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What is Mohs surgery? May 18th, 2021

Also called Mohs micrographic 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. The ability to see where the cancer stops gives Mohs (pronounced Moes) two...

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

Family tree: About 10% of melanomas are caused by a gene mutation (change) that passes from one generation to the next. 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...

Melanoma strikes men harder May 18th, 2021

By age 50, men are more likely than women to develop melanoma. Sun protection can reduce this risk. Researchers have found yet another way that men and women differ. Melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, affects the sexes differently. Men are more likely to die of melanoma than women. This is...

I have melanoma! Why do I need a sentinel lymph node biopsy? May 18th, 2021

Lymph system: We have lymph nodes, which are connected by lymph vessels (shown in green), throughout our body. The largest number of lymph nodes are found in our neck, armpits, and groin. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread quickly. When melanoma starts to spread, it often...

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

Check your skin: Skin self-exams can help melanoma survivors find another melanoma early. 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...

Skin Cancer Prevention May 18th, 2021

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

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

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. Areas you can reshape Before and after tumescent liposuction: This 53-year-old woman had tumescent liposuction to flatten her belly, which improved the...

10 things you should know before having laser scar treatment May 18th, 2021

After two pulsed-dye laser treatments from a board-certified dermatologist (B), this woman’s raised scar (A) is much less noticeable. A laser can seem like a magic wand that can make any scar disappear. Medical lasers, however, are nothing to play with. To get impressive results and avoid serious side effects,...

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

Cellulite on thigh: Most women, even very fit women, have cellulite — fat that causes the skin to dimple. 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...

Adults with eczema too often suffer in silence May 18th, 2021

Peter Moffat, creator of Criminal Justice, is diminishing the stigma of atopic dermatitis by raising awareness of this disease. Peter Moffat knows well the everyday struggles of living with atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common type of eczema. Now he’s using his celebrity status to raise awareness of these struggles so...

How can I tell if I have skin cancer May 18th, 2021

People of all ages get skin cancer. Checking your skin can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly treatable. Skin cancer is actually one of the easiest cancers to find. That’s because skin cancer usually begins where you can see it. You can get skin cancer anywhere on...

Natural treatments for skin cancer not as safe as you think May 18th, 2021

Shopping for a home remedy to cure skin cancer: People are often unaware of how harmful these all-natural remedies can be. It’s said that every story has two sides. This is certainly true when it comes to vitamins, herbs, and other natural treatments for skin cancer. When shopping for natural...

Cold sores May 18th, 2021

Cold sore on and above the lip: Cold sores are so contagious that many people catch the virus that causes them by the time they’re 5 years old. Cold sores: Overview Also known as fever blisters or herpes simplex labialis What is a cold sore? A cold sore is a...

Should I hide my child’s skin condition with makeup? May 18th, 2021

Covering up a skin condition with camouflaging makeup may improve a child’s quality of life. If a birthmark or other skin condition causes your child to feel bad, covering it up with makeup may help. That’s what the findings from two studies suggest. Wearing makeup can improve a child’s quality of life...

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

Dermatologist examining a new mole. If you develop a new mole after age 30, a dermatologist should examine the mole for signs of melanoma. #1 problem with moles: Melanoma While most moles are harmless, you shouldn’t ignore yours. Melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, can begin in a mole. A bleeding...

Heart medicine can clear strawberry birthmarks May 18th, 2021

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. Why would a dermatologist prescribe heart medication to treat a birthmark? Yes, propranolol is a heart medicine. Today, it can...

Birthmarks May 18th, 2021

Salmon patches: This harmless birthmark will fade with time and tends to be most noticeable when your baby cries or becomes too warm. 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...

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

Having any type of acne (pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, or acne cysts) can feel devastating for a teenager. 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...

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

Pimple-like breakouts around the mouth: This may look like acne, but it’s actually a skin condition called perioral dermatitis — not 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 reactions from targeted therapy deserve attention May 17th, 2021

Skin reaction from targeted therapy: Caught early, many skin reactions can be treated so that you don’t have to stop targeted therapy. Are you receiving targeted therapy to treat skin cancer — or any other cancer? If so, dermatologists recommend that you pay close attention to your skin. Skin reactions...

7 ways to find peace of mind after a melanoma diagnosis May 17th, 2021

It’s natural to worry after being diagnosed with melanoma. Getting help dealing with worry and other emotions can bring peace of mind. After a melanoma diagnosis, feelings of worry, fear, or anxiety can be overwhelming. To find out what can help ease these feelings, researchers talked with thousands of melanoma...

Stubborn acne? Hormonal therapy may help May 17th, 2021

Women who have acne along their jawline and lower face tend to have good results from hormonal therapy for acne. 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...

Combining newer treatments for advanced melanoma helping patients live longer May 17th, 2021

Reviewing x-ray: FDA-approved combinations of medications can shrink melanoma tumors and stop the cancer from spreading for a longer time. If you have advanced melanoma, this means the cancer has spread. Surgery alone cannot remove the cancer. You’ll need other treatment. One option that your doctor may talk about is...

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

While it’s important to wash your face, washing too many times a day can irritate your skin, causing new breakouts. 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...

What can clear severe acne? May 17th, 2021

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. But that’s not the type of acne we’re talking about here. Severe acne:...

Rosacea treatment: Thickening skin May 17th, 2021

Before and after extensive surgery to treat thickened skin on the nose. 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. These changes are most common on the...

Rosacea treatment: Eye problems May 17th, 2021

Swollen eyelids, bloodshot eyes, or a feeling that you have something in your eyes could mean that you have rosacea in your eyes. 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...

Rosacea treatment for acne-like breakouts May 17th, 2021

Before and after treatment for acne-like breakouts of rosacea: After 3 laser treatments (right), this woman has less redness and fewer acne-like breakouts. If your rosacea causes breakouts that look like acne, you have some effective treatment options. Here’s what your rosacea treatment plan from a dermatologist may include: Medications...

Lasers and lights: How well do they treat rosacea? May 17th, 2021

Rosacea patient before and after 2 laser treatments: After treatment (right), the many tiny blood vessels on this patient’s cheek cleared. If you have rosacea, laser or light therapy may be a part of your treatment plan. It’s unlikely to be your only treatment, though. Different treatments for different signs...

