When It’s Time to See a Doctor About Your Teen’s Acne

Pimples are par for the course during teenage years, thanks to hormonal changes that increase the skin’s oil production during puberty. That oil mixes with dead skin cells on the body and clogs pores, trapping bacteria inside. Then, pop! There comes a pimple. While some teens escape with only mild blemishes that are relatively inconsequential, … Read More

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5 Ways to Exfoliate Your Skin Without Irritation

When you exfoliate, you whisk away dead skin cells that can dull your complexion and cause your skin to appear ruddy and splotchy. “The change of seasons is a great time to refresh your skin, especially after the long winter months,” says aesthetician Brittany Ballachino. In fact, she says regular exfoliation gives you a beautiful … Read More

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Acne Products May Cause Dangerous Side Effects

Over-the-counter acne treatments can help you keep your skin clear and blemish-free. But some of these lotions and gels also could produce dangerous reactions that may, in rare circumstances, be life-threatening. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning that says products containing the ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause rare … Read More

Your 8 Biggest Acne Myths Busted

When pimples start popping up, so does the advice about treating and preventing acne. But it isn’t always backed by medical evidence, so it’s important to be able to separate fact from fiction. We asked dermatologist Jennifer Lucas, MD, to address these commonly held acne beliefs: 1. Putting Listerine or toothpaste on a zit will clear it up Maybe, … Read More