• Is any acne treatment safe to use during pregnancy?

    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

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  • Pimple popping: Why a dermatologist should do it

    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,

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  • Is that acne on my baby’s face?

    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

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  • Could a moisturizer help clear your acne?

    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 treatments: Benzoyl

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  • I have acne! Is it okay to wear makeup?

    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 can

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  • Is that acne or rosacea? How to tell them apart

    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 have

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  • Are your hair care products causing breakouts?

    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. Shampoos, conditioners,

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  • Is your workout causing your acne?

    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 continue to play sports, take

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  • Is your sports equipment causing your acne?

    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

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  • Acne can affect more than your skin

    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 can also develop: Depression Anxiety Low

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  • 7 reasons to treat acne early

    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. Here are 7 science-backed

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  • Back acne: How to see clearer skin

    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 can help

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  • How long can I take an antibiotic to treat my acne?

    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

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  • 10 things to try when acne won't clear

    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 make some changes. The following

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  • How do I know if I'm using the right sunscreen?

    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 tell

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  • Stretch marks: Why they appear and how to get rid of them

    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 rupture.

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  • How to find a skin lightener that won't cause serious health problems

    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 damaging your kidneys

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  • How to care for your skin in your 60s and 70s

    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: Prevent

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  • Skin tightening can diminish loose skin

    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 surgery, will give you the most

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

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  • What can treat large facial pores?

    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 can do on your own. Here’s

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  • Caring for your skin in menopause

    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. You may notice

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  • Lupus and your skin

    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 back Thick scaly patch on the face Sore(s)

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  • Tinea versicolor

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

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  • Warts

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

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  • Stasis dermatitis

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

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  • Seborrheic dermatitis

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

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  • Tattoo removal

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

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  • Sebaceous carcinoma

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

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  • Squamous cell carcinoma

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

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  • Who's got your back

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

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  • Wrinkle Remedies

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

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  • Vitiligo

    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

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  • Scleroderma

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

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  • Scalp psoriasis

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

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