Skin and Hair Care

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.

Newer skin cancer treatments improve prognosis for those with cutaneous melanoma

Dominic Wu, MD

Contributing Editor

Though only about 1% of skin cancers are melanomas, they are responsible for 90% of skin cancer deaths. Recent advances in treatment options have improved survival rates for melanoma, but it’s still best to take preventive steps to protect your skin.

The hype on hyaluronic acid

A variety of beauty and skincare products now contain hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body that retains moisture. But what benefits do these products offer, and are they worth using?

Psoriasis and cancer: What’s the link?

Dominic Wu, MD

Contributing Editor

An analysis of studies found an association between people with psoriasis and an increased risk of developing several types of cancer. While this does not establish a definitive link, psoriasis is a relatively common condition and those who have it should be aware of its implications.

A look at the effects of nail polish on nail health and safety

Different types of nail polish can have varying effects on fingernails, and have pros and cons depending on the chemicals used in making them.

Vitiligo: More than skin deep

Approximately 1% of the population has vitiligo, a skin condition in which areas of skin lose their color. While topical treatments and light therapy help some, research with a class of medications not previously used for this condition has shown promising results.

Adult acne: Understanding underlying causes and banishing breakouts

Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you are no longer susceptible to acne. Diet, medications, personal care products, stress, and a woman’s menstrual cycle can all contribute to acne production. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available.

Keep using sunscreen while FDA updates recommendations on safety of sunscreen ingredients

A recent study has left many people concerned about whether the sunscreen they use is safe, but until results of further testing are available, the protection offered by sunscreen outweighs any potential risk.