Skin Care Treatment

Teens Risk Health But Not Appearance By Tanning

2009-08-03 11:40
Teen Indoor Tanning

The news earlier this summer of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) re-categorized indoor tanning devices as carcinogenic to humans will most likely have minimal effect on teenagers who are more concerned with being attractive than with their chances of developing melanoma. People are more willing to risk their health than their appearance by tanning.

After reviewing the medical literature, experts at IARC, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, concluded the risk of melanoma skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30.

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FDA: Clarcon products linked to unsanitary conditions

2009-08-02 13:12
Clarcon skin sanitizer product

The FDA has warned consumers to toss Clarcon products, used for protection against skin germs. The skin care products consist of hand sanitizers and antimicrobials used to treat wounds. According to the FDA, consumers should toss Clarcon products in the rubbish. The bacteria found, though not specifically identified is associated with “unsanitary condition”, leaving questions and concerns about the source of contamination found by the FDA.

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Estrogen Improves Appearance Of Skin

2009-07-30 10:39

For many women, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can alleviate the physical symptoms associated with the change of life. But despite the initial hype generated by post-menopausal women who noticed a marked improvement in their skin’s appearance while on HRT, dermatologists argue that scientific studies of estrogen do not show definitive improvements for skin rejuvenation of photodamaged skin and the potential risks when used long-term outweigh any potential skin benefits.

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Understanding Pigmentation Problems, Solutions In Skin Of Color

2009-07-30 10:32

As we age, brown spots and splotchy skin are all too often a fact of life. But for people with darker skin, changes in pigmentation can occur without warning at any age and can be very difficult to treat. Fortunately, dermatologists can help people with skin of color diagnose and treat bothersome pigmentation problems.

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HPA Advises On Sunbed Use

2009-07-29 09:36

SUNBEDS should be off limits to the under 18s and never be used for cosmetic tanning - say scientists at the Health Protection Agency.

The HPA has today repeated its advice as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified sunbeds as carcinogens. Previously IARC had classed sunbeds as 'probably carcinogenic to humans'.

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Sunscreen tips for best sun protection and skin care

2009-07-27 12:16
Sun Protection

Sure, it may take a few minutes to slather it on, but sunscreen is well worth the effort when it comes to protecting your skin against the sun and skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each year are related to sun exposure.

A good sunscreen protects the skin against damage ultraviolet light (UV) rays, which not only promote skin cancer but also dry out the skin and accelerate aging, and weaken the body’s immune system. The question is, “What’s a good sunscreen?”

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Limit Sun, Not Fun

2009-07-20 11:14

The Arizona Department of Health Services offers useful tips to protect your skin during summer months.

Use Sunscreen Every Day!

Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays can damage your skin. Wear sunscreen with an

SPF of 15 or higher. Apply 10 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 ½ hours or sooner if perspiring or engaging in water activities. Wearing sunscreen every day is as important as brushing your teeth!

Wear a Wide-Brimmed Hat and Lip Balm!

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Public Want Ban On Sunbeds For Under 18s

2009-07-17 11:54

Nearly 90 per cent of people in the UK back proposals to stop under 18s from using sunbeds according to a new survey by Cancer Research UK, today.

The results also show that 90 per cent of people want all sunbed salons to be staffed at all times. And 91 per cent want salons to provide health information to all users making sure they are aware of the health risks of using sunbeds.

The survey – carried out by YouGov – questioned more than 2000 people from across the UK.

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Sun Protection Tips For Summer

2009-07-15 11:42

Warmer weather is finally upon us, and many are eager to enjoy the welcomed change by basking in the sun’s rays. As summer officially kicks into full gear and extended daylight hours bring more time for projects and recreation, doctors urge outdoor enthusiasts to take certain precautions to prevent overexposure to the sun.

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Don't Ignore Skin Care While In Vacation

2009-07-14 22:58
Summer Skin Care

Keep skin care in focus during summer vacation. It will help you to avoid sun's ultraviolet radiation.

The arrival of the summer vacation period, combined with high temperatures and inadequate protection of the skin and eyes to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun, represent a considerable health risk. It may cause eye disease the consequences of which are the most serious: skin cancer and blindness due to cataract.

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Michael Jackson's Skin Condition - Vitiligo

2009-07-09 19:39

Michael Jackson’s skin condition has been reported to be vitiligo. Vitiligo causes the the skin to loose it’s pigmentation resulting in white patches.

There is no known cause for vitiligo though doctors and scientists suspect is may be due to an immune system disorder. It does seem to be more common in people with other autoimmune diseases such as lupus. It most often starts as it did with Michael Jackson before the age of 40.

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July Is UV Safety Awareness Month

2009-07-01 12:55

As the sun-splashed days of summer surround us, Missouri health officials are urging residents to protect their skin and their eyesight from the damaging effects of the sun.

