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Laser hair removal: FAQs

Laser hair removal: What to expect ... Laser hair removal works best for patients with light-colored skin and dark-colored hair. Watch this video to learn what to expect prior to and after your treatment. ... To help you decide whether this treatment is right for you, you should review the

Laser hair removal: Overview

Laser hair removal: Common misconceptions ... A lot of misconceptions exist about what laser hair removal is and what it can and can’t do. Is it permanent? Does it work on light-colored hair? In this video, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Carolyn Jacob separates fact from fiction. ... Laser hair removal for

Hair removal

Laser hair removal is a cosmetic treatment that can provide permanent hair removal. While it’s a popular option, it’s not right for everyone. To help you make an informed decision, here are the facts about different hair removal techniques that dermatologists share with their patients. ... Laser hair removal ...

Laser hair removal: Preparation

Laser hair removal: Be prepared with these facts ... Although laser hair removal is a common treatment, it’s also a serious procedure that involves aiming a powerful laser beam at your hair follicle. Watch this video to gather important information prior to scheduling an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist. ...

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Dermatologists debunk common misconceptions about laser hair removal

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 26, 2018) — AAD warns consumers that laser hair removal can be dangerous in inexperienced hands When performed by a doctor, laser hair removal is a safe, effective and permanent solution for removing unwanted face and body hair. This clinically tested, FDA-approved treatment has been around

7 ways to remove unwanted hair

Dermatologists offer treatment for unwanted hair ... Dermatologists offer hair removal treatments, which include laser hair removal and a prescription cream that can slow hair growth on a woman’s face. ... When it comes to removing unwanted hair, you have options. With so much misinformation available about these options, it

Tattoo removal: Lasers outshine other methods

Tattoo removal: Tips for recovery ... Tattoos used to be considered permanent, but thanks to advances in laser technology, today’s lasers can get rid of tattoos more safely and effectively, including removing tattoo ink with fewer treatments and treating ink colors that were once difficult to remove. ... For the

Hair removal: How to wax

Hair removal: How to wax ... At-home waxing can be an affordable method for hair removal, but it’s important to take precautions. For the best technique and results, dermatologists recommend following these tips. ... At-home waxing can be an affordable method for hair removal, but it’s important to take precautions.

Hair removal

7 ways to prevent injuries while trimming pubic hair While most grooming injuries are minor, any injury to your genital area can make it easier to get a sexually transmitted infection (STIs). To avoid these injuries, dermatologists recommend following these tips. ... 7 ways to remove unwanted hair To help

Before getting cosmetic treatment, ask questions

Cosmetic treatments may look easy. But knowing whether a treatment is safe for you and can deliver the results you want requires in-depth medical knowledge of the skin. Dermatologists have this unique training. ... Without this training, complications become more common. One woman had blisters, swelling, and bruises on her

Hair Loss Resource Center

Hair loss can be difficult to talk about. That's why the AAD created the Hair Loss Resource Center. Here, you'll find dermatologists’ insight that can help you discover what steps to take. In many cases, hair loss can be stopped or treated. ... Types of hair loss How to treat

Non-invasive fat removal: What can you expect?

Small bulge of belly fat: Non-invasive fat removal treats stubborn fat that remains despite diet and exercise. ... If you have an area of fat that diet and exercise won’t budge, you may want to consider non-invasive fat removal. Without making an incision, a dermatologist can permanently remove a pocket

10 things to know before having laser treatment for your scar

After two pulsed-dye laser treatments from a board-certified dermatologist (B), this woman’s raised scar (A) is much less noticeable. ... A laser can seem like a magic wand that can make any scar disappear. Medical lasers, however, are nothing to play with. To get impressive results and avoid serious side

Skin basics

How you care for your skin can greatly affect your appearance. Here you’ll find the everyday care that dermatologists recommend. ... Basic skin care Dry skin, oily skin Hair removal Tattoos and piercings

Lasers and lights: How well do they treat rosacea?

Rosacea patient before and after 2 laser treatments: After treatment (right), the many tiny blood vessels on this patient’s cheek cleared. ... If you have rosacea, laser or light therapy may be a part of your treatment plan. It’s unlikely to be your only treatment, though. ... Different treatments for

7 ways to prevent injuries while trimming pubic hair

Have you ever injured yourself while trimming your pubic hair? You’re not alone. A study found that 1 in 4 people have injured themselves while grooming their privates. In this study, the most common injuries were deep cuts, burns, and rashes. ... Prevent injuries while trimming pubic hair ... You’re

Need a clean slate? How to care for your skin after tattoo removal

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Sept. 10, 2019) — Tattoos used to be considered permanent, but thanks to advances in laser technology, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say today’s lasers can get rid of tattoos more safely and effectively, including removing tattoo ink with fewer treatments and treating ink colors that

Cellulite and fat removal

If you’re interested in treating cellulite or removing fat, seeing a board-certified dermatologist will help you learn whether any options are safe for you and can deliver the results you expect. ... Cellulite ... Cellulite treatments: What really works? If cellulite bothers you, you’re not alone. With so many treatments

Hair loss: Overview

Start treatment early ... Treatment for hair loss tends to be most effective when started early. ... What is hair loss? ... One of the most common disorders that dermatologists diagnose and treat, the medical term for hair loss is alopecia. ... Is hair loss contagious? ... No, you cannot

Thinning hair and hair loss: Could it be female pattern hair loss?

Without treatment, female pattern hair loss can progress from a widening part to overall thinning. Not every women who has this type of hair loss will develop overall thinning. ... Is your part widening? Have you noticed that your ponytail is thinner these days? You may have female pattern hair

10 hair-care habits that can damage your hair

How to style hair without damage ... How you style your hair can cause hair to look brittle, frizzy and lackluster, or even fall out. Follow these tips from dermatologists to help style your hair without causing damage. ... In our quest for beautiful hair, we often do things that

How to stop damaging your hair

Hair breakage can leave a person with frizzy, unhealthy looking hair. ... In our quest for beautiful hair, we often do things that damage our hair. Damaged hair is fragile, so it tends to break. Hair breakage can leave us with frizzy, unhealthy-looking hair. If we continue to damage our

Tips for healthy hair

Tips for healthy hair ... How you wash your hair and the products you use can go a long way in maintaining smooth, shiny hair. ... Follow these simple tips from board-certified dermatologists to maintain healthy hair. ... How you wash your hair and the products you use can go

Hair loss: Diagnosis and treatment

Dermatologist examining a patient with hair loss ... To find out what's causing your hair loss, a dermatologist may use a tool called a dermascope to get a closer look. ... Effective treatment for hair loss begins with finding the cause. To get an accurate diagnosis, it helps to see

Hair and scalp care

10 hair-care habits that can damage your hair How you style your hair can cause hair to look brittle, frizzy and lackluster or even fall out. Follow these tips from dermatologists to help style your hair without causing damage. ... African-American hair: Tips for everyday care Unique in appearance and

Tips for healthy hair

Tips for healthy hair ... How you wash your hair and the products you use can go a long way in maintaining smooth, shiny hair. Follow these simple tips from dermatologists to maintain healthy hair. ... How you wash your hair and the products you use can go a long

Hair styling without damage

How to style hair without damage ... How you style your hair can cause hair to look brittle, frizzy, and lackluster or even fall out. Follow these tips from dermatologists to help style your hair without causing damage. ... How you style your hair can cause hair to look brittle,

Hair care: Hair loss (ages 11 - 13)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  45 min ... Objective ...   Students will be able to: ... Identify three reasons people lose hair ... Learn that hair loss can happen to anyone ... Express their feelings about hair loss and how to treat those who are losing their

Tips for healthy hair

African American hair: Tips for everyday care, processing, and styling ... Unique in appearance and structure, African American hair is especially fragile and prone to injury and damage. ... Fortunately, there is a lot African Americans can do to help minimize damage and keep their hair beautiful. ... Unique in

Hair loss in new moms

Hair loss in new moms ... Many new moms see noticeable hair loss a few months after having a baby. This is normal — and not true hair loss. Dermatologists refer to this condition as excessive hair shedding. The excessive shedding is caused by falling estrogen levels. ... If the

Hair loss: Who gets and causes

What causes hair loss? ... Hair loss has many causes. What’s causing your hair loss can determine whether your hair: ... Falls out gradually or abruptly ... Thins ... Can regrow on its own ... Requires treatment to regrow ... Needs immediate care to prevent permanent hair loss ... Causes

Coloring and perming tips for healthier-looking hair

Coloring and perming tips for healthier-looking hair ... Learn tips to keep your hair healthy after coloring or perming. ... Many treatments that enhance the appearance of your hair can actually damage it, causing your hair to become dry and brittle. Follow these dermatologists’ tips to prevent dry, brittle hair:

Hair Loss: Signs and symptoms

Early signs of hair loss ... For women, the first noticeable sign of hair loss is often a widening part or less fullness to their ponytail. ... Signs of hair loss show up in many ways. You may notice a: ... Gradual thinning of the hair on your head ...

Hair and scalp care

Does your hair look damaged or out of control? Making some changes to the way you care for your hair or scalp may help. ... Hair care Scalp care

What causes hair loss in women?

When it comes to hair loss, you'll find a lot of misinformation. For instance, do you know the signs of hair loss in women? Can you tell the difference between hair loss that's temporary and hair loss that needs treatment? You will after taking this short quiz. ... What causes

Hair care: Hair loss (ages 8 - 10)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  45 min ... Objective ... Students will be able to: ...  Identify two reasons people lose hair ... Understand that hair loss can happen to anyone ... State that hair does not make someone a good friend ... Materials  ... Why Are You

African-American hair: Tips for everyday care

African American hair: Tips for everyday care, processing, and styling ... Unique in appearance and structure, African American hair is especially fragile and prone to injury and damage. ... Fortunately, there is a lot African Americans can do to help minimize damage and keep their hair beautiful. ... Unique in

Teaching your child healthy hair care habits

Many common hair care practices can lead to lackluster locks. Everything from rubbing shampoo into your hair rather than your scalp and brushing your hair while it is wet can damage your hair. Damaged hair looks and feels unhealthy.  ... Teaching your child how to shampoo ... Healthy hair care

6 skin care tips that dermatologists use themselves

November is National Healthy Skin Month ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (Oct. 29, 2019) — Board-certified dermatologists are experts when it comes to the skin, hair and nails, diagnosing and treating more than 3,000 diseases and conditions, including skin cancer, acne, psoriasis and eczema. They also help patients address their cosmetic concerns,

Do you have hair loss or hair shedding?

If you’ve been noticing more hairs on your pillow or hairbrush than normal, you may worry that you have hair loss. You could actually just be shedding more hairs than normal. Yes, there is a difference. ... Hair shedding often stops on its own ... It’s normal to shed between 50

What kids should know about why everyone's hair is different

Different types of hair ... The kind of hair you have is decided by the genes you get from your parents. ... Everybody's hair has texture. That's what it looks and feels like. Your hair might be: ... Straight, wavy, curly, or kinky. ... Thick (a lot of it) or

Caring for your skin in menopause

How to care for your skin during menopause ... Menopause, which officially begins one year after a woman’s last period, can bring with it some noticeable changes to the skin and hair. However, with the right care, you can lessen these effects. ... To care for your skin during menopause,

Hairstyles that pull can lead to hair loss

A sleek ponytail, cornrows, or tightly pulled updo can look great. If you wear your hair tightly pulled back often, the constant pulling may eventually lead to hair loss. By making a few changes, you can keep your sense of style without losing your hair. ... Changes that help prevent

Cosmetic treatments

The results you see after having a cosmetic treatment depend largely on the skill and knowledge of the person performing the treatment. Board-certified dermatologists receive many years of education and training, which gives them expertise in this area. Some dermatologists continue their studies in this area so that they can

What kids should know about hair

Everybody's hair is different ... Look around and you'll notice that everybody's hair is different because there are so many combinations of hair types, colors, and styles. ... Did you know that your whole body is covered with hair? Well, almost your whole body. Your lips, the palms of your

Can COVID-19 cause hair loss?

People develop noticeable hair loss after recovering from COVID-19 ... Months after recovering from COVID-19, many people find that their hair is falling out in large clumps. ... If we’ve learned anything from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s to expect the unexpected. The hair loss that many people develop, however, may

Lasers and lights: How well do they treat acne?

