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Love Your Skin – Valentine’s Day health tips for skin

February 12, 2016

Show your skin a little love this month through healthy living. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, this time of year is all about love and that includes loving your skin. Expensive skin care products and fancy packaging may look appealing, but dermatologists know the best way to truly love your skin is by taking care...  read more

The Facts About Hair Loss

A certain degree of hair loss is normal for both men and women. Most people shed a small number of hairs – about 50 to 100 – every day, but thinning and bald spots are an indication of more extreme hair loss. There are a number of conditions that lead to hair loss. Hereditary baldness,...  read more

Healthy Nails

Healthy nails don’t just happen; proper routine nail care is needed to avoid nail problems and injury. Nails are mostly keratin, the same protein found in hair and skin. The root of the nail grows from a small pocket under the skin called the matrix. New cells produced in the matrix constantly force old cells...  read more

Scars - Minimizing scarring after injury

After injury complete scar prevention may not be possible, but there are steps you can take to minimize scar tissue formation. Scars are part of the natural healing process. When the deep dermal layer of the skin is injured, the body produces collagen – a strong, fibrous protein – to close the wound and repair...  read more

Keratosis Pilaris

February 9, 2016

Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that affects both children and adults. Characterized by tiny skin bumps, keratosis pilaris is sometimes described as “chicken skin,” since it resembles the skin of a plucked fowl. The dry, rough patches of skin seen in keratosis pilaris are dotted with small bumps that look like pimples. The...  read more


Keloids occur as a result of abnormal healing of the skin following injury such as surgery, trauma and various skin conditions including chickenpox. Some keloids develop immediately, while others continue to grow over time. Keloids form when an overgrowth of fibrous tissue occurs outside the injury border producing a lumpy, misshapen tumor. The abnormal scar...  read more

Body Piercings

Body piercings are puncture wounds made in body tissue to allow jewelry to be inserted. Piercings are popular with men, women and children of all age groups, but it is important to be aware that invasive body art can pose health risks. One of the most common areas of the body for piercings is the...  read more

Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa, also known as acne inversa, is a chronic skin condition that typically appears after puberty. The exact cause is not known, but hormones and the immune system are thought to play a role. Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) often starts with the appearance of a single painful, inflamed bump and later spreads. Anyone can have...  read more

Merkel Cell Carcinoma

December 10, 2015

Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare form of skin cancer that grows and spreads rapidly. The aggressive skin cancer typically occurs in fair skinned adults over the age of 50 and is much more prevalent in men. The exact cause of Merkel cell carcinoma is not clear but a virus is thought to play a...  read more


Neurodermatitis is a skin condition associated with an itch. Also known as lichen simplex chronicus, neurodermatitis usually begins with a patch of itchy skin. The patch may come and go, but the itch often intensifies over time. Neurodermatitis is not contagious and cannot be passed to others. The condition can occur in both men and...  read more

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