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What is Mohs surgery?

Used to treat skin cancer, this surgery has a unique benefit. During surgery, the surgeon can see where the cancer stops. This isn’t possible with other types of treatment for skin cancer.

May 18th, 2021
Should I get genetic testing for melanoma?

If you’re worried about getting melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, you may be wondering whether you should have genetic testing. After all, genetic testing is now used find a person’s risk for many diseases.

May 18th, 2021
Melanoma strikes men harder

Researchers have found yet another way that men and women differ. Melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, affects the sexes differently.

May 18th, 2021
Your best defense vs. another melanoma

If you’ve been treated for melanoma, you may never get another melanoma. Many people don’t. But it’s important to know that you have a greater risk of getting another one. Anyone who has had melanoma has this risk.

May 18th, 2021
Skin Cancer Prevention

Follow these tips to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and reduce your risk of skin cancer ...

May 18th, 2021
Liposuction: What can it do for me?

Liposuction is a type of surgery used to remove fat. By removing a small amount of fat, it’s possible to reshape just about any area of the body.

May 18th, 2021
Cellulite treatments: What really works?

If cellulite bothers you, you’re not alone. Our desire to get rid of — or at least diminish — cellulite has led to many treatment options. With so many treatments out there, it can be hard to know what, if anything, works.

May 18th, 2021
Cold sores

Cold sores: Overview Also known as fever blisters or herpes simplex labialis

May 18th, 2021
When is a mole a problem?

#1 problem with moles: Melanoma While most moles are harmless, you shouldn’t ignore yours.

May 18th, 2021
Heart medicine can clear strawberry birthmarks

If you left your dermatologist’s office with a prescription for propranolol (pro-pran-no-lol), you can take comfort in knowing that your baby is getting a trustworthy treatment for a fast-growing birthmark.

May 18th, 2021
Birthmarks

What exactly is a birthmark? If your baby has a birthmark, you’ll likely see a spot, patch, or lump that looks different from the rest of your baby’s skin. You may see this when your baby is born.

May 18th, 2021
5 ways to help your teenager survive acne

Just when our appearance becomes so important and we want to look our best, acne can begin. Some teens seem unfazed by acne. For most teenagers, however, this especially visible skin problem can be upsetting.

May 18th, 2021
Is that stubborn acne really acne?

If you have acne that just won’t go away, you may want to take a closer look at your skin. It’s possible that you don’t have acne. Other skin conditions can look a lot like acne.

May 18th, 2021
Stubborn acne? Hormonal therapy may help

Do you continue to see acne along your lower face, jawline, and neck despite trying all sorts of acne treatments? Have you taken an antibiotic to treat your acne and been disappointed with the results?

May 17th, 2021
10 skin care habits that can worsen acne

Are you faithfully treating your acne but still seeing new breakouts? Your skin care routine could be to blame. Here you’ll find 10 skin care habits that can worsen acne and dermatologists’ tips to help you change those habits.

May 17th, 2021
What can clear severe acne?

If you wake up to find a few large pimples on your otherwise clear face, you may consider that severe acne. Likewise, a breakout of whiteheads and blackheads before a first date may seem like severe acne.

May 17th, 2021
Rosacea treatment: Thickening skin

If you’re diagnosed with rosacea, pay close attention to your skin. If you notice firm, rounded bumps or thickening of the skin on your face, it’s time to see a dermatologist.

May 17th, 2021
Rosacea treatment: Eye problems

People who have rosacea are often unaware that it can also develop in their eyes. As a result, symptoms, such as irritated or dry eyes, are often overlooked.

May 17th, 2021
Genital herpes

Genital herpes: Overview What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It’s caused by the herpes simplex virus.

May 17th, 2021
Scars

What exactly is a scar? When you injure your skin, your body naturally repairs the damage. How your body repairs this damage depends on how deeply the injury penetrates your skin.

May 17th, 2021
8 things to know if you’re diagnosed with rosacea

Were you recently diagnosed with rosacea? If so, you may be wondering what to do next. Here are 8 tips that dermatologist give their patients with rosacea to help them control the condition and feel more comfortable.

May 17th, 2021
Nummular Dermatitis

Nummular dermatitis: Overview. Also called discoid eczema People who get this skin problem often see distinct, coin-shaped (nummular) or oval sores on their skin.

May 17th, 2021
Skin tightening can diminish loose skin

Do you find yourself gently pulling back skin on your face when you look in the mirror and wishing it would stay there? Does the jiggle in your upper arms bother you?

May 17th, 2021
How do I know if I'm using the right sunscreen?

When shopping for sunscreen, your choices can feel overwhelming. You’ll find lotions, sprays, gels, and creams. With so many different SPFs, it can be hard to tell which one you need.

May 17th, 2021
7 reasons to treat acne early

If your teen or pre-teen has acne, you may decide to let the acne run its course. The most-effective strategy, however, may be to treat acne when it first appears.

May 17th, 2021
Back acne: How to see clearer skin

If you have acne on your back, or “bacne” as some people call it, you don’t have to wait for it to clear on its own. Treatment and the right skin care can help you see clearer skin more quickly.

