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Dr. Stephen Friedman

Dermatology
Encino, CA
41 years experience male

Locations

Office

Encino, CA

Address

16255 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 120, Encino, CA
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Blue Cross of California

Cigna

WellPoint Health Networks Inc

UnitedHealth Group

Great-West Healthcare

Health Net Of California

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dermatology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

256 Answers
51 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Not enough science: There is currently an absence of high quality clinical trial evidence to support the use of aloe vera topical agents as treatments for mouth blisters.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Association: Erythema nodosum (en) is an inflammatory disorder that involves tender nodules under the skin. It is associated with many systemic conditions includi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Yes: Many patients with extensive inflammatory acne benefit from combination therapy with systemic medication and topical benzoyl peroxide (proactiv).
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Vitamin C and E: Topical antioxidant vitamins c and e have been shown to reduce the inflammation associated with sunburns. However, alone, they are not as effective a... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Creams or Lasers: There are many topical medications for vitiligo including corticsteroids, tar, and immunomodulators. Excimer lasers may be beneficial to repopulate m... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Yes: Dry skin means that the epidermal surface is compromised and is losing water. Pronged dry skin will enhance the risk of a skin infection.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Ceramide Moisturizer: Shower less than 5 minutes with luke warm water, and use a soap free cleanser. Daily application of a fragrance-free, oil-free moisturizing lotion (c... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Many Ways: Physicians may treat may treat warts with a variety of modalities depending upon the location, duration, and underlying medical condition of the patie... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Determine Cause: Skin discoloration may have many etiologies including local irritation, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, excessive sun exposure, or drug reaction. Eval... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Ceramide Lotions: Avoid soap and hot showers. Shower less than 5 minutes. Daily application of a fragrance-free, oil-free moisturizing lotion (cerave) will promote no... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Hydrate; Less Soap: Limit your showers to less that five minutes and use a soap free cleanser (cetaphil, olay for sensitive skin). Apply a fragrance-free, oil-free moist... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Seborrheic Eczema: If you also have dandruff, it is possible that have seborrheic eczema which is a more inflammatory form. Daily use of an anti-dandruff shampoo (head ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Oil free moisturizer: Daily application of a fragrance free noncomedogenic oil free moisturizer will hydrate the epidermis and not contribute to acne.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Depends Upon Extent: If large surface areas of your neck and back are involved with large inflammatory lesions, then systemic antibiotics would be practical. If you h... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
BAN TANNING: Indoor tanning is dangerous due to the abundant exposure of ultraviolet radiation. Studies have shown increased risk of skin cancer and premature agi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Duct Tape: Wart + duct tape would be better. Covering a wart for an extended period with duct tape is know as duct tape occlusion therapy. It is considered an ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Spread of Infection: If the folliculitis is caused by a bacterial , viral, fungal, or yeast infection, and a genital abrasion occurs from overly aggressive masterbation, t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Many Actions: Accutane is a systemic retinoid that has many mechanisms benefit acne including the reduction of inflammatory mediators, down-regulating oil gland act... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Bacteria Fungus Yeas: Paronychia is a common skin infection that occurs around the nails. It is initiated by an injury that allows the percutaneous penetration and subsequ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Topical Creams: For limited localized atopic dermatitis, use a topical emmolient moisturizer to repair the epidermal barrier dysfunction. If itching is troublesome, ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Medication: According to the mayo clinic, if tinea versicolor is severe or does not respond to over-the-counter antifungal medicine, you may need a prescription-s... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Sunscreen and Niacin: In order to lighten the skin effectively after sun exposure, it is important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Applying a topical cream wi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Irritation: If your mole has been present for many years and has recently changed with surface dryness, it may be irritated by clothing or rubbing from other surf... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Moisturize: Retin a (tretinoin) dermatitis may be due to epidermal dehydration. Applying a fragrance free moisturizer will hydrate the epidermis and increase its... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
A Better Alternative: It is better to take lactobacillus or other probiotics (pearls) to prevent diarrhea while being treated with amoxicillin.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Topical treatment: The best treatment for sunburn is prevention with sunscreens, sun protective clothing, hat, and sunglasses. If redness and discomfort occur, topical ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Zinc Oxide: Sunscreens with at least 7 percent transparent zinc oxide provide broad spectrum ultraviolet protection. An example is coppertone facial sunscreen or... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Over The Counter: Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo is available over the counter and may be purchased at many pharmacies and amazon.Com.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Lamisil (terbinafine) Cream: Lamisil (terbinafine) at anti-fungal cream is available over the counter and is effective for the treatment of jock itch and athlete's foot.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Direct skin contact: Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection caused by a virus. It may be spread by direct contact with a lesion. Also, it can spread via contac... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Oral Treatment: Oral tocopherol or tocotrienol may reduce inflammation associated with sunburn. Higher doses of oral lysine may reduce a herpes simplex lip outbreak ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Depends: It is normal for moles to become darker and more voluminous during pregnancy. If there is a change in the size, shape, color, or symmetry of a mole, ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Inflammation: When acne is inflammatory, there are many chemicals that may destroy the structural elements in the dermis including collagen and elastic fibers. The... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Surgery or Laser: If the scars are superficial, topical retinoic acid and a broad spectrum sunscreen may be sufficient to augment the recently developed acne scars. ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Rosacea Has More: Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that includes blotchy skin as a sign. It may also present with an enlarged nose (rhinophyma), or many papul... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Prodrome: Some patients experience a tingling sensation prior to the blister eruption. This is due to the stimulation of the neurons by the emerging virus.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Depends: Trichloroacetic acid is a physician administered treatment for genital warts. According to the cdc 2010 treatment guidelines, the concentration of tr... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Adolph's: After the stinger is carefully removed (with the side of a credit card) and the skin is thoroughly cleansed, apply adolph's meat tenderizer. It neutr... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Cryosurgery: Destroying genital warts with cryosurgery causes less collateral damage compared to electrodesiccation. Also, anesthesia and postoperative wound care... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Skin Tag Treatment: Skin tags are benign lesions and do not usually require treatment. Depending upon their size and location, acrochordae (skin tags) may be treated sur... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Moisturize: The best method to make your skin soft is to regularly use a moisturizer that will enhance the flexibility of the epidermis, maintain its water conte... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Tonic Water: Tonic water containing quinine is effective in treating leg cramps.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Moisturize: The treatment of dry skin includes the elimination of hot showers and soap. Shower with luke warm water and keep them brief. Use a soap free cleanse... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
No: Selenium sulfide shampoo has not been reported to cause hair loss.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Depends on Severity: If the degree of inflammation is mild, topical polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) three times per day may resolve the infection. However, for a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Yes: Bacitracin is an effective topical antibiotic. Bacitracin zinc is a salt of the compound that is usually added to neomycin and polymixin b to form th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Yes: Many previously prescribed acne medications are now available over the counter. Topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinol are beneficial ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
It Is Safe: There is no danger of taking Amoxicillin during your laser hair removal sessions.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
No Cure: After a number of treatment sessions, photodynamic therapy (pdt) will reduce the number and size of acne lesions, and some patients will have almost ... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Friedman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Friedman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Jul 16, 2012
took time to provide quality info
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I really needed to know I have not bad acne but its in the T zone, what would help there?
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Can this medication be used around the eye area. I have a bump on my bottom eyelid.
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) this is really bothering me and their big too. thanks for helping

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, TX
Graduated 1980MD

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
US Army Meritorious Service Medal

Affiliations

Malibu Dermatology
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