Thinking of getting a new tattoo? First, think about it for a while as most tattoos are permanent and expensive to treat and remove should you change your mind. Although New York State licenses tattooists, it does not require them to provide any aftercare instructions. When you get tattooed, your skin gets wounded in the [...]
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Pollution in the air may be waging war on your skin. A recent study looked at 2000 women who had lived in more heavily polluted areas. Over the course of 30 years, these women had increased pigmentation on their cheeks and more wrinkles on their skin compared to women who lived in more rural areas. [...]
Are you bothered by acne? Think again. What you really may have is rosacea. What's the difference? People with acne are primarily bothered by blackheads and pimples. Acne can start during the teenage years , but an increasing number of women and men may develop acne in their 30s or 40s. Most people who have [...]
Have psoriasis? A recent study showed that people with psoriasis may have an increased risk of developing migraine headaches. If you believe that you are troubled by frequent headaches, see your primary care doctor. There is effective treatment for migraines. It is not known yet if treatment of psoriasis reduces the risk of migraines, but [...]
It's winter, even if it doesn't feel like it! As we get older our skin tends to dry out quicker. If fact most people will notice that their skin looks scaly and cracked, especially over the arms and legs. Frequent washing with soaps, cold weather, and low humidity conspire to remove the water that our [...]
How often should you see your dermatologist for routine skin exams? The government says maybe not at all. The US Preventive Services Task Force recently released “a draft update of its statement on visual skin cancer exams for people who don’t show signs of [skin] disease.” The USPSTF, “in the draft...reiterated its view that the [...]
The Daily Mail (UK) (11/24, Jourdan) reports that antibiotics, the “mainstay treatment of acne for decades,” appear to be “rapidly losing their curative powers because the bacteria” that cause the condition “are becoming resistant to them.” Patients “using antibiotics for too short a course is thought to be to blame, but also treatments that continue [...]
A study revealed that women who develop menopause later in life (age 55 or older) and women who were treated with menopausal hormonal therapy had a higher risk of developing the most common type of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma). This is thought to be due to longer exposure to the hormone estrogen. This hormone [...]
Here's a subject most people don't want to hear about - bedbugs. Unfortunately, bedbugs are here to stay and have become more numerous at hotels and apartment complexes. This resurgence is due to a ban on strong insecticides including DDT which easily killed these pests. If you do travel, check out your hotel on the internet [...]
According to research from the World Health Organization, peoples’ misunderstanding of antibiotics is contributing to the increase in drug-resistant infections. A survey released by the WHO revealed that 64 percent of participants incorrectly believed that antibiotics could be used to treat colds and the flu. Most of these infections are caused by viruses and do [...]