Five Sun Defenses – Part One

As Dr. Shavin mentioned in a previous blog entry, the five basic sun defenses that you should keep in mind when you go outdoors should include:  Avoiding peak hours of sunlight Using sunscreen and/or sunblock Selecting appropriate clothing Keeping sunglasses handy Seeking shade  The next few posts will address each of these in a little […]

Sun Protection

The damaging UV radiation in sunlight can lead to many skin problems, including sunburn, age spots, wrinkles, melasma, freckles, allergic rashes, and precancerous lesions called actinic keratoses.  Most importantly, overexposure to sunlight is the major cause of skin cancer, including melanoma.  It is important for everyone to be aware of the damaging effects of sunlight […]

Procedures Performed by Dermatologists

Dermatologists are physicians who diagnose and treat skin disease, as well as help patients maintain the health and appearance of their skin.  Procedures are an integral part of dermatology.  This article will outline the most commonly performed procedures by dermatologists, many of which will be discussed in further detail in future postings. Most all dermatologists, […]

What is a Dermatologist?

A dermatologist is a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails.  A dermatologist completes at least three years of specialized dermatology training after graduating from medical school and completing a medical internship. This focused study, research, and training makes a […]


     Did our first LAVIV treatment today. All went well. Patient experienced slight discomfort along with some bruising and swelling. She will receive 2 more sessions at monthly intervals. We plan to post a video on our website so you can check it out. Joel S. Shavin, MD

Chocolate and Acne

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Roses and romantic dinners can only be topped by a box of chocolates.  While everyone loves candy, chocolate has the most notoriety for causing acne breakouts.  There have been numerous scientific studies that show that acne is not worsened by acne; only a handful have implicated that diet may play a role. […]


Dr. Shavin ” do I have shingles?”. This is a question all of us at Gwinnett Dermatology frequently hear. More often than not the answer is “no.” However, this is not a rare problem and we see many patients with shingles. Let me spend a little time explaining this disorder. First of all the medical […]

New Year Resolutions for Your Skin

With a New Year comes the opportunity to be proactive in your skincare.  Here are five resolutions to benefit your skin: Use Sunscreen – the sun causes more problems for your skin than any other environmental factor – wrinkles, freckles, other unsightly blemishes AND skin cancers.  Use a moisturizer with sunscreen every morning and make […]

ABC’s of Skin Cancer

While skin cancer can come in all shapes and sizes, there are a few guidelines that may indicate a potential skin cancer. A is for asymmetry. This means that the left hand side looks different from the right. B is for border irregularity. A skin cancer often has a border that has notches or irregularity […]

“Pale Is The New Tan”

“Pale is the new tan” Fashion magazines, runways and celebrities such as Marsha Cross, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart and Scarlet Johansen are getting away from the tanned look. Tanning among these groups is no longer the “it thing” and a trend of “pale is the new tan” is being established. However, despite the trending away […]

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