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Why Am I Suddenly Getting Acne in My 30s? Feb 1st, 2024

We try to chase after our youth in many ways as we fight off aging, inside and out, but there are some things that we do want to grow out of, such as acne.  Acne is, far and away, the most common skin condition, affecting about 50 million Americans each...

Can Psoriasis Develop in Adulthood? Jan 11th, 2024

Yes, psoriasis can develop in adulthood.  In fact, psoriasis affects more than 7.5 million Americans of different ages, different genders, and different skin colors. While kids can, and do, get psoriasis, the chronic inflammatory skin condition tends to strike as you get older In this blog, Dr. Matthew Zarraga and...

5 Rosacea Triggers — Plus, How to Combat Redness Dec 1st, 2023

  When you have a skin condition like rosacea — and about 16 million people in the United States fit this bill — prevention is key. If you haven’t already noticed, rosacea tends to flare under certain circumstances, which makes avoiding those circumstances a great first line of defense. Here, the...

Wrinkles Are No Match for Botox®, Xeomin®, and Dysport® Nov 10th, 2023

Few products can truly claim to change their fields radically, but Botox® certainly did just that. In 2002, this cosmetic injectable gained FDA approval to smooth out wrinkles on the top half of the face, and the aesthetic world hasn't looked back since. Today, Botox and its colleagues, including Xeomin®...

Warts? We've Got You Covered Oct 4th, 2023

If you’ve got warts on your skin, usually around your hands, the good news is that these growths aren't exactly cause for alarm. And as you may have already figured out, they can be stubborn about going away. As dermatology experts, the skin care team here at Z-Roc Dermatology, led...

It's Time for Your Annual Skin Check Sep 1st, 2023

Living in Florida, we’re blessed with abundant sunshine year-round, but this blessing hides a darker side — ultraviolet (UV) radiation — which explains why Florida ranks number two in melanoma diagnoses in the United States. While getting outside is important, the team here at Z-Roc Dermatology, led by Dr. Khongruk...

Clearing the Web of Spider Veins Aug 1st, 2023

We enjoy warm temps and abundant sunshine year round here in Florida, so we often bare our skin. And when we wear shorts and skirts, our common blemishes, like spider veins, are on full display. If you’re covering up your legs because of these pesky veins, we offer innovative laser...

What to Expect Before, During, and After Mohs Surgery Jul 2nd, 2023

We’re kicking this blog off with two statistics:  By the age of 70, 1 in 5 people in the United States will develop skin cancer Mohs surgery to excise skin cancer can garner up to a 99% success rate If you’ve joined the millions of people who have skin cancer in this country,...

Dermal Fillers — Look Years Younger in Mere Minutes Jun 1st, 2023

Over time, you watch as your face succumbs to the signs of aging, including deep lines on the lower half of your face and volume loss under your eyes and in your cheeks. While it may have taken years for these signs to develop, we can erase them in just...

Winning the War Against Acne May 2nd, 2023

If you’re waging war against acne, you’re certainly not alone — acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million people annually. And, like 49,999,999 million others, you appreciate how stubborn acne can be, often ignoring your every effort to regain clear skin....

5 Popular Uses for Botox® Injections Apr 5th, 2023

It would be no exaggeration to say that since it burst onto the cosmetic scene more than two decades ago, Botox® has changed how we address aging. Since its introduction, Botox and its counterparts have held the top position for minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the United States. As dermatologists, Dr. Khongruk Wongkittiroch, Dr. Matthew Zarraga, and...

How to Find Relief During an Eczema Flare-up Mar 2nd, 2023

Slightly more than 10% of the population in the United States has some form of eczema, which means that, on any given day, scores of people are struggling to find relief during a flare-up. If you find yourself in this boat, you want the episode to be as brief and...

Can You Develop Rosacea in Middle Age? Feb 7th, 2023

We’re going to get right to the question posed in the title of this blog about whether you can get rosacea in middle age — Yes. In fact, this skin condition usually makes its first appearance during the middle years, typically between the ages of 30 and 60. The team...