Do you have to treat rosacea? May 17th, 2021

Rosacea in his eyes and on his skin: Treatment can alleviate the rosacea on this man’s skin and in his eyes. Rosacea is a common skin condition, which can also affect your eyes. When rosacea develops in your eyes, it’s important to treat it. Otherwise, you could develop problems with...

Genital herpes May 17th, 2021

Genital herpes is an STD. If your partner has genital herpes, you can catch it — even when your partner doesn’t have sores. Genital herpes: Overview What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It’s caused by the herpes simplex virus. Anyone who is sexually active...

Does rosacea increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke? May 17th, 2021

You can find out whether you have a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke by seeing your primary care doctor for a checkup. There’s still no straightforward answer to this question. Findings from a few studies suggest the answer is yes. Other studies have not found that...

Does drinking cause rosacea? May 17th, 2021

While drinking may play a role in causing rosacea, people who never drink alcohol can develop this common skin condition. Research suggests that drinking alcohol may increase a person’s risk of getting rosacea. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded that the women who drank alcohol...

6 rosacea skin care tips dermatologists give their patients May 17th, 2021

Even if you’re already treating your rosacea, the right skin care can make a noticeable difference. A rosacea friendly skin care routine can: Help your skin feel more comfortable Improve the results you see from treatment Boost your skin’s overall health Reduce rosacea flare-ups To help patients who have rosacea...

Is any acne treatment safe to use during pregnancy? May 17th, 2021

So many things change during pregnancy, and your acne treatment may need to be one of them. Here’s what you should know about using acne treatment while you’re pregnant. Acne medication never to take during pregnancy If you’re pregnant, immediately stop taking these medications and do not use them during...

Pimple popping: Why a dermatologist should do it May 17th, 2021

Too often, people worsen their acne by squeezing pimples and other acne blemishes. If you have a pimple that you’re about to pop, stop! You’ll want to read this first. Do-it-yourself pimple popping can backfire Squeezing pimples and other acne blemishes may seem so simple that anyone can do it,...

Is that acne on my baby’s face? May 17th, 2021

Newborn with acne: In newborns, acne often clears on its own without treatment. It’s possible. Acne usually begins in one’s teen’s, but some babies have acne. Here’s what parents should know. Newborn acne is generally nothing to worry about About 20% of newborns have a type of acne called neonatal acne....

Scars May 17th, 2021

If you dislike the look of a scar, treatment may make it less noticeable. 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. If the injury damages the...

Signs your child’s mole needs to be checked May 17th, 2021

Moles on a child’s skin are generally nothing to worry about. New moles appear during childhood and adolescence. As the child grows, the moles will naturally get bigger. It’s also normal for moles on a child’s skin to darken or lighten. Some moles fade away. These changes are common and...

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

If you’re diagnosed with rosacea, there’s a lot you can do to relieve your discomfort and prevent flare-ups. 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...

Nummular Dermatitis May 17th, 2021

Nummular dermatitis: This skin problem often causes coin-shaped rashes on the skin that can itch or burn. 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. Nummular dermatitis often appears after a skin injury, such as...

How to care for your skin in your 60s and 70s May 17th, 2021

Skin care in your 40s and 50s Wrinkle creams, eye serums, and other anti-aging skin care products can help diminish signs of aging. To create a truly effective anti-aging skin care plan, however, it helps to start with healthy skin care habits. The benefits of healthy skin care habits include:...

Skin tightening can diminish loose skin May 17th, 2021

It’s possible to tighten your skin without a facelift. 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? A surgical lift, such as a facelift or eyelid...

How to find a skin lightener that won't cause serious health problems May 17th, 2021

You can protect your health and your skin by asking your dermatologist to recommend a skin lightener. A skin lightener can fade — or even clear — dark spots and patches on your skin, but some come with serious health risks. If your skin lightener contains mercury, it could be...

Stretch marks: Why they appear and how to get rid of them May 17th, 2021

Stretch marks fade with time; however, treatment may make them less noticeable more quickly. What exactly is a stretch mark? A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to...

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

Using the right sunscreen every day can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the United States. 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...

How long can I take an antibiotic to treat my acne? May 17th, 2021

You can reduce the amount of time you need to take an antibiotic by using all of the medicine in your treatment plan and gentle skin care. Acne isn’t an infection, but an antibiotic can provide real relief from deep, painful breakouts. Certain antibiotics like doxycycline (dox-ē-cyc-lean) and erythromycin (eh-rith-row-my-cin)...

7 reasons to treat acne early May 17th, 2021

Treating acne early can clear the skin, which may prevent acne scars, worsening acne, or years of living with acne. 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....

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

To reduce acne flares on your back, dermatologists recommend wearing sweat-wicking (or loose-fitting cotton) clothes when working out. 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...

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

Acne can feel so distressing that you just want to hide your face from the world. For many people who have acne, the skin disease affects more than their appearance. Acne can take a toll on one’s emotional health. Researchers have found in study after study that people with acne...

Are your hair care products causing breakouts? May 17th, 2021

The oils in hair care products can cause tiny breakouts along your hairline and forehead. Do you have tiny bumps along your hairline, the upper part of your forehead, or both? Have you noticed tiny bumps along the back of your neck? The culprit may be your hair care products....

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

Shot-putter: When equipment frequently rubs against your skin, acne can flare. 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. You get this type of acne when sports equipment...

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

Prevent acne: To remove sweat during a workout, use a clean towel and gently pat the sweat from your skin. 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. You can...

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

Need to use acne medication? Want to wear makeup? Apply the acne medication first. 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. Even women who would not otherwise have acne...

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

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. Age spots Many adults develop age spots on their hands. These spots...

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

Popping a pimple: While this may seem like the fastest way to get rid of a blemish, popping often worsens acne. 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...

Scleroderma May 17th, 2021

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 people have hardening and tightening on their...

Neurodermatitis May 17th, 2021

Neurodermatitis around the anklebone:Scratching an itchy patch around the ankle caused the neurodermatitis to appear. Neurodermatitis: Overview Neurodermatitis is a skin condition that begins with an itch.The itch can develop anywhere on the surface of the body. Most commonly, though, an itchy patch develops on an arm, leg, or the...

Psoriasis May 17th, 2021

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 cells. The skin cells...

Vitiligo May 17th, 2021

Vitiligo: Overview Vitiligo: This skin disease often forms on both sides of the body as shown here on the knees. Vitiligo (vit-uh-lie-go) causes the skin to lose color. Patches of lighter skin appear. Some people develop a few patches. Others lose much more skin color. Vitiligo usually affects the skin, but...

