Tanya Kormeili, MD Dermatology
Medical, Surgical, Cosmetic

Dr. Kormeili MD of Santa Monica Dermatology Group Los Angeles, CA, dermatoligist offers services for cosmetic, surgical and medical dermatology devoted to healthy, beautiful skin for life.

1260 Fifteenth Street,
Suite 709
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Appt (310) 917-4433
Fax   (310) 917-4432


Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an itchy skin condition that starts  in infancy. Although the medical community is not yet sure of its exact cause, we know that with age, especially as one goes through puberty, it gets better. AD appears as an itchy red and dry rash initially and progresses to thick skin with accentuated skin markings.

There is a strong genetic link to AD, which results in abnormalities of ceramide production. Ceramides are the natural fats (lipids) of the skin.

In addition to the itching, dry skin and redness, AD patients are at risk for certain other conditions such as:

1. Viral infections (eczema herpeticum) – infection of the skin with herpes simplex infection. This can cause the skin to become covered in blisters and painful. Anti-viral medicines can help treat this condition rather rapidly.

2. Bacterial infections- bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenesis can cause impetigo

3. Hives (urticaria) and even acute anaphylactic reactions to foods such as peanuts, eggs, milk, soya, fish, and seafood

4. Latex allergy

5. Atopic dermatitis can be part of the genetic triad of asthma and nasal allergies.


Treatments for Atopic Dermatitis (AD):

Moisturization is key!

  • Wash in lukewarm water; avoid hot baths that dry the skin further. Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers.
  • Immediately after the shower, moisturize the skin while still damp, using a gentle moisturizer. Products that contain ceramide can be especially helpful.

Using cortisone.

  • Cortisones help reduce the inflammation in AD. If the AD flare up is strong, we may use the oral form of cortisone, or prednisone, short term to cool the skin down. Cortisones can be used in a topical form such as ointments, foams, gels or creams to also cool the skin.  At the same time, it is important not to use too much cortisone, since it can dry out your skin in the long run.
  • Cortisones should be used cautiously and in conjunction with gentle emolliation for short term use, or as needed for flares.


Other considerations for sufferers of AD:

Vitamin D has shown to be effective in controlling AD, as are probiotics.

Natural fabrics such as cotton can also minimize irritation.

Avoid products with perfumes or harsh chemicals, alcohols and irritants.

Each flare may need medical attention to treat not only the inflammatory portion but also any infections.

I had rosacea that caused redness and broken vessels on my face. Dr. Kormeili addressed all of my concerns and set about fixing the redness. I was super excited after my first laser treatment as the improvement was immediately noticeable. The second laser treatment made me look and feel amazing...

~N.F., La Habra

I had really bad psoriasis on my scalp that flaked all over my clothes, and it was so embarrassing to sit on board meetings in a black suite with white flakes. My entire attention was on my flakes, and worried what people were thinking when they looked at me, or got close to me at work...

~J.A. Los Angeles

Dr. Kormeili is the BEST!! I have a horrible phobia of needles and she calmed my nerves and had an extremely gentle touch. Painless office visit!

~C.E. Los Angeles

Whereever Dr. Kormeili goes, my mom and I follow her. I highly recommend her. My visits are always a great experience.

~M. I., Santa Monica

I started seeing the sad signs of aging. I come all the way from Italy, 3 times a year to get Botox, fillers… and of course my VI Peels. I have seen a huge difference. Dr. Kormeili is the best! I love her!!!

~M. I., Italy

I had multiple warts on my hands and legs for the past 5 years. It was just something I learned to live with. I moved so sunny Los Angeles and decided it was time to take care of this embarrassing problem. I had appt’s with a few dermatologists, but once I found Dr. Kormeili I knew I wanted her to treat me...

~M.L., Los Angeles

Excellent. Office staff are kind and barely any wait time. Easy to make appointments and amazing friendly/intelligent dermatologist!

~M. L., Santa Monica

Dr. Kormeili is a remarkable person and an amazing doctor. She’s exact, focused and thorough, and treats you like one of the family. The results of my treatments were beyond my expectations.

~C.S., Santa Monica

I had sun damaged skin with several sun spots on my face. My entire attention was on my face, and I worried what people were thinking when they looked at me. I’m a vice president in banking and image is very important especially in the leadership role I am in. I saw Dr. Kormeili 4 months ago...

~M.M., Torrence

I absolutely love this Dr. She is so honest. My skin looks great and I feel so happy with her service and recommendations.

~M.M. Santa Monica

I was working a lot and very stressed out. One day I looked up in the mirror and I had look like I had aged about 10 years and as a woman we like to stay looking young. So a friend referred me to Dr. Kormeili for a little Botox and fillers. She was great! She took care of everything that was bothering me and then some...

~D.E., Whittier

How can someone be sad around Dr. Kormeili? She is a burst of sunshine but most of all she cares about her patients. Dr. Kormeili knew and worked on my husband before he recently passed away. He would rave about her care and skill when he had work on his face done by her. I went to Dr. Kormeili after my husband passed away...

~S.L. Los Angeles

I started seeing the sad signs of aging. I come all the way from Italy, 3 times a year to get Botox, fillers… and of course my VI Peels. I have seen a huge difference. Dr. Kormeili is the best! I love her!!!

~M. I., Italy

I had been taking antibiotic medicines for over 2 years to help control my acne; once I was prescribed Accutane in less than 3 months my face was completely gone. Of course before taking Accutane I was constantly aware of my skin, always trying to find ways to hide it and sometimes it got so hard I didn’t even want to go to school....

~C.J., Los Angeles

SHE IS THE BEST! Considerate, compassionate and thoroughly professional.

~V.L. Santa Monica

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I started seeing the sad signs of aging. I come all the way from Italy, 3 times a year to get Botox, fillers… and of course my VI Peels. I have seen a huge difference. Dr. Kormeili is the best! I love her!!!

~M. I., Italy

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