6 Lifestyle Habits That Promote Healthy, Beautiful Skin at Any Age Jan 4th, 2023

Year after year, your skin defends and protects you and can take a beating in the process. If you’ve resolved to better support your skin this year, there are some great rules of thumb that you might want to consider. At Z-Roc Dermatology, Dr. Matthew Zarraga and Dr. Khongruk Wongkittiroch...

When Do Moles and Other Skin Lesions Require a Professional Evaluation? Dec 1st, 2022

Your skin is your largest organ — it covers an average of 22 square feet — and shields you against the hazards around you. Evidence of this protective role continually mounts over the course of your life, typically in the form of scars, rashes, discolorations, and lesions. As the new additions to...

5 Anti-Aging Treatments That Renew, Refresh, and Revitalize Skin Nov 1st, 2022

The holidays, and a new year, are coming up, and you want to explore ways in which you can put your best face forward this year (and next). You’re in luck as we have more tools than ever at our disposal that work quickly and effectively at revitalizing, refreshing, and...

Stop Doing These Things If You Want Clearer Skin Oct 6th, 2022

You want clear, blemish-free skin when you face the world, but life — and your actions — may be getting in the way of your goals. While there may have been little you could do to avoid the scar that came by way of an accident, there are certain practices...

Help for Herpes Sep 1st, 2022

About 100 different types of herpes exist, but only eight are known to infect humans. These herpes viruses can lead to cold sores, genital warts, shingles, and even cancerous lesions on your skin. If you’re having herpes-related skin problems, the team at Z-Roc Dermatology, led by Drs. Matthew Zarraga and...

Who Can Benefit from a Chemical Peel? Aug 1st, 2022

Over the years, your skin has done a fantastic job protecting you from the world, but the toll can be great. Age spots, wrinkles, uneven texture, and a duller complexion all converge to give your face an older, more weathered look that may be very unwelcome. To give your skin...

Can Hormonal Birth Control Cause Melasma? Jun 1st, 2022

You wanted an easy road to preventing an unplanned pregnancy, and you’ve opted for hormonal contraceptives. While the birth control is certainly doing the trick, you’ve developed darker patches of skin on your upper body, perhaps on your face, neck, or forearms, called melasma, and you wonder whether the two are...

Laser Facial Hair Removal: What to Expect May 1st, 2022

If you add up the hours and the money you spend on shaving, waxing, and plucking the unwanted hair on your face, the total might surprise you. If you want to make your life more hassle-free, while reaching your aesthetic goals, you should consider laser hair removal. At Z-Roc Dermatology,...

How to Get Rid of a Bothersome Scar Apr 1st, 2022

Whether it was a feat of derring do, clumsiness, or a surgical procedure that created the scar, all you know is that you’re tired of the reminder, and you want to hit the reset button and return to your once-smooth skin.  Thanks to advanced laser technologies, Drs. Matthew Zarraga, Khongruk...

Does Chocolate Really Cause Acne? Mar 1st, 2022

You eye that delicious chocolate bar and you want to indulge, but you’re worried that it may cause acne. The connection between acne and chocolate is complicated — there’s good news and bad. To help you better understand the link, the team here at Z-Roc Dermatology, headed up by Drs....

Are You Living with HIV? How Dermatology Care Can Help Feb 1st, 2022

Despite incredible medical advancements in treating and managing HIV/AIDS, complications can, and do, develop, especially when it comes to your skin. More than 90% of those who are infected by HIV experience skin problems, which makes having an expert and experienced dermatology team in your corner important. Such a team...

3 Promising Treatments for Psoriasis Jan 1st, 2022

For the 3% of the population in the United States who struggle with psoriasis, the road to relief can be frustrating, but there’s hope for this autoimmune disorder. Since your skin is on the front line when it comes to psoriasis, the team here at Z-Roc Dermatology, led by Drs....

3 Effective and Minimally Invasive Wrinkle Treatments Dec 1st, 2021

Does it seem like each time you look in the mirror, a new line has taken its place among a growing number of wrinkles? While there may be little we can do about the forward march of time, there’s much we can do to erase its passage.  Skin is our...