Lasers and other light therapies may seem like the perfect acne treatment. Just beam a light to make the acne disappear. ... Using them is actually a bit more involved and the results less predictable, even in the skilled hands of a dermatologist. Still, these treatments can be an effective

What kids should know about how hair grows

You lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day ... That's because the follicles don't all grow hair at the same time. Each scalp follicle grows hair for a few years and then takes a break. When a follicle is on a break, the hair in the follicle falls out.

Psoriasis treatment: Phototherapy

Laser treatment for nail psoriasis: Six treatments, which were given once a month with a pulsed dye laser, lead to noticeably less nail discoloration, crumbling, and pitting. ... Phototherapy is a treatment that uses certain types of light. If you are interested in using phototherapy, be sure to ask a

A hair transplant can give you permanent, natural-looking results

If you're looking for a permanent solution to your hair loss, you may want to consider a hair transplant ... Hair transplant surgery allows the surgeon to move healthy hairs on your scalp to areas with thinning hair. ... Today, it’s possible to have natural-looking results thanks to one key

What kids should know about what gives hair its color

Like skin, hair can be different colors ... Hair can be blond, brown, black,  or red…or something in between – like strawberry blond – which is kind of blond and red – or auburn – which is red and brown. ... Like your skin, its color comes from something called

Scalp psoriasis: 10 ways to reduce hair loss

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Amgen and ... Novartis . ... When psoriasis develops on the scalp, hair loss sometimes follows. While hair tends to regrow once the scalp psoriasis clears, there are

Scars and stretch marks

If you have a scar or stretch marks that bother you, a cosmetic treatment can help. Find out what results you can expect and what you should know before getting treatment. ... Scars ... 10 things to know before having laser treatment for a scar To get impressive results and

How to prevent hair damage from a weave or extensions

How to prevent hair damage from a weave or extensions ... While a weave or extensions can be a great way to switch up your hairstyle, they can damage your natural hair and even cause hair loss if proper precautions and care are not taken. ... To prevent hair damage

Hair care and shaving (ages 11 - 13)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  45 min  ... Objective ...   Students will be able to: ... Explain steps for washing hair ... Learn ways to treat dandruff ... Identify the proper way to shave ... Discuss whether a person shaving, straightening, or curling their hair matters ...

Hair-styling tips that can reduce flares of scalp psoriasis

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Amgen and ... Novartis . ... Your dermatologist can give you personalized tips for hair care based on your ethnicity, hair style, and the type of scalp psoriasis

Teach healthy habits: Caring for your child's skin, hair, and nails

Dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. What surprises many parents is that these doctors also offer time-tested advice to help you care for your child’s skin, hair, and nails. You’ll find some of this advice within these pages. ... For parents ...

What kids should know about taking care of your hair

Care for your hair (and scalp) ... Hair may be dead, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't care for it. You should wash it regularly. Actually, what you really need to be sure to wash is your scalp. ... The best way to get your hair and scalp clean is

Experiencing hair loss? Your hair care matters

6 tips for healthy hair These dermatologists’ tips can help you prevent flyaway hair, figure out how often you should shampoo, and more. ... Caring for African American hair African American hair is especially fragile and prone to damage. Here’s what you can do to minimize damage and keep your

Tips for removing gum without cutting hair

How to remove gum without cutting hair ... There is no need to worry if chewing gum gets stuck in your child’s hair. Simply follow these steps from dermatologists. ... There is no need to worry if chewing gum gets stuck in your child’s hair. Simply follow these steps from

Hair care: Introduction (ages 8 - 10)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  45 min ... Objective ... Students will be able to: ... Understand the specific functions and purposes of hair and nails ... Identify and understand the word "follicle" ... Materials ... Crayons (make sure you have multiple grey, yellow, black, and brown crayons)

Causes of hair loss

Can COVID-19 cause hair loss? You may see noticeable hair loss after recovering from COVID-19. Here’s why. ... Hairstyles that pull can lead to hair loss If you often pull your hair tightly into a bun, cornrows, or another hairstyle, you can develop permanent hair loss. Try these changes to

Types of hair loss

Alopecia areata often begins early in life The type of hair loss tends to develop quickly, often causing a few bald patches. Some people lose all the hair on their head or body. Here’s why. ... Female pattern hair loss can be treated The key to successful treatment is to

Hair loss: Insider secrets

Do you have hair loss or hair shedding? While they may seem like the same thing, it’s important to know which is causing your hair to fall out. Only one tends to stop on its own. ... How to recognize early signs of hair loss Treatment for hair loss tends

American Academy of Dermatology | Public Education

Diseases and conditions Want to know what dermatologists tell their patients about managing conditions that affect the skin, hair, or nails? You'll find their expertise and insight here. ... Everyday care This insight from board-certified dermatologists can help you take the best possible care of your skin, hair, and nails.

How to treat hair loss

Alopecia areata: Treatment Hair may regrow without treatment. When it doesn’t, a dermatologist may include one or more of these options in your treatment plan. ... Hair loss: Treatment The key to treating hair loss is to find out what’s causing it. Here’s how a dermatologist determines the cause and

Wrinkles and other signs of sun-damaged skin can be treated

Spending time outdoors without protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can add years to your looks. Fortunately, there are ways to erase some of this damage. ... Woman before and after treatment for sun-damaged skin ... A) Before treatment ... B) Three months after laser resurfacing

Untangling hair loss in women

NEW YORK (July 25, 2019) — The right diagnosis is key for a successful treatment plan Many people think of hair loss as a men’s issue, however hair loss is just as common in women as it is in men. In addition to hereditary hair loss, the hairstyles and products

Hair loss: Tips for managing

Caution ... Taking a supplement to regrow your hair may seem like an easy solution; however, getting too much of certain nutrients can worsen hair loss. ... When faced with hair loss, many people aren’t sure where to turn for help. They often: ... Try to hide the problem by

Hair loss types: Alopecia areata causes

What causes alopecia areata? ... Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. This means that your immune system mistakenly attacks a part of your body. ... When you have alopecia areata, cells in your immune system surround and attack your hair follicles (the part of your body that makes hair). This

Amazing facts about skin, hair, and nails for kids

Need help with school reports and other fun projects? Check out these quick facts about skin, hair, and nails! ... Check out "About skin, hair, and nails" for lots of good background information on each of these important parts of your body and how you can take care of them.

People with skin of color face unique dermatologic concerns

CHICAGO (July 26, 2018) — Board-certified dermatologists can provide treatment to improve patients’ quality of life Although skin disease can affect anyone, it may not affect everyone in the same way — and this is especially true for patients with skin of color. ... "Skin conditions are color blind, occurring

Are your hair-care products causing breakouts?

The oils in hair care products can cause tiny breakouts along your hairline and forehead. ... Do you have tiny bumps along your hairline, the upper part of your forehead, or both? Have you noticed tiny bumps along the back of your neck? ... The culprit may be your hair

Lori's personal story

My story is long, but I am here and doing well. My husband spotted a small spot on my right thigh. From there, it went the 1st surgery removal of 1 lymphoid wide excision. At my 6 month PET, it metastasized, which was the 2nd surgery. It removed all lymph

Sheila’s personal story

I was on a one-year checkup visit from having had a basal cell carcinoma on my face when my plastic surgeon noticed my birthmark had changed. He didn't like the looks of it and scheduled a removal/biopsy procedure. That result came back as a stage I malignant melanoma. ... I

Hair loss types: Alopecia areata diagnosis and treatment

Dermatologist examining a patient with hair loss ... To find out what's causing your hair loss, a dermatologist may use a tool called a dermascope to get a closer look. ... Many things can cause hair loss. To provide you with the right treatment, it’s essential to know what’s causing

Irene’s personal story

In January 2010, I watched the segment from the "Doctor Oz" show called "Prevent Skin Cancer" with dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi. I saw two malignant mole photos that looked like one of my moles. That segment convinced me to call and make an appointment with my dermatologist for a skin

Hair loss types: Alopecia areata overview

What is alopecia areata? ... This is a disease that develops when the body attacks its own hair follicles (where hair grows from), which can cause hair loss anywhere on the body. ... Contagious : No ... Pronounce : alopecia (al-low-pee-she-ah) areata (air-ē-ah-ta) ... Bald patch ... Many people who

Skin, hair, and nail FAQs for kids

What makes birthmarks? Will mine go away? ... Nobody really knows what makes birthmarks or why some kids have small birthmarks and others have bigger ones. They just seem to happen. Some birthmarks do fade or seem to go away as you get older. This depends, though, on what kind

What can make my hands look younger?

If age spots, wrinkly skin, or other signs of aging bother you, you can have more youthful-looking hands. Thanks to advances in dermatology, it’s possible to diminish these signs of aging safely and with little or no downtime. ... Age spots ... Many adults develop age spots on their hands.

Acne Scars

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Galderma Laboratories, L.P. If acne scars bother you, safe and effective treatment is available. Treatment can diminish acne scars that cause depressions in the skin. Treatment can also

Research suggests connection between excessive sweating and mental health conditions

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) — Hyperhidrosis associated with anxiety, depression and ADD Board-certified dermatologist Dee Anna Glaser, MD, FAAD, started noticing something concerning in her patients with hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating. ... "Many of them had either anxiety or depression," she says. "There were some who

Hair loss types: Alopecia areata signs and symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of alopecia areata? ... While alopecia areata often causes hair loss on the scalp, you can have hair loss on any part of your body. Some people develop hair loss on another area of the body, such as the eyelashes, eyebrows, or beard area

How to prevent hair damage from a weave or extensions

ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 10, 2020) — For many women, wearing a weave or extensions is a great way to switch up their hairstyle, adding length, volume and even color. However, while these hairstyles offer a range of possibilities, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say wearing them can damage

Rosacea treatment: Acnelike breakouts

Before and after treatment for acne-like breakouts of rosacea: After 3 laser treatments (right), this woman has less redness and fewer acne-like breakouts. ... If your rosacea causes breakouts that look like acne, you have some effective treatment options. Here’s what your rosacea treatment plan from a dermatologist may include:

Tracy’s personal story

It has taken me a few days to digest the news. ... Last week, I had a biopsy of a changing mole on my cheek. I was told that I wouldn’t be given the results until a week later at my suture removal visit. This gave me the freedom not

Thyroid disease: A checklist of skin, hair, and nail changes

Although your thyroid gland sits deep in your neck, your dermatologist may be the first doctor to notice signs of thyroid disease. That’s because many signs and symptoms of thyroid disease develop on the skin, hair, and nails. ... The thyroid gland ... The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in

Hair loss types: Alopecia areata self-care

Most people with alopecia areata are otherwise healthy ... The hair loss is never a sign of cancer. ... Things you can do to help gain control over alopecia areata ... Alopecia areata is a medical condition that can affect many areas of your life. The following may help you

AAD Coronavirus Resource Center

Is your hand sanitizer safe? ... Hand sanitizer plays a key role in protecting us from COVID-19, but you need to choose this product carefully. Some hand sanitizers contain a toxic substance called methanol, which can cause serious health problems. To find out if your hand sanitizer contains methanol, scroll

What kids should know about finding those tricky lice

Lice eggs ... Nits are lice eggs and hard to spot without a magnifying glass. ... If you feel itchy, or a note comes home from school that someone in your class has lice, be sure your parents look very closely at your hair and scalp (the skin on your

Media press kits

The American Academy of Dermatology's press kits can assist you in researching and writing about a variety of dermatologic conditions, as well as skin, hair, and nail care. ... Annual Meeting ... Learn about acne, diet, hair care, metal allergies, and more topics presented at the 2020 AAD Annual Meeting

What is a dermatologist?

What is a dermatologist? ... A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails. A dermatologist can identify and treat more than 3,000 conditions. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer, among many others. ... The skin is an incredible organ. It is

Skin, hair, and nail care for people who have psoriasis

Stop baths and showers from worsening your psoriasis If you have psoriasis, your skin is dry and easily irritated. Making these simple changes can help you avoid flare-ups due to bathing. ... Hair styling tips to reduce flare-ups of scalp psoriasis Styling can be hard on your hair and scalp,

How to fade dark spots in skin of color

Have you tried treating dark spots on your own without getting the results you want? Do you constantly see new dark spots appear as others fade? ... If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Darks spots and patches rank as one of the most common reasons that people with skin

Diseases and conditions: A-Z

An alphabetical guide of diseases and conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. ... Click on a disease or condition by first letter for more information. ... All ... {{ letter.letter }} ... {{ letter.letter }} ... {{ disease.title }}

Hair care: Dandruff (ages 8 - 10)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  30 min ... Objective ... Students will be able to: ... Explain the simple process of how to wash hair and daily habits to take care of it ... Describe dandruff and ways to treat it ... Understand dandruff does not mean you

Media contacts

The American Academy of Dermatology is pleased to offer reporters a variety of resources to assist with their news-gathering efforts.The Academy’s public relations staff members provide reporters with referrals to board-certified dermatologists for interviews, as well as background information about all aspects of skin, hair and nail care and treatment. 

