• Eczema: Tips to help children feel better

    Most children’s atopic dermatitis, often called eczema, does not have a clear cause, such as an allergy, dermatologists say most eczema will improve with good skin care. Research shows that by treating the eczema, the better the skin can function. With eczema, the skin can become very dry, itchy, and

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  • Alopecia areata

      Alopecia areata: This disease causes hair loss and often occurs in otherwise healthy people. Alopecia areata: Overview Alopecia (al-oh-PEE-shah) means hair loss. When a person has a medical condition called alopecia areata (ar-ee-AH-tah), the hair falls out in round patches. The hair can fall out

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  • Adult acne

    Adult acne: This 25-year-old woman has had acne for years and gets the typical deep, inflamed pimples and cysts common in adult acne. Why it happens and what you can do for it Acne can be particularly frustrating for adults. A treatment that worked so well during our teen years can be useless —

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  • Can you spot skin cancer?

    Do you know how to spot skin cancer? In this video, the American Academy of Dermatology used an ultraviolet camera to show people the sun damage hidden underneath their skin. While you can’t see all the sun damage on your skin, it’s important to check the spots you can see – before it’s too late. Everyone

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  • Coloring and perming tips

    Many treatments that enhance the appearance of your hair can actually damage it, causing your hair to become dry and brittle. Follow these dermatologists’ tips to prevent dry, brittle hair: When dyeing your hair, stay ‘on shade’. Choose a dye within three shades of your natural color. Typically

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  • Contact dermatitis

      Contact dermatitis: Many health care workers develop an allergy to latex, as did this nurse. Her rash is due to touching her face while wearing latex gloves. Contact dermatitis: Overview Almost everyone gets this type of eczema at least once. We get contact dermatitis when something that our

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  • Dyshidrotic eczema

      Dyshidrotic eczema on a patient's palm: The tiny, deep-seated blisters are often very itchy. Dyshidrotic eczema: Overview What is dyshidrotic eczema? Dyshidrotic (dis-hi-drah- tic) eczema (DE) is a common group of skin conditions in which the skin cannot protect itself as well as it should, so

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  • Eczema Bleach bath therapy

    Eczema is a common skin condition in children, which begins with very itchy skin. Scratching can cause a rash that can become infected. If your child’s eczema is frequently infected, your child’s dermatologist may recommend bleach bath therapy. Bleach baths can be helpful for many children who have

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  • Acne: Tips to help you see clearer skin

    Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Fortunately, acne can often be reduced with simple changes to a person’s skin care routine. It’s very common for patients with acne to scrub their skin and to use harsh products, yet doing so often makes acne worse. In order for acne to

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  • Botulinum toxin therapy

      Before treatment: This woman disliked her deep frown lines. Botulinum toxin therapy: Overview Also called botulinum rejuvenation Brand names: Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport®, MYOBLOC®, and XEOMIN®   When you look in the mirror, do you see deep frown lines? These lines bother many people.   To

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  • Actinic keratosis

      Actinic keratoses (AKs): AKs form on skin that soaks up lots of sun over the years. An actinic keratosis (ak-ti-nik ker-ah-TOE-sis), or AK, is a rough, dry, scaly patch or growth that forms on the skin. Actinic keratosis: Overview Also called solar keratosis An AK forms when the skin is badly damaged

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  • Acne scars

      Acne scar treatment: This woman's dermatologist treated her acne scars (left) with acne scar surgery and laser therapy. At 3 months (right), she has noticeable improvement. Acne scars: Overview If acne scars bother you, safe and effective treatment is available. Treatment can diminish acne

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  • Before getting cosmetic treatment, ask questions

    Cosmetic treatments may look easy. But knowing whether a treatment is safe for you and can deliver the results you want requires in-depth medical knowledge of the skin. Dermatologists have this unique training. Without this training, complications become more common. One woman had blisters, swelling,

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  • Acne

    Adult acne: The number of adults who have acne is growing. Acne: Overview Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Although it's common, accurate information about acne can be scarce. This can make it difficult to get clearer skin. The information on this site can help you understand

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  • Acne products: How to avoid allergic reaction

    A few people who used a non-prescription acne product have developed a serious allergic reaction. Between 1969 and January 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 131 such reports. That makes this reaction extremely rare. All products named in the reports contained either benzoyl

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  • Bedbugs

    Bedbugs: Overview Bedbugs are tiny insects that feed on human blood. They hide in dark places close to where humans sleep and usually crawl out to feed while people are fast asleep.   Bedbug bites: Most people who are bitten by bedbugs have welts that look like these shown above. Bedbugs can be

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