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Alix J. Charles, MD, FAAD

Philosophy of Care

Early in my training at the Mayo Clinic I was taught that the interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered. With that as my guiding principle, I strive to create a warm and trusting relationship with my patients so they may feel at ease discussing their skin care issues with me. I believe strongly in educating patients on how best they can be in control of their own outcomes; after all, they are the ones who live day to day in their own skin! Lastly, I try to administer a healthy dose of laughter with each prescription or procedure as I've found this helps my patients get better more quickly.

Health Topics Posts
Not really sure what SPF numbers mean and how to best protect your skin? Learn more!

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a skin cancer that arises from basal cells. Basal cells are found in the lower layers of the skin.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Most Dermatologists practicing in United States are members of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dermatologists indicate this by placing FAAD after their names. FAAD stands for "Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology."

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
When it comes to SPF, the higher the number, the better, right? What is SPF exactly? What do the numbers mean, and how high can they go?

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Are you confused by all the sunscreen options and ingredients? Learn how to pick the right sunscreen for you.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with sebum (oil) and dead skin cells. Acne most commonly appears on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Before going to a tanning salon, take a look at some alarming reasons to stay away permanently.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
Tips to protect your skin from harmful UV rays while enjoying a round (or two) of golf.

Topics and Subtopics: Men's Health & Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Cracked, dry lips can be caused by a variety of conditions and can be both unsightly and painful. While lips are skin, unlike most of your skin, the lips do not produce natural oils to protect and hydrate. If you suffer from dry or cracked lips, we can help you understand and correct the problem.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By Dr. Charles
Razor burn is a fairly common condition of the skin that typically occurs after shaving. The skin can become inflamed, red and irritated. Acne-like bumps in the beard area and even at the base of the scalp may appear as well.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By Dr. Charles

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Dermatofibroma appears as a firm dark brown or red bump on the leg or arm. Dermatofibromas are benign skin lesions that are sometimes called a benign fibrous histiocytoma. It is thought that these lesions arise from the site of minor skin injury such as an insect bite or a thorn prick.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology & Plastic Surgery

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States and is the most common of all cancers. The most aggressive and dangerous type of skin cancer is Melanoma.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
To the average layperson, a rash is just a rash. But to the trained eye, you may be dealing with an inflammatory skin condition called psoriasis. This common problem affects up to three percent of Americans.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
As families begin to spend more time outdoors participating in soccer games, swim lessons and trips to the water park, there is no doubt that sun protection should be a top priority for parents caring for themselves and their children in order to avoid sunburns.

Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health & Skin Health
During winter’s frigid temperatures, it is a good idea if we review the basics of frostbite so that you and your family can stay safe during the cold months.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Summer in Illinois is a wonderful season, despite how fleeting it may seem. To make sure you relish every summer day, there are some simple precautions to enjoying life outdoors.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
The best prevention from the wrath of sun damage is to avoid overexposure to the sun and tanning beds, wear protective clothing, hats, sun glasses, and apply a broad spectrum sunscreen daily with an SPF of at least 15 in winter and 30 to 50 in summer.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health & Women's Health
By Dr. Abbasian
This is the most common skin disease affecting almost all individuals by the time they reach adulthood.

Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health & Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Actinic keratoses are UV light induced lesions of the skin that occur on areas repeatedly exposed to the sun such as the back, chest and legs.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
Melasma is a very common skin discoloration that most often occurs on the sun exposed areas of the face.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Red spots are a common concern during patient visits; however, there is one red spot that is usually of very little significance.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology
Do you notice that your cheeks flush red when you get hot or are out in the sun? Do you flush or blush when eating spicy foods or after drinking a glass of wine? Do you have acne bumps, primarily just on your cheeks? Then, you might have rosacea.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health
Mohs' micrographic surgery is a special type skin surgery that must be performed by an experienced Mohs' surgeon.

Topics and Subtopics: Cancer & Skin Health