Scalp psoriasis May 17th, 2021

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 the forehead...

Wrinkle Remedies May 17th, 2021

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 that...

Sebaceous carcinoma May 17th, 2021

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 rare skin cancer. It is considered an aggressive skin cancer because it...

Warts May 17th, 2021

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...

Seborrheic dermatitis May 17th, 2021

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. Swollen and...

Stasis dermatitis May 17th, 2021

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 occurs in the lower legs, this...

Tinea versicolor May 17th, 2021

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 dermatologist...

Caring for your skin in menopause May 17th, 2021

You can do something about the changes to your skin and hair that occur 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....

Lupus and your skin May 17th, 2021

Butterfly rash: This rash appears on the nose and cheeks in the shape of a butterfly, skipping the skin under each side of the nose. Lupus and your skin: Overview Lupus is a disease that can affect the skin in many ways. It may cause a: Widespread rash on the...

What can treat large facial pores? May 16th, 2021

With the right skin care, you can make pores less noticeable. 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. Much of this, you...

Skin cancer in people of color May 16th, 2021

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 skin...

Could a moisturizer help clear your acne? May 16th, 2021

When creating an acne treatment plan, dermatologists sometimes include a moisturizer. Acne can cause your skin to feel oily and greasy, so a moisturizer may be the last thing you’d think of trying. A moisturizer, however, may be just what you need if you’re using one of the following acne...

Preventing skin conditions in athletes May 16th, 2021

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 skin’s defense and allows...

Tips for Healthy Nails May 16th, 2021

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. Keep nails shaped...

Proper Wound Care: How to Minimize a Scar May 16th, 2021

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...

Tips for Healthy Hair May 16th, 2021

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...

Rosacea: Skin Care Do's and Don'ts May 16th, 2021

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...

Shingles May 16th, 2021

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 rash. Shingles is...

Moles May 16th, 2021

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 that acne or rosacea? How to tell them apart May 16th, 2021

Redness and breakouts on your face could mean that you have acne, but not always. A skin condition called rosacea can cause acne-like breakouts and redness. This picture can help you tell the difference between these two common skin conditions. How seeing a dermatologist can help If you think you...

Who's got your back May 16th, 2021

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...

Squamous cell carcinoma May 16th, 2021

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...

Tattoo removal May 16th, 2021

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 key fact: Lasers have...

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

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...

Impetigo May 16th, 2021

Impetigo: Blisters and crusts on a child’s face are common signs of impetigo. Impetigo: overview Also called school soresImpetigo (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 who has it. Children and athletes like wrestlers and...

Tips for treating poison ivy May 16th, 2021

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...

Skin Care on a Budget May 16th, 2021

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). Use sunscreen 365...

Skin Self-Exam: How to Do May 16th, 2021

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 a...

Psoriasis Skin Care Guide May 16th, 2021

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 experience...

Microdermabrasion May 16th, 2021

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 treatment gently exfoliates your skin. After a...

Imiquimod: A treatment for some skin cancers, genital warts May 16th, 2021

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 keratosis (AK). Basal cell carcinoma...

Merkel cell carcinoma May 16th, 2021

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...

Scabies May 15th, 2021

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...

Pityriasis rosea May 15th, 2021

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 the large patch a mother patch....

Molluscum contagiosum May 15th, 2021

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 can get molluscum by sharing towels and...

Rosacea May 15th, 2021

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, chest, and...

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

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. Although the exact causes of melasma are unclear, common triggers include sun exposure, pregnancy,...

Psoriatic arthritis May 15th, 2021

What is psoriatic arthritis? Do you have psoriasis? If so, it's important to pay attention to your joints. Some people who have psoriasis get a type of arthritis called psoriatic (sore-ee-at-ic) arthritis. This arthritis often begins with a few swollen joints. A single finger or toe may be noticeably swollen. Some people...

Hyperhidrosis May 15th, 2021

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. Hyperhidrosis: Overview (Excessive sweating) What is hyperhidrosis (hi-purr-hi-DROE-sis)? This is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. The word “hyperhidrosis” means too much (hyper) sweating (hidrosis). ...

How to Style Hair Without Damage May 15th, 2021

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. Dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower or bath. Another alternative is letting your hair...

How to treat sunburn May 15th, 2021

Your skin can burn if it gets too much sun without proper protection from sunscreen and clothes. To help heal and soothe stinging skin, it is important to begin treating sunburn as soon as you notice it. The first thing you should do is get out of the sun—and preferably...

Genital warts May 15th, 2021

Genital warts: The warts appear in various sizes and shapes. Genital warts: Overview Also called condylomata acuminataGenital warts are warts that appear in the genital area. There can be 1 wart or a cluster of warts. People get these warts by picking up the human papillomavirus (HPV) from someone who...

How to Treat Dandruff May 15th, 2021

Dandruff is a common scalp condition in which small pieces of dry skin flake off of the scalp. If you have dark hair or you’re wearing dark colors, you may notice the flakes in your hair or on your shoulders. Dandruff may also make your scalp itch. Many people believe...

Ringworm May 15th, 2021

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...

How to care for tattooed skin May 15th, 2021

More and more patients are asking their dermatologists for skin care tips that will keep a tattoo looking its best. Here are some tips from dermatologists for keeping tattooed skin healthy and vibrant: If your tattooed skin feels dry, apply a water-based lotion or cream to the tattoo. Petroleum-based products, such...

Keratosis pilaris May 15th, 2021

Keratosis pilaris: This harmless skin condition causes tiny, rough-feeling bumps on the skin. What is keratosis pilaris? Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition, which appears as tiny bumps on the skin. Some people say these bumps make their skin look like plucked chicken skin. Others mistake the bumps for...

How to Prevent and Treat Frostbite May 15th, 2021

When the temperature dips below freezing, it’s critical to protect your skin from cold-weather health risks. Frostbite occurs when the skin – and sometimes the tissue beneath the skin – freezes due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Depending on how long and how frozen the tissue, frostbite can result...

Herpes simplex May 15th, 2021

Herpes simplex: After clearing, herpes simplex sores can return. When the sores return, the outbreak tends to be milder than the first outbreak. Herpes simplex: Overview Herpes simplex is a common viral infection. If you’ve ever had a cold sore or fever blister, you picked up the herpes simplex virus....

