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Reasons We Love Chemical Peels Jul 1st, 2022

Think about just how many factors impact your skin. There’s sun, wind, stress, cosmetics, chemicals, and more. The outer layers of your skin bear the brunt of all kinds of exposure, from sun damage to stress lines and wrinkles. This summer, let Dr. Karin Harp, MD, FAAD, FASDS, Dr. Aria Vazirnia...

If You Struggle With Acne Here's What You Need to Know. Jun 18th, 2022

Acne breakouts can affect everyone from pre-teens to adults. Acne is both emotionally and physically stressful.  Unmanaged acne can seriously influence your self-confidence which can translate into your everyday life. Acne can be caused by a variety of factors such as: Bacterial colonization that can cause inflammation  Fluctuations in certain...

What’s new at Apex Dermatology? Jun 1st, 2022

ISDIN Glicoisdin 15 Moderate Gel     A renewing facial gel designed to help unify skin tone and revamp skin texture. Its light-texture formula contains 6.1% free glycolic acid to actively exfoliate and support skin turnover. Created with soothing aloe vera to help ease skin irritation. Enjoy your most luminous, refreshed look...

Who Can Benefit from Microdermabrasion? Jun 1st, 2022

The outer layers of your skin can take a beating, especially in areas like your face that are frequently exposed to sunlight, wind, and chemicals, or in areas like your abdomen that can sustain stretch marks. The visible effects of skin damage can detract from your overall appearance, making you...

Apex’s Board-Certified Dermatologists Trained at the Highest Ranked Medical Schools in the Country May 7th, 2022

Karin Harp, MD, FAAD, FASDS  Dr. Harp earned her doctorate in Medicine and her Dermatology Residency at the University of Washington in Seattle - again ranked #1 for Primary Care in the US.  During her education, she was selected for the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Today, Dr....

Tips for Keeping Your Skin Looking Younger Longer May 3rd, 2022

Your skin is one of the first locations on your body to start giving away your age, especially in areas like the corners of your eyes and mouth, your decolletage, your hands, and your chin. Visible signs of aging can appear on your skin as early as your 20s, and as you...

April is National Stress Awareness Month Apr 15th, 2022

         April is National Stress Awareness Month. It is important to help prevent and manage stress. This month shines a light on the impact that stress can have on your mental and physical health. Stress and anxiety can cause flare-ups of inflammatory skin conditions such as Eczema and...

Trust Us With Your Lips Apr 5th, 2022

  Dermal fillers are a cosmetic treatment that your provider injects below or within the surface of your skin. These gel-like solutions smooth out lines and wrinkles, replace lost volume, and enhance your facial contours. Fillers commonly contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that your body produces less of as...

I'm Embarrassed About My Acne: Can You Help? Apr 4th, 2022

Severe cystic acne can create painful blemishes and leave lasting scars. Even less severe outbreaks can put a dent in your self-confidence! Acne outbreaks are frustrating, in addition to causing embarrassment and potentially lowering your self-esteem. At Apex Dermatology of Westlake Village, California, Dr. Karin Harp, Dr. Aria Vazirnia and...

The Many Benefits of Vaginal Revitalization Treatments Mar 8th, 2022

There are many reasons you might be looking into vaginal revitalization treatment. Life events and changes like birth, menopause, cancer treatments, and hormone therapies can leave the delicate tissues in your vaginal area damaged. You don’t feel like yourself, and you struggle to connect with intimate partners and fully enjoy...

Understanding the Different Treatments for Scar Reduction Feb 8th, 2022

After your skin heals from damage and trauma, you may be left with scars. Facial scarring can weaken your self-confidence and remind you of difficult or even traumatic moments in your life. If you’ve had skin trauma due to bad cystic or nodular acne, you can also be left with...

Start the Year with a Facial Skin Treatment for a Fresh Look Jan 5th, 2022

The New Year provides time for assessment and reflection. What happened in your life last year, and what goals did you achieve? While each new year gives you more chances for personal growth and success, it’s also true that every added year can contribute to visible signs of aging. For...

Gentle Peels for a More Vibrant Complexion Dec 8th, 2021

The outer layers of your skin take a beating, from sun damage to dehydration. You might notice issues with your complexion, including dullness, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and acne scarring. Want a clear start? At Apex Dermatology of Westlake Village, California, our experienced aesthetics team offers chemical skin peels...

Everything You Need to Know About Lip Fillers Nov 29th, 2021

You’ve got more tools in your lip kit than just liner and gloss. With lip fillers, you can add fullness and plumpness to your lips, sculpting your perfect smile. At Apex Dermatology of Westlake Village, California, our experienced care team, led by aesthetics expert Dr. Karin Harp, provides a full...

