Robin Borkowsky Rubell, MD, FAAD
Dermatologist located in Mid-Town, New York, NY & Garden City, NY
Acne can affect your self-confidence and make you feel self-conscious at any age. Dr. Robin Borkowsky Rubell is a board-certified dermatologist at New York Cosmetic, Skin, and Laser Surgery Center in New York City and Long Island who is an expert at treating all forms of acne. Dr. Borkowsky Rubell and her highly skilled staff work with patients of all ages to determine the underlying cause of acne so they can prescribe the most effective available treatments including topical prescription creams, oral medications, hormonal therapies and/or dietary changes . Call or schedule a consultation using the online system to learn more.
Eczema Q & A
What is eczema?
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes red, itchy areas on the body. Although there is no cure for eczema, you can take measures to help prevent outbreaks by using moisturizers and medicated creams as needed.
Atopic dermatitis often begins before the age of five and continues to flare and subside throughout adolescence and adulthood. If left untreated, symptoms may be so uncomfortable that it is hard to sleep well. If you have eczema, it’s important to get help because treating it can make a big difference in the quality of your life.
What are the symptoms of eczema?
Typical eczema symptoms include:
- Dry, itchy, cracked skin
- Accompanying hay fever or asthma
- Red to brownish-gray patches of skin, like a rash
- Small raised bumps that may crust and peel when scratched
- Thick, cracked, scaly skin
- Raw, swollen skin as a result of scratching
Atopic dermatitis often looks like a rash or skin allergy and most commonly appears on:
- Hands and wrists
- Feet and ankles
- Neck and chest
- Inside elbows and knees
- Eyelids or other areas of your face
What causes eczema?
For those with eczema, their skin fails to provide full protection from environmental irritants, bacteria, and allergens, so skin becomes inflamed. Certain food allergies may also cause eczema symptoms, especially in young children. Stress, heredity, and an overactive immune system may also be contributing factors.
Cold, dry climates that produce excessively dry skin or hot, humid conditions in which you sweat a lot may also trigger flare-ups. For some, skin allergies to certain fabrics and soaps can cause an eczema rash to develop.
What are the treatments for eczema symptoms?
Once a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Borkowsky rules out other conditions and determines that your particular form of dermatitis is eczema, she recommends effective treatment options. If your eczema is mild, some remedies may include:
- Mild, moisturizing soaps and moisturizers for sensitive skin
- Shorter showers using warm, instead of hot, water
- Managing stress levels with regular exercise and relaxation
- Using a home humidifier during cold, dry winter months
If your eczema is more severe and your lifestyle changes aren’t helping, Dr. Borkowsky may prescribe both topical and oral medications. These may include antihistamines, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, or newer non-steroidal injectable eczema medicines. You may also get additional relief from ultraviolet light therapy.
For effective eczema relief, schedule an appointment online or call the Midtown Manhattan office.