QWO®: All About the First FDA-Approved Injectable Cellulite Treatment Nov 4th, 2021

Whether you’re a skinny woman, of normal weight, or you’re carrying a few extra pounds, cellulite can make a most unwelcome appearance, turning your once smooth skin into a landscape of peaks and valleys. You exercise, you diet, you smooth creams over the area, and the cellulite persists, despite your...

The Importance of a Skin Cancer Screening Oct 4th, 2021

There’s a good reason why Florida is called, “The Sunshine State,” as our year-round weather features abundant sun and warm temperatures. All of this time out of doors, however, also leaves us more vulnerable to skin cancer, which we can stay one step ahead of through skin cancer screening. As...

Mohs Surgery: Why It’s the Best Way to Remove Skin Cancer Sep 5th, 2021

You hear the word “cancer,” and your first thought is that you want it gone, which often means cutting it out. Excision is often the first, and best, approach, when it comes to cancer, which is certainly true of skin cancer. Unfortunately, this approach often sacrifices healthy tissue at the...

Understanding the Different Treatments for Eczema Aug 5th, 2021

Auto-immune disorders like eczema are incredibly frustrating as medical researchers continue to seek answers as to why your immune system turns on your body. In the meantime, you’re left with considerable discomfort and quality-of-life issues and you want solutions.  While there may not be a magic bullet, we offer plenty...

The Many Benefits of Botox® Jul 7th, 2021

For nearly two decades, Botox® has been one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in the United States, with more than 2.6 million in 2020 alone. There are many reasons why Botox reigns supreme in the world of anti-aging, and we explore them here. Under the direction of Drs....

Who's at Risk for Skin Cancer? Jun 23rd, 2021

The numbers surrounding the prevalence of skin cancer are large enough that it would lead one to (reasonably) assume that no one is safe from this potentially dangerous and life-threatening disease. There is some truth to that if you consider that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by...

Help for Your Rosacea May 14th, 2021

Your skin is your largest organ, and its primary role is to protect and shield your body. So what do you do when your first line of defense has its own issues, which is certainly the case with rosacea? That’s where the experienced and highly qualified team at Z-Roc Dermatology,...

What Happens to Aging Skin Beyond Wrinkles? Apr 7th, 2021

You look in the mirror and find that those wrinkles that used to only appear when you smiled or frowned are now taking up permanent residence on your face. While these lines are usually the first visible signs of aging, they’re far from the only changes taking place in your...

Bad Habits That Are Harming Your Skin Mar 15th, 2021

The average human skin covers a whopping 21 square feet, making it the human body’s largest organ. Since your skin plays an invaluable protective role, keeping it looking its best is not only a cosmetic endeavor, but also a health and wellness one. Unfortunately, there are many bad habits that...

Radiofrequency Microneedling: Look Younger Without the Pain and Downtime of Surgery Feb 22nd, 2021

Are you tired of seeing fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, brown spots, or acne scars? Then don’t. Thanks to breakthrough technology, you can minimize these and many other skin imperfections to the point where they’re barely visible.  Traditional microneedling (aka Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy) is effective, but now there’s a...

How Do You Know if You Have Skin Cancer? Jan 19th, 2021

Let’s start this discussion with a surprising statistic — every day in the United States, 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer. While these numbers may seem terrifying, skin cancer has a very high survival rate, especially when it's caught in the earlier stages. This is why it’s important for...

Our Best Skincare Tips for the Winter Dec 7th, 2020

One of the great appeals of living in Florida is the abundant sunshine and warm temps we enjoy year-round. While our seasons may not be as severe as elsewhere in the United States, there are some seasonal changes to consider when caring for your skin. To help keep your skin...

Managing Your Eczema in the Winter Nov 6th, 2020

Florida may not be known for blizzards and freezing temperatures, but it does usher in cooler temperatures and drier air that can make your eczema flare up. Our goal at Z-Roc Dermatology is to keep your skin in the pink of health year-round. To that end, Drs. Khongruk Wongkittiroch and...

