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Doctor’s Advice: BEST OF 2013

Dr. Crutchfield asks that we rerun this column from our March 21 issue as his favorite of the year.Watch for continuing “Advice” columns on these pages and on the MSR website in 2014.  


Question: Dr. Crutchfield, my daughter has acne. Won’t she just outgrow it, or should we treat it?  

Why should anyone care about treating acne? 

Acne is a very common skin condition that affects over 90 percent of people in their lives. At a time when adolescents are developing a strong sense of self, self-worth, value and identity, acne not only contributes to low self-esteem, but can also cause long-term and permanent scars on the skin. Continue Reading →

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What is psoriasis and why should I care about it?


Psoriasis is an itchy skin condition that appears as patches and plaques of dry, scaly skin located most commonly on the elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis, however, can occur anywhere. Sometimes it can be very mild with just a couple of spots, and in other cases it can be quite severe and widespread. Psoriasis can also make your fingernails and toenails rough and discolored with small pits.  

Why  should I care  about 

psoriasis? Psoriasis is extremely common, and approximately five percent of all people have this skin disease. Continue Reading →

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