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...

TREATING ROSACEA

Rosacea is a skin disease that causes flare-ups of reddened, bumpy facial skin. Over time, the 16 million Americans who suffer from the chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder may also display ruddier and more persistently red skin as well as visible blood...

NICKEL ALLERGY

Nickel allergy, which is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, affects about 10 to 12 percent of the female population and 6 percent of the male population. The rash, redness, swelling of skin, dry patches, and sometimes blisters that...

PSORIASIS

About 80 percent of people who develop the inflammatory skin condition known as psoriasis have so-called “plaque” psoriasis. Symptoms include patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scales. These plaques usually form on the elbows, knees, lower back,...

INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

If you get regular manicures, you should be aware that new research shows that the ultraviolet (UV) lamps used in some nail salons to dry and cure nail polish may pose a skin cancer risk. These UV lamps deliver the same UV rays that make tanning beds so dangerous....

DO YOU EXPERIENCE CHRONIC HIVES?

Hives (known medically as “urticaria”) are raised, red, itchy areas of skin that vary in size and shape. While each hive typically lasts no more than 6-12 hours, they can disappear from one place and appear in another. Their cause is often elusive, and some...