How to treat dandruff

How to treat dandruff ... Dandruff is a common scalp condition in which small pieces of dry skin flake off of the scalp. The most effective way to treat and control dandruff is to use dandruff shampoo and scalp treatments. Follow these tips from dermatologists to get the best results.

Teach healthy habits for parents

Bathing: How often do children need to take a bath? Bathing: How to bathe a newborn Bathing: How to bathe a child with eczema Hair: How often do children need to wash their hair? Hair: Teaching your child healthy hair care habits Sun protection: How parents can keep their baby

Diseases and conditions

Want to know what dermatologists tell their patients about managing conditions that affect the skin, hair, or nails? You’ll find their expertise and insight here. ... Coronavirus Resource Center During the coronavirus pandemic, the AAD's Coronavirus Resource Center will help you find information about changes in dermatology and how you

Hair removal: How to shave

Tips for men and women: How to shave ... Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women. Here are dermatologists’ tips to help you get a clean shave. ... Tips for men: How to shave ... There is no shortage of men’s razors and other shaving tools on

Digital media kit: Consumer advertising

Reach interested consumers searching for information on skin, hair, and nail conditions. Tell them about your products while they are looking for answers to their dermatologic concerns. ... AAD.org AAD.org is the most authoritative dermatology website in the world. With more than 3.75M unique visitors and 4.5M total visits monthly,

How often do children need to wash their hair

When children are between the ages of 8 and 12, parents often ask dermatologists this question. If you’re a parent trying to answer this question, you’ve come to the right place.  ... In three easy steps, you can figure out how often a child between 8 and 12 years of

Vitiligo: Overview

What is vitiligo? ... Vitiligo (vit-uh-lie-go) causes the skin to lose its natural color. Patches of lighter skin appear. Some people develop a few patches. Others lose much more skin color. ... Vitiligo ... This skin disease often forms on both sides of the body as shown here on the

Keratosis pilaris: Self-care tips

Treating keratosis pilaris at home ... Some people see clearer skin by treating their keratosis pilaris at home. This three-step plan may be all you need. Dermatologists recommend following this plan every day until you see clearer skin. ... Exfoliate gently. When you exfoliate your skin, you remove the dead

What kids should know about getting rid of lice

Getting rid of lice ... If you have lice, don't panic! They are harmless (but annoying!) and your parents can help you get rid of them. ... Your parents will need to help you get rid of lice. Here's what they should do: ... Shampoo your hair with a special

Psoriasis treatment for your scalp, nails, and genitals

If you are already treating psoriasis, it’s still important to tell your dermatologist if you develop psoriasis on your genitals, scalp, or nails. You’ll likely need a different treatment plan — and possibly different medication. ... Scalp psoriasis: How to treat You may get relief from a non-prescription psoriasis shampoo.

Everyday care

This insight from board-certified dermatologists can help you take the best possible care ofyour skin, hair, and nails. ... Skin care basics How you care for your skin can greatly affect your appearance. Here you’ll find the everyday care that dermatologists recommend. ... Skin care secrets Dermatologists often share skin

What kids should know about shaving

As you get older, hair starts growing thicker and darker in certain places where you didn't have much hair before. Many people shave some of that hair away. For girls, that typically means under the arms and on the legs. For boys, that means on the face.  ... Before you

Videos: A-Z

Featured video ... How to check your nails for melanoma ... When checking for signs of skin cancer, you may only think to check your skin. However, it's important to check your nails, too. Although rare, skin cancer, including melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — can develop

Research demonstrates potential of platelet-rich plasma therapy for hair loss

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) — Board-certified dermatologists can help patients determine the best treatment option for them Tens of millions of people in the U.S. experience hair loss, which can have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life. There is more hope on the horizon, however, as a growing

American Academy of Dermatology elects new officers, board members

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 21, 2021) — The American Academy of Dermatology has announced the results of its annual election. The Academy’s new officers and board members will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,000 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of

Triggers could be causing your rosacea flare-ups

Hair spray on the face triggers rosacea in some people. Knowing your triggers and making some simple changes can dramatically reduce flare-ups. ... Rosacea makes the skin extremely sensitive. Because the skin is so sensitive, many things can cause rosacea to flare. Time spent in the sun can lead to

Research suggests hyperhidrosis is widespread, but patients are not seeking treatment

NEW YORK (July 25, 2019) — Treatment can effectively control sweating and improve patients’ daily life and quality of life At least 15 million people in the U.S. experience diminished quality of life due to excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. Many treatments are available, say dermatologists from the American Academy of

What your skin can tell you about your overall health

From general fatigue to possible Parkinson's disease, skin, hair, and nail conditions can be symptoms of a range of ailments ... Though skin is on the outside of your body, it can be a surprisingly clear window to what’s happening on the inside. ... "You can tell a lot about

Scalp psoriasis: Symptoms

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Amgen and ... Novartis . ... Scalp psoriasis: It can appear behind the ear as shown on the left. It can cause a silvery-white scale and temporary hair

Good Skin Knowledge youth education campaign

Good Skin Knowledge youth education ... Welcome to the American Academy of Dermatology’s youth education campaign, Good Skin Knowledge. The goal is to teach young people the facts about common skin, hair, and nail conditions. Misunderstanding can lead to teasing and bullying, which is associated with anxiety and depression. ...

What kids should know about nails

Nails are an important part of your body ... Did you know that your nails are made of dead cells, just like your hair? You might pay attention to how your hair looks, but you probably don't give your nails a whole lot of thought. ... Nails are an important

Teach healthy habits for kids

Birthmarks Learn what causes birthmarks and how to manage them. ... Bug bites and stings Learn how to prevents and treat bug bites and stings. ... Eczema Learn about eczema and how to stop your skin from itching. ... Hair care Learn how to take care of your hair and

Parents and kids

Some conditions that affect the skin, hair, or nails can appear differently in children. Treatment can also differ from that given to adults. That’s why this section is devoted to children. ... What are those bumps on my child's skin? It’s common for children to develop a condition that causes

Vitiligo: Who gets and causes

Who gets vitiligo? ... Millions of people worldwide have vitiligo. Nearly half get it before they reach 21 years of age. Most will have vitiligo for the rest of their lives. It is very rare for vitiligo to disappear. ... Vitiligo can affect your hair ... The patch of white

Why choose a board-certified dermatologist?

What conditions do dermatologists treat? ... Dermatologists treat more than 3,000 conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. Skin diseases are especially common, affecting one in four Americans each year. ... Choose a Dermatologist ... Dermatologists diagnose and treat over 3,000 skin, hair, and nail diseases and conditions. Trust

Lupus and your skin: Diagnosis and treatment

When lupus affects your skin, a dermatologist may be part of your care team. This doctor specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. ... How do dermatologists diagnose lupus on the skin? ... When lupus affects the skin, a dermatologist will examine your skin.

About the Academy

Headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. ... With a membership of more than 20,500 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the

Media resources

The American Academy of Dermatology is pleased to offer reporters a variety of resources to assist with their news-gathering efforts. The Academy’s communications staff can provide reporters with referrals to board-certified dermatologists for interviews, as well as background information about all aspects of skin, hair and nail care and treatment.

Patient education licensing opportunities

Written and vetted by dermatologists, the AAD's patient education content is accurate, up-to-date, and most importantly easy to understand. ... Choose from more than 60 skin, hair, and nail conditions in a variety of formats — video, print, digital, and infographics. ... Incorporate AAD content from your practice's website and

Awareness campaigns

Taking good care of your skin has many benefits. Good skin care can reduce your risk of developing early signs of skin aging and skin cancer. The right skin care routine can decrease redness, lead to fewer breakouts, and give you healthier-looking skin. ... To help you get trustworthy, accurate

How to treat boils and styes

How to treat boils and styes ... Boils are pus-filled skin infections that occur around a hair follicle or oil gland. This causes a red, painful lump to form as pus collects under the skin. A boil that occurs on the eyelid is called a stye. ... To treat a

Is vitiligo a medical condition?

Vitiligo causes the skin to lose its natural color. Because this affects a person’s appearance, many people consider vitiligo a "cosmetic problem." Cosmetic means the problem only affects the way a person looks. ... But vitiligo is more than a "cosmetic problem." It is a medical condition. People get vitiligo

Head lice: Overview

This magnified picture of head lice on a fine-tooth comb shows that these bugs are tiny. ... The medical name for head lice is Pediculus humanus capitis Having head lice does not mean you are dirty. Most people get head lice when they have head-to-head contact with someone who has

Hidradenitis suppurativa: Diagnosis and treatment

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Abbvie . ... A dermatologist is often the doctor who diagnoses a patient with hidradenitis suppurativa ... Getting an accurate diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan can prevent

How to treat a first-degree, minor burn

How to treat a first-degree, minor burn ... Although first-degree burns are not as serious as higher-degree burns, they can hurt quite a bit and can leave a scar if not properly treated. To treat a first-degree burn at home, follow these tips from dermatologists. ... First-degree burns are very

Is your skin care causing psoriasis flares?

How you care for your skin, hair, and nails can cause psoriasis flares or help you control your psoriasis. This quiz will help you find out which you’re doing. ... All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support

5 reasons to see a dermatologist for mole, skin tag removal

A mole that grows, itches, or changes in any way could be skin cancer. ... If you remove this mole at home, the cancer can spread before it's found. ... While sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic, people are tackling all sorts of DIY projects from baking bread to

Skin cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma treatment

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron . ... Squamous cell carcinoma is highly treatable when found early ... Found early, a dermatologist can often treat squamous cell carcinoma of the

Cellulite treatments: What really works?

Cellulite on thigh: Most women, even very fit women, have cellulite — fat that causes the skin to dimple. ... If cellulite bothers you, you’re not alone. Our desire to get rid of — or at least diminish — cellulite has led to many treatment options. With so many treatments

Keloids: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose keloids? ... A dermatologist can usually diagnose a keloid by looking at it. ... If a keloid looks like a worrisome skin growth, a dermatologist may perform a skin biopsy. This involves removing a small section so that it can studied under a microscope. A dermatologist

Head lice: Diagnosis and treatment

How to treat head lice ... Watch this video for dermatologists' tips to check for and treat lice. ... Check for and treat head lice like a pro with these dermatologists' tips. ... Diagnosing head lice at home ... If you are concerned that someone has head lice, you can

Acne-like breakouts could be folliculitis

What exactly is folliculitis? ... This is a common skin infection that develops in the hair follicles. Folliculitis can appear anywhere on the skin, except for our palms and soles. ... What does folliculitis look like? ... It usually looks like a sudden acne breakout. Each spot may have a

Skin care tips dermatologists use

Skin care tips dermatologists use ... Do you ever wonder what ... skin care tips dermatologists use themselves to maintain healthy skin? ... In this video, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology share seven skin care tips they recommend to all of their patients—and actually use themselves. ... Board-certified

How can an African American woman treat scalp psoriasis?

