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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 »

Skin potions that really work

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 »

Is that dry skin really something more serious?

Sometimes it’s hard to discern if dry skin is a sign of a more serious condition. Common conditions include eczema and contact dermatitis, which both include dry, cracked, itchy skin. Psoriasis causes thick, raised, red or silvery patches of scaly skin on the elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk. A concerted effort to moisturize the skin throughout the day may be all it takes to get rid of itching and dryness and build up the skin’s moisture barrier. When moisturizing alone isn’t enough, a trip to the dermatologist may be in order. (Locked) More »

Ward off winter skin woes

Winter can wreak havoc on the skin. Exposure to cold weather or dry heat indoors can cause dry, itchy skin. Some simple steps, such as moisturizing regularly, can help to solve them. More »

Is there a way to treat seborrheic keratosis?

Seborrheic keratoses are raised, rough lesions that appear typically on the trunk, back, face, or neck after age 50. They are not cancerous or contagious, and there is no way to prevent them or stop them from returning once removed. (Locked) More »