May 17th, 2021
Acne can affect more than your skin

For many people who have acne, the skin disease affects more than their appearance. Acne can take a toll on one’s emotional health.

May 17th, 2021
Is your sports equipment causing your acne?

Some sports equipment and clothing provide an ideal environment for acne to thrive. This is so common that there’s a medical term for this type of acne. It’s called acne mechanica.

May 17th, 2021
Is your workout causing your acne?

Do you suspect that your workout is causing (or worsening) your acne? You could be right. If your workout is the culprit, you don’t have to stop exercising.

May 17th, 2021
I have acne! Is it okay to wear makeup?

Yes, you can wear makeup, but you’ll want to choose it carefully. Some cosmetics can cause acne. When this happens, you develop a type of acne called acne cosmetica.

May 17th, 2021
What can make my hands look younger?

If age spots, wrinkly skin, or other signs of aging bother you, you can have more youthful-looking hands. Thanks to advances in dermatology, it’s possible to diminish these signs of aging safely and with little or no downtime.

May 17th, 2021
10 things to try when acne won't clear

Do you feel you’ve tried just about everything to get rid of your acne but still see blemishes? Don’t despair. To see clearer skin, you probably just need to make some changes.

May 17th, 2021
Scleroderma

What is scleroderma? When a person has scleroderma (sclare-oh-dur-muh), the body makes too much collagen.

May 17th, 2021
Neurodermatitis

Neurodermatitis: Overview. Neurodermatitis is a skin condition that begins with an itch.

May 17th, 2021
Psoriasis

Psoriasis: Overview What is psoriasis? Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) is a chronic (long-lasting) disease.

May 17th, 2021
Vitiligo

Vitiligo: Overview Vitiligo: This skin disease often forms on both sides of the body as shown here on the knees.

May 17th, 2021
Scalp psoriasis

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.

May 17th, 2021
Wrinkle Remedies

Reduce the signs of aging by following these tips from dermatologists.

May 17th, 2021
Sebaceous carcinoma

Sebaceous carcinoma: Overview Also called sebaceous gland carcinoma, sebaceous gland adenocarcinoma, or meibomian gland carcinoma.

May 17th, 2021
Warts

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).

May 17th, 2021
Seborrheic dermatitis

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.

May 17th, 2021
Stasis dermatitis

Stasis dermatitis: Overview Also called gravitational dermatitis, venous eczema, and venous stasis dermatitis

May 17th, 2021
Tinea versicolor

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.

May 17th, 2021
Caring for your skin in menopause

Menopause, which officially begins one year after your last period, can bring with it some noticeable changes to your skin and hair. As hormone levels plummet, your skin can become dry, slack, and thin.

May 17th, 2021
Lupus and your skin

Lupus and your skin: Overview Lupus is a disease that can affect the skin in many ways. It may cause a ...

May 17th, 2021
What can treat large facial pores?

When you look in the mirror, do you feel that your skin would look more attractive if you could shrink those large pores? There’s actually a lot you can do to make pores less noticeable.

May 16th, 2021
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.

May 16th, 2021
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 ...

May 16th, 2021
Tips for Healthy Nails

Nails reflect our overall health, which is why proper nail care is so important. Here are dermatologists’ tips for keeping ...

May 16th, 2021
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.

May 16th, 2021
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.

May 16th, 2021
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.

May 16th, 2021
Shingles

Shingles: Overview Also called herpes zoster Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles. After the chickenpox clears, the virus stays in the body.

May 16th, 2021
Moles

Moles: Overview Also called nevi Moles are common. Almost every adult has a few moles. Adults who have light skin often have more moles.

May 16th, 2021
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.

May 16th, 2021
Squamous cell carcinoma

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 the United States each year.

May 16th, 2021
Tattoo removal

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 key ...

May 16th, 2021
Poison ivy, oak, and sumac

Rash from poison ivy. Many people develop an itchy rash that causes lines or streaks that look like this.

May 16th, 2021
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.

May 16th, 2021
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.

May 16th, 2021
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:

May 16th, 2021
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.

May 16th, 2021
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.

May 16th, 2021
Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion: This non-invasive procedure gently exfoliates the skin to diminish signs of aging.

May 16th, 2021
Merkel cell carcinoma

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.

May 16th, 2021
Scabies

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.

May 15th, 2021
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.

May 15th, 2021
Molluscum contagiosum

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.

May 15th, 2021
Rosacea

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.

May 15th, 2021
Melasma:Tips to Make It Less Noticeable

Melasma is a common skin problem that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. More likely to affect women and people with darker skin tones, melasma affects more than six million women in the U.S.

May 15th, 2021
Psoriatic arthritis

What is psoriatic arthritis? Do you have psoriasis? If so, it's important to pay attention to your joints.

May 15th, 2021
Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating: It’s normal to sweat when you get nervous or too hot. If you sweat for no apparent reason, you may have hyperhidrosis.

May 15th, 2021
How to Style Hair Without Damage

How you style your hair can cause hair to look brittle, frizzy and lackluster or even fall out. Follow these tips from dermatologists to help style your hair without causing damage.

May 15th, 2021