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Amgen and ... Novartis . ... How can an African American woman treat scalp psoriasis? ... Board-certified dermatologist Andrew F. Alexis, MD, MPH, FAAD, explains how you can

What kids should know about lice

Lice make your head itch ... If your head has been extra itchy lately, and you think you feel things moving around on your scalp, you might have lice. Yuck! ... Lice are tiny bugs about the size of a sesame seed that like to live in human hair. Like

10 reasons your scalp itches and how to get relief

When your scalp itches, it can be difficult to think about anything else. You may feel that the itch will never stop, but relief is possible. Getting rid of the itch begins with finding out why your scalp itches. Here are 10 reasons for an itchy scalp along with dermatologists’

Face mask skin care made simple: Infographic

Common skin problems like acne and dry, irritated skin can develop beneath your face mask. To help you prevent face mask skin problems, we’ve compiled these simple skin care tips from dermatologists. ... Click the image below to download a PDF of the infographic. ... Related AAD resources ... 9

Terrence A. Cronin, Jr., MD, FAAD, elected American Academy of Dermatology president for 2023

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 21, 2021) — Florida board-certified dermatologist Terrence A. Cronin, Jr., MD, FAAD, has been elected to lead the American Academy of Dermatology. He will be installed as president-elect in March 2022 and hold the office of president for one year beginning in March 2023. ... As president,

Reducing skin-related side effects of targeted cancer therapies

NEW YORK (July 25, 2019) — When board-certified dermatologists help prepare patients for treatment, outcomes improve While a new wave of drugs used in common cancer therapies are helping patients fight cancer, they also produce side effects that can affect patients’ hair, skin and nails. These side effects can greatly

American Academy of Dermatology installs new officers and board members

ROSEMONT, Ill (March 24, 2021) — Today, the American Academy of Dermatology installed two new officers and four new directors to its ... Board of Directors . The AAD’s new officers and board members will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis

American Academy of Dermatology installs new officers and board members

ROSEMONT, Ill (March 24, 2020) — Today, the American Academy of Dermatology installed two new officers and five new directors to its ... Board of Directors . The AAD’s new officers and board members will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis

American Academy of Dermatology unveils new and improved website

The enhanced site showcases AAD.org’s best-in-class public content and reinforces its status as one of HealthWeb.org’s ‘Highly Recommended’ healthsites ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 1, 2019) — During National Healthy Skin Month in November, the American Academy of Dermatology is pleased to announce a re-launch of its award-winning website to better

Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD, assumes presidency of the American Academy of Dermatology

ROSEMONT, III (March 24, 2021) — Today, board-certified dermatologist Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD, will begin his one-year term as president of the American Academy of Dermatology. ... As president, Dr. Tomecki will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and medical,

Mark D. Kaufmann, MD, FAAD, elected American Academy of Dermatology president for 2022

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 15, 2020) — Board-certified dermatologist Mark D. Kaufmann, MD, FAAD, has been elected to lead the American Academy of Dermatology. He will be installed as president-elect in March 2021 and hold the office of president for one year beginning in March 2022. ... As president, Dr. Kaufmann

Bruce H. Thiers, MD, FAAD, assumes presidency of the American Academy of Dermatology

ROSEMONT, III (March 24, 2020) — Today, board-certified dermatologist Bruce H. Thiers, MD, FAAD, will begin his one-year term as president of the American Academy of Dermatology. ... As president, Dr. Thiers will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and medical,

Beth’s personal story

James Veltrop and daughter ... My husband, James V. Veltrop, Jr. passed after a two year battle with malignant melanoma. He had fair skin, light brown hair, and blue eyes. He loved our children so very much. He fought until the very end. ... He grew up in New Mexico,

Anti-aging skin care

Find out what dermatologists recommend when starting an anti-aging skin care plan. Learn how to maximize the results you get. ... 11 ways to reduce premature skin aging By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects premature aging has on our skin. ... Caring for your skin in

What does FAAD stand for?

When you see the letters "FAAD" after your dermatologist’s name, it stands for: ... Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD) The letters FAAD tells you that you’re seeing a dermatologist, a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating the skin, hair, and nails, who: ... Has completed

Psoriasis Resource Center

How do dermatologists control psoriasis? ... Psoriasis is often a lifelong condition. To help their patients live well with psoriasis, dermatologists recommend the following: ... Use psoriasis friendly skin care ... Find and avoid your psoriasis triggers ... Treat the psoriasis as needed ... Tell your dermatologist about symptoms, even

How to treat a first-degree, minor burn

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Oct. 10, 2017) — According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, first-degree burns are very common and frequently occur after one accidentally touches a hot stove, curling iron or hair straightener. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. Unlike second- or third-degree burns, which are more

Head lice: Tips for managing

Most children get head lice through head-to-head contact. ... Head lice are common, and it is easy for children to pick up head lice at school and other places where they play. Here are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of your child getting head lice:

American Academy of Dermatology elects new officers, board members

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 15, 2020) — The American Academy of Dermatology has announced the results of its annual election. The Academy’s new officers and board members will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,500 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of

Vitiligo: Signs and symptoms

Loss of skin color can appear anywhere ... Vitiligo causes loss of your natural skin color. Your dermatologist may call this "loss of pigment" or "depigmentation." We can lose pigment anywhere on our bodies, including our: ... Skin ... Hair (scalp, eyebrow, eyelash, beard) ... Eyes ... Mouth (inside) ...

Scalp care

How to apply scalp medications There are many safe and effective treatments for scalp conditions. However, applying these medications can be tricky. To apply solutions and foams, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists. ... How to treat dandruff Follow these tips from dermatologists to treat and control dandruff. ... Scalp

Ringworm: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose ringworm? ... A dermatologist can often tell if you have ringworm by looking at the infected area. ... Your dermatologist may also examine other areas of your body. It’s common to have athlete’s foot and ringworm on one or both hands. Sometimes, the infection spreads to

What causes acne?

What really causes acne? Myths about what causes are common. Knowing the facts can lead to clearer skin. ... Acne and diet Research suggests that some foods can worsen acne. Find out what you may want to avoid. ... Hair care products that cause acne Tiny bumps along your hairline

Digital media kit: AAD online advertising

Advertise on AAD.org to be top-of-mind for key decision makers ... AAD.org is an award-winning website, atttracting more than 3.75 million unitque visitors each month. With interactive, online-only features, AAD.org goes beyond the news to provide helpful, practical tools and resources for the dermatology community as well as consumers with

Kevin’s personal story

At the end of January 2016, my family took a two-day trip to the Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos for my daughter’s 4th birthday. While in the wave pool with my daughter, a woman tapped me on the shoulder and told me she was a dermatologist and that I

Jen’s personal story

Although I have many risk factors for skin cancer and regularly used tanning beds in the past, at the age of 34 I had never been to a dermatologist and never had my moles checked. I was naive thought it was something that only happened when you were "older."  ...

Monica's personal story

Turns out all my years getting sunburned was damaging my skin, but back then all this skin cancer was not known about. I have fair skin, blue eyes, and freckles. ... I was only 27 years old. I really didn't have a support team through this, only my boyfriend. My

Heather’s personal story

I remember looking in the mirror while doing my hair and seeing this dark mole on the left side of my forehead near my hairline. It seemed to have appeared overnight, which I knew it couldn't have. I asked my husband if he had ever noticed it, and he said

Caitlin’s personal story

I went for my first skin check with Dr. Hale when I was about 15 or 16. I am fair skinned, with red hair and freckles, and spent pretty much all of my summers as a kid at the beach or somewhere outside. My mom was ... always very vigilant

Rosacea: Who gets and causes

Who gets rosacea? ... Rosacea is common. According to the U.S. government, more than 14 million people are living with rosacea. Most people who get rosacea are:  ... Between 30 and 50 years of age ... Fair-skinned, and often have blonde hair and blue eyes ... From Celtic or Scandinavian

Telemedicine: Follow-up care after your appointment

What should I expect after my telemedicine appointment? ... After your telemedicine appointment, ... ask your dermatologist how they will follow up with you. They might call you or send you messages in another way. Ask your dermatologist if they have a patient portal, where they may send you messages

Scalp psoriasis: Shampoos, scale softeners, and other treatments

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Amgen and ... Novartis . ... Scalp psoriasis: About 50% of the people who have plaque psoriasis will experience a flare up that causes psoriasis to appear on

What kids should know about avoiding bites and stings

The best way to deal with bug bites and stings is to try to avoid them in the first place. Here are some tips: ... Coverup ... If you're outdoors in places where there are a lot of insects and bugs, especially ticks, tiny bugs that stick to your skin

Vicki’s personal story

Vicki Flowers's son ... The summer prior to him starting his sophomore year of college, he got a haircut, a buzz cut, if you will. He kept his hair short for football. His Dad and his barber noticed a mole above his right ear had changed in shape, size, and

Scleroderma: Signs and symptoms

What are the signs of scleroderma? ... Scleroderma has many signs and symptoms. The following images let you see some of the ways it can affect your skin. ... Hard, thickening, or tight skin ... This trait is what gives scleroderma its name. Some people develop 1 or 2 patches

The Academy's impact

Through AAD humanitarian programs, we carry out our commitment to educate the public about healthy skin, hair, and nails in an effort to motivate them to take positive action in improving their quality of life, and in the case of skin cancer, save lives. Additionally, we recognize the importance our

American Academy of Dermatology elects 2018 new officers, board members

ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 27, 2018) — The American Academy of Dermatology has announced the results of its annual election. The Academy’s new officers and board members will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 19,000 physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of

Melasma: Tips for managing

Tips to make melasma less noticeable ... If you have melasma, dermatologists recommend these tips for achieving a more even skin tone. ... Tips to make melasma less noticeable ... Melasma is a common skin problem that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Although the exact causes of

Melissa’s personal story

I have reddish brown hair and lots of freckles and moles. I never wore sunscreen as a kid unless we went to the beach for the day. Growing up, I thought that people looked better tan. I especially thought that I looked prettier tan. I didn't have the greatest skin

Psoriasis: Diagnosis and treatment

Wondering if you have psoriasis? A board-certified dermatologist can tell you. Dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases that affect the skin, hair, and nails.  ... If you have psoriasis, your dermatologist can create a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. This type of treatment plan has many benefits.

Skin cancer types: Basal cell carcinoma diagnosis and treatment

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron . ... If you find a spot on your skin that you think could be a skin cancer, an accurate diagnosis and treatment are

Research suggests hyperhidrosis is widespread, but patients are not seeking treatment

NEW YORK (July 25, 2019) —  Treatment can effectively control sweating and improve patients’ daily life and quality of life At least 15 million people in the U.S. experience diminished quality of life due to excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. Many treatments are available, say dermatologists from the American Academy of

Act your age when it comes to skin care

Dermatologists share tips for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s — SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Nov. 1, 2016) — People experience many changes as they age, and that includes changes in their skin. The body’s largest organ evolves over time, so it’s important for one’s skin care routine to evolve with

Keratosis pilaris: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose keratosis pilaris? ... To diagnose this condition, your dermatologist will examine your skin, looking closely at the skin that shows signs of keratosis pilaris. ... How do dermatologists treat keratosis pilaris? ... This skin condition is harmless, so you don’t need to treat it. ... If

Nail fungus: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose nail fungus? ... To find out if a patient has nail fungus, a dermatologist examines your nails and nearby skin. It’s important to check the skin because the fungus can spread. You may already have a skin infection caused by fungus like athlete’s foot. ... To

Accurate diagnosis should be first step in treating nail fungus

NEW YORK (July 27, 2017) — Board-certified dermatologist can evaluate condition, recommend treatment Nail fungus can be distressing for patients, especially during the summer sandal season when feet are exposed. While some people who observe nail fungus symptoms may wish to hide their affected nails with polish or run to

Plants that can make you itch

For most, knowledge of hazardous plants is limited to the phrase, "leaves of three, leave them be." However, despite widespread awareness of a few common culprits, many casual outdoor enthusiasts may find themselves with an itchy souvenir following an encounter with a flower or shrub. ... While poison ivy is

Skin dictionary

A - C ... Acne (ak-nee) Another word for pimples, or bumps that you get mostly on your face.  Most acne happens when your skin makes too much oil. The oil mixes with dead skin cells and germs called bacteria to plug up the little holes in your skin called

Tattooed skin: Skin care

How to care for tattooed skin ... More and more patients are asking their dermatologists for skin care tips that will keep a tattoo looking its best. Here are some tips from dermatologists for keeping tattooed skin healthy and vibrant. ... More and more patients are asking their dermatologists for

Birthmarks: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose a birthmark? ... Often, a dermatologist can tell you what type of birthmark your child has by examining it. ... To examine a birthmark, your dermatologist may use an instrument called a Wood’s lamp. This device lets a dermatologist see parts of the skin that cannot

Leg veins: Why they appear and how dermatologists treat them

Varicose and spider veins: Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often twist and can bulge above the surface of the skin. They may be blue, red, or flesh-colored. Spider veins often look like webs. ... Having spider or varicose veins can affect more than your appearance. These veins can cause

Cosmetic treatments: Your safety

Cosmetic treatments may look easy to perform, but having one done safely requires in-depth medical knowledge of the skin and what lies beneath. Board-certified dermatologists have this medical knowledge, which means a lower risk of complications. ... Cosmetic treatments ... Before getting cosmetic treatment, ask questions To reduce your risk

Microneedling: experienced hands can improve the face

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 16, 2018) — Treatment from a trained doctor provides better results than at-home devices When it comes to microneedling, not all treatments are created equal. At-home devices won’t provide the same effects as an in-office treatment from a board-certified dermatologist. ... "Microneedling that delivers significant, long-lasting

Six ways to prevent toenail fungus

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (March 14, 2017) — Although fungal nail infections are usually painless, the condition can be unsightly. If you get nail fungus – more common on the toenails than the fingernails – your symptoms could include yellow or brown nails, or nails that lift up from the nail

Hair care: Lice (ages 8 -10)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  45 min ... Objective ... Students will be able to: ... Learn that lice can affect anyone and enjoy both clean and dirty environments ... Identify that lice are bugs ... Learn that lice are easily treatable  ... Materials ... What A Lice

Many ways to firm sagging skin

It’s possible to tighten your skin without a facelift. ... Do you find yourself gently pulling back skin on your face when you look in the mirror and wishing it would stay there? Does the jiggle in your upper arms bother you? ... A surgical lift, such as a facelift

What can get rid of age spots?