What Are Keloids? Oct 1st, 2020

Scarring is your body’s way of protecting itself, and it pays little heed to the visible aftermath once the job is complete. In most cases, scar tissue isn’t excessive as it simply covers the damaged skin to shore up your skin’s protective shield. With keloids, however, your body’s scarring mechanism...

What's the Difference Between a Scar and a Stretch Mark? Sep 10th, 2020

As time goes by, the evidence of your life can begin to pile up in the form of scarring and stretch marks. While each develops for different reasons, both are caused by the same response in your tissue. Fortunately, we can address both using advanced laser technology to clear away...

Caring for Your Skin After Photodynamic Therapy Aug 19th, 2020

When it comes to erasing damage on your skin, whether it’s damage done by the sun or by acne, photodynamic therapy provides you with incredible results without resorting to more invasive approaches like surgery. Since the goal of our PDT is to eliminate damaged and abnormal cells, it’s important that...

Dermatology Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 31st, 2020

When the United States ground to a halt in March, everything from car maintenance to healthcare was put on the back burner as we sheltered at home. Tending to this backlog as we slowly make our way into the world can be daunting, especially as the virus continues to make...

We Cannot Let Our Guard Down With COVID-19! Jul 21st, 2020

I am sure most of you have seen and or heard that COVID-19 is on the rise and we must not let our guard down. We cannot emphasize enough that everyone inside and outside of the office adheres to the CDC guideline. More and more people are getting infected by...

Does Mohs Surgery Help When It's Melanoma? Jun 23rd, 2020

More than 100,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2020, which accounts for only about 1% of all skin cancer diagnoses. Unfortunately, melanoma also leads to the most skin cancer deaths thanks to its aggressive behavior, which makes catching and exercising the cancer in its...

Which Leg Vein Treatment is Right For You? May 27th, 2020

Spider and varicose veins can be extremely frustrating conditions to deal with — once they develop, they don’t go away on their own. But thanks to exciting laser technology and sclerotherapy, you’re not sentenced to a lifetime of mottled skin. At Z-Roc Dermatology, Drs. Matthew Zarraga and Khongruk Wongkittiroch lead...

Minimize Your Melasma Apr 27th, 2020

Melasma is a tricky skin condition that largely affects the skin on your face, leaving darkened patches of color. While sun exposure plays a considerable role, there are other factors at play, including hormones, skin color, and heredity. At Z-Roc Dermatology, our team of experienced skin care specialists routinely helps...

Wave Goodbye to Unsightly and Uncomfortable Warts Mar 13th, 2020

Warts that develop on your hands and feet aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they can lead to considerable discomfort, as well as pose cosmetic concerns. And when it comes to genital warts, they’re an outward sign of a sexually transmitted infection that needs to be addressed. No matter what kind of...

What You Need to Know about the Z-ROC HARD Penis Enhancement Procedure Feb 24th, 2020

The ever-evolving world of aesthetics has helped millions of men and women achieve their cosmetic goals, whether it’s turning back the clock on aging or increasing breast size. For men who are disappointed with the size of their penis, however, there are few options, most of which are invasive. At...

Put Your Best Face Forward this Year with Photorejuvenation Jan 1st, 2020

How you look affects how you feel. Whether you’re struggling with a skin condition, such as acne or rosacea, or you’re simply unhappy with the negative effects aging has had on your appearance, then it may be time to consider photorejuvenation.  At Z-ROC Dermatology, our cosmetic dermatology experts Dr. Khongruk...

How Does HIV Affect Your Skin? Dec 9th, 2019

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that compromises a person’s immune system. It’s spread through unprotected sexual contact with someone who has HIV or through contact with infected blood. HIV can lead to AIDS, which stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. With a weakened immune system, your body is at...

5 Benefits of Microneedling for Your Skin Nov 1st, 2019

As time passes by, it leaves its marks on your skin in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. And while we may enjoy the almost ever-present sun here in Florida, it takes its toll in the form of dark spots and sun damage. When you’re unhappy with...

How is Adult Acne Different Than Teenage Acne? Oct 8th, 2019

When you think of acne, do you think about middle school and teenagers? Think again: Some adults struggle with acne into later decades. Even in your 30s and 40s, whiteheads, blackheads, and cystic acne may appear on your face and upper back. Still, adult acne differs from teenage acne in...

