Author: Alison Ehrlich, MD

Summer Research Fellowship

Women’s Dermatological Society Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship: In the spirit of giving, I am helping to raise funds to support opportunities for Under-represented minorities’ medical students to be mentored for a summer by a WDS dermatology mentor. If you are interested in supporting this project, donations can be sent directly to the WDS through

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Which sunscreen is best?

I would suggest in general to pick the higher SPF products as supported by this recent publication. A recent study by Williams et al., compared Sun protection factor (SPF) 100 and 50 sunscreens. The investigators found that the subjects had more sunburns (56%) vs (7%) on the sites treated with the lower SPF sunscreens. (Williams

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What is the buzz around PRP for hair loss?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been studied for many medical indications. More recently, studies support the use of PRP for the following types of hair loss: androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. Platelets contain many growth factors and these growth factors have been thought to increase cell growth and survival. The use of PRP which concentrates

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The Weather & Your Skin

Fall weather combined with lower humidity cause skin to become dry and itchy. Use of topical moisturizers on a daily basis can help reduce the itchy symptoms. Moisturizing bodywash can also be helpful in restoring moisture to the skin. Hot showers tend to worsen itch so it is better to turn the temperature down. Now

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Updates on Research

The Foxhall Research Unit currently has three active studies: 1. Injectable agent for severe psoriasis (closed to enrollment) 2. Oral medication for severe atopic dermatitis (open to enrollment) 3. Topical medication for contact dermatitis (open to enrollment) Please call 202-838-3016 if you would like more information regarding these studies.

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