If you feel that age spots are telling people you’re past your prime, you may be able to fade those spots significantly. Sometimes, you can even get rid of them. ... Before you treat age spots, however, you should know a few facts. These facts can protect your health and

New treatment option shows promise for skin and hair conditions

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2017) — Alopecia areata, atopic dermatitis and vitiligo are highly visible dermatologic conditions that can have a negative effect on patients’ quality of life and overall health. An emerging treatment option, however, could provide effective therapy for patients with these conditions. ... Board-certified dermatologist Brett King,

Warts: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose warts? ... A dermatologist can tell whether you have a wart by looking at it. In rare cases, a dermatologist may need to perform a skin biopsy to be certain. If a dermatologist needs to perform a biopsy, the doctor will remove the wart and send

Scars: Diagnosis and treatment

Why should a dermatologist diagnose what type of scar you have? ... While it may seem obvious that you have a scar, it’s important to have a dermatologist examine it before it’s treated. ... Scars are complex. To treat you safely and effectively, it’s important for the person treating you

Hair care: Lice (ages 11 - 13)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  35 min ... Objective ...   Students will be able to: ... State that being "dirty" is not why people get lice ... Learn what can be used to treat lice ... Define what a "nit" is ... Materials  ... Lice True or

Is your dry scalp something more serious?

From dandruff to fungal infections, your scalp could be in need of some TLC ... A dry, itchy scalp can prove distracting, painful and—when paired with scabbing or flaking—embarrassing. It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands by scratching or attempting to mask the issue with products,

Acne Scars: Self-Care

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Galderma Laboratories, L.P. It may seem that acne scars are inevitable; however, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of seeing scars when the acne

Nail fungus: Signs and symptoms

What are the signs of nail fungus? ... If you get nail fungus, you’re likely to see one or more of the following changes to your nails: ... Part of a nail turns white, yellow, brown, or another color. At first, you may just see a spot of discoloration at

Scleroderma: Diagnosis and treatment

How is scleroderma diagnosed? ... If you have scleroderma, it can take time to get the diagnosis. Scleroderma is rare, and the signs and symptoms are similar to many other diseases. ... Doctors who most commonly diagnose scleroderma are dermatologists and rheumatologists. Dermatologists have expertise in diagnosing diseases that affect

Genital warts: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose genital warts? ... People often feel embarrassed by growths in their genital area and do not see a doctor. But seeing a dermatologist can provide peace of mind because you can get a proper diagnosis and treatment. ... A dermatologist can diagnose genital warts by examining

Seborrheic keratoses: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose seborrheic keratoses? ... In most cases, a dermatologist can tell if your skin growth is a seborrheic keratosis by looking at it. Sometimes, a seborrheic keratosis can look like a skin cancer. If it does, the dermatologist will remove the growth so that it can be

Sandra's personal story

I was diagnosed with my first benign basal cell carcinoma about seven years ago. Since then, I visited my dermatologist’s office every six months. Because I have moles all over my body, I had anywhere from two to five moles removed at every visit. After about four years of mild

Dulce Michell’s story

I was 48 when my husband first noticed a dark spot on my upper left shoulder. I didn't pay much attention to it because I thought it was just another sun spot related to all my years of sun exposure. Time went by, and the more the spot got bigger

Melanoma: Diagnosis and treatment

If you find a spot or growth on your skin that you think could be a melanoma, don’t delay making an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist. When caught early, melanoma is highly treatable. ... See a board-certified dermatologist ... Dermatologists use tools, such as a dermatoscope, to help them

10 reasons your face is red

Many things can turn our faces red, including sunburn, acne, and hot flashes. Here are 10 less obvious reasons for seeing a red face when you look in the mirror. ... Seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that causes a red rash, which often appears on the

New research focuses on a growing pandemic problem — “zoom dysmorphia”

A board-certified dermatologist explains how the shift to remote work and socializing increased negative self-perceptions. ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 23, 2021) — During the pandemic, there was a shift to remote work, and demand for video conferencing increased. Zoom estimates daily meeting participants grew from approximately 10 million in December 2019

Acne Scars: Diagnosis and treatment

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Galderma Laboratories, L.P. Safe and effective treatment for acne scars begins with a consultation. During the consultation, a dermatologist will examine your skin, playing close attention to your

Fillers giving patients better, longer-lasting results

Dermal fillers have been popular for years. People like that these injections can diminish facial lines and plump up sagging skin on their face (and hands). Fillers are also convenient. You can get these injections in a dermatologist’s office, and most fillers have virtually no downtime. Add to this the

Hyperhidrosis: Diagnosis and treatment

Dermatologists help many patients control excessive sweating. Before treatment begins, it is important to find out why a patient has excessive sweating. ... How do dermatologists diagnose hyperhidrosis? ... To diagnose this condition, a dermatologist gives the patient a physical exam. This includes looking closely at the areas of the

Rosacea treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose and treat rosacea? No medical test can tell whether you have rosacea. This explains how dermatologists diagnose and treat it. ... Rosacea treatment: Acne-like breakouts Is rosacea causing acne-like breakouts? See what an effective treatment plan may include. ... Rosacea treatment: Eye problems One benefit of

How dermatologists treat acne

Acne: Diagnosis and treatment Today, virtually everyone can see clearer skin. Here’s a guide to treatment that can help. ... Acne scars: Treatment Has acne has left you with scars? Discover what a board-certified dermatologist can do to help you. ... How long can I take an antibiotic to treat

Ellen’s personal story

As a dermatologist and surgeon, I have delivered the diagnosis of skin cancer to thousands of patients—so imagine my shock when I was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma—not once but twice!   ... My first diagnosis was in 2006.  A hard, pink pimple appeared on the side of my nose,

American Academy of Dermatology issues new guidelines for treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Jan. 10, 2018) — Board-certified dermatologists can provide proper treatment for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, ... 1,2 ... and nonmelanoma skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer, affecting more than 3 million

10 tips for clearing acne in skin of color

How to treat acne in skin of color ... For people with skin of color, acne is often accompanied by dark spots or patches called hyperpigmentation. Fortunately, there are plenty of things people with skin of color can do at home to help clear their acne, as well as the

Is any acne treatment safe to use during pregnancy?

So many things change during pregnancy, and your acne treatment may need to be one of them. Here’s what you should know about using acne treatment while you’re pregnant. ... Acne medication never to take during pregnancy ... If you’re pregnant, immediately stop taking these medications and do not use

Sarcoidosis and your skin: Diagnosis and treatment

When sarcoidosis develops on the skin, it’s often an early sign of the disease. As such, a dermatologist is often the first doctor to notice signs of sarcoidosis. ... Signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis can come and go ... Keeping track of your symptoms can help your doctors find sarcoidosis.

Younger-looking skin

If you wish you could turn back the hands of time, it’s worth seeing a board-certified dermatologist to find out what can realistically and safely diminish the signs of aging that bother you. ... Common concerns ... Hands: What can make my hands look younger? If age spots, wrinkly skin,

Keratosis pilaris: Signs and symptoms

What keratosis pilaris looks like ... The rough-feeling bumps can appear in many colors, including skin colored and white. ... This common skin condition causes tiny bumps that can: ... Feel rough and dry like sandpaper ... Resemble the skin of a plucked chicken or goosebumps ... Become more noticeable

Vitiligo: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose vitiligo? ... If your dermatologist suspects that you have vitiligo, your dermatologist will: ... Review your medical history, and may ask specific questions, such as whether anyone in your family has vitiligo ... Perform a physical exam, looking carefully at the affected skin ... You also

When is a mole a problem?

Dermatologist examining a new mole ... If you develop a new mole after age 30, a dermatologist should examine the mole for signs of melanoma. ... #1 problem with moles: Melanoma ... While most moles are harmless, you shouldn’t ignore yours. ... Melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, can begin in

Cold sores: Who gets and causes

Who gets cold sores? ... The virus that causes cold sores is very contagious, so many people get cold sores. ... In the United States, people usually get this virus when they are a child. Getting kissed by someone who has a cold sore is often how a child catches

Acanthosis nigricans: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose acanthosis nigricans? ... A dermatologist can diagnose acanthosis nigricans (AN) by looking at your skin. ... If your dermatologist diagnoses you with AN, you may need a blood test and other medical tests. These tests can help find out if you have another medical condition. AN

Stretch marks: Why they appear and how to get rid of them

What exactly is a stretch mark? ... Stretch marks fade with time; however, treatment may make them less noticeable more quickly. ... A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our

Pimple popping: Why only a dermatologist should do it

Too often, people worsen their acne by squeezing pimples and other acne blemishes. ... If you have a pimple that you’re about to pop, stop! You’ll want to read this first. ... Do-it-yourself pimple popping can backfire ... Squeezing pimples and other acne blemishes may seem so simple that anyone

Sarah’s personal story

Sarah Renema's Grandfather ... I was recently asked to write a story about one of my favorite men, and I couldn’t be happier to do so. While I find myself referencing this man as "my Grandpa," as if he is mine and only mine, I realized that he is so

Melasma: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose melasma? ... Dermatologists can diagnose most patients by looking at their skin. To see how deeply the melasma penetrates the skin, your dermatologist may look at your skin under a device called a Wood’s light. ... Sometimes melasma can look like another skin condition. To rule

Nail fungus: Overview

What is nail fungus? ... It’s easy to get a fungal nail infection. If you have a fungal infection on your foot, the fungus can spread to one or more of your nails. This is quite common. ... You can also catch a fungal nail infection in a warm, moist

Acne: Diagnosis and treatment

How to apply topical acne medication ... Today, there are many effective treatments for acne. To get the greatest benefit from topical acne medications, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists. ... Do you continue to break out despite having tried several acne treatments? Are you convinced that nothing’s going to

Is platelet-rich plasma the secret to younger-looking skin?

Some patients see less sagging and fewer wrinkles after a vampire facial, but this treatment cannot make your face look the way it did years ago. ... Also known as the "vampire facial," platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has received so much attention that it may seem as if we’ve finally found

Preventing and treating occupationally induced dermatologic conditions during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in occupationally induced skin conditions in health care workers associated with increased hand washing, repeated exposure to sterilizing agents and increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirators, face masks and gloves. The purpose of this document is to facilitate identification, appropriate treatment

What can clear severe acne?

If you wake up to find a few large pimples on your otherwise clear face, you may consider that severe acne. Likewise, a breakout of whiteheads and blackheads before a first date may seem like severe acne. But that’s not the type of acne we’re talking about here. ... What

Rosacea: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose rosacea? ... A treatment plan for rosacea generally includes avoiding triggers, using gentle skin care products, and treating the rosacea. ... If your dermatologist suspects you have rosacea, you won’t need medical tests. No medical test can tell whether you have rosacea. ... To diagnose rosacea,

How can I treat genital psoriasis?

Genital psoriasis can be treated successfully: You apply most treatments for genital psoriasis directly to the psoriasis. ... If you have psoriasis on or around your genitals, you have genital psoriasis. Many people who have psoriasis will have a flare in this area. Even children get genital psoriasis. As embarrassing as

Rosacea treatment: How to treat the redness

If you have rosacea, you’ll likely have redness on your face at some point. The redness may show up as flushing that lasts a little longer each time. Without treatment for rosacea, this redness can become permanent. Another cause of permanent redness is visible blood vessels on the face. ...

Is your sports equipment causing your acne?