Isotretinoin: Treatment for severe acne May 15th, 2021

Acne can diminish quality of life: Studies show that acne can decrease self-confidence and cause one to avoid social situations. Isotretinoin: Overview Brand names: Absorica®, Accutane®, Amnesteem®, Claravis®, Myorisan®, Sotret®, and Zenatane™ Isotretinoin (eye-soh-tret-in-OH-in) is a prescription medicine for severe acne. This type of acne causes deep, painful cysts and...

Head Lice May 15th, 2021

Head lice: This magnified picture of head lice on a fine-tooth comb shows that these bugs are tiny. Head lice: Overview Also called Pediculus humanus capitis Having head lice does not mean you are dirty. Most people get head lice when they have head-to-head contact with someone who has head...

Seborrheic keratosis May 15th, 2021

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 and older adults. Some people get just one. It...

Hair loss May 15th, 2021

Hereditary hair loss: Millions of men and women have hereditary hair loss. This type of hair loss can often be successfully treated. Hair loss: Overview Also called alopecia (al-o-PEE-shah) Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you...

How to Treat Shingles May 15th, 2021

If you have ever had chickenpox, or been vaccinated for it, you are at risk for getting shingles – a painful, blistering rash. This is because after the chickenpox clears, the virus stays in the body. If the virus reactivates, or wakes up, you could get shingles. Although shingles is...

How to remove gum without cutting hair May 15th, 2021

There is no need to worry if chewing gum gets stuck in your child’s hair. Simply follow these steps from dermatologists: Find a jar of creamy style peanut butter or vegetable oil, such as olive oil. Cover the gum completely with peanut butter or oil using your fingers or an...

How to Treat Hives in Children May 15th, 2021

Has your child broken out in an itchy rash? If so, it could be a case of hives. Fortunately, hives are usually harmless and temporary. Common symptoms of hives include slightly raised, pink or red areas on the skin; welts that occur alone, in a group, or connect over a...

How to Shave May 15th, 2021

Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women. Here are dermatologists’ tips to help you get a clean shave: Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Taking a shower or bath is a great way to soften your hair. Next, apply a shaving cream or gel. Be...

Next steps after a melanoma diagnosis May 15th, 2021

Next steps after a melanoma diagnosis Learning that you have melanoma, the most-serious type of skin cancer, can make it difficult to hear anything else your doctor says. After leaving the office, you may wonder what happens next. While what happens next varies with each patient, there is a process...

Manicure and pedicure safety May 15th, 2021

Having beautiful nails is less a matter of luck and more a matter of caring for them correctly. Here are dermatologists’ top manicure and pedicure tips: Apply a cream to moisturize your nails, especially after removing nail polish since most removers contain chemicals that dry the nails. To prevent infection, never...

Melasma May 15th, 2021

Melasma: The forehead is a common place for melasma to appear. Melasma: Overview Melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can...

How to Treat Diaper Rash May 15th, 2021

Everyone wants a happy, healthy baby, however, babies often experience discomfort from diaper rash – a condition that causes skin underneath the diaper to become red and tender. Help your baby by following dermatologists’ tips to prevent and treat diaper rash at home: Change dirty diapers as soon as possible. The...

Nail fungus May 14th, 2021

Nail fungus causes changes to the infected nails. You may see white spots or a change in the nail’s color. Other signs include debris under the nail and thickening nails. Overview: Nail fungus It’s easy to get a fungal nail infection. If you have a fungal infection on your foot,...

Fillers May 14th, 2021

Fillers: Overview Also called soft-tissue fillers, dermal fillers, soft-tissue augmentation As we age, our skin loses its youthful fullness. Fillers help to restore lost fullness to the face, lips, and hands.  Fillers are popular for several reasons. Patients like that they can return to everyday activities immediately after getting most fillers. They like...

Face Washing 101 May 14th, 2021

How you wash your face can make a difference in your appearance. Follow these tips from dermatologists to help you keep your face looking healthy. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh...

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) May 14th, 2021

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP): Overview What is dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans? Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans: This raised, reddish-brown patch began as a small red lump that grew slowly. Dermatofibrosarcoma (dur-mah-toe-fy-bro-sar-co-ma) protuberans (pro-to-bur-anz) (DFSP) is a rare skin cancer. It begins in the middle layer of skin, the dermis. DFSP tends to grow slowly. It seldom...

Atopic dermatitis May 14th, 2021

Atopic dermatitis: Overview Also called: Eczema This is a common skin disease in children. It is so common that people have given it a few names: Eczema (name most people use) Dermatitis Atopic (a-top-ic) eczema Atopic dermatitis To avoid confusion, we’ll use the medical term atopic dermatitis. Children often get atopic...

How to Apply Self-Tanner May 14th, 2021

These basic tips will help you apply a self-tanner so you get even coverage and longer-lasting results. Follow these steps: Exfoliate. Use a washcloth to exfoliate the skin prior to applying a self-tanner. Using an exfoliating product also will help remove dead skin cells. Spend a little more time exfoliating...

Hidradenitis suppurativa May 14th, 2021

Hidradenitis suppurativa: This skin disease often forms on the underarm. Hidradenitis suppurativa: Overview Also called acne inversa What is hidradenitis suppurativa? Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a disease that usually begins as pimple-like bumps on the skin. The pimple-like bumps tend to develop in places that everyday pimples do not appear....

Diabetes warning signs May 14th, 2021

Diabetes can affect many parts of your body, including your skin. When diabetes affects the skin, it’s often a sign that your blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high. This could mean that: You have undiagnosed diabetes, or pre-diabetes Your treatment for diabetes needs to be adjusted If you notice...

Hives May 14th, 2021

Hives: An allergy to a medicine can cause hives. Hives: Overview Also called urticaria  Hives are welts on the skin that often itch. These welts can appear on any part of the skin. Hives vary in size from as small as a pen tip to as large as a dinner plate....

How to Treat Cold Sores May 14th, 2021

If you have a cold sore – small blisters on the lip or around the mouth – you’re not alone. More than half of Americans ages 14 to 49 carry the virus that causes cold sores. The virus stays in the body even after the cold sores clear. If the...

How to Treat Boils and Styes May 14th, 2021

Boils are pus-filled skin infections that occur around a hair follicle or oil gland. This causes a red, painful lump to form as pus collects under the skin. A boil that occurs on the eyelid is called a stye. To treat a boil or stye at home, dermatologists recommend the...

