• Tinea versicolor

      Tinea versicolor: It is not harmful, but many people dislike the way it discolors their skin. Tinea versicolor: Overview Also called pityriasis versicolor We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grow out of control, a person can get a skin disease called tinea versicolor. Your

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  • Stasis dermatitis

      Severe stasis dermatitis on the lower leg and foot: Poor blood flow leads to these skin changes. Stasis dermatitis: Overview Also called gravitational dermatitis, venous eczema, and venous stasis dermatitis This condition develops in people who have poor circulation. Because poor blood flow usually

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  • Warts

      Warts: It is common for warts to grow on the hands. Warts: Overview Warts are benign (not cancerous) skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). You are more likely to get one of these viruses if you cut

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  • Tattoo removal

      Before and after laser tattoo removal: After receiving laser treatments from her dermatologist (right), the permanent lip liner is gone. Has a tattoo lost its appeal? Does your permanent makeup look less attractive than you imagined? If you’re thinking about removing either, you should know one

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  • Seborrheic dermatitis

      Seborrheic dermatitis: Despite its appearance, this skin disease is not caused by poor hygiene. Seborrheic dermatitis: Overview This is a very common skin disease that causes a rash. When this rash appears, it often looks like the one pictured above. The skin tends to have a: Reddish color.

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  • Sebaceous carcinoma

      Sebaceous cell carcinoma: The growth on this man’s lower eyelid is sebaceous carcinoma. Sebaceous carcinoma: Overview Also called sebaceous gland carcinoma, sebaceous gland adenocarcinoma, or meibomian gland carcinoma. What is sebaceous carcinoma? Sebaceous (suh-bey-shuhs) carcinoma (SC) is a

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  • Squamous cell carcinoma

      Squamous cell carcinoma: This man's skin has been badly damaged by years of sun exposure. He has a squamous cell carcinoma on his face. Squamous cell carcinoma: Overview Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer in humans. About 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in

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  • Who's got your back

    Think applying sunscreen to your own back is easy? In the video above, the American Academy of Dermatology uses an ultraviolet (UV) camera to show just how hard it is to cover your own back with sunscreen. As people attempt to apply sunscreen to their own backs – the UV camera quickly reveals all the

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  • Wrinkle Remedies

    Reduce the signs of aging by following these tips from dermatologists. Wear sunscreen every day since the sun’s rays can accelerate signs of aging. Use a sunscreen or facial moisturizer that offers broad-spectrum protection and has an SPF of at least 30. Be sure to apply sunscreen to all skin

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  • Scleroderma

      Generalized morphea: This type of scleroderma causes widespread patches of hard, thickened skin. What is scleroderma? When a person has scleroderma (sclare-oh-dur-muh), the body makes too much collagen. This excess collagen, the substance that holds our body together, causes hardening and tightening. Most

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  • Scalp psoriasis

      Scalp psoriasis: When psoriasis forms on the scalp, it can creep beyond the scalp. Scalp psoriasis: Overview Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) can appear anywhere on the skin. When it forms on the scalp, it is often called scalp psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis can extend beyond the scalp. It can appear on

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  • Psoriasis

    Psoriasis: Overview What is psoriasis? Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) is a chronic (long-lasting) disease. It develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. New skin cells form in days rather than weeks. The body does not shed these excess skin

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  • Psoriasis Skin Care Guide

    For people with psoriasis, a chronic skin condition, taking good care of their skin can alleviate some of the discomfort that may be experienced, such as itching, cracking, and bleeding of the skin. While managing the skin condition can be a challenge, dermatologists provide tips to help psoriasis patients

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  • Skin Care on a Budget

    Keeping your skin healthy and looking its best doesn't necessarily mean breaking the bank if you follow these practical tips from leading dermatologists: Cleanse, treat, and prevent. Don't let a 12-hour period go by without using some sort of treatment or product on your skin (sunscreen counts).

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  • Skin Self-Exam: How to Do

    Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is estimated that  one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. You can detect skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin. If you notice

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  • Tips for treating poison ivy

    As summer approaches and the landscape turns greener, so too are the leaves from poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. When the oil from these plants touches the skin, most people (about 85 percent) develop an itchy, blistering rash. Although the rash itself is not contagious, the oil can spread to

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  • Molluscum contagiosum

      Molluscum contagiosum: This common skin disease causes bumps on the skin and tends to be harmless. Molluscum contagiosum: Overview Molluscum (muh-luhs-kum) contagiosum (kən-tā-jē-ō-səm) is a common skin disease. It is caused by a virus. This virus easily spreads from person to person. People

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  • Scabies

      Human itch mite: This female mite, shown magnified 100 times, is full of eggs. She will burrow into human skin to lay her eggs. Scabies: Overview A mite causes this common skin condition. Called the human itch mite, this eight-legged bug is so small that you cannot see it on the skin. People get

