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Winter is coming: A dermatologist’s tips for managing keratosis pilaris

Published on Nov 22nd, 2019 by Jeffrey Sobell

Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common skin condition that appears as tiny rough bumps on the skin. SkinCare Physicians’ dermatologist explains why it is harmless and shares tips that can be helpful should it bother you. Keratosis pilaris develops most often on the backs of arms and on the fronts of thighs. In young children, the bumps may also be present on the cheeks. The appearance may be reminiscent of goose bumps or the skin of a plucked chicken. Others mistake the bumps for small pimples. In reality, KP is just plugs of dry skin around the hair follicles. And … Continue reading »

Novel therapy takes clearance of psoriasis to new heights

Published on Jun 13th, 2019 by Jeffrey Sobell

Over the last 2 decades, SkinCare Physicians’ Dr. Jeff Sobell has experienced a progression in innovative therapies for psoriasis. Now, with the recent approval of Skyrizi (rizankizumab-rkaa), a biologic indicated for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, this progress continues. Skyrizi belongs to an exciting new class of medications called IL-23 inhibitors. These medications, given by subcutaneous injection, have gained in popularity as they offer patients the chance for high efficacy with favorable tolerability. In clinical trials with Skyrizi, the average patient’s psoriasis improved by over 50% after 1 dose, and over 90% after 2 doses. At one year after … Continue reading »

Four tips to avoid dry uncomfortable hands this winter

Published on Oct 18th, 2018 by Jeffrey Sobell

Do you suffer from dry hands?   Well, in New England, this is extremely common.  The air in our environment is much less humid; cold outdoor temperatures as well as dry indoor air from our central heating systems both contribute to this.  This causes water to evaporate from our skin quickly, making it vulnerable to dehydration.  Common symptoms include scaling, redness, irritation and cracking. So, how can you best treat and prevent dry hands? 1- Use a gentle cleanser Soaps can strip oils from the skin.  Look for either a mild, fragrance-free soap or a soap-substitute that moisturizes.  Avoid using deodorant … Continue reading »

Your guide to seborrheic keratoses and new Eskata topical treatment

Published on May 10th, 2018 by Jeffrey Sobell

Seborrheic keratoses (SK) are very common skin growths.  They may seem worrisome as they can look like a wart or a skin cancer, but they are completely harmless and can easily be removed by our dermatologists near Boston. SK’s tend to develop in middle age or older and increase in number over time.  They can be seen almost anywhere on the skin, but favor the chest, back, head and neck. SK’s typically start as small rough bumps, and slowly thicken to take on a warty surface.  Classically, they have a waxy “stuck-on-the-skin” appearance.  The color can range from white to … Continue reading »

Beware! Lyme Disease is Looming!

Published on Aug 17th, 2017 by Jeffrey Sobell

Tips to keep you safe and detect early symptoms. While June and July are the months of highest risk for contracting Lyme disease, we must remain vigilant all summer long. In the United States, the disease is predominant in 12 states, one being Massachusetts. Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi.  The infection is transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick.  Left untreated, Lyme disease can affect many organs including the skin, joints and nervous system, and can lead to significant health issues.  When diagnosed early, the prognosis is excellent. Here are some facts … Continue reading »

New therapies address scalp psoriasis with more success

Published on Mar 23rd, 2017 by Jeffrey Sobell

Psoriasis is a common and incurable skin disorder that is characterized by red raised scaly lesions that can occur anywhere on the body. One of the most frequent, and often distressing, locations is on the scalp.   Common symptoms include intractable itch, burning, pain and excessive shedding of flaky skin.  Historically, addressing scalp psoriasis has been very challenging, as it seems to be more treatment resistant than psoriasis affecting other areas of the body.  But fortunately, recent research has identified a number of more successful therapeutic options. A majority of patients benefit from prescription topical solutions, oils or gels, but success … Continue reading »

Searching for a new way to treat psoriasis? Otezla may help

Published on Apr 12th, 2016 by Jeffrey Sobell

Otezla® is the first pill FDA approved to treat psoriasis in over 15 years. Unlike previous oral medication options, Otezla® specifically reduces the inflammation associated with the disease process without affecting any internal organs such as the liver, kidneys or bone marrow. The safety of this therapy has been greatly celebrated; in fact, no routine blood testing is required. Otezla® is indicated for moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis as well as for psoriatic arthritis. At the Psoriasis Treatment Center at SkinCare Physicians, our providers have found Otezla® particularly helpful and attractive in a number of clinical scenarios. 8 clinical … Continue reading »

New Cosentyx® treatment can clear skin of patients with psoriasis

Published on Jun 4th, 2015 by Jeffrey Sobell

While there is no cure for psoriasis, an autoimmune skin disease, the science of psoriasis therapies is evolving at a very rapid pace. The recent Cosentyx® approval heralds a new era for psoriasis treatment at SkinCare Physicians’ Psoriasis Treatment Center near Boston. Cosentyx® (secukinumab), a biologic therapy developed specifically for psoriasis, is now available for adults suffering from moderate-to-severe psoriasis. This is the first of several highly anticipated “second generation” biologics to complete rigorous testing and become available to treat this significant life-impacting disease. Cosentyx® targets interleukin-17 (IL-17), one of the key chemical hormones that are elevated in people who … Continue reading »

The heartbreak of psoriasis: Not just a cosmetic nuisance

Published on Jan 13th, 2015 by Jeffrey Sobell

“If you suffer from severe psoriasis, you may want to consult with your rheumatologist and cardiologist” advises Dr. Jeffrey Sobell, a dermatologist and psoriasis specialist in Boston. Learn why. Psoriasis is a chronic and incurable disease affecting 3% of the US population.  The red scaly lesions on the skin are striking in appearance, however the manifestations of psoriasis often go much deeper, particularly for these people with more extensive psoriasis (covering more than 10 palm-sizes). In these individuals, there is an increased likelihood of several medical conditions, including arthritis and cardiovascular disease. Psoriatic arthritis is seen in up to 30% … Continue reading »

The truth about SPF labels in sunscreens

Published on Jun 26th, 2014 by Jeffrey Sobell

Our patients at SkinCare Physicians near Boston often ask what level of SPF (sun protection factor) in sunscreens is sufficient to reduce the risk of photodamage and skin cancer.  It turns out that the answer is somewhat confusing. In order for sunscreen to perform maximally, applying a generous quantity is required.  One ounce, or the equivalent of one shot glass amount, is needed to cover the exposed areas of the body for the average adult.  When used in this manner, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 for planned sun exposures.   However, most … Continue reading »

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Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467

Phone: (617) 731-1600 Fax: (617) 731-1601

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The dermatologists and other medical professionals at SkinCare Physicians specialize in a wide range of dermatology treatments and services, including laser hair removal, laser skin treatment, hair transplant, eyelid surgery, body contouring, psoriasis, skin cancer, BOTOX® Cosmetic, fillers, and Thermage®. From their offices in Chestnut Hill, they serve Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton and Wellesley.