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Skin Cancers On The Scalp

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Skin cancers can appear on any part of the body. However, those areas exposed to the sun on a regular basis are the most common locations of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin lesions. Patients with significant hair loss may be at increased risk for developing tumors on the hairless sections of their scalp. But cancerous lesions can be present even on skin that features a full head of hair. This means the scalp is an area that shouldn’t be overlooked ...

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What’s the Evidence Linking IBS and Accutane?

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There has been a lot of controversy over whether there is a link between conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Accutane. The fact that this particular brand of isotretinoin drug is no longer being distributed is seen by some as an admission by the manufacturer that this medication causes harmful, permanent side effects. However, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is not backing down in its support for the use of similar drugs ...

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Can You Relax Smoker’s Lines with Botox?

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You actually don’t have to be a smoker to end up with smoker’s lines or “lipstick lines” around your mouth. These vertical wrinkles marring your lips can be a natural result of aging. Of course, the more time you spend with your lips puckered around a cigarette, the more pronounced the lines do become. The muscles in your lower face get used to being in a particular position and this affects how the overlying skin looks. That’s why Botox may ...

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Eczema In Children Increasing Along With Availability of Treatment Options

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Over the past decade, the rates of diagnosis for eczema in children have skyrocketed. Some estimates put the percentage of people who suffer from this condition at some point in their lives at one in ten or higher. Young children are more likely than adults to experience this skin irritation. Most kids outgrow the condition while others will go on to experience lifelong, chronic eczema. The hyper-sensitivity that causes this recurrent rash appears to be linked in some ways to ...

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Laser Scar Removal For Dark Skin Tones

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For individuals with deeply pigmented skin, there is often a high risk of coloration changes after an injury or inflammation affects the skin. Sometimes, skin ends up with darker patches. However, lightening (hypopigmentation) is another common result. With many skin conditions, the normal coloring will return after treatment with topical medications or simply after enough time has passed for healing to occur. Scarring and lightening that occurs as an inflammatory response may require additional treatment. Laser scar removal is one ...

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Laser Skin Resurfacing & Rejuvenation For Hands

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Most laser skin resurfacing techniques were developed for use on facial skin. However, many of the same devices can be used to rejuvenate hands as well. Skin on the hands takes a beating from UV radiation and often shows signs such as age spots (liver spots) even earlier than the face. These spots are not harmful but do tend to grow and darken over time with additional sun exposure. In addition, the skin on the hands may become finely lined ...

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Common Birthmark Varieties

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Birthmarks are very common in infants. These markings may be present at birth or develop over the first month. The pigmentation of skin in the affected area may vary based on whether the mark is caused by excess melanin or overgrowth of blood vessels. Parents should consult with a pediatric dermatologist early on to determine if a birthmark is a cause for worry.

Treatments for birthmark removal do have side effects, so most marks should be left alone. In ...

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Athletes And Common Skin Infections

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Among youth in general, athletes are at particular risk of contracting skin infections. These can range from uncomfortable fungal rashes to lifelong viral infections, and life threatening bacterial contamination. Football and other rough sports that lead to abrasions and wrestling that requires lots of skin on skin contact are especially high risk. However, all athletes who engage in sports that involve sharing equipment and facilities can contract skin diseases as well.

Even when a cure is possible, prevention is far ...

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Do Essential Oils Help Acne?

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Do Essential Oils Help Acne? Science Says Probably

Plant OilsOrganic and all natural skin care products are extremely popular at the moment, but do they really work? Recent research indicates that many essential oils are excellent for the treatment of acne and common skin infections.
With antibiotic resistant bacteria on the rise, the medical field is looking for ways to reduce antibiotic prescriptions in the US. Since many forms of acne are ...

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Does Breastfeeding Reduce Eczema Risk in Children?

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Many benefits of breastfeeding for infants are well established. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, babies tend to digest breast milk more easily than any type of formula. Breast milk supports a strong immune system and appropriate weight gain. The CDC and the Surgeon General are both committed to increasing breastfeeding rates to improve infant health. However, one purported perk of breastfeeding for children’s skin has unfortunately been found to be lacking.

Eczema Not Linked to ...

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