The skin is the largest organ in the body. And when something goes wrong with the skin, it is often very visible. This means skin problems can have psychological complications.

Dr. Amy Wechsler is both a dermatologist and a psychiatrist. She can help her patients figure out when stress is aggravating their skin conditions, as well as how to minimize the social impact of problems like acne or psoriasis. Learn about treatments for rosacea, eczema, dry skin and wrinkles. She recommends Cetaphil cleanser or lotion and Cutemol for cracked fingertips.

Guests: Amy Wechsler, MD, a family dermatologist practicing in New York City, board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry. Her hospital appointments include Assistant Clinical Professor in Dermatology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Adjunct Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College. Her Web site is (Photo is of Dr. Wechsler)

Hilary Baldwin, MD, President of the American Acne and Rosacea Society, Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the State University of New York at Brooklyn.

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  1. J.H.

    Listening to a caller who had cracks in his fingers, I have the answer from my own experience: hydration. Since drinking more water this winter, I have not had any cracks in my fingers.

  2. Martin Wanserski

    I didn’t get out of bed to call and ask but I wanted to find out about lanolin. All my life (I’m 64) I’ve preferred wool clothing and blankets. Recently, while waterproofing my leather boots, I read that the ingredients of “KIWI Mink Oil’ are mink oil, silicone and lanolin. I also noticed that after I use it my hands feel good, so I’ve started using it regularly as a hand lotion. In searching through hand lotions I only found one,”XT703 HANDSHIELD,” that also contains lanolin. My question is… Wool is good for sheep and it’s good for me. Lanolin is good for wool: isn’t it good for me also?

  3. Sharon B

    I have mild rosecea with postules and have found that I seldom have serious outbreaks if I ALWAYS wash my face with cool water. I never let warm or hot water in the shower touch my face. If I do, my face soon breaks out. It is also important to wash my face and take off make-up before bed.
    I also experimented until I found a soap that did not irritate my skin. Oil of Olay body soap works best though I’ve tried various face cleansers. I also use a daily moistrizer with UV protection. It also helps to use make-up that is water based. Getting out in the sun or even just very warm always makes my skin break out.
    My husband has a much worse case and takes a mild antibiotic when he has a bad outbreak. He also has a topical ointment, but it really doesn’t control it. Somehow I can’t convince him that my way might work for him.

  4. sherry

    I’d like to know if there are any natural remedies for psoraisis and /or impetigo?
    Thank you

  5. LKL

    Can you address the issue of extremely dry skin after a total hysterectomy? I cannot take hormones because breast cancer runs in my family. I am going to wrinkle up like a prune. Any help, there?

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