ADULT ACNE

Acne may be an adolescent affliction, but it also affects many adults, particularly women. In some cases, adolescent acne may not disappear completely (“persistent acne”). Otherwise, acne may develop for the first time in adulthood (“late onset acne”). The problem...

HARDENING OF THE SKIN

The chronic connective tissue disease known as “scleroderma” is derived from the two Greek words “sclero,” meaning hard, and “derma,” meaning skin. Generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic disease, scleroderma is not contagious, infectious, cancerous, or...

STARTING FROM SCRATCH

We all know that scratching provides temporary relief from itchy skin by creating a mild sense of pain that nerve cells transmit to the brain instead of itch signals. The problem is, particularly among those with chronic itching problems, scratching often leads to a...

LIP SERVICE

Unlike other parts of the skin, lips do not contain oil glands, so they are a great deal more susceptible to drying out and chapping (cracking). While this may be an occasional problem for most people, some may develop “cheilitis,” which is a more severe form of...

CONTAGIOUS CHILDHOOD SKIN INFECTION

The highly contagious skin infection known as “impetigo,” which primarily affects infants and children, is caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal bacteria, or both. The infection produces symptoms of red sores, often on the face, especially around a child’s nose...