• Skin Biopsy: Patient Care Tips

    Your dermatologist has recommended a biopsy to help diagnose your skin disease. This tip sheet will provide you with information about what to expect before, during and after your procedure. Review this information and follow any personalized directions from your dermatologist. WHAT IS A BIOPSY? To diagnose

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  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases, as they used to be called, spread from one person to another during sexual contact. This contact can involve the genitals, anus, skin, or mouth and result in an infection. WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF STIs? There are more than 20 types

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  • Seborrheic Keratoses

    Seborrheic keratoses are common benign (noncancerous) skin growths that can occur anywhere on the body. While it is possible to have a seborrheic keratosis, it is more common to develop many of these growths, especially with increased age. WHAT DOES AN SK LOOK LIKE? Most SKs begin as small, rough bumps

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  • Seborrheic Dermatitis

    Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disease that causes a red, scaly, itchy rash typically on the scalp, eyebrows, folds around mouth, and ears. Seborrheic dermatitis can last for years. It tends to clear and flare without warning. Treatment often is necessary to control it. For some people, seborrheic

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  • Scars

    Scars are marks on the skin that result from the normal healing of wounds caused by accidents, diseases, surgeries or other abnormal changes to the skin. The more skin damage that occurs and the longer it takes to heal, the greater the chance of an obvious scar. However, some people may develop a visible

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  • Scabies

    Scabies is a common skin condition. People get scabies when a mite burrows into the top layer of their skin. This eight-legged bug is so small that you cannot see it on the skin. When your skin reacts to the mite, a very itchy rash develops. Scabies HOW DID YOU GET SCABIES? Scabies is contagious. People

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  • ROSACEA

    Do you blush or flush easily? When you look in the mirror, do you see redness in the center of your face? Do you also see acne-like breakouts even though your teen years ended decades ago? Where you have redness, do you see tiny veins? Rosacea* If so, you might have rosacea. Common signs and symptoms

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  • Pityriasis Rosea

    WHAT IS PITYRIASIS ROSEA? Pityriasis rosea (pit-ih-RYE-as-sis ro-ZEA) is a common condition that causes patches of redness and a rash on the skin. These patches can look worrisome, but they are harmless. Once it develops, the rash can last anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks before disappearing. While the rash

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  • Perioral Dermatitis

    Perioral dermatitis is a rash that usually forms around the mouth. Perioral means “around the mouth.” Dermatitis is the medical term for “inflamed skin.” People of all skin colors get perioral dermatitis. This rash is most common in young and middle-aged women. Children and adolescents can also

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  • Molluscum Contagiosum

    Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection caused by a virus that spreads easily between people. You can catch this virus through direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching an infected object. While molluscum is usually harmless, it does cause bumps to appear on the skin. These growths can appear

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  • Mohs Surgery: Patient Care Tips

    Your dermatologist has recommended Mohs micrographic surgery to treat your skin cancer. This tip sheet will provide you with information about what to expect before, during and after your surgery. It is important to know that your dermatologist may also be your Mohs surgeon. Dermatologists who receive

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  • Melasma

    Melasma is a common skin condition. It causes brown to gray-brown patches on the forehead, upper cheeks, nose, upper lip, and sometimes neck and forearms. These patches often develop slowly and can last for many years. WHO GETS MELASMA? Melasma most often occurs in women. Only 10% of people who get melasma

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  • Mature Skin

    As you grow older, you will see and feel changes in your skin. You cannot avoid skin changes associated with natural aging. However, there are skin changes you can prevent. There are even diseases, such as skin cancer, that need medical attention. Your dermatologist can be a partner in helping you keep

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  • Skin Cancer Prevention

    Follow these tips to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and reduce your risk of skin cancer: Apply sunscreen. When you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days, apply sunscreen to all skin that will not be covered by clothing. Reapply approximately every two hours, or after

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  • Your best defense vs. another melanoma

    Check your skin: Skin self-exams can help melanoma survivors find another melanoma early. If you’ve been treated for melanoma, you may never get another melanoma. Many people don’t. But it’s important to know that you have a greater risk of getting another one. Anyone who has had melanoma has

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  • Melanoma strikes men harder

    By age 50, men are more likely than women to develop melanoma. Sun protection can reduce this risk. Researchers have found yet another way that men and women differ. Melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, affects the sexes differently. Men are more likely to die of melanoma than women. This is true

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  • 7 ways to find peace of mind after a melanoma diagnosis

    It’s natural to worry after being diagnosed with melanoma. Getting help dealing with worry and other emotions can bring peace of mind. After a melanoma diagnosis, feelings of worry, fear, or anxiety can be overwhelming. To find out what can help ease these feelings, researchers talked with thousands

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  • What is Mohs surgery?