5 Face Treatments to Look Your Best for the Holidays Oct 20th, 2021

It might feel like Summer was just yesterday, but Fall is here, and the holidays are approaching faster than you realize. It’s time to start thinking about this year’s holiday plans, from get-togethers and seasonal menus to family photo-ops. If you’re thinking about enjoying aesthetic or cosmetic procedures to achieve...

Why Do I Keep Getting Rosacea Flare-ups? Sep 15th, 2021

Rosacea spreads redness and irritation across your face, often most visible in the area of your cheeks and nose. This chronic skin condition flares up, then subsides, only to flare up again. At Apex Dermatology of Westlake Village, California, our team of skin care experts, led by Dr. Karin Harp,...

How Laser Genesis Can Benefit Your Skin Aug 12th, 2021

Your skin can take a lot of damage over the course of a day, week, or season, from harsh ultraviolet (UV) light exposure in the sunshine, to the ravages of conditions like acne and rosacea. Apex’s expert dermatologic care offers quick and easy treatment solutions to give your skin the...

Why PRP is Right for Me Jul 14th, 2021

If you think about it, it makes perfect sense that your body possesses natural healing capabilities. After all, whenever you’re injured, whole systems in your body kick into gear, creating new tissue, restoring health, and renewing you at a cellular level. With regenerative medical procedures like treatment with platelet-rich plasma...

Can Wrinkles Be Prevented? Jun 21st, 2021

As you age, your skin naturally goes through transformations in weight and texture. Instead of smooth, full, rounded contours, you might start to see the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially on your face and hands. While you can’t literally stop time from passing, with today’s cosmetic dermatology treatment...

How Fillers Can Help You Look Younger Apr 1st, 2021

Your skin texture plays a bigger role in the aging process than you might realize. Even before you start to see the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to aging, your skin loses fullness and elasticity, more and more each year. In part, this happens due to decreased natural...

How to Get Rid of Stubborn Fat without Surgery Mar 1st, 2021

You put in the hard work of eating right, getting more and better exercise, and staying hydrated, and it’s mostly paid off – except for those last few stubborn areas of body fat that you just can’t drop. And, no matter what you do, you can’t make those last few...

4 Non-Surgical Treatments for Wrinkles Feb 1st, 2021

Over time, fine lines and wrinkles start to show up on your skin, particularly in areas that can get a lot of sun like your face, neck, chest, and hands. Even bellies, knees and upper arms crinkle over time.  For many, smoothing out lines and wrinkles is a key anti-aging...

Trusculpt iD to reduce double-chin, bra fat, belly, thighs, knees, cankles Jan 1st, 2021

No matter how much you commit to healthier diet choices, regular and targeted workouts, and other lifestyle changes, you might still have stubborn areas of fat in locations around your body. The persistence of fat in your face, bust, belly, and legs can feel frustrating as you continue to do...

Prejuvenation and Rejuvenation with Botox/Jeuveau® and Fillers Dec 1st, 2020

The end of a calendar year can turn your thoughts to your age. Why not think about your anti-aging plans, instead? At Apex Dermatology of Westlake Village, California, Karin Harp, MD, FAAD, Aria Vazirnia, MD, FAAD and their expert care team can work with you on your anti-aging agenda, whether...

Managing Melasma Nov 1st, 2020

If you have unwanted pigmentation changes on your cheeks, forehead, or throat due to melasma, you might be dissatisfied with your appearance. Dark spots can show your age, and depending on the spread of your melasma symptoms, your self-esteem may benefit from restoring the youthful, even appearance of your skin....

Love your Zoom Face: Lip filler (Kysse) and Wrinkle Relaxers (Botox and Jeuveau) Oct 6th, 2020

This autumn, more and more people across California and the United States are showing up for work – and even school – remotely. You might be spending more time on teleconferencing tools like Zoom than ever before. To keep your face camera-ready, so that you can feel confident when you...

Erasing Summer Sun Damage Sep 7th, 2020

You've spent the long summer days splashing at the beach, playing in the park, and hanging out in the garden. But, after a whole season of sunny summer fun, you might start to notice less-than-desirable changes in your skin. All of that sun exposure takes its toll. Visible sun damage...

You Don’t Have to Be Ashamed of Acne Scars? We have Solutions Aug 17th, 2020

Acne outbreaks can leave your skin pitted and pocked, even after zits and pimples have faded. So how can you get the smooth, even-toned skin you desire? To restore your skin once you've gotten your acne under control, you have plenty of cosmetic dermatology options. The aesthetic experts at Apex...

