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Dr. Antonio Cruz

Dermatology
Providence, RI
17 years experience male

Locations

Office

Providence, RI

Address

1287 North Main Street, PROVIDENCE RI, Providence
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Providence, RI

About

Bio

Antonio Cruz, MD graduated from Boston College. He completed medical school at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an Internal Medicine Internship at The Roger Williams Medical Center. He completed a Residency in Dermatology, a Fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, and Cutaneous Oncology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His practice focuses on Mohs micrographic surgery as well as dermatologic surgery and cosmetic dermatology. He supervises the Dermatologic Surgery clinics for the senior Dermatology residents of Alpert Medical School and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology. His additional office location is in the SKINPros building located on 1287 North Main Street.

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Dermatology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

79 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dry skin: You have a few options - i like using the cetaphil products. There are generic store brands that are quite similar and possibly more cost effective. ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dry skin: Dry skin is also known as xerosis. Check out the american academy of dermatology website for additional information: http://www.Aad.Org/skin-conditio... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Scarring: Genital herpes can have several concerning complications. One thing to do is consult with your dermatologist to discuss the frequency of your attacks... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Don't do it!: First of all, as a dermatologist, i would like to discourage tanning bed use. More than 170, 000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the us each yea... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Itch scratch cycle..: Common things being common, it is possible that you have jock itch or tinea cruris - one can't say exactly without a thorough evaluation. If it is in... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Possibly: There are reports of some benefit. Looks like you are already on retin a (tretinoin) which has an excellent track record in the treatment of acne.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Hand Dermatitis: If an over the counter Hydrocortisone cream isn't helping and you have been moisturizing aggressively, you may want to see your dermatologist. Hand d... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Gentle: It all depends on your skin type. Your skin care regimen should center around an excellent sunscreen, ideally with with zinc and titanium dioxide. R... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Not much: There isn't much out there that is a slam dunk for stretch marks. There are ablative and non-ablative lasers that may slightly improve the appearance... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Get evaluated: Acne presents in several forms and can be multifactorial. Each requires its own individualized treatment regimen. I would recommend a consultation wi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Varies: With insurance, there is a fee for the first layer, and each subsequent stage. There is an additional cost for the reconstruction. Many practices, i... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends: Depending on your needs, there are lasers and other technologies available that can offer you individualized treatments based on your goals, skin type... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Culture it: If you are having a discharge form that area and it is as chronic as you say it is, i would recommend seeing one of your providers for a skin culture.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
If : If in fact it is a true facial cellulitis, you will need to be evaluated. This is a true infection of the skin/soft tissues of the face and you wil... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Wait for results: Your doctor gave you antibiotics to cover the most likely offending organisms. If the culture highlights somethign out of the norm or resistanat to t... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Hyperpigmentation: The dark spots may simply be postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. What you want to do first is control your acne to reduce the number of new acne lesi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dry skin?: There are several good moisturizers out there. The best time to apply your moisturizer is immediately after a bath or shower. For the cold dry air i... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Scar challenge: There are various types of scars and each one can be treated differently. Black marks or hyperpigmentation can be a component of the scars or somethi... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Based : Based on your description, it is is best evaluated by a dermatologist. It could easily be something completely benign such as a seborrheic keratosis,... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
I : I think you would need to be more specific by what you mean by "naturally". Dermatologists have several therapeutic options when it comes to acne. I... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
When : When winter comes you have this cold dry air that helps draw out all of the moisture from your skin. Additionally, if you take hot showers and use a ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
It : It has been done, however the preferred method is to use a vascular directed laser therapy.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
I : I think the most important thing for you to is to try to control the discoid lupus in order to prevent the formation of new scars. It will involve cl... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Skin Cancer subtypes: Skin cancer falls into two categories - melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Depending on the type - some just appear to grow and change and not l... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends..: I think it depends on the location and type of skin cancer. Most dermatologists are comfortable performing simple excisions or may refer to plastics ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Why glycerin?: You seem to have a few things going on - acne, "wide pores" and undereye wrinkled skin. There isn't a single universal formula to treat these. I don... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Get checked out: I would get evaluated by a dermatologist if you are experiencing acne. Each treatment is individualized to the patient and type of acne. Best of luc... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Wide open: There are several types of acne. Your treatment needs to be individualized so i would recommend evaluation by a dermatologist to see what may be the ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
