Dr. Eliot Mostow, MD

Physician Dermatology

Akron, Ohio View map

Dr. Eliot Mostow dermatologist in Ohio

Medical Expertise

Dr. Mostow diagnoses and treats medical skin conditions, such as acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, and wounds.

His practice also offers an array of cosmetic dermatology procedures to treat signs of aging skin, acne scars, pigmented lesions and other aesthetic conditions.

Tips & Wisdom

I like to take a pragmatic approach to sunscreen use. Especially for men, the first step is to own some sunscreen and have it where you need it! Put some in your golf bag or with your running shoes or in your car (or all of the above).

The second step is to try a few different brands so you find at least one that you like. For example, my wife likes ones that are more moisturizing...but I like some types for my face and other for my arms and body that have more hair! I also like using hats and sun protection clothing so I don't need quite as much sunscreen!

Finally, the other key, now that you have what you need, is to get in the habit of using it. A little bit of sun is fine for vitamin D, but taking extra vitamin D supplements can also make sense for some people. In the end, life is too short, so enjoy the day, don't be afraid of going outdoors, just protect yourself!

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You can think of an AK lesion as a marker for an area of the skin that is at higher risk for turning into a skin cancer (primarily squamous cell carcinomas) than the surrounding skin.

Studies have proven that skin with actinic keratoses is at greater risk of developing skin cancer. Some of the best clinical studies were published in Australia where the skin cancer rates are very high.

The is the same thing that is happening with polyps of the colon that are at risk of developing into colon cancer. These colonic polyps are identified and removed…..but identifying and treating actinic keratoses is easier than a colonoscopy.

Sunscreen and sun protective clothing will help prevent the growth of AKs, though most people got most of their exposure when they were younger. Nonetheless, clinical studies have demonstrated that regular sunscreen use and sun protection will lower the occurrence of new actinic keratoses, even in those people who already have many.

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I like to tell my psoriasis patients that we are living in an era that offers alot more effective treatment options for what used to be a huge “hassle” to manage.

So called “biologic” therapy describes another systemic treatment option for psoriasis. ("Systemic" therapy means that it acts on the whole body and is not something that is applied to the skin.)

Biologic medications are proteins that act upon parts of the immune system and differ from other medications that are synthetic chemicals. Most biologics are injected subcutaneously, like insulin for diabetes. In fact, insulin is a biologic molecule, but we don’t describe it that way.

Biologics suppress inflammation that patients experience as red and flaking areas of skin. Biologics also decrease the inflammation that can lead to the form arthritis that often accompanies psoriasis (psoriatic arthritis).

It is becoming more clear that those with psoriasis have an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease compared to patients without psoriasis.

The biologics can inhibit inflammatory signals, like TNF-alpha, and may help reduce this additional risk of developing heart disease and other vascular problems in the future. This could offer a potentially signficant advantage for biologics over other treatment options. However, this benefit has not been fully proven yet.

I encourage my patients with psoriasis to utilize the resources on our website or go directly to the National Psoriasis Foundation website to learn more about their disease and treatment options. Then we can work together to balance the benefit and risks associated with these treatment and make a decision that is good for them.

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A study of acne in adult women showed that acne lesions appeared in the same pattern as seen in teenagers with acne. Over 90% of women with acne had pimples and precursors to pimples on the face.

This study also showed that adult women with acne usually respond well to first-line acne therapy. While birth control pills and other hormonal treatments provide an important treatment option for some patients, most adult women will see positive results from the use of topical retinoid and some form of antibiotic.

These acne medications reduce plugging of the follicles that lead to the development of pimples and reduce the P. acne bacteria that cause inflammation. Learn More
A 2014 study in the 'Journal of Drugs and Dermatology' showed that ivermectin 1% cream is safe and effective for treating the inflammatory lesions (bumps and pimples) of rosacea type 2.

It is possible that ivermectin 1% cream may be helpful for a subset of patients with papulopustular rosacea who are not responding to other treatments or even as a relatively safe first-line therapy.

