• Nummular dermatitis

      Nummular dermatitis: This skin problem often causes coin-shaped rashes on the skin that can itch or burn. Nummular dermatitis: Overview Also called discoid eczema People who get this skin problem often see distinct, coin-shaped (nummular) or oval sores on their skin. Nummular dermatitis often appears

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  • Psoriatic arthritis

    What is psoriatic arthritis? Do you have psoriasis? If so, it's important to pay attention to your joints. Some people who have psoriasis get a type of arthritis called psoriatic (sore-ee-at-ic) arthritis. This arthritis often begins with a few swollen joints. A single finger or toe may be noticeably

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  • How to Shave

    Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women. Here are dermatologists’ tips to help you get a clean shave: Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Taking a shower or bath is a great way to soften your hair. Next, apply a shaving cream or gel. Be sure to shave

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  • Herpes simplex

      Herpes simplex: After clearing, herpes simplex sores can return. When the sores return, the outbreak tends to be milder than the first outbreak. Herpes simplex: Overview Herpes simplex is a common viral infection. If you’ve ever had a cold sore or fever blister, you picked up the herpes simplex

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  • Who's got your back

    Think applying sunscreen to your own back is easy? In the video above, the American Academy of Dermatology uses an ultraviolet (UV) camera to show just how hard it is to cover your own back with sunscreen. As people attempt to apply sunscreen to their own backs – the UV camera quickly reveals all the

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  • Hidradenitis suppurativa

      Hidradenitis suppurativa: This skin disease often forms on the underarm. Hidradenitis suppurativa: Overview Also called acne inversa What is hidradenitis suppurativa? Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a disease that usually begins as pimple-like bumps on the skin. The pimple-like bumps tend to develop

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  • Imiquimod: A treatment for some skin cancers, genital warts

      Sun-damaged skin: People with sun-damaged skin have a higher risk for developing AKs. Imiquimod: Overview Imiquimod (ih-mih-kwih-mod) is a prescription medicine that you use at home. It comes in a cream that you apply to your skin. Your dermatologist may prescribe imiquimod to treat: Actinic

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  • Seborrheic dermatitis

      Seborrheic dermatitis: Despite its appearance, this skin disease is not caused by poor hygiene. Seborrheic dermatitis: Overview This is a very common skin disease that causes a rash. When this rash appears, it often looks like the one pictured above. The skin tends to have a: Reddish color.

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  • Melasma:Tips to Make It Less Noticeable

    Melasma is a common skin problem that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. More likely to affect women and people with darker skin tones, melasma affects more than six million women in the U.S.  Although the exact causes of melasma are unclear, common triggers include sun exposure, pregnancy,

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  • Impetigo

      Impetigo: Blisters and crusts on a child’s face are common signs of impetigo. Impetigo: overview Also called school sores Impetigo (im-peh-tie-go) is a common skin infection, especially in children. It’s also highly contagious. Most people get impetigo through skin-to-skin contact with someone

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  • Seborrheic keratosis

      Seborrheic keratosis: This non-cancerous growth can grow quite thick and have a warty surface. Seborrheic keratoses: Overview Seborrheic keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik care-uh-TOE-sis) is a common skin growth. It may look worrisome, but it is benign (not cancer). These growths often appear in middle-aged

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  • How to Style Hair Without Damage

    How you style your hair can cause hair to look brittle, frizzy and lackluster or even fall out. Follow these tips from dermatologists to help style your hair without causing damage. Dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower or bath. Another alternative is letting your hair air-dry.

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  • Squamous cell carcinoma

      Squamous cell carcinoma: This man's skin has been badly damaged by years of sun exposure. He has a squamous cell carcinoma on his face. Squamous cell carcinoma: Overview Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer in humans. About 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in

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  • Merkel cell carcinoma

      Merkel cell carcinoma: This rare skin cancer can appear on the skin as a hard patch (1) or firm bump (2). Merkel cell carcinoma: Overview What is Merkel cell carcinoma? Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare skin cancer. It is also an aggressive skin cancer. MCC is considered aggressive because it

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  • How to Treat Boils and Styes

    Boils are pus-filled skin infections that occur around a hair follicle or oil gland. This causes a red, painful lump to form as pus collects under the skin. A boil that occurs on the eyelid is called a stye. To treat a boil or stye at home, dermatologists recommend the following tips: Make a warm

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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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