• Thermage for Tighter Skin

    Beautiful face with peacock feather

        Thermage is a skin-tightening treatment that focuses radiofrequency energy on deeper collagen-containing layers of skin, thereby stimulating collagen production. The dermis is composed of collagen proteins arranged in parallel layers of fiber, called “fibrils,” which form the matrix that holds the skin together. With aging, the fibril layers loosen and become less organized, […]

  • Your Skin is a Suit of Armor


        Skin is the largest organ in the body. Our skin performs the immensely important function of providing a barrier between ourselves and our environment. Recent research shows that much of the reason that skin is so effective in this regard is because it resists tearing even under extreme stress. Using x-ray beams that […]

  • Coffee as Cancer Prevention?

    Cup of hot latte art coffee on wooden table

        There may now be intriguing evidence that caffeine may act as a molecular sunscreen. According to recent research, people who drank more than four cups of coffee on average per day, had a 20% lower risk of developing melanoma over ten years.   Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is triggered by […]

  • Close Shave for Women


      One of the primary reasons that men’s faces seem to age better than women’s is that men exfoliate their skin with safety razors. Now, an increasing number of women are shaving their facial hair to gain the same benefit. While this may seem to be a somewhat odd (and even counterproductive) habit, notable women […]

  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

    vein center

      No longer willing to endure tedious plucking or painful and lengthy electrolysis, increasing numbers of women and men are turning to laser hair removal. In fact, it has become one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, ranking only behind wrinkle-relaxing injections in terms of frequency of procedures performed. Quick […]

  • Fat Deposits Around the Eyes

    Man in bathroom applying cosmetics on his face

        Middle-aged and older adults are particularly likely to experience little yellow deposits that develop under the skin, most commonly on the eyelids near the nose. These cholesterol-filled plaques, known as “xanthelasma,” occur more often in women and are always benign. However, they are often indicative of high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides or other […]

  • Hardening of the Skin

    dermatologist examining senior woman's skin

          The chronic connective tissue disease known as “scleroderma” is derived from the two Greek words “sclero,” meaning hard, and “derma,” meaning skin. Generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic disease, scleroderma is not contagious, infectious, cancerous or malignant. Research thus far only indicates that the disease is not necessarily genetic (although there is […]

  • To Scratch an Itch

    Itching In A Woman

    We all know that scratching provides temporary relief from itchy skin by creating a mild sense of pain that nerve cells transmit to the brain instead of itch signals. The problem is, particularly among those with chronic itching problems, scratching often leads to a vicious cycle of more itching and scratching. Recent research has led […]

  • Botox Improves More Than Just Wrinkles

    Botox or plastic surgery concept.

        Botox treatments have already gained widespread popularity as a non-invasive way to reduce facial wrinkles. Not only does Botox temporarily relax the muscles that cause wrinkles, but recent research suggests that it also improves skin’s “pliability” and “elasticity” for up to four months. This is an important finding, because pliability (stretchiness) and elasticity […]

  • A New Weapon to Fight Melanoma?

    Dermatologist examining patient skin

        Melanoma may be less common than other types of skin cancer, but it is also the most serious. As researchers look for new ways to extend the survival rates of those with advanced cases of this life-threatening disease, their focus centers on a new generation of virus-based drugs that have shown benefits in […]

  • Hives with No Identifiable Cause

    Man Scratching Allergic Skin

      “Chronic idiopathic urticaria” is the medical term for hives that appear on the skin for no readily identifiable reason. When these itching, burning, painful skin rashes appear daily over prolonged periods, it can lead sufferers to become demoralized. While most cases of “acute urticaria” lasting less than six weeks seemed to be triggered by […]

  • Promising New Psoriasis Drug

    Psoriasis on elbows

        The FDA recently approved a drug to treat plaque psoriasis, which is characterized by patches of thick, red skin and silvery scales that most commonly form on the elbows, knees, scalp, face, and folds in the skin. Psoriasis patches appear as a result of the body’s immune system attacking healthy skin by mistake, […]

  • Lip Service

    taking care of her lips

      Unlike other parts of the skin, lips do not contain oil glands, so they are a great deal more susceptible to drying out and chapping (cracking). While this may be an occasional problem for most people, some may develop “cheilitis,” which is a more severe form of chapped lips. Dental trauma and excessive saliva […]

  • Psoriasis Linked to Cancer Risk

    Doctor's check-up

      Several studies suggest that psoriasis is linked with an increased risk of certain cancers, including non-melanoma skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This heightened risk might be due, in part, to chronic inflammation associated with psoriasis. Because the severity of the psoriasis is one of the factors that links the skin disease […]