Presumably these patients are responding, at least in part, to the reduction in Demodex mites inhabiting hair follicles, although other mechanisms involving anti-inflammatory action are described in the paper. (It is interesting that permethrin 5% has also been reported to work in small studies, and I have used it successfully in resistant cases over the years.)

This data on ivermectin, however, appears robust and should play a role in what I suspect will be FDA approval for this product. It is great to have another option for treating recalcitrant papulopustular rosacea that appears to be very safe.

Ivermectin Compared to Metronidazole for Rosacea Treatment

Another study that compared ivermectin 1% cream to generic metronidazole 0.75% cream that is a standard treatment option for rosacea type 2. It showed that ivermectin cream was significantly superior to metronidazole 0.75% cream and achieved high patient satisfaction. Learn More
A study published in March 2014 looked at the association of indoor tanning use and the risk of developing melanoma.

It showed that using tanning beds is associated with a subsequent melanoma diagnosis. Exposure from more than 10 tanning sessions is most strongly associated with an increased risk of developing skin cancer. In addition, there was no significant difference in this association since the year 2000 when new tanning technology was introduced. This suggests that newer tanning technology is not any “safer” than older models.

This study should provide food for thought for politicians and public health officials.

I tell my patients that early melanomas are highly curable with surgery, but if not caught early, they can be deadly. If you are a patient with risk factors, such as a family history of skin cancer, you should be even more motivated to make the right decisions about avoiding exposure to UV radiation, through sun protection measures and avoiding use of indoor tanning lights.

While I am generally averse to additional laws telling us what we can and cannot do, I have come around to the opinion that if we limit the access of minors to tobacco products, we should likewise limit their access to indoor tanning, as the cancer-causing effects of these units have been well-established (and noted by esteemed organizations such as the World Health Organization).

Finally, remember that melanomas can occur anywhere, not just where there has been sun exposure (especially when indoor tanning has been used. Look at yourself top to bottom, use a mirror, ask a friend, and have your physician (dermatologists do this every day) give you a total body skin exam. It may not be dignified, but it can save your life. Learn More

My atients often ask about alternative treatments for psoriasis, including oral vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils, but there are few evidence-based studies to offer any guidance.

A March, 2014 study of diet and psoriasis was published that examined the extent to which each of these common nutritional supplements has been studied for the treatment of psoriasis.

It appears that fish oil may offer some benefit to psoriasis patients and vitamin D shows some promise, but more controlled trials are needed before any supplements can be routinely recommended as safe and effective.


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At highest risk for decubitus ulcers are those who are immobile and those who are malnourished. A recent study found the incidence of pressure ulcers in the nursing home environment ranges from 3 to 25 percent. Seniors admitted to acute care hospitals for nonelective procedures such as hip replacement and treatment of fractures were at even greater risk, with an incidence of 66 percent.

While bedsores can be healed, they can also be fatal if left untreated or diagnosed in a late stage. For this reason, Dr. Mostow encourages early and accurate diagnosis, preferably by a dermatologist.

Even non-hospitalized seniors are at risk for bedsores. The pressure from sitting or lying in one position for long periods of time may initially cause an area of redness of the skin. “Some clinicians may see this as just a red area, but a dermatologist might diagnose it as a stage I ulcer or a precursor to an ulcer,” Dr. Mostow says.

“It’s like hiking in a new pair of shoes, and you feel a hot spot,” he says. “If you don’t pay attention to that, it will likely end up as a blister. It’s the same analogy in people who get pressure ulcers. And oftentimes, elderly patients who have had strokes or spinal injury don’t have good sensation, so the hot spot goes unattended. We need to look first at preventing bedsores, and then caring for them when they occur,” Dr. Mostow says. “In prevention, we focus attention on pressure; in treatment, it’s pressure relief.

Some new products are helping in the treatment of bedsores that are listed at www.woundsource.com. Learn More

Dr. Eliot Mostow and the staff of Akron Dermatology describe the VIVITÉ® line of skin care products from Allergan.

VIVITÉ® is an advanced skin care regimen based on exclusive GLX TechnologyTM that helps infuse the skin with a glycolic compound and antioxidants to help optimize skin rejuvenation.