How to care for pierced ears May 14th, 2021

Although ear piercings are more common and can be less risky than other body piercings, they can still cause complications if not handled safely. For anyone thinking about getting their ears pierced, dermatologists urge people to follow these steps to avoid infection: Always wash your hands before touching newly pierced...

How to Apply Sunscreen May 14th, 2021

Sunscreen is safe and can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it's applied correctly. Follow these tips from dermatologists when applying sunscreen: Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage,...

Get the most from your skin care products May 14th, 2021

Consumers often spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars a year on skin care products in an effort to improve the look of their skin. From anti-aging serums to acne medications, many adults and teens regularly apply medications or treatments to their skin. But does the sequence in which skin...

Dry skin relief May 14th, 2021

Dry skin can flake, itch, crack, and even bleed. To help relieve dry skin, dermatologists offer these tips: Keep baths and showers short. Use warm, not hot water, and a mild cleanser. Gently pat the skin dry. Apply moisturizer after getting out of the bath or shower. Ointments and creams tend to...

Dry skin May 14th, 2021

Simple changes can soothe dry skin Following the same skin care routine year round may not work so well when the humidity drops. Without a change in your skin care, dry air can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed.  To...

Acne May 14th, 2021

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...

Basal cell carcinoma May 14th, 2021

Basal cell carcinoma: This skin cancer often forms on skin that has received years of sun exposure. Basal cell carcinoma: Overview Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It’s also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Every year, millions of people learn...

Bedbugs May 14th, 2021

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...

Acne: Tips to help you see clearer skin May 14th, 2021

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...

Botulinum toxin therapy May 14th, 2021

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 diminish these lines , many choose botulinum toxin...

Actinic keratosis May 14th, 2021

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...

Before getting cosmetic treatment, ask questions May 14th, 2021

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, and bruises on her face....

Coloring and perming tips May 14th, 2021

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 dyeing hair...

Adult acne May 14th, 2021

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...

Eczema: Tips to help children feel better May 14th, 2021

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...

Eczema Bleach bath therapy May 14th, 2021

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 moderate to...

Can you spot skin cancer? May 14th, 2021

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...

Alopecia areata May 14th, 2021

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 on the scalp and elsewhere...

Acne products: How to avoid allergic reaction May 13th, 2021

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 peroxide or salicylic acid....

Acne scars May 13th, 2021

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 scars that cause depressions in the...

Laser hair removal May 13th, 2021

Laser hair removal: Overview Are you tired of shaving, plucking, or waxing? Do you get razor bumps or acne-like breakouts when you get rid of unwanted hair? If so, you may want to consider laser hair removal. Dermatologists use lasers to remove unwanted facial and body hair safely and effectively....

Contact dermatitis May 13th, 2021

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 skin touches...

Dyshidrotic eczema May 13th, 2021

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 the person often gets...

Molluscum Contagiosum May 13th, 2021

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection caused by a virus that spreads easily between people. You can catch this virus through direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching an infected object. While molluscum is usually harmless, it does cause bumps to appear on the skin. These growths can appear several...

Melasma May 13th, 2021

Melasma is a common skin condition. It causes brown to gray-brown patches on the forehead, upper cheeks, nose, upper lip, and sometimes neck and forearms. These patches often develop slowly and can last for many years. WHO GETS MELASMA? Melasma most often occurs in women. Only 10% of people who...

Mohs Surgery: Patient Care Tips May 13th, 2021

Your dermatologist has recommended Mohs micrographic surgery to treat your skin cancer. This tip sheet will provide you with information about what to expect before, during and after your surgery. It is important to know that your dermatologist may also be your Mohs surgeon. Dermatologists who receive advanced training in...

Perioral Dermatitis May 13th, 2021

Perioral dermatitis is a rash that usually forms around the mouth. Perioral means “around the mouth.” Dermatitis is the medical term for “inflamed skin.” People of all skin colors get perioral dermatitis. This rash is most common in young and middle-aged women. Children and adolescents can also get this rash,...

Nail Diseases And Nail Health May 13th, 2021

Your nails can tell you a lot about your health. The skin under and around your nails are susceptible to many diseases. Warning signs of other health problems also can appear on your nails. Good nail care is important because it helps prevent many common nail conditions. In addition to...

Pityriasis Rosea May 13th, 2021

WHAT IS PITYRIASIS ROSEA? Pityriasis rosea (pit-ih-RYE-as-sis ro-ZEA) is a common condition that causes patches of redness and a rash on the skin. These patches can look worrisome, but they are harmless. Once it develops, the rash can last anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks before disappearing. While the rash...

Pruritus (Itch) May 13th, 2021

Pruritus is the medical term for itch. Itching is a common problem that can affect one area of the body or multiple areas at once. Usually, an itch only lasts for a limited period of time. If an itch lasts for more than six weeks, it is considered a chronic...

Rosacea May 13th, 2021

Do you blush or flush easily? When you look in the mirror, do you see redness in the center of your face? Do you also see acne-like breakouts even though your teen years ended decades ago? Where you have redness, do you see tiny veins? Rosacea* If so, you might...

Scabies May 13th, 2021

Scabies is a common skin condition. People get scabies when a mite burrows into the top layer of their skin. This eight-legged bug is so small that you cannot see it on the skin. When your skin reacts to the mite, a very itchy rash develops. Scabies HOW DID YOU...

Scars May 13th, 2021

Scars are marks on the skin that result from the normal healing of wounds caused by accidents, diseases, surgeries or other abnormal changes to the skin. The more skin damage that occurs and the longer it takes to heal, the greater the chance of an obvious scar. However, some people...

Seborrheic Dermatitis May 13th, 2021

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disease that causes a red, scaly, itchy rash typically on the scalp, eyebrows, folds around mouth, and ears. Seborrheic dermatitis can last for years. It tends to clear and flare without warning. Treatment often is necessary to control it. For some people, seborrheic dermatitis...

Seborrheic Keratoses May 13th, 2021

Seborrheic keratoses are common benign (noncancerous) skin growths that can occur anywhere on the body. While it is possible to have a seborrheic keratosis, it is more common to develop many of these growths, especially with increased age. WHAT DOES AN SK LOOK LIKE? Most SKs begin as small, rough...

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) May 13th, 2021

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases, as they used to be called, spread from one person to another during sexual contact. This contact can involve the genitals, anus, skin, or mouth and result in an infection. WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF STIs? There are more than 20 types...

