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Unmasking the causes and treatments of melasma

Melasma is sometimes referred to as the mask of pregnancy, because hormones can trigger these dark areas on the face. But the condition isn’t limited to pregnancy, and without treatment, it may last for many years. One of the best ways to help reverse melasma is by being diligent about protecting your skin from the sun. (Locked) More »

Do nail changes signify a health problem?

Changes in fingernail shape and color are common with age. However, certain changes—such as horizontal lines, nail pitting, and dark ridges beneath the nail—could signal a health issue and should be checked by a doctor. (Locked) More »

Common summer skin rashes

Several rashes can cause discomfort during the summer months. People often develop an itchy, oozing rash after brushing against certain plants, such as poison ivy. A rash of tiny bumps with a prickly sensation (known as prickly heat) can result from sweating while wearing tight clothing. Some people get an itchy rash as an allergic reaction to sun exposure. It helps to see a doctor if one has poison ivy or if a rash persists and interferes with sleeping, working, or relaxing. More »

Is poison ivy contagious?

A rash from poison ivy can’t be passed from one person to another, but plant oil remaining on clothing or other items can cause a reaction. (Locked) More »

Save your skin from cancer

Cases of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) skin cancers have more than doubled over the past decade, especially among men. However, BCC and SCC are rarely deadly and are easy to treat if they are caught early. It is also easy to lower your risk by following standard sun protection practices, including using proper sunscreen, avoiding the sun during peak exposure times, and wearing sun protection clothing and hats. (Locked) More »

The science of sunscreen

Sunscreen can be helpful in preventing premature aging from sun exposure as well as skin cancer. Some people mistakenly believe that sunscreen is ineffective or dangerous, but research shows this is not true. While sunscreen is one measure people should take to protect their skin, they should also take steps to minimize sun exposure and use protective clothing to further prevent potential damage from ultraviolet rays. (Locked) More »

Finding the right serum for your skin

Serums can be a valuable addition to your skin care regimen because they give your skin a concentrated dose of vitamins and antioxidants. However, choosing the right combination of ingredients for the skin problems you are trying to address is important. (Locked) More »