Skin and Hair Care

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.

Dermal fillers: The good, the bad and the dangerous

As people get older, volume loss in the structural components of the face lead to many of the visual signs of aging. Dermal fillers, gel-like substances that are injected under the skin of the face, can help restore a more youthful appearance.

Showering daily — is it necessary?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

While many people shower or bathe daily, it’s not necessary and may not be wise for your skin. Concerns about water use –– and what’s in our water –– also are worth considering.

Topical treatment helps prevent actinic keratosis from developing into skin cancer

Actinic keratoses are scaly areas on the skin that, if left untreated, may develop into squamous cell skin cancers. A recent study compared several topical treatments used by dermatologists to treat this condition.

Banishing dry winter skin

Using a moisturizer is good for your skin year-round, but a dermatologist explains that during the cold and dry months there’s more you can do to prevent or relieve dry skin.

Clean cosmetics: The science behind the trend

The growing popularity of “clean” cosmetics and personal care products has raised awareness of certain ingredients that may be harmful or cause allergic reactions.

Can facial exercises reverse signs of aging?

A study found that a regimen of daily facial exercises led to fuller cheeks and a more youthful appearance among participants. But its small size makes it difficult to draw conclusions about the longevity of the results.

Acne: What you need to know

Acne is common during adolescence but for many people the condition lingers well into adulthood. The question of whether there is a connection between diet and acne has not been adequately answered–however, there are a variety of treatments available including over-the-counter and prescription products.

Coffee may help your skin stay healthy

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The cause of the skin condition rosacea is unknown, but some believe that immune system function plays a role. A new study found that women who had significant daily coffee consumption were less likely to be diagnosed with rosacea, but there is no proof that the connection is causal.

Dark patches on the face may be melasma

The skin condition melasma is associated with pregnancy because it can be triggered by hormones, but women who are not pregnant can also have it (as can men). The most significant causes of melasma are hormone fluctuation and sun exposure.