When equipment such a shot put frequently rubs against your skin, acne can flare. ... Some sports equipment and clothing provide an ideal environment for acne to thrive. This is so common that there’s a medical term for this type of acne. It’s called  ... acne mechanica . ... You

Liposuction: What can it do for me?

Before and after tumescent liposuction: This 53-year-old woman had tumescent liposuction to flatten her belly, which improved the results from diet and exercise. ... Liposuction is a type of surgery used to remove fat. By removing a small amount of fat, it’s possible to reshape just about any area of

What kids should know about skin

Is your epidermis showing? Don't worry, it should be. Your epidermis is the top part of your skin, and your skin is your body's largest and fastest-growing organ. Skin is your body's coat. It protects you. It helps you stay warm when it's cold, and cool when it's hot. Your

Granuloma annulare: Diagnosis and treatment

How do dermatologists diagnose granuloma annulare? ... If you may have granuloma annulare annulare, your dermatologist will exam your skin and ask some questions. ... Be sure to tell your dermatologist if you: ... Have injured your skin recently ... Feel any pain or itch ... Take any medications ...

Dermatologists’ tips for applying scalp medications

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Aug. 14, 2018) — According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, scalp conditions, such as alopecia areata, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, are very common. In fact, researchers estimate that at least half of the people who have plaque psoriasis have it on their scalp. Fortunately, patients

Hidradenitis suppurativa: Who gets and causes

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Abbvie . ... What causes hidradenitis suppurativa? ... In the United States, young women who are African American or biracial are most likely to get hidradenitis suppurativa. ...

Itchy scalp? How to find head lice early

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Aug. 13, 2019) — Ahead of the new school year, dermatologists encourage parents to be on the lookout for these pesky critters Head lice affect about six to 12 million children, ages three to 12, each year in the United States. Although head lice are not known to

Itchy scalp? How to find head lice early

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Aug. 13, 2019) —  Ahead of the new school year, dermatologists encourage parents to be on the lookout for these pesky critters Head lice affect about six to 12 million children, ages three to 12, each year in the United States. Although head lice are not known to

Vanessa’s personal story

Vanessa Lattimer and friend ... I grew up in small-town Idaho where life revolves around the great outdoors. Any and all free time my family had was spent pursuing activities outside, and that passion for nature, fresh air, and sunshine will forever be ingrained in my being. I also naturally

Scalp psoriasis: Tips for managing

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Amgen and ... Novartis . ... How to apply scalp medications ... There are many safe and effective treatments for scalp conditions, such as alopecia areata, psoriasis, and

What is nail psoriasis, and how can I treat it?

If you have psoriasis, it’s important to check your fingernails and toenails for signs of nail psoriasis. Common signs include: ... Tiny dents in your nails (called "nail pits") ... White, yellow, or brown discoloration ... Crumbling nails ... Nail(s) separating from your finger or toe ... Buildup beneath your

Skin lightener containing mercury can cause serious health problems

You can protect your health and your skin by asking your dermatologist to recommend a skin lightener. ... A skin lightener can fade — or even clear — dark spots and patches on your skin, but some come with serious health risks. ... If your skin lightener contains mercury, it

Tips for men: how to shave

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Feb. 13, 2018) — There is no shortage of men’s razors and other shaving tools on the market, but do any of them offer the perfect shave? According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s less about which tools you use, and more about your shaving

Head lice: Signs and symptoms

How to find head lice early ... Head lice affects about 6 to 12 million children, ages 3 to 12, each year in the U.S. To spot the signs of head lice early and help prevent an infestation from spreading, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists. ... What are the

Skin cancer types: Merkel cell carcinoma diagnosis & treatment

Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare cancer that requires specialized knowledge and equipment to find it. For this reason, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that you ask whether your doctor: ... Has experience diagnosing MCC ... Will work with a ... dermatopathologist to diagnose you ... If

Keratosis pilaris: Who gets and causes

Who gets keratosis pilaris? ... People of all ages and races have this common skin condition. For most people, it begins at one of the following times: ... Before 2 years of age ... During the teenage years ... Because keratosis pilaris usually begins early in life, children and teenagers

What kids should know about stopping pimples

The best thing to do is to try to stop pimples before they start. Here's what you should do: ... Wash your face twice a day ... Wash your face twice a day with warm water, using a mild cleanser, which works like soap to clean your skin, but is

How to treat acne in skin of color

Tips from board-certified dermatologists ROSEMONT, Ill. (Sept. 10, 2020) — Acne affects up to 50 million Americans annually, including people of all skin types and complexions. For people with skin of color, acne is often accompanied by dark spots or patches called hyperpigmentation. Fortunately, dermatologists from the American Academy of

How to bathe a newborn: tips from dermatologists

ROSEMONT, Ill. (July. 9, 2019) — For many parents, bringing home a baby is a happy and exciting time. However, it can also be daunting — especially the thought of bathing this tiny, fragile human. Yet with a little practice, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, bathing your

American Academy of Dermatology statement on wearing a cloth face mask

Statement attributable to AAD President Bruce H. Thiers, MD, FAAD ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 29, 2020) — "The American Academy of Dermatology supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially

Skin conditions by the numbers

Acne ... Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. ... 1 ... Acne usually begins in puberty and affects many adolescents and young adults. ... Approximately 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at

How to remove a tick and prevent future bites

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Sept. 19, 2017) — As tick populations grow and spread across the country, their prevalence is increasing the public’s risk for some troubling diseases. Of these diseases, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus and alpha-gal syndrome—a mysterious red

A dermatologist's top tips for a healthy beard

If you want a healthy-looking beard, you need to take care of the skin beneath it. The right skin care can prevent problems like acne, beard dandruff, and itch. ... To keep this skin care simple, we asked board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Anthony Rossi, MD, FAAD, for advice. Here’s

Stasis dermatitis: Treatment

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Incyte Dermatology , ... Leo Pharma, Inc. , and ... Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron . ... A dermatologist is often the doctor who diagnoses and treats stasis dermatitis

DIY treatment for 5 common beard problems

Whether your beard is close-cropped or full and bushy, skin problems can develop beneath it. With this expert advice from dermatologists, you can often treat five of the most common problems at home. ... Beard acne ... When you grow a beard, your beard hairs trap oil from your skin,

Tips to avoid spreading molluscum contagiosum

The common and highly contagious skin condition mostly affects children ages 1 to 10 ROSEMONT, Ill. (Dec. 8, 2020) — Molluscum contagiosum is a common and highly contagious skin condition caused by a virus. According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, the condition mostly affects children — adults

Dermatologists offer unmatched expertise on skin health

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Nov. 1, 2017) — As National Healthy Skin Month begins, American Academy of Dermatology urges public to seek care and advice from recognized experts While it’s easy to find skin care advice — from friends, family, social media, blogs and elsewhere — getting accurate advice is another matter.

AADA statement on FDA Notice for Environmental Impact Statement for certain sunscreen drug products

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 14, 2021) — The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) and its members are committed to the health and safety of the public including the prevention of skin cancer. ... The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a notice on the study of environmental impacts

Head lice: Who gets and causes

Who gets head lice? ... Anyone can get head lice. In the United States, children in preschool and elementary school are most likely to get head lice. Children can spread the lice to their parents, caretakers, and others in their households. ... Girls seem more likely than boys to get

Choose a qualified health care provider for dermatologic procedures

NEW YORK (July 27, 2017) — Board-certified physicians offer safe environment, best outcomes Thanks to the emergence and proliferation of online review sites, the public can conduct background research on a variety of businesses and services, from restaurants to roofers. While such research can be beneficial in any facet of

How to treat minor cuts

ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 10, 2018) — Cuts from a sharp knife or a piece of glass are very common. They often occur while people are preparing food, washing dishes or even crafting. All it takes is a slip of the knife or a dish breaking, and suddenly there’s blood. However,

Don’t let hand rashes ruin your winter

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Feb. 14, 2017) — Hand rashes can be frustrating, especially when the cause of your rash is unknown. Was it a new brand of hand soap? Eczema? Or just really dry skin? According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, it could be any of these things

How to clean your makeup brushes

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Dec. 11, 2018) — According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, dirty makeup brushes can wreak havoc on the skin. In addition to collecting product residue, dirt and oil, makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. This could compromise your complexion—in the form of acne

Adult acne

Why it happens and what you can do for it ... This 25-year-old woman has had acne for years. ... Acne can be particularly frustrating for adults. A treatment that worked so well during our teen years can be useless or even make acne worse. If this happens, you may

How to prevent common skin infections at the gym

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Jan. 8, 2019) — As more people flock to the gym for their New Year’s resolutions, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology are offering words of caution for gym members. While working out has many benefits, including weight control, disease prevention and even mood improvement, germs can

Infant sun protection: How parents can keep their baby safe

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (June 13, 2017) —  Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and it only takes one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence to nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, later in life. This is why it’s

Itchy skin? Dermatologists share tips for relief

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Jan. 10, 2017) — Everyone gets an itch once in a while. Usually it only lasts for a short time and is often caused by annoyances like a mosquito bite or scratchy fabric. However, if an itch lasts for more than six weeks, say dermatologists from the American

JAAD ranks No. 1 among dermatology journals

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (July 20, 2017) — Publication’s impact factor increases by 25 percent The ... Journal of the American Academy of Dermatolog y is the top peer-reviewed journal in its field, according to the most recent impact factor report from Thomson Reuters. ... A journal’s impact factor reflects how often

Dermatologists can learn new tricks from old dogs

NEW YORK (July 27, 2017) — Collaboration with veterinarians and scientists could benefit human patients ... Skin disorders like atopic dermatitis and ringworm can affect every member of the family — including Fido. Fortunately for both people and pooches, the persistent itch and other troublesome symptoms of these skin

How to care for children with chickenpox

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Dec. 12, 2017) — Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. Although the incidence of chickenpox has declined significantly since the development of the chickenpox vaccine, there are still children who develop chickenpox every year, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology. Fortunately, there

5 ways to use petroleum jelly for skin care

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Jan. 9, 2018) — The skin is the body’s largest organ, so it’s important to take good care of it. However, doing so doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology. In fact, petroleum jelly, a common, inexpensive product found in most

American Academy of Dermatology statement on the dangers of ultraviolet exposure

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 24, 2020) — ... Statement attributable to AAD President Bruce H. Thiers, MD, FAAD "There is no evidence to support the recent speculation that traditional ultraviolet exposure is an effective treatment for COVID-19. This misinformation may encourage the public to seek UV radiation from the sun and

New AAD survey: Only a third of Americans are concerned about skin cancer despite nearly 70% having at least one risk factor

Board-certified dermatologists urge everyone to #PracticeSafeSun, particularly individuals with a greater risk for developing skin cancer ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 15, 2021) — With the first day of summer right around the corner, many Americans will increasingly head to the beach or water parks to cool down, but will they turn

American Academy of Dermatology provides tips for skin self-exams

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 3, 2018) — Dermatologists encourage everyone to be a ‘Skin Cancer Hero’ by learning this life-saving behavior in conjunction with Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Melanoma Monday ® ... Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is estimated that one in five

Ringworm: Signs and symptoms

Is it ringworm? ... What do athlete’s foot, jock itch, and barber’s itch all have in common? They are all cases of ringworm. However, despite its name, ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus, not a worm. It is very common, and your risk increases in hot, humid

Academy values

Advancing excellence in dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology is a non-profit medical specialty associationthat was founded in 1938. All the work we undertake on behalf of our members,their patients, and the public is guided by a clear  ... vision  of ...  being r ecognized as the leading authority

How to check your nails for melanoma

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 11, 2021) — When checking the body for signs of skin cancer, many people may only think to check their skin. However, it’s important to check the nails, too. Although rare, skin cancer, including melanoma — the deadliest form of skin

How to care for your skin without breaking the bank

Tips from board-certified dermatologists ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 10, 2020) — November is National Healthy Skin Month, and it’s also the start of the holiday season when costs and spending can soar. Fortunately, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say there are several things people can do to reduce skin

How to prevent and treat dry, chapped lips

Tips from board-certified dermatologists ROSEMONT, Ill. (Jan. 26, 2021) — For many people, winter skin probably conjures up images of dry, cracked hands, flaky skin, and windburn. However, the lips can be affected too. And while it may seem that dry, cracked lips are something you have to live with

How to reduce flares if you have lupus

Dermatologists advocate for continued patient access to lupus medications during the COVID-19 pandemic ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 21, 2020) — Medications for lupus — a long-term autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s immune system attacks different parts of their body, including their skin — are currently being explored as

How to trim your nails

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Feb. 12, 2019) — In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology are advising the public about a simple yet important self-care routine: nail grooming. Not only do short, well-manicured nails look great, they say, they are also less likely to harbor dirt

Tips to prevent and treat bug bites

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (April 11, 2017) — Although warm, spring weather means more time outdoors, it also means more bugs – like bees, ticks and mosquitoes. The best way to deal with pesky bites and stings, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, is to prevent them in the first

How to use bleach baths to help manage eczema flares

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Oct. 9, 2018) — Although hot water and bubble baths may sound relaxing to many, for those with atopic dermatitis, this can have the opposite effect, causing dry, scaly, red patches to develop on the skin. Affecting nearly 28 million Americans, atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema,

JAAD ranks #1 among dermatology journals

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology’s impact factor increases by 16.5% ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 14, 2020) — The ... Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology is the top peer-reviewed journal in its field, according to the 2019 impact factor rankings recently published by the Journal Citation Reports

Skin reaction from targeted cancer therapy? Tell your doctor.