Dealing with Eczema and Psoriasis Flare-ups Sep 1st, 2019

Eczema and psoriasis are some of the most common skin issues reported by young children and adults alike. They are conditions known for causing dry or scaly skin that lead to itching or discomfort. While several other conditions may also cause red, dry, or inflamed patches on the skin, it...

Spots, Scars, and Stretch Marks: Lasers Can Treat Them All Aug 6th, 2019

Are you tired of spots, scars, or stretch marks? Acne, sun damage, and aging can bring unwelcome changes to your skin, but you don’t have to accept imperfection. Laser treatments can significantly improve the appearance of your skin, treating your problem spots and giving you back a smooth, youthful look. ...

Summertime Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer and Other Sun-Related Skin Issues Jul 12th, 2019

Your skin plays a significant role in your health. It protects you from the elements and microbes, and allows your body to regulate a normal temperature. It also allows you to experience sensations such as cold, warmth, and touch. While skin is protective, it can’t protect itself.  By learning to...

How to Avoid Rosacea Triggers Jun 12th, 2019

If you’re one of the estimated 415 million people around the world who live with rosacea, you’ll probably do just about anything to stave off the facial pustules, itchiness, skin sensitivity, stinging, burning, and flushing it causes. Learning more about rosacea triggers -- and how to avoid -- them is...

5 Important Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer May 15th, 2019

Skin cancer develops when abnormal skin cells grow uncontrollably. It happens when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells leads to genetic mutations or genetic defects, which cause the skin cells to multiply and form cancerous tumors. Damage from the ultraviolet (UV) rays is the primary cause of this damage, although...

Don't Know What to Do About Your Double Chin? Kybella Can Help Apr 8th, 2019

One of the most common complaints many people have about their profile is the presence of a double chin. A bit of extra chin fat is surprisingly common regardless of size or weight, and often difficult to get rid of. In the past, you would’ve needed to undergo liposuction to...

How Photorejuvenation Works to Refresh Your Skin Mar 1st, 2019

As your frontline defense against the world, your skin undergoes a considerable amount of abuse throughout your life. And the effects can begin to pile up as the years go by, leaving your skin looking a little worse for the wear. If you’d like to freshen it up, restoring a...

Mohs Surgery: An Innovative Treatment for Removing Skin Cancer Cells Feb 4th, 2019

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with more than 3 million people in the United States receiving the diagnosis each year. While a cancer diagnosis of any kind is never good news, skin cancer has a high cure rate, especially with the advent of innovative techniques like...

Control the Signs of Aging with FDA-Approved Revanesse Versa Jan 9th, 2019

As your face starts to lose volume and tautness as you age, lines and wrinkles appear around your eyes, nose, and mouth. Your cheeks hollow out more and your lips may thin, contributing to an aged appearance. Dermal fillers help restore volume and facial compounds that give your skin its...

Which Chemical Peel Is Right for You? Dec 13th, 2018

If your skin is beginning to show a little more wear-and-tear these days, a chemical peel is a wonderfully versatile solution that takes going skin deep to a new level. With different ingredients and varying strengths, chemical peels can accomplish a great deal — from gently clearing away the surface...

Banishing Leg Veins Has Never Been Easier Nov 19th, 2018

Wearing pants during the winter in Florida may not be a big deal. But summer is always right around the corner and you don’t want to spend another one covered up because you’re embarrassed by the bulging road map of veins on your legs. Matthew Zarraga, DO, and Khongruk Wongkittiroch,...

PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT): Your Speedy Solution to Adult Acne Oct 16th, 2018

An estimated 40-50 million Americans suffer from acne at any given time. While you may associate acne with adolescence, many adults – especially women – acquire acne in their 30s and 40s, often due to hormonal changes.Acne occurs when dead skin and oil clogs your pores. The cells trapped in...

