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What Actually Are Blackheads?

A close up of a man's face with blackheads around the nose and cheek
Blackheads are hair follicles clogged by dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria and grime. Some people get blackheads and acne much worse than the rest of us. Popping them on your own is generally not a good idea because you could make the situation worse. Consult our experienced dermatologist Dr. Steven Greene to learn your treatment options. Dr. Greene has specialized extraction methods to remove the blackhead without damaging surrounding skin. More »

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What You Can Do About Rosacea

A young woman with rosacea holds her hands up to her face and looks at the camera
April is Rosacea Awareness Month. Roughly 16 million Americans live with this condition. It can be particularly embarrassing because it’s very conspicuous. There is no cure, but physicians like Dr. Steven Greene can help you control the signs and symptoms.
See our Promotions for special Rosacea Awareness Month pricing! Get $500 off one of Dr. Greene’s rosacea treatments (expires April 30, 2020). More »

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Aggravation of Skin Conditions During the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic



Causes of Stress

Loss of employment and loss of income.
Working from home and trying to balance productivity with home life.
Responsibilities and distractions including home schooling, child care.
Loss of social and physical connections created by social and physical distancing.
Increased conflicts and disruptions in normal relationships. Fitness programs interrupted, but some alternatives are online now.
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Extractions and Blackhead Treatment

A young woman hiding her face in her sweater because she's embarrassed about acne
If you are curious about having a blackhead drained, call the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle at 206-402-4797. Experienced clinical dermatologist Dr. Steven Greene has been helping patients eliminate these blemishes for more than 25 years. More »

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Leg Veins: Why They Appear and How to Treat Them

Woman with nice legs after getting vein treatmentSpider or varicose veins can appear unsightly and make you want to hide body parts that have them. They are more than just an embarrassing blemish, though. They can also be a severe health hazard. Veins can put you at risk of developing blood clots or open sores.

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Steven Greene has more than 25 years of experience helping rid his patients of unpleasant, potentially dangerous veins. We offer numerous treatments to help improve the appearance of mild to severe veins. Read on to learn about the causes of spider and varicose veins and how we can help you deal with them. More »

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How to Fade Dark Spots in Skin of Color

Woman with nice skinDark spots and skin discoloration can happen to people of any skin tone. In fact, they’re one of the most frequently cited reasons why people with skin of color choose to see a dermatologist. In people with skin of color, they can be triggered by several causes. The ideal solution often depends on identifying the source of the issue.

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, our board-certified clinical dermatologist Dr. Steven Greene has more than 25 years of experience helping resolve his patients’ medical and aesthetic skin issues. He has worked extensively with patients with skin of color. If you have medium-to-dark-colored skin, he is attuned to your unique needs and will create a treatment plan to help give you the results you want.

This blog breaks down some of the causes of discoloration in skin of color, what you can do about discoloration, and how Dr. Greene can help. More »

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Why Diagnostic Gaps for Skin of Color Are a Serious Problem

African-American woman with vibrant skinMost patients who experience dry, itchy skin or another skin complaint expect to be able to go to the doctor and leave with a diagnosis. Unfortunately, patients of color often struggle to get an accurate diagnosis for even the most common of skin disorders.

The skin care of patients who are people of color is truly a subspecialty of dermatology. More training is needed for physicians to better recognize common and uncommon conditions that present to both the primary care clinic and dermatology clinic. More »

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Skin Cancer in Skin of Color

Skin cancer in skin of color
There’s a common myth that people with darker skin aren’t susceptible to skin cancer, but that falsehood puts many people at risk. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 63 percent of black Americans reported never using sunscreen.

While it’s true that black-and-brown-skinned people are at a lower risk for skin cancers associated with ultraviolet radiation, they’re not invulnerable. In fact, certain forms of skin cancer are more common in that demographic. Skin cancers in Asian, black, and Latino people are also more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, and consequently have a higher mortality rate. More »

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How to Get Rid of Spider Veins

Close up of a woman touching her inner knee to indicate spider veinsSpider veins are small, wispy veins that have become visible as red or purple discoloration. They look similar to spindly spider legs, hence the name. They are quite visible on the body and are usually found in the legs. They don’t bulge out from the skin like varicose veins, but many people want to lessen their appearance.
Risk factors for spider veins include obesity, high blood pressure, pregnancy, and family history. Spider veins do not typically cause serious health issues, but most people feel more confident after the spider veins are gone. More »

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Is It Time to See a Dermatologist for My Acne?

Girl With Acne Touching Her FaceOver-the-counter face washes, gels and creams are often no match for acne. When you feel like you’ve tried every available acne treatment to no avail, it’s probably time to visit a dermatologist.

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, we believe that no one should feel uncomfortable in their skin. Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Steven Greene, can help you treat your acne at its source. Learn the signs that indicate you should visit our office for a complimentary skincare consultation.
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