Are you receiving targeted therapy to treat skin cancer — or any other cancer? If so, dermatologists recommend that you pay close attention to your skin. ... Skin reactions are the most common side effect of targeted therapy. ... What is targeted therapy, exactly? ... When cancer spreads and becomes

How to use stick and spray sunscreens

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 12, 2018) — Sunscreen is a vital tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form. Research suggests that daily sunscreen use—when used correctly—could significantly cut the incidence of melanoma. This is why dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology advise their patients that

What to do if you get scabies

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Nov. 14, 2017) — Scabies is a common skin condition caused by the human itch mite. People get scabies when the mite burrows into the top layer of their skin to live and feed. When the skin reacts to the mite – which is so small that you

How to Control Oily Skin

ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 13, 2018) — 10 Do’s and Don’ts from Dermatologists Although oily skin can clog pores and lead to increased acne breakouts, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say oily skin also has many benefits. Oil helps preserve the skin, and people with oily skin tend to

How to prevent rosacea flare-ups

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness to form across the nose and cheeks. In addition to seeing a board-certified dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment, patients can help control their condition and prevent it from getting worse by identifying and avoiding the things that cause their rosacea

What to wear to protect your skin from the sun

Ahead of the 4th of July holiday, dermatologists urge the public to #PracticeSafeSun as they head outdoors ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 30, 2020) — Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and nearly 20 Americans die from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every day. As more

5 tips to improve nail psoriasis at home

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 11, 2020) — ... Approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. have psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory disease that mostly affects the skin and joints but could also affect the nails. According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, most people who have plaque psoriasis — the

How to break a sweat without causing acne

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Jan. 14, 2020) — Those hitting the gym on account of their New Year’s resolutions are likely reaping the benefits, including improved overall health and mood. However, gymgoers may also find that their skin is breaking out more than usual, putting a damper on that post-workout glow. According

How to treat eczema in babies

October is Eczema Awareness Month ROSEMONT, Ill. (Oct. 10, 2019) — Atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) is a common skin condition in babies. It affects up to 25% of children, and an estimated 60% of people with eczema develop it during their first year of life. While there is

How to treat deep, painful pimples

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Sept. 11, 2018) — ... 8 Do’s and Don’ts from Dermatologists If you’ve ever gone to bed with clear skin and woken up with a massive, painful pimple on your face, you’re not alone. According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common

Is it ringworm? Signs and symptoms

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Aug. 8, 2017) — What do athlete’s foot, jock itch, and barber’s itch all have in common? They are all cases of ringworm, say dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology. However, despite its name, ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus, not a worm. It

Dermatologists share skin care tips for people with vitiligo

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 11, 2019) —  Millions of people worldwide have vitiligo, a condition that causes the skin to lose its natural color, resulting in patches of light skin. Although the white or light patches do not typically cause other symptoms, the condition can cause low self-esteem and depression in

Scalp psoriasis: Overview

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Amgen and ... Novartis . ... When psoriasis forms on the scalp, it can creep beyond the scalp. ... Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) can appear anywhere on the skin. When

Illinois dermatologist organizes local effort to vaccinate frontline health care workers

American Academy of Dermatology honors Dr. Amy J. Derick as National "Patient Care Hero" ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 2, 2021) — Local board-certified dermatologist Amy J. Derick, MD, FAAD, was honored as a ... Patient Care Hero by the American Academy of Dermatology for her efforts to improve access to COVID-19

American Academy of Dermatology comments on follow-up study on absorption of sunscreen ingredients

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Jan. 21, 2020) — ... Statement from AAD President George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, FAAD A follow-up study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association builds upon previous research aiming to assess whether, and to what extent, certain ... chemical sunscreen ingredients are absorbed into

American Academy of Dermatology responds to JAMA Dermatology article on industry payments to guidelines authors

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Oct. 18, 2017) — Statement from Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, president, American Academy of Dermatology/Association "The American Academy of Dermatology and its members are dedicated to delivering the best possible care to patients while adhering to the highest clinical and ethical standards. As such, we are compelled

The American Academy of Dermatology statement on the safety of sunscreen

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May. 22, 2019) — Statement attributable to AAD/AADA President George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, FAAD "Recent accounts of the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed sunscreen rule incorrectly suggest that many sunscreens currently on the market do not meet safety requirements of the FDA. In fact, only two ingredients

Philadelphia physicians honored for teamwork

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Feb. 21, 2019) — Dermatologist and infectious disease specialist work together to treat patient with leprosy The American Academy of Dermatology has honored Carrie Kovarik, MD, FAAD, and Keith Hamilton, MD, as Patient Care Heroes for their collaboration to improve patient care. Both physicians teach and practice

Lichen planus: Signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms of lichen planus depend on where it appears on the body. ... Signs on the skin ... On the skin, lichen planus often causes bumps that are shiny, firm, and reddish purple. Sometimes the bumps have tiny white lines running through them. These lines are called

What is telemedicine?

What is telemedicine? ... As coronavirus cases continue to rise, people are sheltering in place to slow its spread. However, many people still need care from a board-certified dermatologist. To keep patients safe and conserve personal protective equipment — such as masks, gowns, and gloves — many dermatologists are seeing

How to prepare for a telemedicine appointment

Tips from board-certified dermatologists ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 6, 2021) — Consumer demand for virtual health care has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to telemedicine, patients with new concerns and those with chronic conditions can have an appointment with a board-certified physician from the comfort and safety of their homes.

David’s personal story

I was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma on October 30, 2014. ... I had Mohs surgery on November 25, 2014, with Dr. Izikson of Crystal Run Healthcare in Goshen, New York. There was only a small piece that was cancerous, which was removed on October 30. After the first part

Massachusetts dermatologist establishes COVID-19 vaccination site for school nurses

American Academy of Dermatology recognizes Dr. Louis Kuchnir as National "Patient Care Hero" ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 2, 2021) — Local board-certified dermatologist Louis Kuchnir, MD, FAAD, was honored as an American Academy of Dermatology ... Patient Care Hero for establishing a COVID-19 vaccination site in Marlborough, Mass. for school nurses

Leveraging telemedicine to improve skin health and wellbeing for those who are incarcerated

American Academy of Dermatology honors Dr. Jun Lu and Clinician Tara Hood with National " Patient Care Hero ... " Awards Rosemont, Ill. (April 22, 2021) – The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) named board-certified dermatologist Jun Lu, MD, FAAD, and Tara Hood, FNP-BC, as ... Patient Care Heroes for

2020 AAD Annual Meeting canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak

ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 10, 2020) — ... Statement from AAD President George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, FAAD As the outbreak of COVID-19 has been developing worldwide, the American Academy of Dermatology’s Executive Leadership has been closely tracking its impact within the global dermatology community. We have been monitoring daily recommendations

Bee prepared: how to treat a bee sting

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 10, 2018) — It can happen fast. One minute the kids are all playing peacefully outside on a warm, spring day. The next minute a piercing scream reveals that one them has been stung by a bee. To help alleviate the panic, dermatologists from the American Academy

New Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology paper highlights research into certain sunscreen ingredients

ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 5, 2018) — AAD reminds public that sun protection remains important for skin cancer prevention An article published today in the ... Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reviews the available research into chemical ultraviolet filters found in U.S. sunscreens. ... This paper comes in the

Elizabeth K. Usher named Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of AAD/A

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 4, 2019) – Elizabeth K. Usher, MBA, has been named executive director/chief executive officer of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD/A). Usher comes to the Academy from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), most recently holding the position of chief market

Public, researchers demonstrate growing interest in cannabis treatment

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 16, 2018) — Topical application shows promise for skin diseases Medical marijuana is legal in more than half of U.S. states. As its presence has increased over the last decade, so has research into the different medical applications of cannabis — including topical cannabis for dermatologic treatment.

What kids should know about the layers of skin

The layers of skin ... Your skin has a big job to do protecting your body, so it's made to be tough and stretchy. There is a lot more to this job than it might seem. There are three main layers of the skin. ... Epidermis is the top layer

How to prevent premature skin aging

Tips from board-certified dermatologists ROSEMONT, Ill. (Feb. 25, 2021) — As people age, it’s natural to experience thinner, drier skin and an increase in wrinkles and other signs of aging. However, sometimes one’s environment and lifestyle choices can cause the skin to age prematurely. Although there is no way to

“Do you use protection?” American Academy of Dermatology study finds half of Americans are not protecting themselves against sun damage

Rosemont, Ill. (May 1, 2019) — Dermatologists urge Americans to "practice safe sun" to reduce their risk for skin cancer Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, yet new data shows Americans aren’t "practicing safe sun." In a recent survey, the American Academy of Dermatology found

Research highlights common sunscreen mistakes

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May 16, 2017) — Dermatologists offer sun protection, sunscreen selection tips Sunscreen can be a valuable tool for skin cancer prevention — but only if it’s used correctly. When applying sunscreen, many people make mistakes that could compromise their protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which may

As virtual heath care visits soar amid the coronavirus outbreak, dermatologists share tips to help patients manage their appointment

Dermatology is one of the few medical specialties that has been at the forefront of telemedicine ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 16, 2020) — As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the country, ... telemedicine visits — which allow patients to have an appointment with their doctor from the comfort

Nearly $40,000 raised for skin cancer prevention and detection through "Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™"

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Oct. 14 2019) — This fall, a group of skin cancer advocates and their families and friends in both Chicago and Phoenix hiked three miles to say " ... Skin Cancer, Take a Hike! " Together, they raised nearly $40,000 for SPOT Skin Cancer™ benefiting the American Academy

Atopic dermatitis affects all ages

NEW YORK (July 27, 2017) — Eczema treatment can have a powerful impact on patients’ quality of life Eczema is not just kids’ stuff. Although the skin disease is commonly diagnosed in infancy and early childhood, it also can affect adults — sometimes more profoundly than younger patients. ... "Adult

Chicago physicians honored for teamwork by American Academy of Dermatology

ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 15, 2019) — Dermatologist and sleep neurologist lead multidisciplinary clinic treating patients with eczema The American Academy of Dermatology has honored dermatologist Jonathan Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAD, and sleep neurologist Hrayr Attarian, MD, as  ... Patient Care Heroes  for teaming up to provide coordinated, multidisciplinary care

Wisconsin physicians honored for cross specialty collaboration to advance skin cancer treatment

Doctors at the University of Wisconsin implemented a coordinated, multidisciplinaryapproach to skin cancer treatment ROSEMONT, Ill. (Sept. 18, 2019) — The American Academy of Dermatology has honored dermatologist Gloria Xu, MD, PhD, FAAD, and oncologist Mark Albertini, MD, as Patient Care Heroes for their leadership in launching a melanoma tumor

How to bathe your newborn

How to bathe your newborn ... With a little practice, bathing your baby is easy and provides a wonderful opportunity to bond with your little one. To make sure your baby stays safe, clean, and healthy during bath time, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists. ... For many parents, bringing

Actinic keratosis: Diagnosis and treatment

If you find a spot or growth on your skin that you think could be an actinic keratosis (AK), it’s time for a thorough skin exam. Should you have an AK, an accurate diagnosis and treatment can: ... Reduce your risk of developing skin cancer ... Get rid of an

Is that stubborn acne really acne?

