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  1. 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...

  2. Botox vs Sweat

    Botox vs Sweat

    Do you struggle with sweat? Does the slightest amount of heat make you wonder if you need more deodorant, or make you feel like showering and changing clothes? Sweating may not be a harmful condition, but it can be an extreme inconvenience in many ways. Believe it or not, there is something that may help: Botox. It may seem odd...

  3. Why You Should Never Do Indoor Tanning

    Why You Should Never Do Indoor Tanning

    Indoor tanning may make you feel as if you look great and have golden bronze skin. The problem is, indoor tanning is terrible for your skin. Indoor tanning can significantly increase your risk of skin cancer, including melanoma (which can be life-threatening) as you expose your skin to concentrated UV rays. Indoor tanning also causes premature aging. There is no...

  4. 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...

  5. Healthy Skin on a Daily Basis

    Healthy Skin on a Daily Basis

    Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips   1. Protect your skin from the sun: Sun protection forms the foundation of every anti-aging skin-care plan. The sun’s rays make our skin age more quickly. We have so much evidence that the sun prematurely ages our skin that there is actually a word to describe this effect. This word is: “photoaging.” To help patients...

  6. Common Causes of Dry Skin

    Common Causes of Dry Skin

      Dry skin can be unsightly and unpleasant to feel. You need to make sure you understand what the common causes of dry skin are so you can try to take steps to avoid having your skin become a scaly mess. One of the major causes of dry skin is a drop in temperature that occurs over the winter. When...

  7. Considering Laser Scar Revision

    Considering Laser Scar Revision

    Overview   Laser skin resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the effects of the sun, aging, and scars. It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and many others. Laser light heats the dermis, stimulating the formation of new collagen and elastin fibers. With new advances...

  8. Laser Hair Removal for Summer

    Laser Hair Removal for Summer

    People all over are spending more time outdoors. Soon, summer will be in full swing, as will shorts, tank tops, swimwear, and more. Many of us—particularly women—will begin to fret over the body hair that sprang up over the winter. Suddenly, women are shaving their legs and underarms more, and even men are worried about excess hair. Forget all of...

  9. What is Photodynamic Therapy?

    What is Photodynamic Therapy?

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a type of treatment that uses a photosensitizing molecule, which is a molecule that is activated by exposure to light. The photosensitizing molecule can be used to deliver targeted therapy to a particular part of the body. Typically, the process works by applying a liquid or a cream to a specific part of the body. In...

  10. Laser Scar Revision

    Laser Scar Revision

    Sometimes scars plague us. We all have them; some are from weight loss and gain, others are from acne, and many more. You don’t have to live with them, however. You can get them visibly reduced via surgery, dermabrasion, or laser scar revision. Laser scar revision is a method for improving the appearance of many scar types—injuries, acne, etc. Lasers...

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