Two Things You Must Do To Prevent Razor Bumps

Razor bumps are painful red bumps that develop from ingrown hairs. Shaving against the grain or using a razor with many blades can cause them. In this video I’ll show you what causes razor bumps, also called pseudofolliculitis barbae (in case your date asks and you’re trying to impress her). I’ll also give you two tips to prevent them.

Why You Might Be Missing Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer. Catching it early is critical. The best way to find melanoma is to check your moles using the ABCDs. However, nodular melanomas can be trickier to find. A recent study from the Archives of Dermatology suggest that we might be missing these nodular melanomas which might be the reason why the death rate for melanoma has not improved in 20 years. How can we find nodular melanomas? Add “E” to your ABCDs.

  • Is the mole Asymmetric?
  • Does it have irregular Borders?
  • Does it have more than one Color?
  • Is the Diameter larger than 6 mm?
  • Is it Evolving (changing) or Elevated?
If it has any of the above and you have any concerns, then make an appointment to see a doctor. If a mole has 2 or more of the above, then it is by definition atypical and it must be checked by a physician.

In this video I’ll explain how examining your moles for the ABCDEs is the best way to catch melanomas as early as possible and to minimize the chances that it has spread.

How To Grow A Mustache Like Wes Welker

I’ve has a sudden deluge of e-mail asking me how to grow a mustache like Wes Welker from the New England Patriots. Well, just as you might not be able to put up yards-after-carry like Wes does, you might not be able to grow a mustache like he does. It takes time and testosterone. My advice? Get started soon. In this video I’ll tell you how fast (er, slowly) a mustache grows for most men.

Brachioradial Pruritus (Itchy Arms): What Causes It and How Can You Treat It?

Itchy arms is a common problem. When itching is limited to your forearms and relieved only by applying ice, then we often call it brachioradial pruritus. Brachioradial is the muscle just underneath the itching area and pruritus is the smarty-pants word for itching. In this video I’ll give two possible causes and tips on how to treat this terribly itchy condition.

Reinventing the Physician: The 2,000-Year-Old Story of Doctors and Patients

My role as physician is changing. Fortunately, we doctors have been through this many times, and you patients have always led us in the right direction. In this TEDx Penn Quarter video I’ll tell you the story of doctors and patients. I’ll show you where we’re going and where we’ve been. It might surprise you.

I’ve been on a whirlwind tour these last few weeks. I’d like to thank my brilliant and beautiful wife (and PR agent) @FoodBlogga, my colleagues and staff at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, Chris Mahoney (@cpmahoney) and Cynergy Solutions (who graciously invited me to speak) and two inspiring physicians with whom I spent some time recently, Dr. Joe Kvedar (@jkvedar) and Dr. Atul Gawande (@Atul_Gawande).

So tell me, do you see your doctor reinventing himself or herself yet? Why or why not?

The Truth: How to Treat Cellulite


Cellulite is common; nearly all adult women have some. The best treatment is photoshop :).

But what’s the next best treatment? Are there really toxins in cellulite? Is it just fat? Do coffee grounds really work? Watch this video and you’ll see. What is your best tip to reduce cellulite? Share it with us here!

What Causes Eczema?

Eczema is a common skin disorder in children. It’s caused by an over-active immune system and damaged skin. The damaged skin allows for bacteria and other irritants to enter the skin. This leads to more inflammation and worsening of the eczema. Scratching only damages the skin making it easier for bacteria to penetrate. Here’s a short video that explains what causes eczema.