Skin Biopsy: Patient Care Tips May 13th, 2021

Your dermatologist has recommended a biopsy to help diagnose your skin disease. This tip sheet will provide you with information about what to expect before, during and after your procedure. Review this information and follow any personalized directions from your dermatologist. WHAT IS A BIOPSY? To diagnose some skin diseases,...

Skin of Color May 13th, 2021

There are a variety of skin, hair and nail conditions that are common in people with skin of color, such as African Americans, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans. Your dermatologist can help diagnose and treat these skin conditions. SKIN CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE DARKENING OF THE SKIN MELASMA This common condition...

Spider Vein / Varicose Vein Therapy May 13th, 2021

Board-certified dermatologists offer several treatments to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins. The most widely used treatments are sclerotherapy and laser therapy. Your dermatologist will recommend the best treatment option for you after considering several factors, including the type and location of the vein, as well as your...

Squamous Cell Carcinoma May 13th, 2021

If you’ve been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, you are not alone. SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer; however, it’s highly treatable when detected early. WHAT DOES SCC LOOK LIKE? SCC appears on the skin in many shapes. You may see a: Bump that feels crusty...

Acanthosis nigricans May 13th, 2021

Acanthosis nigricans: This skin condition causes areas of skin to darken and thicken as shown here on this 15-year-old girl's hands. Acanthosis nigricans: Overview What is acanthosis nigricans? Acanthosis nigricans (ay-can-THOE-sis NIE-gri-cans) (AN) is a skin condition that causes one or more areas of skin to darken and thicken. The...

Sun Protection for Children May 13th, 2021

Sun protection is important for everyone, no matter what your age. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Whether you’re enjoying a day together at the beach or watching your child participate in an outdoor sport, it’s important to develop habits that will protect the whole...

Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Art May 13th, 2021

How your dermatologist can help If you are considering getting a tattoo or other body art, it is a good idea to speak with your dermatologist. Even if you already have body art and are thinking about adding more, a talk with your dermatologist is still a good idea. Your...

Chemical peels May 13th, 2021

Chemical peels: Overview Also called chemexfoliation, derma peeling Do you wish that you could simply peel signs of aging from your skin? Dermatologists use chemical peels to do just this. A chemical peel can diminish many signs of aging on the face as well as the hands, neck, and chest. Chemical peels...

Tinea Versicolor May 13th, 2021

Although we can’t see it, we all have yeast living on the surface of our skin. When it is hot and humid, yeast tends to grow more quickly. An overgrowth of a certain type of yeast, known as pityriasis versicolor, on the skin can cause a common skin condition known...

Tumescent Liposuction May 13th, 2021

Tumescent liposuction is a surgical procedure that can safely remove stubborn pockets of fat. It is a surgical procedure. It is not a weight-loss surgery. Dermatologists recommend tumescent liposuction for patients who want to: Remove limited, small amounts of fat that remain despite dieting and exercising Treat a lipoma (fatty...

Vascular Birthmarks May 13th, 2021

Birthmarks on the skin of a newborn or that develop on a child’s skin can be upsetting for parents. Most birthmarks appear on the skin when a baby is born. Some develop on a child’s skin after birth. No matter when they develop, most birthmarks are harmless and many even...

Vitamin D: What Your Dermatologist Wants You to Know May 13th, 2021

Vitamin D is an important chemical that helps your body maintain strong and healthy bones. Vitamin D helps the body to use calcium and phosphorus, two minerals that are necessary for healthy bones. Your body naturally produces vitamin D when the skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You...

Vitiligo May 13th, 2021

Most people who develop vitiligo will have it for the rest of their lives. It is very rare for vitiligo to completely improve. WHO GETS VITILIGO? People of all races and skin colors get vitiligo. About half of those who develop vitiligo do so by age 20, while nearly 95...

Warts May 13th, 2021

Warts are common benign growths (not cancer). Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus. They are contagious and spread easily. Many people get a wart when they have skin-to-skin contact with someone else who has a wart. You also can get a wart by touching something that touched another person’s...

Your Dermatologist and Insurance May 13th, 2021

A dermatologist is a medical doctor with extensive training, experience, and dedication for keeping skin, hair, and nails healthy—and healthy-looking—throughout your lifetime. SHOULD I SEE A DERMATOLOGIST? A dermatologist is uniquely trained to look at your skin with their eyes and other tools. Dermatologists can spot possible problems and diagnose...

Actinic Keratoses May 13th, 2021

An actinic keratosis (plural: actinic keratoses) is a common skin growth. In fact, AK treatment is one of the most common reasons that people visit the dermatologist. AKs are caused by years of unprotected exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or indoor tanning beds. AKs are considered precancerous growths....

Allergic Contact Rashes May 12th, 2021

An allergic contact rash (also called allergic contact dermatitis) is a skin reaction that occurs when allergy-causing substances (allergens) touch your skin. If you are sensitive to them, the allergens can cause an itchy rash on swollen, reddened skin. The skin may blister, ooze, form a crust, or flake off....

Mature Skin May 12th, 2021

As you grow older, you will see and feel changes in your skin. You cannot avoid skin changes associated with natural aging. However, there are skin changes you can prevent. There are even diseases, such as skin cancer, that need medical attention. Your dermatologist can be a partner in helping...

Dry Skin and Keratosis Pilaris May 12th, 2021

Dry skin and keratosis pilaris are common. Dry skin can occur at any age and for many reasons. Keratosis pilaris is an inherited skin condition that develops in almost half of the population. Sometimes a dermatologist’s help is necessary to get relief from dry skin and keratosis pilaris. WHAT IS...

Dangers of Tanning May 12th, 2021

A tan is a sign that your skin has been injured. Whether you are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays or visit an indoor tanning salon, every time you tan, your skin is damaged. As this damage builds, you speed up the aging of your skin and increase your...

Cosmeceuticals and Your Skin May 12th, 2021

A cosmeceutical is a unique type of skin care product. Many diverse products fit into this category. Cosmeceuticals include: Anti-aging products that can reduce wrinkles, smooth rough skin and brighten skin tone Creams and lotions that can lighten skin Sunscreen What all these products have in common is the ability...

Common Growths May 12th, 2021

There are a variety of common benign (noncancerous) growths that can appear on the skin. These growths arise for different reasons, and you may develop many of them at one time. Some appear after an injury to the skin or in response to years of sun damage, while others simply...