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  • Shingles

      Shingles: This disease often causes a painful, blistering rash. Shingles: Overview Also called herpes zoster Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles. After the chickenpox clears, the virus stays in the body. If the virus reactivates (wakes up), the result is shingles — a painful, blistering

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  • Moles

      If a mole starts to grow, itch, or bleed, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Moles: Overview Also called nevi Moles are common. Almost every adult has a few moles. Adults who have light skin often have more moles. They may have 10 to 40 moles on their skin. This is normal. You should

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  • Rosacea: Skin Care Do's and Don'ts

    For people with rosacea, managing the skin condition can be a challenge since what triggers redness and inflammation of the skin in one person may not trigger it in another. Yet doing some detective work can help rosacea sufferers discover quick and easy ways to keep their skin calm. Foods and drinks

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  • Skin cancer in people of color

      People of color: This term refers to diverse skin colors and includes people of African, Asian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Native American descent. People of all colors, including those with brown and black skin, get skin cancer. Even if you never sunburn, you can get skin cancer. When

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  • Preventing skin conditions in athletes

    Athletes are at an increased risk of skin infections, which can have serious consequences. To help prevent infections, athletes, coaches and athletic trainers can follow these tips from dermatologists: Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed. A cut or scrape weakens the

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  • Tips for Healthy Hair

    How you wash your hair and the products you use can go a long way toward maintaining smooth, shiny hair. Follow these simple tips from dermatologists to maintain healthy hair. Wash oily hair more frequently. How often you wash your hair should be based on how much oil your scalp produces.

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  • Proper Wound Care: How to Minimize a Scar

    Whenever your skin is injured – whether by accident or from surgery – your body works to repair the wound. As your skin heals, a scar may form, as this is a natural part of the healing process. The appearance of a scar often depends on how well the wound heals. While scars from surgery or over joints

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  • Tips for Healthy Nails

    Nails reflect our overall health, which is why proper nail care is so important. Here are dermatologists’ tips for keeping your nails healthy: Keep nails clean and dry. Cut nails straight across. Use sharp nail scissors or clippers. Round the nails slightly at the tips for maximum strength.

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  • Poison ivy, oak, and sumac

      Rash from poison ivy. Many people develop an itchy rash that causes lines or streaks that look like this. Poison ivy, oak and sumac: Overview Many people get a rash from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. This rash is caused by an oil found in the plants. This oil is called urushiol (you-ROO-shee-all).

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  • Impetigo

      Impetigo: Blisters and crusts on a child’s face are common signs of impetigo. Impetigo: overview Also called school sores Impetigo (im-peh-tie-go) is a common skin infection, especially in children. It’s also highly contagious. Most people get impetigo through skin-to-skin contact with someone

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  • Ringworm

    Ringworm: Overview   Ringworm: A rash with a raised, wavy border is a common sign of ringworm. What is ringworm? If you have ringworm, you may think you have worms in your skin or a disease caused by worms. You have neither. Ringworm is actually a skin infection caused by fungus. No worms involved.

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  • Microdermabrasion

    Microdermabrasion: Overview   Microdermabrasion: This non-invasive procedure gently exfoliates the skin to diminish signs of aging. Do you ever look in the mirror and wish that your face had a more even skin tone? If you answered yes, you may want to consider microdermabrasion. This non-invasive

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  • Seborrheic keratosis

      Seborrheic keratosis: This non-cancerous growth can grow quite thick and have a warty surface. Seborrheic keratoses: Overview Seborrheic keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik care-uh-TOE-sis) is a common skin growth. It may look worrisome, but it is benign (not cancer). These growths often appear in middle-aged

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  • Rosacea

      Rosacea: Left untreated, rosacea can get worse. Rosacea: Overview Rosacea (rose-AY-sha) is a common skin disease. It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears,

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  • Imiquimod: A treatment for some skin cancers, genital warts

      Sun-damaged skin: People with sun-damaged skin have a higher risk for developing AKs. Imiquimod: Overview Imiquimod (ih-mih-kwih-mod) is a prescription medicine that you use at home. It comes in a cream that you apply to your skin. Your dermatologist may prescribe imiquimod to treat: Actinic

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  • Merkel cell carcinoma

      Merkel cell carcinoma: This rare skin cancer can appear on the skin as a hard patch (1) or firm bump (2). Merkel cell carcinoma: Overview What is Merkel cell carcinoma? Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare skin cancer. It is also an aggressive skin cancer. MCC is considered aggressive because it

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  • Pityriasis rosea

      Pityriasis rosea: This common skin disease causes patches on the skin. Your dermatologist may call the large patch a mother patch. The smaller patches are daughter patches. Pityriasis rosea: Overview Pityriasis rosea: This common skin disease causes patches on the skin. Your dermatologist may call

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