  • Chemical Peels

    A young girl in a beauty salon

        Patients undergo chemical peels to treat acne scars, sun-damaged skin, crow’s feet, sagging skin, and wrinkles. This skin-rejuvenating technique improves the appearance of facial, neck or hand skin with the application of a chemical solution that exfoliates skin to promote the emergence of new, regenerated skin underneath. A superficial chemical peel treats mild […]

  • Scar Management

    scar dermabrasion

      While the very mention of the word “scar” seems to imply permanence, there are a number of ways to minimize fibrous tissue deemed to be unattractive. Depending on the patient’s age and the severity and type of scar, the dermatologist may recommend any number of dermatological procedures to minimize scars. These include “dermabrasion,” which […]

  • Careful Makeup Application

    make up

      If you are recovering from laser resurfacing or a chemical peel, be good to your new skin! When the doctor provides you with clearance to use makeup, give careful consideration to the type of makeup you use during your recovery period. Consider using mineral makeup which is made with few, if any, preservatives. Its […]

  • Going Through a Rough Patch

    keratosis pilaris

      Those rough patches and small acne-like bumps usually found on the arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks may not hurt, but they can be difficult to treat. Keratosis pilaris is an inherited skin condition that arises from a buildup of a hard protein (keratin) that gets trapped around hair follicles. The keratin forms a scaly […]

  • Not a New Wrinkle

    Mature woman

      As millions of people continue their fight against wrinkles, it is reported that Americans spent more than $2.7 billion on Botox and injectable cosmetic fillers in 2013. While Botox is used to relax facial muscles that can induce facial wrinkling, injectable gel fillers consist of substances such as hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite (Juvederm, […]

  • Psoriasis’ Quality of Life Effect


      Many of the approximately 7.5 million Americans who have psoriasis do not fully realize the degree to which the disease affects them and those with whom they live. Accumulating research concerning psoriasis patients increasingly shows that their quality of life may be impaired by the disease to the extent that they may experience higher […]

  • The Wrong Place to Get Vitamin D

    Handsome young man relaxing

      There is little question that vitamin D provides a number of health benefits. This important nutrient is produced when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. However, no one is suggesting that anyone bathe in the sun to get the needed amounts. It is well-known that overexposure to the sun is damaging to […]

  • The Non-Surgical Facelift

    Portrait of a charming young woman

      Sagging skin is one of the most noticeable signs of aging. When you look old, you tend to feel old and perhaps a bit depressed. These feelings are not necessary in today’s age of non-surgical face lifts. A traditional facelift may tighten facial skin and get rid of wrinkles, but it does not address […]

  • The Most Common Type of Skin Cancer

    Doctor examining businessman

      Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer, with diagnoses of an estimated 2.8 million cases in the United States annually. This type of skin cancer arises from the skin’s basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). BCC is seldom life-threatening, […]

  • Treatment Options for Women with Acne

    Beautiful woman checking her complexion

      While it is known that antibiotics and birth control pills together can improve acne in women, researchers sought to compare the two treatments side by side. They found that, while antibiotics cleared acne more effectively in the short term, birth control pills caught up in terms of effectiveness in the long term. After three […]

  • Smoking and Skin Damage

    stop smoking

      One of the primary reasons that young people start smoking cigarettes is that they want to look older, and ironically, that is exactly what smoking does. Scientific proof of this fact comes from a study involving analysis of the faces of identical twins who recently celebrated the annual Twin Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. […]

  • Regular Check Ups Can Prevent Skin Cancer

    At dermatologist

      If you believe that having healthy skin is as important as having healthy teeth, you should visit the dermatologist at least as often as you visit the dentist. That is to say that even people with a low risk of developing skin cancer should visit the dermatologist once a year. If you have a […]

  • Is Viagra Linked to Melanoma?

    Senior Couple Walking

      Sometimes research uncovers something that cannot readily be explained but should not be dismissed out of hand. Such was the case recently when a study involving 26,000 men revealed that those who used the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra) had nearly twice the risk of developing melanoma than men who never used the drug. […]

  • What is Your Skin Trying to Tell You About Your Overall Health?

    Anti Aging

          A woman’s skin can reveal more than her age. It can also divulge important health information regarding blood pressure and susceptibility to heart disease and stroke. According to research involving 260 women with an average age of 63, those with fewer wrinkles were found to have lower blood pressure, lower risk of […]

  • Is This Psoriasis?


        About 80 percent of people who develop the inflammatory skin condition known as psoriasis have so-called “plaque” psoriasis. Symptoms include patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scales. These plaques usually form on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp, although they may appear anywhere on the body. This uncomfortable skin condition […]

  • Preventing Burns During Campfire Season

    campfire burns

      The danger of suffering serious skin burns does not begin and end with seasonal fireworks. Family camping with open campfires and/or barbeque cooking can also pose a real danger any time of the year. Children are usually thrilled at the sight of an open campfire, and rightly so, because it gives them the chance […]

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