"Patients often come into the office complaining of an itchy red rash on their eyelids," says Melanie Grossman, MD, a dermatologist based in Manhattan. "And they assume it's from their makeup or cleanser." This condition, called eyelid dermatitis, is also caused by irritants in the air—the most likely culprit being the chemicals from nail polish, polish remover and other products wafting around in the nail salon, Grossman says.
How to help her—and you: If it becomes a recurring problem, consider limiting manicures to once every two weeks (and maybe find a salon with better ventilation).
What she wants to tell you: Off-label uses of (certain) drugs are fine.
Patients don't realize that many common prescription drugs can do double duty. "Antihistamines work for some people with rosacea," says Debra Jaliman, MD, a Manhattan-based dermatologist and the author of Skin Rules. "I've also used Aczone, a prescription acne medication, for keratosis pilaris—better known as those little-bumps-on-the-arm." And then there's Botox, which Jaliman says can be a lifesaver for people who suffer from excessive sweating or migraines. Other creative uses: It can prevent a new scar from stretching and can even act like a temporary nose job. "An injection at the tip of the nose can give a bit of a lift," says Jaliman, "subtly changing your profile."
How to help her—and you: Ask! Bring up a related segment you saw on TV or an article you read (like this one).
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