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Blisters

August 24, 2016

Most everyone has experienced a blister at one time or another. Blisters occur when friction causes the top layers of skin to separate, allowing fluid to accumulate. Blisters often form on the feet, but they can develop anywhere on the body. The likely culprit behind blister formation is a pair of new or poorly fitted...  read more


Cystic Acne

August 17, 2016

There are various types of skin breakouts people experience but cystic acne is one of the most painful and difficult to treat. Cystic acne develops when an infection forms deep in the skin tissue but does not come to a head like pimples. Cystic acne also doesn’t heal with over-the-counter (OTC) medications like other forms...  read more


Chlorine Sensitivity

August 13, 2016

Swimming and summer just seem to go together, but some swimmers develop chlorine sensitivity. Chlorine is a chemical added to pools and hot tubs to kill bacteria. Recommended chlorine levels keep water pH at an ideal 7.4. Lower levels of chlorine may not be enough to keep bacteria at bay and higher levels can result...  read more


Smoking & Skin Damage

August 5, 2016

There are multiple health risks associated with smoking, and the addictive habit can also cause skin damage. Smoking speeds the aging process and causes premature wrinkles. Studies have shown smokers develop wrinkles much sooner than their non-smoking peers. From crow’s feet – the lines the form at the outer corner of the eyes – to...  read more


Urticarial Pigmentosa

July 27, 2016

Urticarial Pigmentosa is a skin disease that occurs when the body produces too many mast cells –blood cells that support the immune system. The condition associated with the overabundance inflammatory cells in the skin is known as cutaneous mastocytosis. Urticarial pigmentosa is the most common variety of cutaneous mastocytosis. Although urticarial pigmentosa is seen most...  read more


Necrotizing Fasciitis

July 21, 2016

Necrotizing fasciitis – sometimes called flesh-eating bacteria – is a very rare disease, but when it does occur, it often makes the headlines. There is no one bacteria to blame for necrotizing fasciitis. Several types of bacteria, including those associated with common illnesses such as strep throat and impetigo, can become flesh-eating bacteria. In some...  read more


Henoch-Schonlein Purpura

July 11, 2016

Henoch-Schonlein purpura, sometimes known as HSP, is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the tiny blood vessels of the skin. It is not clear what triggers the condition, but it often appears a few weeks after an upper respiratory infection such as strep or mycoplasma. HSP is most common in children and the majority...  read more


Cellulite

July 3, 2016

Cellulite is a collection of fat pockets that form under the surface of the skin. These fat pockets protrude into the dermis – the skin layer located directly beneath the outer layer of skin – causing a dimpled, bumpy appearance. When the connective tissue bands located in the dermis weaken, it allows the fat pockets...  read more


5 Common Sunscreen Mistakes

June 26, 2016

Sunscreen is an important tool in preventing sun damage, but improper use can actually lessen the effectiveness of sunscreen. Before stepping out in the sun this summer, take a look at these 5 common sunscreen mistakes you might be making. Not wearing sunscreen daily. Regardless of your age, race, gender or skin tone, you need...  read more


Treating Sunburn

June 17, 2016

Too much fun in the sun without taking the right precautions and you could suffer from sunburn. Although prevention is key, if you happen to over do it, there are some things you should know about treating sunburn. Even if you’ve applied sunscreen – it’s not foolproof. Perspiration, a dip in the pool and waiting...  read more


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