All have risks: Dermal fillers have their risks and benefits. These are discussed at length in consultation with your provider who will also help determine which der... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Many options: There are quite a few options out there. It would start with a good combination of scalp shampoos - i usually have my patients alternate 2 or even 3 ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Nothing is fast: Whenever a dermatologist initiates treatment for acne, he or she always mentions that it takes time - meaning 2-3 months to notice a significant chang... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Could be allergic: You could be allergic to the Clindamycin or its vehicle. I would contact the prescribing physician to seek alternatives.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Zinc pyrithione: Zinc pyritione is a known compound that can help with dandruff - but you need to alternate with another shampoo such as salacylic acid, coal tar, sele... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Tough to call: It could be any number of things - you need to be evaluated by a dermatologist and tablets may or may not be the answer. Good luck!
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Challenging..: It is the nature of the beast when it comes to hidradenitis. There are various ways to management from topical to oral - and even immune mediated the... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Potentially: Long term use of topical steroids can cause atrophy or thinning of the skin - and also dilated vessels and possibly scarring. You need to speak to yo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Barrier: Think about how much sun damage and how much thinner the skin is on an elderly person. Your skin is your barrier. As you age, the barrier weakens, i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
In situ/lm: There is pretty good data on using mohs for melanoma in situ and lentigo maligna. We recently reviewed this: the operative management of melanoma: wh... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Your : Your doctor was absolutely correct - you start to see changes in 2-4 months. That's when you know whether or not your topical or oral treatment for r... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Dermatologist +: You should have a dermatologist that is able to track and screen you and decide which are indicated for simple excision vs mohs micrographic surgery v... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Depends on size: It depends what type of skin cancer and the extent of it. Some tend to be quite superficial and just need minimal reconstruction. Neglected skin canc... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Hmm: If your skin is too dry, consider the use of a bland emollient after a shower. There are certain conditions associated with dry skin. If you are sym... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Relatively safe: Cortisone creams can be used to treat the inflammation associated with facial eczema in a baby. Problems arise (scarring, atrophy , telangiectasia, e... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Greasy: I would suggest using something simple - like vaseline or aquaphor to promote healing.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Get checked: If you have symptoms and are concerned, your best bet is to be evaluated by a dermatologist when you are experiencing this symptoms. They would be ab... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Get evaluated: It could be any number of things. The fact that it is spreading towards your back worries me. I would get evaluated as soon as possible to rule out ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Get checked out: You could potentially have a dermatitis around the eyes, however your best bet would be to be evaluated by your ophthalmologist to determine what exac... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Scars: There are several types of scars. In order to best address your concern, your dermatologist or plastic surgeon would have to take a look. This would... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Protect your skin: Your cornerstone facial skin enhancement is to protect your skin from ultraviolet damage. This starts with an spf 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen. As f... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 17 years experience
Need consultation: There are several types of scars - each of them may need to be treated differently - laser vs surgery vs peels etc etc. I would recommend seeking the... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Aug 10, 2013
I previously recommended Dr. Cruz when we both were active on AVVO.Com. Now that we are both providing a public service on Healthtap, I wish to again recommend him without reservation. Dr. Cruz is cl...Read More
I highly recommend Dr. Cruz. Dr. Cruz is an outstanding dermatologist and Mohs surgeon. He is extremely competent on skin surgery and challenging cosmetic procedures. Dr. Cruz is very involved in teac...Read More
Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Dr. Cruz consistently provides exceptional medical information and guidance as a public service via AVVO.Com. I enjoy and learn from the entries he provides.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Please let me know if you can recommend Enbrel istead of Humira... or others that you have seen greater improvements on the scalp. Thank you
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank You. Very Helpful!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'very, very grateful

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston College
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, RI
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

Brown University Affiliated Hospitals

Residency

Roger Williams Hospital

Awards

AAD Skin Cancer Screening Participant, American Academy of Dermatology
Top Doctor, Second Place, Providence, RI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Providence, RI - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
American Academy of Dermatology
American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology

Publications

Surgical Pearl: Percutaneous Suspension Suture
The Appearance of Pili Annulati following Alopecia Areata
Paclitaxel-induced Neutrophilic Adverse Reaction and Acral Erythema
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