• 10 things you should know before having laser scar treatment

    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

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  • Cellulite treatments: What really works?

    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 there, it can be hard

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  • Genital herpes

    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

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  • Cold sores

    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 small blister or group of blisters that

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  • Should I hide my child’s skin condition with makeup?

    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

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  • Scars

    Scars: Overview 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 top

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  • When is a mole a problem?

    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

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  • Signs your child’s mole needs to be checked

    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 rarely

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  • Birthmarks

    Birthmarks: Overview 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

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  • 5 ways to help your teenager survive acne

    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

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  • Is that stubborn acne really acne?

    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 conditions

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  • Stubborn acne? Hormonal therapy may help

    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 been disappointed with

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  • 10 skin care habits that can worsen acne

    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 and dermatologists’

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  • What can clear severe acne?

    If you wake up to find a few large pimples on your otherwise clear face, you may consider that severe acne. Likewise, a breakout of whiteheads and blackheads before a first date may seem like severe acne. But that’s not the type of acne we’re talking about here. Severe acne: This 14-year-old boy

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  • Rosacea treatment: Thickening skin

    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 nose. You may

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  • Rosacea treatment: Eye problems

    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 overlooked. In fact, many

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