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Are you wearing your hat these days? And the Two Degrees of Dr. Richard Bennett and Elisabeth Shim

September 13th, 2017

Kudos to Dominic Purcell for showing how it is done:
This is how it's done

A little over a year ago, Dr. Bennett was mentioned twice in the international news, the Daily Mail UK, for his work with two actors on network TV. They wanted to show everyone how skin cancer is so common. Today I found out I took care of a teacher at our daughters’ school over a decade ago. How’s that for Back to School Night? I even found a basal cell cancer on Santa Claus! (OK I can’t tell you the details on this one, but trust me, it’s true!) Everyone in LA is 1 or 2 steps removed from our office, I think. It’s better than Kevin Bacon! But Kevin can win this contest if we all make better use of our hats, zinc oxide-based sunscreens and our local dermatologist to screen us for precancers before they need us.

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Beware of the BBQ

July 14th, 2017

Did you know that aerosol sunscreens are flammable? It’s tempting to use them in the hot summer but they can lead to serious burns. If you do use one realize that they are also harmful to inhale. Always check for water resistance also, since it gets hot in the summer, some sunscreens do not have the ability to protect well after sweating or swimming. As you already know, I have a bias towards zinc oxide suncreens, such as the one from my company Verdure. In any case, sprays can be useful for hairy areas and for quick protection. Realize though that your skin is absorbing all of those chemicals through the skin, both the sunscreen ingredients as well as the inactive ingredients.

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Enjoy the summer

June 26th, 2017

Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay, Abacos, Bahamas

Navigating the Sea of Abaco

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Verdure Sunscreen achieves 2 great honors

June 24th, 2017

We are happy to announce that Verdure Matte Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30+ not only won the Best of Suncare 2017 Award from the aesthetician journal Les Nouvelle Esthetique & Spa Magazine, it was also named as a Best Beach and Sport Sunscreen by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a consumer watchdog group well known to devotees of cosmetic safety.

You can order from or stop by our vendors distributing our sunscreen listed on our website. Again, DO NOT order from Amazon at this time. You could be getting fake product. Our line has been copied in India and South Korea unfortunately!

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Change in staff

June 2nd, 2017

Thank you for your understanding as we go through a staff transition. I’ve been lucky to work with such fine people over the years and I’m sad to see them go. As you know, I mentor many post-graduates who go on to graduate school or go through life changes. We are welcoming Kristy and Rachel (once again, splitting the USC and UCLA difference to make everyone happy), Michael into the lab who will replace my long-time loyal lab technician Scott, and various other people into the office. Please be patient with them, and me, as we go through this transition. It is always a bit stressful for all of us until everyone gets comfortable and into their groove. We are excited to have them in the office, but I’ll sorely miss Clara, Julia and Scott, my A-Team! The wait times are also challenging since I’ll be out of the office a bit in June and July, not to mention a new health plan I joined. Hang in there!

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Practice what you preach

April 4th, 2017

I’m not perfect when it comes to sun protection myself, but I’m trying to set a good example for you. Thank you for your patience waiting for an appointment. It has been a very busy year, many patients are having to wait a little longer to see me. If you have a true emergency, we can try to fit you in but we appreciate your understanding. If you have not been to the Cayman Islands, I highly recommend it if you like to snorkel. It’s a very safe country with great food, very family-friendly with lots to do and the people are lovely.

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So the compliments keep coming…

March 23rd, 2017

I keep getting told that “you look good ” “you changed your hair”. No, but thank you! My brows are lifted! I must’ve really needed that laser eye lift!

It was a pleasant surprise to get an update on my review paper of metastatic squamous cell carcinoma which was published 7 years ago. It has been cited by 135 other articles! Ask me how we can prevent this situation. It is not common but unfortunately, there are at least a few people with it every year. It’s very rare that women get them, but last year I did see the second woman of my career that had a SCC spread to her lymph nodes. The first patient I had met was mismanaged by a medical group in town and had her tumor treated numerous times without cure. She couldn’t talk or swallow by the time she met me. It was too late. The second lady had let the tumor grow too long and just had some bad luck.

Typically, the average SCC that spreads to the lymph nodes in my practice is an older white male who has had previous treatment of the lesion with radiation or liquid nitrogen. Size of the tumor, aggressive pathology, a delay of treatment and location on the upper half of the head or back of the hand are higher risk factors in my experience, and is backed up by research.

There are ways of avoiding this situation! Mainly, wear a hat and a zinc oxide-based sunblock such as Verdure. Get frequent exams and examine your own skin by looking and feeling. Talk to me about options for treating precancers that we can’t even see or may be too numerous to treat. And most of all, don’t delay seeking help.

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Happy Winter!

February 24th, 2017

taken in Park City, Utah

Hope everyone is having a nice winter.

I’ve had some compliments on my looks lately, that I look “different”. People think it is my hair but actually I got a fractionated carbon dioxide laser eyelift over Xmas break. I got a little tired of using Botox to maintain this area, and theoretically over time, the weakening of these muscles may not be the best thing in the end. Downtime is about 7 days, and because this is a weaker treatment than surgery, it probably will take multiple treatments to get to where you want to be. I’m hoping to fit in another before the end of the year. Ideal for people who are younger or not ready for surgery. I got a subtle nice browlift and my eyelids are more taut than before. Believe it or not, I’ll be 50 in a few years!

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Breakthrough in precancer treatment

January 13th, 2017

There’s been a new breakthrough in how to treat precancers. It involves existing medications. I’m really excited to have read up on this. It looks very promising and safe! Feel free to come in and talk to me about this. I apologize for any wait times you may encounter. Please note that most months, with the exception of this month and September, I may be out for at least a week between family time and a few meetings I am attending. However, I do not like to schedule patients more than 6 weeks ahead since so much can change between your schedule and mine. Happy New Year!

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Verdure Sunscreen Kudos-Please help us!

November 15th, 2016

We are HONORED and proud to announce that Verdure Matte Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30+ was named as a contender in the “2017 Best of Sun Care” Category by Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa Magazine. Woo Hoo!!

We need your vote! I know you are tired of hearing about elections. Maybe this time your candidate will win :)

The contest ends at the end of November. It’s SIMPLE AND QUICK: Go to and click on the banner for the contest up top. Enter your email address. Then on your left, scroll down to Sun Care and vote for Verdure! Or you can click on the link below

I know a lot of patients, friends and random people (who appreciate my humor) follow this blog. I would REALLY appreciate your help! Thanks much!!


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