Science Teacher Turned Harvard Faculty Dermatologist Fields Your Questions About the Skin

Before medical school I taught high school chemistry at an international boarding school. The 120 teens I faced in the classroom every day have been some of the best educators in my life.  About a decade later, I turned up as a science teacher again, a faculty physician at Harvard Medical School with the same job of teaching scientific concepts to my medical students, residents, and to my patients, and finding ways to make the science of dermatology accessible to them.

In listening to patients, colleagues, students and friends when they ask about skin problems, the scientific validity of claims made in the media, and best practice recommendations for healthy skin, I realized there were common themes in these questions, and figured it might be helpful to those who have similar questions to have a few basic explanations and lessons all in one place.

With my training in public health, and my passion for patient advocacy I also wanted to create a safe space for accurate information about the skin to be discussed amid the misinformation that is out there.

While this site cannot be used to give medical advice in any way, it is meant to be a source for answers to general inquiries I have received about the skin, which I call “SkInquiries.”

I hope this will help my patients to carry the concepts of skin care we discuss outside the clinic and that it might also be helpful to all those patients I may never meet.

So here is your forum for “SkInquiries.”

Wishing all the good health and success that I wish for all my patients.

Be Informed, Be Beautiful, Be Well!

~ A. S. K., MD, MPH

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