Neera Nathan, MD, MSHS

Neera Nathan, MD, MSHS is a dermatologist and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Her clinical and research interests include dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology and laser medicine. She is part of the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she contributes to resident physician education.

Posts by Neera Nathan, MD, MSHS

Drugstore skincare: Science-backed anti-aging ingredients that don’t break the bank

Treating age-related skin changes does not require an investment in expensive products, or a visit to a dermatologist. Products available in drugstores with proven ingredients and without a prescription can help with various skin issues or problems.

Tinted sunscreens: Benefits beyond an attractive glow

Tinted sunscreens offer all the benefits of traditional sun protection products, plus they have added pigments that give them the ability to block visible light, which can also be harmful to the skin.

Platelet-rich plasma: Does the cure for hair loss lie within our blood?

Platelet-rich plasma, derived from a person’s own blood and then injected back into their scalp, has shown some promise as a treatment for certain types of hair loss. However, the treatments are expensive, and there is no guarantee that they will work.

The skinny on freezing fat

A noninvasive treatment to remove subcutaneous body fat involves the freezing of areas that leads to a reduction in the fat layer. It’s an option for people who have lost weight and are trying to get rid of stubborn remaining fat, but it is not a weight-loss treatment.

Clean cosmetics: The science behind the trend

The growing popularity of “clean” cosmetics and personal care products has raised awareness of certain ingredients that may be harmful or cause allergic reactions.