November 20, 2017
November 8, 2017
Warts are caused by human papillomavirus, a family of viruses with more than 100 different strains that can affect both genital and nongenital areas of the body. Roughly 60% of these strains trigger nongenital warts, often on hands and feet. The virus amplifies the output of tissue-generating cells, which produce thick, knobby growths. The immune system generally keeps HPV in check during adulthood, but as immunity decreases with age, warts may become more common. The growths often clear up on their own, but since HPV is transmissible and the warts can spread, it's best to deal with them as soon as they're visible.
September 29, 2017
Few things can wreck a person’s confidence like a big old pimple. It would be cruelly ironic if stressful situations — a wedding, say, or a public speaking engagement — could trigger a breakout. Unfortunately, experts say the associations between stress and acne are now well-established.
September 29, 2017
Cracked teeth, low energy, and a poor complexion are just a few of the signals that you might be way too stressed out.
July 20, 2017
If you think that fall’s sweater weather is to blame for a sudden bout of itchy, red armpits, don’t sell that wool turtleneck just yet. Your deodorant might be the culprit. Dermatologists have long known that the chemicals in your favorite deodorants and antiperspirants can make that tender skin feel like it’s on fire. “That’s because the openings of the hair follicles make this vulnerable part of your body more porous, and the skin rubs together,” explains Adam Friedman, MD, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dermatologists say patients usually come in with two complaints: irritation from antiperspirants and allergic reactions from fragrance in deodorants. “Irritation hurts and can occur within an hour. It’s dark red or pink and looks like a sunburn,” says Friedman. “But with allergic dermatitis, it takes a couple of hours for your immune system to respond. You get swelling and intense itching, and you can see fluid weeping,” he explains.
July 18, 2017
You already know that sunscreen, protective clothing, and staying out of the sun during peak hours are your best defenses against deadly melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. But considering that 40-50 percent of Americans will eventually develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime, you may want to step up your game even further. That's where the following strategies come in.
July 14, 2017
In early June, Eileen Korey visited Kari Phillips, her longtime colorist, for a touch up. As Phillips was sectioning her client's hair for the color, she noticed a mark on the back of Korey's head.
“Did you hit your head?” Phillips asked. “I see something here and I don’t like what I see."
Phillips snapped a photo and showed it to Korey, a former TV health reporter in Cleveland.
“It was very frightening looking. Even though she said it was less than the size of a dime, it varied in color and it had varied edges. It looked like a bruise and it was flat and not raised,” Korey told TODAY.
Phillips colors Korey's hair every three weeks and knew that that spot hadn't been there before.
July 10, 2017
There are certain skincare staples that we know like the back of our hands: cleanser, body wash and moisturizer, just to name a few. But toner and astringent? Admit it, you’ve heard of them (and probably use one or both of them) but you can’t explain how they differ or if they even differ at all. To get to the bottom of this great debate, we enlisted the help of two skincare pros to tell us all about toners and astringents (and which one is right for us!).
June 21, 2017
Long days and strong rays mean it's time to upgrade your basic daily sunscreen habit to a full-on slather. We all know that using sunscreen helps to prevent sunburns and skin damage, but we're stumped when it comes to the gibberish slew of letters and numbers on the label. Read on to learn what nine common sunscreen terms mean.
June 14, 2017
When chronic, unresponsive eruptions don't respond to standard treatments, think cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, says Frank Glass, MD in an interview with Adam Friedman, MD. Dr. Glass offers tips on proper biopsy technique and making sense of histopathologic findings. He also discusses staging and treatment.
Healing is a seriously complicated process, but there are certain things we can do (or not do) that can speed things up and reduce the chances of complications including infections and unsightly scars.
June 12, 2017
June 7, 2017
Correctly applying sunblock can go a long way toward helping prevent skin damage caused by the sun's harmful rays.
May 31, 2017
It is not so much when you exercise that affects sleep but perhaps how consistent you are with your wake time and your sleep time as well as with what you eat and when, an expert says.
May 31, 2017
An imbalance of bacteria may lead to annoying issues like eczema and acne. Here's how to fix it.
May 31, 2017
If your skin has a tendency breakout come summer, you’re not alone. The combination of triple-digit temperatures and outdoor activities makes the perfect breeding ground for a blemish or two. “People tend to break out in the summertime because the hot, humid weather means more sweating and oil accumulation on the skin. Ultimately, this means more food to feed acne and block pores,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, of Zeichner Dermatology. So as not to let warm-weather acne wreak havoc on our faces, we asked a few dermatologists how to prevent summer breakouts from happening.
Since the weather, specifically hot weather, greatly affects our skin, Charlene DeHaven, MD, and clinical director of iS Clinical skincare says it’s important to plan seasonal skincare routines. So, just what should we be doing differently in the summer than in the winter? According to dermatologists, we should change up our cleansing routine, wash our hair more frequently, and retire our toner. For more dermatologist-recommended ways in which to ward off summer breakouts, keep on reading.
Researchers are trying to mimic the way the body uses nanoparticles to produce protection for the skin against the sun.