Chemical Peels May 12th, 2021

A chemical peel is a treatment used to improve your skin’s appearance. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing the top layers of skin to flake or peel away. This reveals new skin that is smoother, appears less wrinkled and may be more even in color. WHAT CAN...

Bullous Disease May 12th, 2021

Bullous (buhl-uhs) diseases are a group of rare blistering diseases. The blisters can form on the skin and mucous membranes. A mucous membrane is the moist tissue lining the mouth, nose, eyes, throat, esophagus (tube that runs from the throat to the stomach), anus, and genitals. There is no cure...

Alopecia Areata May 12th, 2021

WHAT IS ALOPECIA AREATA? Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss in both children and adults. It often begins with a few bald spots on the scalp. It is possible to lose hair anywhere on your body, though. Some people have noticeable hair loss on their eyebrows...

Hidradenitis Suppurativa May 12th, 2021

Hidradenitis suppurativa, also known as acne inversa, is an inflammatory disease that causes bumps to appear on the skin. While these bumps may resemble pimples or boils, they typically appear in places where acne does not, such as the underarms and groin. Many people have HS for life. When the...

Herpes Simplex May 12th, 2021

Herpes simplex is a common viral infection. If you’ve ever had a cold sore, you’ve been infected with the herpes simplex virus. Most cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which is why HSV-1 is also called “oral herpes.” A different yet closely related herpes simplex...

Hand Rashes May 12th, 2021

Hand rashes are common. Our hands touch so many things that can cause a rash. WHY DO HAND RASHES DEVELOP? A hand rash can occur because of something you touched or something going on inside your body. Some rashes appear almost immediately. Others develop over time. Many people get a...

Hair Loss & Hair Restoration May 12th, 2021

When your hair starts to thin or fall out, it can be troubling. If you are experiencing hair loss, a board-certified dermatologist can help determine what type of hair loss you have and recommend treatment options. WHAT IS NORMAL HAIR GROWTH? With more than 100,000 hair follicles on your scalp,...

Genital Warts May 12th, 2021

Genital warts are warts that form in the genital area. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in people who are infected with this virus. HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection. There are more than 100 types of HPV. Only a few types of HPV can cause genital...

Fungal Infections of the Skin May 12th, 2021

For most people, a fungal infection causes a mild skin rash or itching of the skin. Most fungal infections develop on the skin, but a fungal infection also can affect the nails and hair. If a person has a weak immune system due to a medical condition such as HIV...

Facial Rejuvenation May 12th, 2021

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic. This is due to collagen and elastin, the tissues that keep the skin firm, becoming weaker. You may begin to notice fine lines and sagging skin on your face and neck. You also may notice uneven skin tone, sun damage,...

Eczema Treatment: Topical Corticosteroids for Children May 12th, 2021

Your dermatologist has recommended a topical corticosteroid to treat your child’s eczema. This tip sheet will provide you with information on how to use this medication and what to expect while your child is using this medication. Read through this information and follow any personalized instructions from your child’s dermatologist....

Laser Hair Reduction May 12th, 2021

Unwanted hair is a concern for many people. If unwanted hair bothers you, you may want to discuss this with your dermatologist. Many dermatologists offer treatment for unwanted hair. One treatment option is laser hair removal. Laser hair removal reduces the amount of unwanted hair. A laser sends beams of...

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating) May 12th, 2021

Hyperhidrosis is excess sweating. We all need to sweat to keep our bodies cool. However, people with hyperhidrosis seem to have overactive sweat glands. They may sweat even when their body does not need cooling. Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or more areas of the body. Most...

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun May 12th, 2021

Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. Avoiding overexposure to the sun is the most preventable way to reduce your risk for all skin cancers, including melanoma, the deadliest form. Seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and applying sunscreen are important ways to protect your skin from exposure to...

Lichen Planus May 12th, 2021

Lichen planus is a skin disease that also is common inside the mouth. It also can affect your genitals, scalp, fingernails and toenails. WHAT DOES LICHEN PLANUS LOOK LIKE? On each part of the body, lichen planus looks somewhat different. The following describes what you can see on each part...

Videos May 12th, 2021

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Eczema | Atopic dermatitis May 12th, 2021

Eczema is a disease that causes patches of dry, red skin, often accompanied by intense itchiness. Scratching the skin can damage its surface and make the rash worse. The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis. This disease usually begins very early in life. It often occurs in infants...

Lupus and Your Skin May 12th, 2021

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, a condition in which your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. Lupus can affect many organs in your body, including your skin. The skin is affected in approximately two-thirds of people who have lupus. Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) flare WHAT IS LUPUS? There are many...

Moles May 12th, 2021

Moles are common. In fact, light-skinned adults typically have 10 to 40 “common” or “normal” moles on their skin. When you talk to your dermatologist about your moles, he or she may use the word “nevus.” Nevus is the medical term for mole. When your dermatologist is talking about two...

Acne May 11th, 2021

If you have acne, also called acne vulgaris, you’re not alone. It is the most common skin condition in the United States. Approximately 40 to 50 million Americans have acne. Most are teens and young adults but it can occur at any age.Newborns get acne. Children get acne. Even menopausal...

Skin Cancer May 11th, 2021

Skin cancer is the most common cancer. Current estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. The most common warning signs of skin cancer include changes in size, shape, or color of a mole or other...

What is Rosacea? Mar 9th, 2021

Did you know that what you thought might be acne could actually be rosacea? Getting flushed after drinking a glass of wine or when you feel embarrassed is certainly very commonplace; however, if you notice that your nose and cheeks are often bright red and it’s accompanied by little bumps...

Treating Your Psoriasis Mar 8th, 2021

Discover the many ways to control your psoriasis and its symptoms. Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition that causes red, scaly patches, known as plaques, to develop on the surface of the skin. These plaques can develop anywhere but are most often found on the elbows, knees, and scalp. While...

Helping Your Acne Scars Feb 8th, 2021

The most common skin condition affecting adults and teens in the U.S. is acne. While there are many treatments to help clear the skin of existing acne, permanent scars can still be left behind. Fortunately, various methods exist for visibly reducing the appearance of acne scars. Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu, the...

What Exactly Is Fat Transfer? Dec 31st, 2020

Are you looking for a way to reduce your acne scars? If you are living with facial scars caused by cystic acne or an injury you may find yourself embarrassed by your appearance. Here in Glendora, CA, our dermatologist Dr. Sidhu and his team at Foothill Dermatology Medical Center want...

