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Removing My Sunspot — the complete healing process after Q-switch NdYag laser!!!

I had my solar lentigo removed for the third time a few weeks ago! A sun spot or solar lentigo is a flat spot on the skin, usually darker than your skin tone. It is caused by sun exposure and is more common in people above 30 years old. But younger individuals can get it too!

My solar lentigo started in my 30’s, and the size grew bigger as I aged and enjoyed myself under the sun! The first time I had my solar lentigo removed was maybe 2016 (?). This is the 3rd time I’ve had my sun spot lasered. Finally, my skin is completely healed from the laser procedure. If you’re interested to know how the skin heals after a Q-switched NdYag 532nm laser procedure, watch this video!!!

This video is not sponsored. I am not endorsing any product. These products were used for demonstration purposes only.

All information were researched with care and were formed from my personal experience as a privately practicing dermatologist.

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All about Maskne


In case you’re wondering is Maskne is a real thing, here’s my short video to explain the what’s and why’s of Maskne… and of course, the how’s of treating this condition at home! 🙂

⛔ As for the morning and night routines, I listed the commonly used product active ingredients to fight maskne. Choose 1product that sits well with you. Don’t use all the ingredients on your face or else you’ll get a really bad case of irritant contact dermatitis!⁣

📽 If you want to know more about Maskne (and Anti-Aging by my friend, Dr. Janelle Padlan-Ramos), head on to this link…

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Acne & Pregnancy

For us women, pregnancy is a beautiful time. People always say, “You’re blooming!” Or “You have a radiant aura!” During pregnancy, there are so many changes going on inside our body, and it is because we are carrying a new life inside of us. So our inner selves really glow? But… what if it’s not just the inner glow that appears during pregnancy? What if acne appears too?

Can this happen?

Well, yes… If you already have acne or are prone to acne, your acne may worsen during pregnancy. If you didn’t have acne previously, there is still a chance that acne can occur during your pregnancy. Why?

Watch the full video here.

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Ju Q, Tao T, Hu T, Karadağ AS, Al-Khuzaei S, Chen W. Sex hormones and acne. Clin Dermatol. 2017 Mar-Apr;35(2):130-137. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2016.10.004. Epub 2016 Oct 27. PMID: 28274349.

Bagatin E, Freitas THP, Rivitti-Machado MC, Machado MCR, Ribeiro BM, Nunes S, Rocha MADD. Adult female acne: a guide to clinical practice. An Bras Dermatol. 2019 Jan-Feb;94(1):62-75. doi: 10.1590/abd1806-4841.20198203. Erratum in: An Bras Dermatol. 2019 Mar-Apr;94(2):255. Machado MCR [corrected to Rivitti-Machado MC]. PMID: 30726466; PMCID: PMC6360964.

Anna L. Chien, Ji Qi, Barbara Rainer, Dana L. Sachs and Yolanda R. Helfrich. Treatment of acne in pregnancy. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine March 2016, 29 (2) 254-262; DOI:

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What’s the diff: The lowdown on Gel vs Foam cleansers

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  • gel vs foam cleanser

What is a gel cleanser?

What is a foam cleanser?

Is there any difference? Does it matter?

Know which cleanser is more suitable for your skin type and condition… Watch my You Tube video to learn more!!!