. They'll be happy to explain all your options and compose a treatment plan just right for your skin, health and personal goals. IPL treatment may be part of it! Please phone us at (808) 599-3780.

By Dawson Dermatology
December 13, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Eczema  

Do you have itchy, scaly rashes? If so, you could have eczema, a common skin condition that could be effectively treated by your dermatologist. Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis, and it can be caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to harsh chemicals. Dry skin can also affect your skin’s ability to form a barrier to allergens, which can lead to eczema. Another common cause of eczema is genetics. If someone in your family suffers from eczema, it increases your chances of developing eczema as well. Immune system problems can also cause eczema.

Both adults and children can develop eczema, however, children are most often affected, especially before they reach the age of five. Eczema develops into a chronic skin condition, with intermittent flare-ups. These flare-ups can often be accompanied by hay fever or asthma.

There are many common signs and symptoms of eczema, including:

  • Reddish-brown patches on your feet, hands, ankles, knees, chest, elbows, face, and scalp
  • Chronic, severe itching which often worsens at night
  • Inflamed, raw, red, sensitive, and swollen skin
  • Dry, cracked, scaly skin patches on various areas of your body
  • Bumps appearing on your skin which drain fluid and crust over later

For mild cases of eczema, there are a few simple home remedies you can try, including:

  • Taking over-the-counter antihistamine medications
  • Smoothing calamine or other anti-itch lotion over your skin
  • Applying moisturizer when you take a shower
  • Applying cool, wet dressings and bandages to affected areas
  • Taking a warm baking soda or oatmeal bath
  • Placing a humidifier in your home to moisten dry air
  • Wearing breathable, cool, cotton clothing

For moderate to severe cases of eczema, you should visit your dermatologist. There are several effective professional treatments your dermatologist may recommend, such as:

  • Prescription-strength oral and topical medications to stop itching
  • Antibiotic medications to eliminate any underlying infection
  • Oral or injectable anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Corticosteroid dressings to reduce inflammation
  • Natural light or ultraviolet therapy to reduce or eliminate skin patches

You don’t have to suffer with eczema when relief is just a phone call away. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of eczema by calling your dermatologist today!

By Dawson Dermatology
December 09, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Vitiligo  

Vitiligo is a skin condition that affects more than 200,000 men and women in the United States each year, with half of those affected noticing symptoms before age 20. Although the exact cause of vitiligo is unknown, it is thought to be an auto-immune condition. In fact, it often occurs in combination with other auto-immune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, the condition is directly linked to hereditary causes in about one-third of cases.

When you have vitiligo, you will have patches of white skin, caused by loss of melanocytes, the skin cells responsible for skin color. It can start on the feet, hands, or face, and become progressive over other areas of the body. The condition can cause problems with your skin, eyes, inner ear, hairs, and mucous membranes, causing white blotches in these areas.

Vitiligo cannot be cured, however, your dermatologist can help treat its symptoms and minimize its impact on your life. Treatment for this condition generally aims to restore normal skin color by repigmenting the skin. New melanocytes may be transferred from other areas of the body, including the base of hair follicles, or the edge of the affected area. Repigmentation is a gradual process that can take months to years.

Other treatments for vitiligo include prescription steroid creams or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory creams, These creams are applied twice each day and begin to show results in three-to-six months.

Lasers are also an effective treatment to promote repigmentation of the skin. The Excimer laser is a common tool that uses ultraviolet B light. A series of laser sessions is required with touch-up maintenance sessions later on.

Vitiligo can also be treated with some cosmetics to create a more uniform skin color and hide white patches. Sunless tanning products can also help darken the white patches, creating a more harmonious skin color. For extensive areas of pigmentation loss, depigmentation therapy might be recommended to bleach out all pigmented skin, producing an even skin tone.

If you have been struggling with vitiligo, call your dermatologist today to learn about your treatment options!

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