Skin and Hair Care

Does diet really matter when it comes to adult acne?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Does what you eat affect whether or not you get acne? This has been debated for a long time. A survey of the dietary habits of more than 24,000 older adults suggests that people who eat a diet high in fat and sugar are more likely to develop adult acne.

Wondering about goosebumps? Of course you are

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

What are goosebumps? Why do we get them? Do they serve a purpose? Some of these questions can be answered, others can’t. But a recent study in mice links goosebumps to stem cells responsible for the regeneration of hair.

Can appealing to teenagers’ vanity improve sun-protective behaviors?

Shinjita Das, MD

Contributor

Most people understand the risks of sun exposure, even if they do not regularly wear sunscreen, but getting younger people to pay attention to this concern can be difficult. A study chose a novel approach to this problem by appealing to teenagers’ vanity and focus on their appearance.

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.

The doctor will “see” you now: Teledermatology in the era of COVID-19

Doctors are increasingly turning to telemedicine as a way to safely treat patients during the COVID-19 crisis. Dermatology is well-suited for telemedicine, though there are limitations due to the limits of technology, and certain conditions that must be seen and treated in person.

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.

Scrubbing your hands dry? Soaps, moisturizers, and tips to help keep skin healthy

We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands thoroughly many times a day to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but doing so can make skin dry and cracked. What’s the best way to combat this?

Thinning hair in women: Why it happens and what helps

Hair loss affects at least a third of women, but unlike men, women are more likely to experience thinning hair than going bald. There are many possible causes and some solutions.

Skin tag removal: Optional but effective

Skin tags are small, benign growths of skin that frequently appear in areas of friction on the skin. They are harmless and do not need to be removed, but some find them unattractive so there are various ways this can be done.

Skin care shouldn’t be colorblind

Jennifer Lin, MD

Contributor

Because skin color affects the presentation of skin conditions, dermatologists must consider skin color in making diagnoses. Because of this, people of color may want to seek out a dermatologist who understands their specific needs and concerns.