Skin and Beauty

Appearance-related features, tips and tools.

Surviving Cancer (Three Times!): How One Look Good Feel Better Participant Didn’t Let Her Disease Define Her

Jessica Melore is a Look Good Feel Better program graduate, award-winning speaker, writer, and patient advocate.  A beautiful, vibrant young woman in her mid-thirties, one would never suspect upon meeting her that she has endured numerous health crises in her young life, including three bouts of cancer, a heart attack and a limb amputation.  Through […]

Sunscreen 101: Answers to Your Burning Questions

By Henry W. Lim, MD , FAAD , CS Livingood Chair and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology Henry Ford Hospital Detroit, Michigan Like most over-the-counter products, not all sunscreens are created equal. Some sunscreens provide higher sun protection, whereas others contain ingredients that are better suited for children’s skin. The key is choosing a […]

Sunscreen Tips for Sensitive Skin

You know that sunscreen is an essential step in protecting your skin from skin cancer and sun damage. If you have sensitive skin, however, you may find that some UV-blocking lotions irritate your skin. You may also be allergic to some common ingredients in sunscreens. While it may be temping to avoid the redness, stinging, […]

Defying Age… And Cancer?

Certain new anti-aging skin treatments may have cancer prevention benefits. By Heather Stringer At 45 Rose Heller was the picture of health. The Fort Smith, Arkansas, resident cycled 200 miles per week, worked as a personal trainer, and taught Pilates classes. But there was one part of her body that bothered Rose: her skin. Years […]

Managing Skin Conditions in Pregnancy 

Dermatologists can provide pregnant patients with safe, effective treatments for eczema, psoriasis, and acne. By Jenny Eileen Murase, MD, FAAD Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology University of California, San Francisco Expectant mothers take many steps to maintain their good health and pro­mote the health of their babies. A pregnant wom­an with chronic skin conditions may […]

Sports Enthusiasts: Stay Sun-Safe This Summer

Tips for optimal sun protection during golf, biking, swimming, and other outdoor pursuits  With summer swiftly approaching, outdoor sports enthusiasts can once again look forward to time on the links, in the pool, on the track and other places where the sun’s rays will surely enhance their enjoyment. But diligent efforts at ultraviolet (UV) sun […]

Rash 101

How to tell if a rash needs medical attention By Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, MPH, FAAD Associate Professor of Dermatology Harvard Medical School To the untrained eye, all rashes may look alike and seem easily treatable with over-the-counter oral antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream, but it is not so simple. Rashes can appear as blotches, welts, or […]

Sun Safety Playbook

Patients Rising offers tips and strategies to stay sun safe. Skin Cancer DOES NOT Discriminate 1 out of 5 Americans will get skin cancer,1 and although melanoma incidence is higher in caucasians, the 5-year survival rates for African Americans (78%) is significantly low­er than that of caucasians (92%).2 65% of those with skin of color […]

Gel Manicures: The Good, the Bad, and the UV

By Chris G. Adigun, MD, FAAD Board-certified Dermatologist The past decade has seen a surge in the popularity of gel manicures, which are valued for their appearance and durability. There are some risks associated with these manicures, however, including skin damage from the ultraviolet light used during the curing process. If a gel manicure is […]

Blotchy Skin: What Can Be Done?

Tips to prevent and treat redness  Millions of people suffer from blotchy skin. Red, white, or dark patches may be irritated or itchy and may appear anywhere on the body but are most common—and most visible—on the arms, neck, and face. “The first thing to do in treating blotchy skin is to figure out what […]

Protect Your Skin from Winter Sun

Tips for cold-weather skin safety. Even if you’re not heading south for a vacation in the sun, winter is no time to bypass protective measures for your skin. “When we think of the effects of cold weather on the skin, we tend to think about frostbite, chapping, and windburn,” says Robert Levine DO, FAOCD of […]

Menopause and Skincare

If you thought the pesky breakouts of adolescence were behind you, think again. Just like bad fashion trends, those breakouts cycle back around again—during menopause. That’s right—as if hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep loss weren’t punishment enough during menopause, your skin may rebel on you, too.

Acupuncture May Help Treat a Variety of Skin Disorders

From extreme discomfort to changes to your appearance, skin disorders can have a major impact on your quality of life. They can also be tricky to treat without major interventions like potent drugs and cosmetic procedures. With this in mind, if you suffer from a skin condition, you’ll be happy to know that, according to […]

Vibrant Skin at Any Age

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) expert Bethanee J. Schlosser, MD, PhD, FAAD, offers skin care tips for your forties and fifties. “It’s possible to have vibrant skin at any age, as long as you take steps to properly care for your skin,” says board-certified dermatologist Bethanee J. Schlosser, MD, PhD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology […]

Advances in Melanoma Research

By Meg Monday Melanoma is a potentially fatal type of skin cancer that begins in the melanocytes, which are the cells that are responsible for skin color. The incidence rate of melanoma has been climbing steadily since the early 1970s. Of the more than 1 million new diagnoses of skin cancer each year, roughly 68,000 […]