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Welcome to Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago! We are board-certified Dermatologists who are serious about taking great care of our patients. We strive to create a personal experience for each and every patient, and we care about doing it right. From checking moles and other skin lesions to managing the most severe skin conditions, our expertise is totally focused on skin health for children and adults.
Self-care and skincare seem to go hand-in-hand these days. Let’s explore the ancient ritual of Gua Sha and how it can promote health and radiance from within.
Gua sha (pronounced GWA-SHA) is an ancient self-care practice used in traditional medicine in which a tool, usually made my jade, bone, or horn, is scraped across the skin to redirect energy. By doing this, stagnant energy is broken down, reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow, and stimulating the lymphatic system to promote healing in the body. This simple - yet rigorous - technique has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including fever, muscle pain, and even migraines.
So, what does this have to do with beauty and skincare?
Studies have shown that this daily ritual improves microcirculation up to 400%, reducing wrinkles, rejuvenating, toning and smoothing, boosting collagen, combating pigmentation, dark circles, and puffy eyes. It also even defines the jawline and cheekbones! You may also notice a release of tension and relaxation of facial muscles, including the forehead, jaw, and even around the eyes.
Whether practiced first thing in the morning ritual or as an evening wind-down to remove the day’s stress from your face, this mindful beauty practice is meditative and relaxing. ... See moreSee less
Healthcare disparities exist in all fields of medicine, including dermatology. We seek to address these disparities in this article by outlining the differences in epidemiology, presentation, access and outcomes of five conditions in patients with skin of color.
Soothing, anti-bacterial, and yummy! What can honey do for your beauty routine?
Use it as moisturizing mask. Raw honey can hydrate the skin, leaving it soft, radiant and glowing. The natural sugars in honey act as humectants and emollients that boost water content and reduce dryness of the skin even after they have been rinsed away.
Gently exfoliate. One of my favorite benefits! The enzymes in honey work well as a gentle exfoliator, helping your complexion to be healthy and radiant!
Fade scars and hyperpigmentation. Honey is a terrific wound healer. The antioxidants in honey nourish damaged skin, helping along the scar healing process. In addition, honey had natural antiseptic properties that defend the body against infection and protect wounds, all of which can reduce scarring and cut down on healing time.
Spot treat. You read that right. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and swelling of acne spots. As an added bonus, its antibacterial properties can help fight acne-causing bacteria. Because honey keeps the skin well-hydrated and balanced, it helps control oil production. Win, win, win! ... See moreSee less
Unfortunately, due to a burst pipe, MDA is closed this week as we deal with the cleanup. We will keep everyone updated as progress moves along. We are hoping to be re-open on Monday, and will update here should that change.
All emergency calls are being forwarded to our answering service to the physician on call. Thank you for your understanding. -MDA ... See moreSee less
Hi everyone! It's cold out there! MDA will be closed on Wednesday, January 30th so that folks can stay safe inside with cozy blankets! We will resume normal business hours on Thursday, January 31st. Thank you for your understanding! ... See moreSee less
Many people don’t realize that our skin acts as a barrier to help protect us from the outside world. When that barrier fails, it can lead to a whole host of conditions from, eczema to food allergies. I am so excited to have an expert on the skin barrier, Dr. Peter A. Lio, on this episode to talk a...
Enjoy green tea health benefits by introducing it into your beauty routine.
In the 7th century, Japanese monks visiting China returned home with their new discovery of green tea’s wonderful healing properties. In the following centuries, drinking green tea became a staple for Japanese monks, providing them with energy and mental focus that enhanced their meditation. Today, Japanese green tea (also known as matcha) has developed a shining reputation for its high levels of antioxidants. Green tea health benefits can be enjoyed both from drinking it and applying it on skin. Here are a few reasons to implement green tea topically and internally:
-Drinking and or applying green tea-derived products to the skin fights skin cancer by promoting DNA repair. Rich in antioxidants, green tea fights DNA damage from UV rays as well as combats visible signs of photo damage, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and melasma.
-Green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its high level of polyphenols called catechins. Catechins reduce irritation, redness, and swelling. Battle acne with green tea. Green tea is a powerful antibacterial agent for treating acne and unclogging pores. Polyphenols in green tea damage the bacterial membranes and fight against infection.
-Green tea is full of other nutrients like vitamins B2 and E, which are both essential for skin health maintenance. B2 maintains collagen levels for youthful skin structure as well as firmness and elasticity. Vitamin E supports new skin cell growth and keeps the skin hydrated.
-Natural caffeine and tannins in green tea shrink blood vessels around the eyes, treating puffiness and dark circles. ... See moreSee less
I’ve always appreciated your perspective, Dr Lio. The truth is all types of medicine are strong in different ways and therefore, all practitioners must be humble. The more we all understand each medicine’s strengths and weaknesses, the better we will be at helping our patients find the best solutions.
There is ample metered street parking on Erie, Sedgwick and Huron. There are also 4 public city lots within a three block radius.
We are about 3 blocks from the Chicago-Franklin Brown/Purple Line stop and just a little farther from the Grand Red Line stop. The #65 bus along Grand Avenue at the Orleans stop puts you just 2 blocks away.