    Also called Mohs micrographic surgery Used to treat skin cancer, this surgery has a unique benefit. During surgery, the surgeon can see where the cancer stops. This isn’t possible with other types of treatment for skin cancer. The ability to see where the cancer stops gives Mohs (pronounced Moes) two

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  • How can I tell if I have skin cancer

    People of all ages get skin cancer. Checking your skin can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly treatable. Skin cancer is actually one of the easiest cancers to find. That’s because skin cancer usually begins where you can see it. You can get skin cancer anywhere on your skin — from

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  • 10 things you should know before having laser scar treatment

    After two pulsed-dye laser treatments from a board-certified dermatologist (B), this woman’s raised scar (A) is much less noticeable. A laser can seem like a magic wand that can make any scar disappear. Medical lasers, however, are nothing to play with. To get impressive results and avoid serious

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  • Genital herpes

    Genital herpes is an STD. If your partner has genital herpes, you can catch it — even when your partner doesn’t have sores. Genital herpes: Overview What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It’s caused by the herpes simplex virus. Anyone who is sexually active

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  • Scars

    Scars: Overview If you dislike the look of a scar, treatment may make it less noticeable. What exactly is a scar? When you injure your skin, your body naturally repairs the damage. How your body repairs this damage depends on how deeply the injury penetrates your skin. If the injury damages the top

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  • When is a mole a problem?

    Dermatologist examining a new mole. If you develop a new mole after age 30, a dermatologist should examine the mole for signs of melanoma. #1 problem with moles: Melanoma While most moles are harmless, you shouldn’t ignore yours. Melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, can begin in a mole. A bleeding

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  • Signs your child’s mole needs to be checked

    Moles on a child’s skin are generally nothing to worry about. New moles appear during childhood and adolescence. As the child grows, the moles will naturally get bigger. It’s also normal for moles on a child’s skin to darken or lighten. Some moles fade away. These changes are common and rarely

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  • Birthmarks

    Birthmarks: Overview Salmon patches: This harmless birthmark will fade with time and tends to be most noticeable when your baby cries or becomes too warm. What exactly is a birthmark? If your baby has a birthmark, you’ll likely see a spot, patch, or lump that looks different from the rest of

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  • 5 ways to help your teenager survive acne

    Having any type of acne (pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, or acne cysts) can feel devastating for a teenager. Just when our appearance becomes so important and we want to look our best, acne can begin. Some teens seem unfazed by acne. For most teenagers, however, this especially visible skin problem

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  • Is that stubborn acne really acne?

    Pimple-like breakouts around the mouth: This may look like acne, but it’s actually a skin condition called perioral dermatitis — not acne. If you have acne that just won’t go away, you may want to take a closer look at your skin. It’s possible that you don’t have acne. Other skin conditions

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  • Stubborn acne? Hormonal therapy may help

    Women who have acne along their jawline and lower face tend to have good results from hormonal therapy for acne. Do you continue to see acne along your lower face, jawline, and neck despite trying all sorts of acne treatments? Have you taken an antibiotic to treat your acne and been disappointed with

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  • 10 skin care habits that can worsen acne

    While it’s important to wash your face, washing too many times a day can irritate your skin, causing new breakouts. Are you faithfully treating your acne but still seeing new breakouts? Your skin care routine could be to blame. Here you’ll find 10 skin care habits that can worsen acne and dermatologists’

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  • What can clear severe acne?

    If you wake up to find a few large pimples on your otherwise clear face, you may consider that severe acne. Likewise, a breakout of whiteheads and blackheads before a first date may seem like severe acne. But that’s not the type of acne we’re talking about here. Severe acne: This 14-year-old boy

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  • Rosacea treatment: Thickening skin

    Before and after extensive surgery to treat thickened skin on the nose. If you’re diagnosed with rosacea, pay close attention to your skin. If you notice firm, rounded bumps or thickening of the skin on your face, it’s time to see a dermatologist. These changes are most common on the nose. You may

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  • Rosacea treatment: Eye problems

    Swollen eyelids, bloodshot eyes, or a feeling that you have something in your eyes could mean that you have rosacea in your eyes. People who have rosacea are often unaware that it can also develop in their eyes. As a result, symptoms, such as irritated or dry eyes, are often overlooked. In fact, many

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  • Rosacea treatment for acne-like breakouts

    Before and after treatment for acne-like breakouts of rosacea: After 3 laser treatments (right), this woman has less redness and fewer acne-like breakouts. If your rosacea causes breakouts that look like acne, you have some effective treatment options. Here’s what your rosacea treatment plan from

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  • Lasers and lights: How well do they treat rosacea?

    Rosacea patient before and after 2 laser treatments: After treatment (right), the many tiny blood vessels on this patient’s cheek cleared. If you have rosacea, laser or light therapy may be a part of your treatment plan. It’s unlikely to be your only treatment, though. Different treatments for different

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  • Do you have to treat rosacea?

    Rosacea in his eyes and on his skin: Treatment can alleviate the rosacea on this man’s skin and in his eyes. Rosacea is a common skin condition, which can also affect your eyes. When rosacea develops in your eyes, it’s important to treat it. Otherwise, you could develop problems with your eyesight.

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