Best Ways to Protect Your Hair From Sun Damage

We all know that the sun’s rays can damage your skin. But did you know the sun also can damage your hair? If your hair has prolonged exposure to the sun, UVA and UVB rays can damage the outside cover of the hair strand, called the cuticle. Signs of sun damage to your hair include discoloration, dry and … Read More

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

Do You Know What’s Growing on Your Loofah?

You may love your loofah, but don’t get too attached. You won’t want the things that can lurk in a loofah to linger. By their nature, loofah sponges have lots of nooks and crannies, and they’re very porous. When people use a loofah to scrub off dead skin cells, those cells become lodged in the … Read More

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Can Ultraviolet Nail Salon Lamps Give You Skin Cancer?

We all know the dangers of tanning beds, and how they can increase your risk for skin cancer. That might have you wondering if it’s equally ill-advised to park your perfectly polished fingertips under the ultraviolet lamp at the nail salon. At the nail salon, these special lamps help to set gel manicures and dry … 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

Skin Tags and Cysts: When You Should Worry

You may be wondering about that little outgrowth of skin that popped up on your otherwise smooth skin surface. Most of the time, a skin tag or cyst is nothing more than unsightly, and usually not painful or bothersome. But sometimes, there might be more to these common skin flaws, and it’s important to know … Read More

Weird Wart Home Remedies—and What Works

A quick Internet search will give you many zany ideas about how to get rid of warts. Various home remedies instruct people to use pineapple juice, baking powder, basil, apple cider vinegar or even toothpaste. Online, you’re advised to do the harmless and quirky: Rub the wart with the inside of a banana peel. And … Read More

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9 Tips for Tattoo Removal

So the event you commemorated with a tattoo is something you’d rather not remember. Or the tattoo you got in your 20s no longer reflects the real you. How easy is it to get rid of your “tat”? Cleveland Clinic dermatologist Allison Vidimos, MD, says that today’s laser technology makes it possible to eliminate or … Read More

4 Tips for Teenage Acne

Acne, a skin problem that typically affects teenagers, develops when pores become clogged by the oils and other substances on the skin. Jennifer Lucas, MD, a dermatologist at Cleveland Clinic, says your first line of defense is a good cleaning regimen. Here are some other tips to keep acne at bay: 1. Look for benzoyl … Read More