Bright sunshine provides great opportunities for outdoor fun and work. But the sun’s ultraviolet light also increases the risk of cataracts and fosters about 20,000 new cases of skin cancer every year in Missouri,

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Relief For Poison Ivy Skin Allergy

2009-07-01 11:02

Not all people are allergic to poison ivy or oak, but for those of us who are here are some tips.

The intensely itchy rash is an allergic reaction to the oil urishiol found on poison ivy, oak and sumac plants. This oil can be washed off with simple soap and water, but needs to be done quickly as the oil will quickly absorb into your skin. Once that happens, prevention of the rash is no longer possible.

* You can wash off 50% of the oil within 10 minutes
* You can wash off 10% of the oil within in 30 minutes

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HealthyNation Urges Sunscreen Safety

2009-06-23 10:35

Even on cloudy days, 40% of the sun's UV rays still make their way down to your skin, so check-off these tips rain or shine.

1) Pick a bottle that boasts SPF 15 or higher

2) All sunscreens shield you from UVB rays, but look for a "Broad Spectrum" sunscreen and you'll avoid wrinkle-inducing UVA rays, also.

3) Check the expiration date--Toss sunscreen that's more than 3 years old.

4) No sunscreen for kids under 6 months.

5) Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply at least every 2 hours, even if it's water resistant.

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Foods that Protect from Sunburn And Skin Cancer

2009-06-20 10:06
Foods can help protect from skin cancer

Skin cancer and premature skin aging from the sun are preventable with sunscreen and by eating the right foods. A focus on the right foods offers protection from sunburn and skin cancer, from the inside out. Foods that attack free radicals in the body and reduce inflammation can keep us looking younger and protect from sunburn that leads to skin cancer, pre-cancerous skin changes.

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Chemotherapy Drug May Improve Aging Skin Appearance

2009-06-17 11:22

The chemotherapy medication fluorouracil appears to reduce potentially precancerous skin patches and improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin, according to a report by U-M associate professor of dermatology Dana L. Sachs, M.D., in the June issue of Archives of Dermatology, one of the Journal of the American Medical Association/Archives journals.

Fluorouracil stops the body from synthesizing thymine, a building block of DNA. This drug is used to treat cancers of the colon, head and neck, pancreas and other organs.

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Wrinkles Gone With Inexpensive Skin Cancer Cream

2009-06-15 20:35
Wrinkles and skin cancer treatment drug

Disappearing wrinkles have been found to be a side effect of the inexpensive skin cancer cream Efudex. Not only does the skin cancer cream erase wrinkles, but also it does a good job getting rid of pre-cancerous sun spots, uneven skin tone, and lack luster skin.

The skin cancer cream, fluorouracil, marketed as Efudex is applied as an ointment. It is also used intravenously for chemotherapy for treating patients with head, neck, liver and bowel cancer, and now is found to erase wrinkles and more, in a small study.

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FDA: Do Not Use Skin Products By Clarcon

2009-06-10 12:40

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants marketed under several different brand names because of high levels of disease-causing bacteria found in the product during a recent inspection. The FDA is warning consumers to not use any Clarcon products.

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FDA: Some Clarcon Skin Products Have Bacterial Contamination Risk

2009-06-09 11:21

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)announced that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants. The products had high levels of disease-causing bacteria found during a recent inspection.

The finding of such high bacterial contamination is concerning as the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases.

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Guidelines For Managing Psoriasis With Systemic Medications

2009-06-04 12:17

Based on an extensive review of scientific literature on psoriasis and the opinion of recognized psoriasis experts, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) has released new guidelines of care for the management and treatment of psoriasis with traditional systemic therapies. Recommendations, efficacy and safety for the use of the three U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved and most commonly used traditional systemic agents – methotrexate, cyclosporine and acitretin – were outlined.

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Sun Damaged Skin Can Lead To Variety of Skin Cancers

2009-06-03 10:33
Sun and Skin Care

Patchy dry scales on the skin caused by the sun may lead to a variety of skin cancer according to a new study. Skin lesions that occur from sun exposure, known as actinic keratosis typically turn into squamous cell carcinoma. New research shows that pink lesions on the skin - actinic keratosis - from sun damage can come and go, eventually causing types of skin cancers previously unknown.

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Unexpected Bacterial Diversity Found On Human Skin

2009-05-29 12:25

The health of our skin - one of the body’s first lines of defense against illness and injury - depends upon the delicate balance between our own cells and the millions of bacteria and other one-celled microbes that live on its surface. To better understand this balance, National Institutes of Health researchers have set out to explore the skin’s microbiome, which is all of the DNA, or genomes, of all of the microbes that inhabit human skin. Their initial analysis, published today in the journal Science, reveals that our skin is home to a much wider array of bacteria than previously thought.

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