Treating Your Acne Dec 30th, 2020

If you're an adolescent or have teens in your household, you may know the struggles acne pose. This chronic skin problem, characterized by plugged sebaceous glands on the neck, chest, face and back, is unsightly, embarrassing and frustrating. At Foothill Dermatology Medical Center, Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu helps many acne sufferers...

Treating Your Eczema Oct 21st, 2020

If you suffer from eczema, you know how frustrating, uncomfortable and persistent this form of dermatitis can be. Characterized by lingering red, itchy, scaly patches, eczema is a visible and frustrating medical condition that can affect your confidence, comfort and skin health. Children, teens and adults can all be affected...

Laser and Skin Rejuvenation Oct 21st, 2020

Would you like your face to look fuller and firmer? While aging changes personal appearance, your skin can be rejuvenated for a fresher, younger. At Foothill Dermatology Medical Center, Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu and his staff deliver the medical and esthetic dermatology services you need to make the change you want....

What To Look for In Your Moles Oct 21st, 2020

Did you know that an average adult will have anywhere from 10 to 40 moles? These can be quite harmless most of the time, but can also be a cause for alarm when they become cancerous. That is why it is advisable to check your moles at least once a...

Is Your Skin Sun Damaged? Jul 23rd, 2020

Years of sun exposure can take a toll on your skin, leaving you with lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, or sunspots. Fortunately, the dermatologist at Foothill Dermatology Medical Center in Rancho Cucamonga and Glendora CA, Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu, can improve the appearance of your sun-damaged skin with a variety of cosmetic...

Treating Your Psoriasis Jul 10th, 2020

Around 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis. If you are one of them, you are well aware that how you treat your skin makes a huge difference to your symptoms. Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu is a dermatologist at the Foothill Dermatology Medical Center in Rancho Cucamonga and Glendora CA. He can...

Tips To Prevent Skin Cancer And What To Look For Jun 9th, 2020

The American Cancer Society states that half of fair-skinned people who live up to 65 years old will experience at least one type of skin cancer in their lives. Fortunately, regular screenings with your dermatologist, Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu of Foothill Dermatology Medical Center in Glendora and Rancho Cucamonga, CA, can...

Get Control of Your Acne May 22nd, 2020

Ongoing acne problems could be a sign that you need to see a dermatologist.  Acne is the most common chronic skin problem in the US. It can also be a major source of embarrassment, particularly for teens. The good news is that there are ways to prevent acne from forming through...

Are You Keeping a Good Skin Care Routine? May 7th, 2020

How your skincare professionals in Rancho Cucamonga, California can help you look your best. Your skin performs a lot of functions, including helping you look great. Your skin also protects your vital organs and protects your body against bacteria. You want your skin to be healthy, and to look young...

What Exactly is Eczema? Apr 8th, 2020

Could you be dealing with eczema? Find out the telltale signs.  Dealing with rough, red scaly patch of skin that seems to come and go? If so, you could be dealing with a common skin condition known as eczema. Eczema is a non-contagious disease that often appears in childhood. Some...

Are Dermal Fillers Right for Me Feb 24th, 2020

For the smoothest, most youthful skin possible, explore dermal fillers at Foothill Dermatology Medical Center in Glendora and Rancho Cucamonga, CA. As part of your total care plan, you could join the millions dermal fillers have helped achieve wonderful facial appearance. Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu, board-certified dermatologist, is your go-to person...

Protect Your Skin Against Skin Cancer Feb 19th, 2020

Protect Your Skin Against Skin Cancer Skin cancers are cancers that develop on skin. Skin cancers include basal cell, melanoma, and squamous cell. Most skin cancer is caused by damage from UV rays. Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis. There's a lot you can do to protect yourself...

Cosmetic Mole Removal Dec 20th, 2019

Moles are common, pigment-producing cells on your skin and lighter-skinned people tend to have more moles. So, basically, it's not something you should be embarrassed from but Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu provides his patients with cosmetic mole removal at Foothill Dermatology Medical Center in Rancho Cucamonga and Glendora, CA. What are...

Your Acne Treatment Options Sep 24th, 2019

Acne affects millions of teen and adult Americans. Characterized by red, sore and embarrassing pimples on the face, neck, shoulders, back and chest, acne can be controlled, boosting patients' self-esteem. Find out how dermatologist Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu, are your dermatology professionals at Foothill Dermatology Medical Center in Glendora, CA, treat...

Do You Have Rosacea? Sep 24th, 2019

Rosacea is a skin condition associated with redness and inflammation that primarily affects the nose, cheeks, and other areas of the face. There is no cure for rosacea, but treatments are available for reducing redness and swelling. A dermatologist can discuss various treatment options with you. The staff at Foothill...

What is MOHS Micrographic Surgery? Sep 24th, 2019

About "9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day (and) research estimates that non-melanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, affects more than 3 million Americans a year," according to the American Academy of Dermatology. What treatment options are available? MOHS micrographic...

Are You Experiencing Hair Loss? Jul 26th, 2019

While it’s natural to lose about 50-100 hairs every day, if you are noticing that your hairline is receding, or that you have bald spots or thinning hair this could be an issue worth turning to our Glendora and Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dermatologist Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu about. Sure, there are...

Keeping Your Skin Healthy in the Summer May 5th, 2019

Protect against early signs of aging and learn about treatments that target sun damage. It’s never too late to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. No matter whether you are at high risk for developing skin cancer or not, it’s important that you properly care for...

Keeping Your Skin Healthy in the Summer May 5th, 2019

Protect against early signs of aging and learn about treatments that target sun damage. It’s never too late to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. No matter whether you are at high risk for developing skin cancer or not, it’s important that you properly care for...

Cosmetic Mole Removal Apr 11th, 2019

A skin mole is a grouping of cells that shows above the skin that is usually either darker or redder in appearancecompared to the rest of the skin. It can show up anywhere on the body, from the face to the back to the legs. Some patients aren’t happy with...

Have Acne Scars? We Can Help Mar 29th, 2019

Your acne bumps and lesions may be long gone, but the scars it left can still leave you feeling uncomfortable about the appearance of your skin. Here at Foothill Dermatology Medical Center in both Rancho Cucamonga and Glendora, CA, we have a variety of ways to treat acne scars, all...