• 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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  • Skin Care on a Budget

    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).

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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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  • 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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  • Skin Self-Exam: How to Do

    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

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  • Tips for treating poison ivy

    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 spread to

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  • Psoriasis

    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

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  • Skin cancer in people of color

      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

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  • Molluscum contagiosum

      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

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  • Tips for Healthy Nails

    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.

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  • Moles

      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 normal. You should

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  • Tips for Healthy Hair

    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 produces.

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  • Proper Wound Care: How to Minimize a Scar

    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 heals. While scars from surgery or over joints

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  • Rosacea: Skin Care Do's and Don'ts

    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 drinks

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  • Shingles

      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

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  • Preventing skin conditions in athletes

    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

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