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Acne Scar Treatments


Acne Scar Treatments: Tried-And-Tested Cosmetic Procedures


What Causes Acne?

While no one knows exactly what causes acne, according to Dr. Emmy Graber, MBA, founder and president of The Dermatology Institute of Boston, possible sources include hormones, bacteria on the skin, the immune system, oil production, genetics, and stress – or a combination of any or all of these factors. …”

Addicted to Lip Balm…?

Can You Really Become Addicted to Lip Balm?

So, what’s the deal? Well, it’s a bit of a vicious cycle. “Some people will use lip balm so frequently that they develop a sensitivity to one of the ingredients,” says Boston dermatologist Emmy Graber. 

Over time, their lips begin to feel irritated and sensitive – and what do they do to treat them? They slather on more balm, explains Graber. …”

Patient Access Problems


Patient Access Problems Get Under Her Skin — Everseat Sits Down with Boston Dermatologist Dr. Emmy Graber

Memorial Day weekend is here and that means more sun and more time exposing your skin to its pleasing but also potentially harmful rays. In fact, May is Melanoma Awareness Month and a good time to reflect on the challenge of getting an appointment with a dermatologist – not an easy task.

A survey of 7,499 patients who saw U.S. dermatologists from 2011-2012 found that 31% of patients reported a problem with scheduling their appointment. Of those who had an appointment problem, 47% said it took too long to get an appointment.

Cities across the United States consistently show long wait times for getting dermatology appointments. According to the Commonwealth Fund, the average wait time for a dermatology appointment in Philadelphia is 47 days; in Minneapolis the average wait time is 56 days; and in Boston, it is 72 days.

Everseat asked highly regarded Boston Dermatologist Dr. Emmy Graber for her perspective on the challenge of patient access in dermatology. The following are our questions and her answers, edited only for clarity …”


The Best Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

Smooth Fine Lines and Wrinkles

It’s a common myth that oily skin ages better, but oil doesn’t affect collagen and elastin, the two components of your skin that play a role in lines and wrinkles,” says Emmy Graber, M.D., President of The Dermatology Institute of Boston. Translation: Oily or not, it’s important to incorporate anti-agers into your routine. The best ingredients to look for? …”22_onlinePieces_shape_theBestSkinCareRoutineForOilySkin


The Best Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

Smooth Fine Lines and Wrinkles

While there’s no doubt that they’re highly effective, retinoids can leave your already dehydrated skin even drier, so pass on products that use them in favor of ones with hyaluronic acid. It attracts and retains moisture in your skin (it can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water) and is the same ingredient used in injectable fillers, says Emmy Graber, M.D., president of The Dermatology Institute of Boston. “It instantly plumps up fine lines and wrinkles,” she explains.”21_onlinePieces_shape_theBestSkinCareRoutineForDrySkin