Why Celebrities From Gwyneth Paltrow to Kim K Are Going For Microneedling Sep 26th, 2018

Open up the latest celebrity magazine and you’ll see the flawless faces of A-list celebrities looking back at you. Sure, much of their perfection is owed to Photoshop, but when your face is your brand, you’d better look your best, even when those filters are off. That’s why Hollywood’s beautiful...

Why You Only Want a Board-Certified Physician for Botox and Dermal Fillers Aug 22nd, 2018

When you’re looking to make cosmetic enhancements to your face or other parts of your body using Botox® or dermal fillers, you shouldn’t rely on just anyone. These minimally invasive treatments require the expertise of a skilled, board-certified physician who is highly trained in the injection procedures.At Z-ROC Dermatology, you...

The New Face of Aging with Facial Fillers in Fort Lauderdale Jul 24th, 2018

That’s right, facial fillers in Fort Lauderdale are giving men and women a new way to age. Thanks to medical advancements and inventions, people can look younger for much longer. As humans age, they naturally lose some of their facial fat and collagen. While that may sound like a good thing, the...

Chemical Peels in Fort Lauderdale Can Help With Summertime Skin Issues Jul 16th, 2018

No matter how careful you are, or how much sunscreen you wear, your skin will eventually show the fine wrinkles and sun damage that come with age. For people in South Florida who want to refresh their appearance but aren’t ready for surgery, there are a variety of chemical peels in...

Boost Self Confidence with Body Sculpting in Fort Lauderdale Jun 21st, 2018

In this day and age, the cosmetics industry is booming. More and more people are starting to appreciate the body they live in, and are recognizing that their self-confidence matters. As a result, handfuls of people every day are investing in body sculpting in Fort Lauderdale. Weight-loss can be difficult for...

Understanding How Laser Resurfacing in Fort Lauderdale Transforms Skin Jun 21st, 2018

Wrinkles and scars are not always considered bad, but they aren’t necessarily a feature that most people want to highlight. In fact, some people would rather they not be there at all. Luckily, this is where laser resurfacing in Fort Lauderdale comes in. The medical advancement allows patients to remove unwanted blemishes...

Summertime Calls for Laser Hair Removal in Fort Lauderdale Jun 11th, 2018

It’s summertime, and you’re ready to hit the beach, with confidence. You’ve worked incredibly hard to get the body you’ve always wanted. And you’re rocking that swimsuit. But are you really going to let body hairs ruin that picture? We didn’t think so! Our team of licensed and certified medical...

Boost Your Self-Confidence With Facial Fillers in Fort Lauderdale Jun 1st, 2018

It’s summertime, which means barbecues and picnics, family reunions and of course, summer vacations. And naturally, there will be lots of picture-taking. Are you ready for that? It’s not too late to feel better about smiling for the cameras, with the help of facial fillers. You can get facial fillers in...

Men Too, Should Consider Laser Hair Removal in Fort Lauderdale May 28th, 2018

Just like women – men are spending much more time grooming themselves. “Manscaping” as it’s called, is growing more popular, especially during this time of year. We’re quickly approaching the season of exposure. So yes, my Man – you, too, should book an appointment for laser hair removal in Fort Lauderdale.How...

Love What You See In The Mirror, After Body Sculpting In Fort Lauderdale May 24th, 2018

It’s true – South Florida is a paradise, where swimsuit season is pretty much year-round. But people here still get excited over the arrival of summer. And yes—it’s almost here. All winter long, you’ve been hitting the gym non-stop, while eating clean – trying really hard to get rid of...

Facial Fillers in Fort Lauderdale Can Help Boost Your Self-Confidence May 21st, 2018

Let’s face it – we live in an increasingly vain and visual society. Almost everyone wants to look his or her absolute best. And that is not a bad thing. You know the deal – when you look good, you feel good. So, why wouldn’t you want to do what...

Prepare For Peak Beach Season With Laser Hair Removal in Fort Lauderdale May 10th, 2018

Beach season is here, and that means time to flaunt your bikini body and smooth skin. That’s why you should consider laser hair removal in Fort Lauderdale. Waxing and shaving are relics of the past. Technology has made laser hair removal in Fort Lauderdale more effective. An increasing number of people...