Regular use of VIVITÉ® helps exfoliate, hydrate, and protect skin. Glycolic acid helps promote the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid and collagen—which are vital to healthy, new skin. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals.

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Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and are contagious. They are spread by skin to skin contact to yourself and others.

There are several ways we can effectively treat warts, including cryosurgery (freezing), laser therapy, prescription medications (imiquimod) and over-the-counter medications.

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There is now a laser that will help eliminate unwanted body hair! Laser hair removal can remove unwanted hair faster and more effectively than traditional methods.

The best candidates are those who have fair skin and dark hair, but some lasers can actually accommodate patients with some degree of color. Fair and gray hairs will not respond well.

Almost everyone has unwanted hair somewhere on their body. Unfortunately, traditional hair removal routines can be tedious, painful and expensive over time. Shaving may last a day, waxing a couple of weeks, but none of them last forever - and therein lies the true beauty of laser hair removal.

Lasers are safe and effective for nearly all skin types. Here are some examples of the type of results you can expect:

How does laser hair removal work?

To eliminate hair, the laser emits gentle pulses of energy that pass through the skin to the hair follicle. This energy is then absorbed into the hair follicle to destroy it so that is unlikely to grow there again.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

The laser treatment causes only minimal discomfort. Patients often say it feels similar to the snap of a rubber band. Slight redness or localized swelling can occasionally occur, but this usually subsides within the first 24 hours after treatment.

How many laser hair treatments are required?

Typically patients will see results in 4 - 6 treatments, though this number will vary based upon skin tone, hair color and several other factors. We will talk to you about variables that may affect your individual results.

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Professional Affiliations

About Me

Eliot Mostow, MD is board-certified Akron dermatologist providing medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services to patients at Akron Dermatology.

As a dermatologist, Dr. Mostow received specialty training in the diagnosis, surgery, and treatment of the skin, hair, and nails of adults and children.

Dr. Eliot Mostow is currently Head of the Dermatology Section at Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) and is Assistant Professor Clinical Medicine in the Department of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) College of Medicine.

Dr. Mostow is a frequent contributor to medical publications and a speaker at medical meetings

Professional Organizations
  • Cleveland Dermatological Society, Past-President

Education & Training

  • Residency: University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
  • Internship: Ohio State University Hospital - Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
  • Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Eliot Mostow completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and a Fellowship in Epidemiology from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

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February 04, 2020 - Dr Mostow is very caring, smart and easy to talk with
February 04, 2020 Dr Mostow is very caring, smart and easy to talk with

Akron Dermatology

Welcome to Akron Dermatology, where our team of doctors and staff offer a full range of medical, surgical, and cosmetic services to help you look and feel your best. We strive to provide care that is better than expected.

The practice was started by Eliot Mostow, MD, MPH in 1993, but later expanded to include Alexandra Zhang, MD and Gabriella Furfari, PA-C. Within this website, you will find the full range of services we provide as well as our team information. Our practice serves both adults and children.

Insurance & Payment

The patient’s insurance policy is a contract between the patient and his or her insurance company. However, all charges regardless of the insurance coverage are the patient’s responsibility and the patient is ultimately responsible for any unpaid balances. Akron Dermatology bills the patient’s insurance and makes every effort to ensure that claims are promptly and correctly processed. Akron Dermatology also bills patient’s secondary insurance when patients provide complete insurance information.

  • Patient co-pays are expected at the time of service, and any remaining payment is due in full. We accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards, (VISA, MasterCard, and Discover).
  • If patients can’t pay their balance, they are to contact the Billing Office. There are several ways a patient can pay their bill, including possible payment plans, and the Billing Office representative will work with the patient.
  • Payment for uninsured patients is expected at the time of service.
  • Cosmetic payments are due on the date of service and are never submitted to the insurance company.

Accepted Insurance

We accept the following insurance: Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, HealthSmart, Medical Mutual, Medicare, Summa, United Healthcare and several others. Please view our complete list here. Please contact our office at 330-535-7100 if you have any insurance questions.

Primary Location

Main Office
566 White Pond Drive, Suite E
Akron, Ohio, 44320
(330) 535-7100

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