Skin Conditions

  1. Treatments for Cystic Acne

    Treatments for Cystic Acne

    Acne is tough no matter what, but cystic acne takes it to a new level causing pain that is impossible to ignore. Cystic acne is considered to be the most severe type of acne and is characterized by tender, inflammatory nodules that are underneath the skin and never surface like a standard pimple. While less invasive acne can generally be...

  2. Age Spots vs. Melanoma

    Age Spots vs. Melanoma

    Of the many signs of aging, sun spots on the hands—and elsewhere—are among the most irritating and embarrassing. Of course, sometimes sun spots, or age spots, look a lot time something more problematic: melanoma. It’s helpful to know the difference so that you don’t concern yourself over something that won’t harm you. Commonly known as liver spots, lentigines, are caused...

  3. Psoriasis Basics and the Excimer Laser

    Psoriasis Basics and the Excimer Laser

    The excimer laser—recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating chronic, localized psoriasis plaques—emits a high-intensity beam of ultraviolet light B (UVB). The excimer laser can target select areas of the skin affected by mild to moderate psoriasis, and research indicates it is a particularly effective treatment for scalp psoriasis. Researchers at the University of Utah, for...

  4. Skin Cancer Prevention

    Skin Cancer Prevention

    Try following this basic advice on skin cancer prevention: Apply sunscreen. When you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days, apply sunscreen to all skin that will not be covered by clothing. Reapply approximately every two hours, or after swimming, or sweating. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen that protects the skin against both UVA and UVB rays, and that...

  5. Excimer Light Phototherapy for Psoriasis

    Excimer Light Phototherapy for Psoriasis

      Dr. Jacobson's daughter is 8 years old and has suffered from scalp psoriasis for 2 years. Despite twice daily intensive topical treatments and medications by her dermatologist mom, her psoriasis continued to worsen. She had itchy, scaly sores on her scalp and behind her ears that she constantly scratched. Most days she was pretty uncomfortable and often distracted at...

  6. What to Do If You Notice a Suspicious Mole

    What to Do If You Notice a Suspicious Mole

    Moles are common but some moles are not just harmless. In some situations, a mole can be a sign of a deadly skin cancer. If you notice a mole that is on your body, you need to make sure to observe it carefully. Does it appear to be changing or growing? Is it irregular in shape? What color is it...

  7. Addressing Broken Facial Capillaries

    Addressing Broken Facial Capillaries

    Are small, red and purple veins on your face plaguing you? You are not alone; burst capillaries (spider veins) happen to many people, and for many reasons. Genetics play a part in the problem, as do conditions like rosacea, sun damage, trauma, and the natural process of age. Broken facial capillaries are more common as we age because our skin...

  8. Self-Exams for Skin Cancer Prevention

    Self-Exams for Skin Cancer Prevention

    The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you do a head-to-toe self-examination of your skin every month, so you can find any new, or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Over time, you get to know your skin better, which makes it easier to spot changes. These checks don’t generally take very long and they are essential.Skin cancers are...

  9. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and its Benefits

    Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and its Benefits

    Among the methods to treat skin damage is photorejuventaion—the use of lasers or light to treat surface skin conditions. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) takes the treatment further; it can treat a number of severe problems, including damage caused by actinic keratosis. Side effects are generally not severe, and the results can be substantial. The Procedure During PDT, the physician utilizes light...

  10. Hair Loss (Alopecia) in Women

    Hair Loss (Alopecia) in Women

    When we think of hair loss or pattern baldness—Alopecia—we often think of men. Most advertisements for hair loss treatment and hair regrowth products target men. Alopecia does not only affect men, however. Women are susceptible to sudden and ongoing hair loss, too. In fact, some of the things that cause male pattern baldness can happen to women. When Women Lose...

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