Managing “Mask-Ne” and Acne Jul 24th, 2020

There are a lot of factors that could contribute to your acne problem, from genetics to hormones to dietary factors. In 2020, a new factor comes into the mix, as some people have found that the necessity of wearing masks to reduce transmission of COVID-19 causes acne flare ups. If...

Your Sexual Health Matters Jun 15th, 2020

Sexual well-being can certainly give you pleasure, but your sexual health is far from being just a luxury. In fact, your sexual health is both an important part of your overall physical wellness, and an essential element of your mental and emotional health. Changes to your body can get in...

Is Your Facial Redness Rosacea? May 28th, 2020

It's normal for your face to get flushed sometimes. Many people get pink in the face, or even red, after physical exertion, drinking alcohol, or even as a result of emotional experiences. However, for some, facial redness occurs due to the medical skin condition of rosacea. Rosacea affects millions of...

Put Your Best Face Forward This Year With Laser Therapy Mar 5th, 2020

In springtime, the outdoor world puts on a new face, starting over with new growth for a new year. This spring, why not put your own best face forward? Use laser therapy to shed the outer, damaged layers of your skin. The non-invasive treatment leaves your smooth, unblemished skin looking...

Why You Should Choose Instalift Feb 6th, 2020

Do you wish you could turn back time and return to a younger facial look? While time only travels in one direction, we can use “thread lifting” procedures like Silhouette InstaLift™ to quickly and non-surgically rejuvenate your look.  At Apex Dermatology of Westlake Village, California, founder Karin Harp, MD, FAAD...

Ditch the Dreaded Double Chin With Kybella Jan 8th, 2020

Having a double chin isn’t a look anyone wants. But the truth is that our genes and the results of aging bring you an unwanted double chin. Many individuals aren’t happy with the appearance of their chin and/or neck. Luckily, Kybella® treatments can melt away the fat to give you...

Turn Back the Clock on Aging Skin with a Chemical Peel Dec 30th, 2019

Time is not kind to your skin. Gravity, the elements, sunshine, and your body’s diminished production of important substances all play a part in those fine lines, dark spots, and deeper wrinkles forming on your face.  The team at Apex Dermatology, led by Dr. Karin Harp, wants to help you...

Rejuvenate Your Skin With Microneedling and PRP Nov 1st, 2019

As you age, time leaves its mark on your skin in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, and droopy skin. And in sunny California, the added sun exposure that kisses our skin also creates dark spots and sun damage.   At Apex Dermatology, located in Westlake Village, California, our goal is...

Become Your Best Self With truSculpt® iD Oct 28th, 2019

Are you still struggling to lose those last few inches of stubborn body fat? Even with good diet and exercise, the shape or tone of certain areas can be a challenge. TruSculpt® iD is a single noninvasive procedure that can help reveal your best self. At Apex Dermatology of Westlake...

How to Prevent Eczema Flare-Ups This Summer Sep 1st, 2019

When you experience an eczema flare-up, it can feel like the condition consumes your entire day. You long to calm your itchy, dry skin or prevent the uncomfortable rashes. Depending on the location of your eczema, you may also be self-conscious about the appearance of your red, scaly, or bumpy...

Learn How Juliet Laser Can Help with Vaginal Rejuvenation Aug 19th, 2019

Vaginal rejuvenation is done for both cosmetic and medical reasons. It has the ability to address and improve some serious issues that can alter the quality of life for a woman. One of the best treatments is the Juliet erbium laser, which can heal and repair vaginal tissue with little...

Finish Off Your Weight Loss with truSculpt iD Body Contouring Jul 25th, 2019

You’ve tried everything to lose weight. You cut down on your carbs. You gave up sugar and junk food. You exercise all the time. You’ve done everything that the experts say you should do, yet there’s still something extra. You’re not nearly as toned in certain places as you hoped...

Look for These 5 Common Signs of Vitiligo Jun 6th, 2019

Vitiligo affects between 0.5% to 2% of people globally. Even though it’s a rare condition, you’ve heard of it or seen it if you’re familiar with the pop music legend Michael Jackson, whose skin was notoriously discolored. But what is it exactly, and how can you be sure if you...

Stop hiding Behind Your Adult Acne: Innovative BLU-U Light Treatment Can Help May 10th, 2019

When acne affects people in their 30s, 40s, or 50s, it can be especially frustrating and even embarrassing. If you have adult acne, you may wonder why this is happening at this stage in your life when you thought these days were far behind you. Or maybe you’re a teen...