Let There Be Light: What is Photo Facial and is it for me?

Dark spots? Zap. Redness of the skin? Zap. Lasers are more effective than ever, and for nearly every skin issue under the sun. Read ahead to learn more about photo facial, and if it is the right treatment for you.

How does a laser work? Unlike the white light from a bulb that is a blend of all the colors of the rainbow, a laser is a focused beam of light that has just one color. When its intense rays target a problem area on the skin (a brown spot, a scar, an unwanted hair follicle), the laser's light can destroy that pigment or tissue while sparing the skin around it.

Red, rough and raised: How do you know if you have precancers of the skin?

Actinic keratosis may not be a term as familiar as skin cancer or melanoma, but there is good reason to familiarize ourselves with it. Without treatment, actinic keratoses can lead to skin cancer. It is considered a precancerous skin condition, serving as a serious warning sign that you are at an increased risk for skin cancer. The most common cause of actinic keratoses is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun, which is why it is also known as "solar keratosis". The UV light from tanning beds can also lead to an increased risk of developing these lesions.

How the Sun Sees you by Thomas Leveritt

I am loving this new video by photographer and artist Thomas Leveritt. He asked people on the street to take a look at themselves under ultraviolet light, exposing sun damage beneath the skin that hasn't revealed itself yet. But it's when Leveritt offers his subjects sunscreen that we see its true effectiveness. It is another reminder to always wear sunscreen whenever you leave the house. Time to cover up those invisible freckles!

Why wear sun protective clothing?

Summer's here, bringing the sun, heat and humidity in Houston. Long, light-filled days often mean overexposure to the sun's dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can wreak havoc on your skin. And while the prospect of following your dermatologist's orders to slather on sunscreen every two hours seems neither fun (or even feasible), there's an easy alternative: Wear sun-proof clothing that has been tested for Ultraviolet Protection Factor.

My Skin Care Regimen: Part Deux

I get so many questions about my personal skin care routine, so I've decided to share my updated routine on my blog. Not much has changed from last year, but I changed my moisturizer and a few other products. Everyone's skin is different, so my skin care routine may not be for you. I have streamlined my morning and evening routine to a few of my all-time favorite products.

Andrea: What's in My Make-Up Bag?

This month, my friend Andrea empties her tote for me. Read on to see what other essentials this city girl keeps stashed in her bag.

When Dr. Berthelot asked me to blog about make up, I was thrilled! In a nutshell I'm a girl who loves college football & makeup!! I believe all makeup bags must carry a good SPF. Whether it be just an SPF alone or in combination with your base product, you must protect your skin.

Here's my list of must haves in your makeup arsenal:

Allure Best of Beauty

After years of recommending Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser to my patients (and getting scoffed at by some of my skincare reps), it's great to see my favorite wash on the Allure Magazine 2014 Reader's Choice Award. It is a great everyday wash that leaves my skin feeling clean and not stripped of its natural oils. It also takes off my waterproof mascara!

You can also see my whole skin care routine on the blog at


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