Skin and Hair

Skin and Hair Articles

LED lights: Are they a cure for your skin woes?

There are an increasing number of LED light devices on the market today. These devices use light to penetrate the skin to treat conditions including aging and acne. But most of the studies on these devices are small, so it’s unclear if they are truly effective. While they are thought to be relatively safe in the short term, long-term data are lacking, so it’s unknown if there are unidentified risks. More »

Stay ahead of skin cancer

About 58 million people have at least one actinic keratosis (AK), a precancerous skin growth caused by too much sun exposure. Yet, most people don’t see the potential danger of these lesions because they are small, with few if any annoying symptoms, and can go away almost as fast as they appear. Still, people need to watch out for AKs and get the appropriate treatment from a dermatologist because if left alone, they can turn into squamous cell skin cancer, the second most common type of skin cancer. (Locked) More »

Are sunstroke and heatstroke the same?

Heatstroke (or sunstroke), a life-threatening condition, happens when the body can no longer maintain a temperature under 105° F. People should drink plenty of fluids when outside in hot temperatures and watch for symptoms like thirst, weakness, and nausea. (Locked) More »

Be alert to an increasingly common threat: tick-borne illnesses

Ticks are an increasingly common source of illness, especially in the summer months. While these illnesses used to be common only in certain areas of the country, today more people across the United States are at risk. These conditions typically produce nonspecific symptoms, such as fever, headache, and joint pain, and are treated using antibiotics. More »

Is your sunscreen safe?

A study found that sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into the body, prompting the FDA to recommend further study to ensure that they are safe. In the meantime, people are not advised to change their sunscreen practices. Protecting the skin from the sun should involve not only sunscreen, but also other measures, such as wearing sunglasses, hats, and other protective clothing. (Locked) More »

Needling your way to healthier skin

Microneedling uses tiny needles to trick the body into thinking the skin has been injured. This causes it to produce new collagen and elastin, which can improve skin texture and appearance. This procedure has a short recovery time, is suitable for most skin types, and produces mild to moderate improvements. (Locked) More »

Zinc oxide shows no link to skin damage

Zinc oxide (ZO) is one of the most effective ingredients in sunscreen to protect against damaging rays. New research has found that ZO nanoparticles don’t penetrate the skin or damage skin on a cellular level from repeated applications. More »

Coffee tied to decreased rosacea risk

Evidence suggests that women who drink four or more cups of caffeinated coffee per day are less likely to report a diagnosis of rosacea, compared with women who drink less than one cup of coffee per month. More »