When caring for your newborn's skin, steer clear of lotion the first few weeks after birth. "Many newborns' feet and hands become flaky and start peeling when they are a week or two old," says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center.... Read more
Chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria in pools. While it helps keep the water clean, it can be hard on skin – especially if you stay in the pool for hours. Excessive chlorine can cause you to develop a red, itchy rash and result... Read more
There is no cure for psoriasis, a condition in which a person’s immune system causes the skin cells to grow too rapidly and create scaly flakes. However, you can work with your doctor to control symptoms. Two of the most effective methods used are topical (applied... Read more
When you do not properly protect yourself from the sun, you run the risk of many health problems, including skin cancer.
“The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause sunburns,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Most sunburns affect only the outer layer... Read more
Working on your tan? Be careful. Any amount of ultraviolet (UV) tanning – indoors or outdoors – can cause cancer and other skin problems later in life.
Charles (Chuck) M. Moon, MD
“The first danger with tanning is increased risk of skin cancer, which can metastasize and be... Read more
Children love being outside during the summer, but you need to be careful about exposing them to too much sun. “It is best to stay indoors during the midday hours—when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are most harmful—and head outside in the morning and late afternoon instead,”... Read more
The best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is to wear long sleeves and long pants. But if you have a job in which you must wear less clothing, such as a lifeguard, be sure to completely cover yourself with sunscreen. Experts... Read more
Psoriasis is a problem that millions of people try to cover up. This fairly common skin condition ranges in severity from dandruff-like scaling to widespread lesions and rashes. Psoriatric arthritis, which affects the joints, is especially painful.
“Psoriasis most often appears as dry, raised, red patches of... Read more
If you have wrinkles and sunspots on your skin due to sun damage, you may be able to minimize their appearance. Prescription creams such as Retin-A can smooth the appearance of wrinkles, while bleaching agents can lighten dark spots. Doctors can also use specialized laser treatments... Read more
Anyone who has had chicken pox is at risk for having shingles, an infection that causes a painful rash. That is because both chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus.
Sarah A. Aydt, MD, FAAP, FACP
"After you have had chicken pox, the virus lies... Read more
Rosacea is a skin condition often called “adult acne” because of the pimples it causes on your face. It is often accompanied by flushing or redness on the nose and cheeks. Doctors do not know what causes rosacea, but they have identified several different triggers that... Read more
When you are buying sunscreen, you should stick with SPF 30 or higher. SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects you from burning. “SPF 30 is more than adequate,” says
Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist at Saint Francis... Read more
Just because the weather is cold does not mean you are safe from sunburn. If you plan on spending several hours outside, remember to use sunscreen. “Sunburn occurs as a result of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff at... Read more
When is a mole worth worrying about? When should it be a cause of concern? Although most moles are benign (noncancerous), they can sometimes be a sign of cancer. See a dermatologist if your mole is new, growing or otherwise changing.
“Varied colors within a mole, irregular... Read more