These pimple-like outrbreaks around the mouth may look like acne, but it’s actually a skin condition called perioral dermatitis. ... If you have acne that just won’t go away, you may want to take a closer look at your skin. It’s possible that you don’t have acne. Other skin conditions

During skin cancer awareness month, dermatologists share 5 common sunscreen mistakes — and how to avoid them

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 14, 2019) — Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting one in five Americans in their lifetime. Yet according to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, most cases of skin cancer can be prevented by protecting your skin from the sun’s

How to care for your skin during radiation therapy

Tips from board-certified dermatologists help reduce patients’ pain and discomfort from side effects ROSEMONT, Ill. (Oct. 13, 2020) — Radiation therapy plays an important role in treating cancer. However, it can also produce some uncomfortable or even painful side effects on the skin, such as itchiness, redness, blistering and peeling.

How to care for your skin during menopause

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Feb. 11, 2020) — By the time they reach menopause — which officially begins one year after a woman’s last period — many women think they have their lives figured out. Careers are well established; children are grown and independent; and there’s more time for leisure and self-care.

8 tips to help prevent rosacea flare-ups

ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 12, 2019) — Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness to form across the nose and cheeks. According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, multiple factors — including sunlight, stress, and many foods and beverages — can play a role in worsening rosacea

How people of color can prevent and detect skin cancer

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (July 11, 2017) — With summer in full swing, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology are reminding everyone that people of all races and colors can develop skin cancer. Although people of color have a lower risk of developing skin cancer than Caucasians, when skin cancer develops

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Springfield dermatologist recognized for extraordinary efforts during COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Sacharitha Bowers played key role in developing and sharing tailored information for Black community members Rosemont, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2020) – The American Academy of Dermatology named board-certified dermatologist Sacharitha Bowers, MD, FAAD, a Patient Care Hero for her role in addressing disparities in care related to COVID-19 in

Florida dermatologist recognized for treatment of Vietnam veteran

Helping America’s military heroes ... Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard receives national Patient Care Hero award Rosemont, Ill. (Oct. 27, 2020) —The American Academy of Dermatology named board-certified dermatologist Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD, FAAD, a ... Patient Care Hero for her work treating veterans with serious service-related skin conditions. ... Jack Cooper of

Dermatologist saves South Florida man’s life with early diagnosis of lung cancer

Skin reveals many things ... Dr. Brittany Smirnov receives national Patient Care Hero award Rosemont, Ill. (Oct. 27, 2020) – The American Academy of Dermatology named board-certified dermatologist Brittany Smirnov, DO, FAAD, a ... Patient Care Hero for her role in diagnosing and treating a patient with stage IV metastatic

American Academy of Dermatology honors Detroit physician Iltefat H. Hamzavi with national “Patient Care Hero” award

Rosemont, Ill. (September 17, 2020) – The American Academy of Dermatology has named board-certified dermatologist Iltefat H. Hamzavi, MD, FAAD, a ... Patient Care Hero for his innovative use of light therapy to sanitize masks needed by frontline health care workers. ... The COVID-19 pandemic caused a shortage of the

Phoenix dermatologist and oncologist honored for providing collaborative care to patient with rare cancer

American Academy of Dermatology recognizes Drs. Lindsay Ackerman and Craig Reeder with national ... "Patient Care Hero" awards ... ROSEMONT, Ill (March 26, 2020) — The American Academy of Dermatology has named board-certified dermatologist Lindsay Ackerman, MD, FAAD, and hematologist/oncologist Craig Reeder, MD, as ... Patient Care Heroes for their

American Academy of Dermatology PSA highlights dangers of tanning

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 22, 2018) — Teenage girls encouraged to reduce their skin cancer risk by protecting themselves from harmful UV rays As Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, many teen girls will be eager to get out of school and spend time outside — and some

Study indicates isotretinoin is not an independent risk factor for depression

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) — A board-certified dermatologist can help acne patients determine the best treatment option for them Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting up to 50 million Americans annually, and it can have negative effects on patients’ mental health, including reduced self-confidence, anxiety

What kids should know about pimples

Acne comes from an old Greek word that means "skin eruption." Yep, ancient Greek kids had pimples, too!  ... Before you learn what really causes pimples, let's set a few things straight. Recent research shows that diet may have some effect on acne. We dermatologists recommend eating a healthy and

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Dawn’s personal story

I had a pink, raised, crusty spot on my right forearm for the past two years. I have been laid off from my job and am losing my health insurance. I was forced to take care of all of my medical concerns because of this. ... I went to the

Gardening this spring? Dermatologists share tips to prevent skin problems

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 9, 2019) — As the days get warmer and more people head outdoors to garden or do yard work, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology are reminding the public to take a few precautions. Although gardening can be an enjoyable activity for many, they say, it

Dermatologists urge consumers to treat acne early

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 13, 2018) — T ... reating acne when it first appears can reduce severity, scarring and acne-related anxiety Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. However, despite its prevalence, accurate information about acne can be scarce.

I have acne! Is it okay to wear makeup?

If you want to wear makeup while using acne medication, apply the acne medication first. ... Yes, you can wear makeup, but you’ll want to choose it carefully. Some cosmetics can cause acne. When this happens, you develop a type of acne called  ... acne cosmetica . Even women who

D.C. dermatologist plays leading role in COVID-19 testing for vulnerable communities

Ensuring access to testing amid the pandemic American Academy of Dermatology honors Dr. Ginette Okoye with national "Patient Care Hero" award The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) named board-certified dermatologist Ginette Okoye, MD, FAAD, a ... Patient Care Hero for establishing a dedicated COVID-19 community testing site in a historically

More than $41,000 raised for skin cancer prevention and detection through “Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ - Chicago”

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Oct. 10, 2018) — On Sat., Sept. 29, more than 200 dermatologists, skin cancer survivors and their families and friends hiked four miles at Busse Woods to tell " ... Skin Cancer, Take a Hike! " Together, they raised more than $41,000 for SPOT Skin Cancer™ to benefit

Dermatologists treat young boy who saved sister from dog attack

Drs. Dhaval Bhanusali and Cory Maughan receive national "Patient Care Hero" award from the American Academy of Dermatology Rosemont, Ill (Nov. 16, 2020) – The American Academy of Dermatology named dermatologists Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, FAAD, and Cory Maughan, DO, FAAD, ... Patient Care Heroes for providing life-changing scar treatment to

Dermatologist provides skin care to people experiencing homelessness amid COVID-19

Giving back during the pandemic ... Dr. Jennifer Tan receives national Patient Care Hero award Rosemont, Ill. (Oct. 27, 2020) – The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) named board-certified dermatologist Jennifer Tan, MD, FAAD, a ... Patient Care Hero for making critical skin care and hygiene items easily accessible to

Dermatologists honored for pioneering teledermatology in the U.S. Army

American Academy of Dermatology recognizes Drs. Hon Pak and Darryl Hodson with national "Patient Care Hero" awards ... Rosemont, Ill. (JUNE, 2, 2020) – The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has named board-certified dermatologists Hon Pak, MD, FAAD, MBA, and Darryl Hodson, MD, FAAD, as ... Patient Care Heroes for

Telemedicine helps Missouri dermatologist detect melanoma

American Academy of Dermatology honors Dr. Kari Lyn Martin with national "Patient Care Hero" award ... Rosemont, Ill. (JUNE 2, 2020) – The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has named board-certified dermatologist Kari Lyn Martin, MD, FAAD, a ... Patient Care Hero for using telemedicine to diagnose and remove a

Shade structures provide needed sun protection for North Little Rock soccer spectators

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May 1, 2017) — Dedication ceremony today recognizes gift from the Arkansas Foundation for Skin Cancer to the American Academy of Dermatology Five new shade structures are providing important sun protection for soccer spectators at Burns Park in North Little Rock thanks to a donation from the

Shot may help shield against shingles

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 16, 2018) — Painful skin condition can affect anyone Anyone who has had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine is at risk for the painful skin condition herpes zoster, more commonly known as shingles. Both diseases are caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which stays in the body after

Cosmetic treatment from unqualified providers may result in complications

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 16, 2018) — Board-certified dermatologists can provide safe, effective cosmetic procedures People looking for a bargain on cosmetic treatment may end up getting more than they bargained for if they receive care from someone who is not qualified to provide it. ... "You wouldn’t want to

Learn the language of skin care labels

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2017) — When it comes to skin care product labels, people shouldn’t necessarily believe everything they read. ... "The language on the label is not always an accurate description of the product inside the bottle or its potential effects on your skin," says board-certified dermatologist Rajani

Study: Alcohol consumption increases rosacea risk in women

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (April 20, 2017) — Research connects white wine, liquor to higher risk of rosacea ... Women who are concerned about the health of their skin may want to think twice the next time they reach for a chardonnay or a Cosmo. ... According to ... new research published

Pediatric dermatologist who co-founded camp for children recognized for care

UMass Memorial Health Care physician Karen Wiss makes a big difference in the life of a patient with an extremely rare skin disease ROSEMONT, Ill. (Sept. 18, 2019) — The American Academy of Dermatology has honored board-certified dermatologist Karen Wiss, MD, FAAD, as a ... Patient Care Hero for her

Grace's personal story

I was diagnosed with stage IIIa melanoma cancer when I was 20 years old. ... I had a wart-looking mole on my left foot and really never thought much of it. I noticed it started growing so I went to my dermatologist (who thought it was a wart) to have

Research shows increased skin cancer risk among U.S. military members

ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 17, 2018) — AAD encourages soldiers, veterans to take steps to detect the disease early When one considers the risks of military service, skin cancer may not be top of mind. According to ... research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, however,

To detect skin cancer early, be alert for any suspicious spots

NEW YORK (July 27, 2017) — Although melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, it’s not the only form of skin cancer that can be deadly. Squamous cell carcinoma, a type of nonmelanoma skin cancer, is not only potentially fatal, but also more common than melanoma — in fact,

Organ transplant patients have increased skin cancer risk

CHICAGO (July 26, 2018) — Research shows that specific risk factors vary based on patients’ skin tone While anyone can develop skin cancer, regardless of age, race or gender, certain groups of people have a higher risk of getting the disease than others. Because organ transplant patients must take medication

New study shows significant economic burden of skin disease in the United States

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (March 1, 2017) — American Academy of Dermatology launches national SkinSerious campaign to raise awareness of impact of skin disease and highlight collaboration with other care providers ... Citing a new study assessing the impact of skin disease on patients and the U.S. economy, the American Academy of

Lichen planus: Tips for managing

You may be able to stop lichen planus from getting worse by doing the following: ... Skin ... Limit stress. Stress can make lichen planus worse. ... Try not to scratch. Covering the rash with a bandage can help. ... Calm the itch. Applying a cool cloth or using an

What kids should know about pierced ears injuries

Things like infections and scars can happen when you get your ears pierced. Some of them are more likely to happen if you don't go to a good, clean, safe place to get it done or if you don't take care of them. But even if you do those things,

Who should provide your cosmetic treatment?

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Paula’s personal story

My story is that I got a bad feeling about a mole on my upper arm that I've had my entire life. It creeped me out and I didn't know why—it didn't look much different, but sometimes it seemed a little darker. ... I gathered up some round bandages and

Ten skin care habits that can worsen acne

Are you faithfully treating your acne but still seeing new breakouts? Your skin care routine could be to blame. Here you’ll find 10 skin care habits that can worsen acne and dermatologists’ tips to help you change those habits. ... 10 habits to stop ... Try a new acne treatment

Molluscum contagiosum: Diagnosis and treatment

Treatment might not be needed ... If your child has a healthy immune system, the molluscum bumps will eventually clear on their own, so your dermatologist may not recommend treatment. ... If you or your child could have molluscum contagiosum, seeing a dermatologist has benefits. First, you’ll find out whether

American Academy of Dermatology honors Dr. Esther Freeman with national “Patient Care Hero” award

Rosemont, Ill. (September 17, 2020) – The American Academy of Dermatology has named board-certified dermatologist Esther Freeman, MD, PhD, DTM&H, FAAD, a ... Patient Care Hero for developing an international registry that tracks the many ways COVID-19 manifests itself through the skin. ... Early this year, new symptoms of COVID-19

Study: Men with nonmelanoma skin cancer history less likely to die of melanoma

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 25, 2018) — American Academy of Dermatology PSA reminds men of the importance of early detection Skin cancer survivors know firsthand that the disease is most treatable when detected early, so they’re more likely to be vigilant about skin exams — and new research shows that

Study: Most melanomas don't arise from existing moles

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Aug. 29, 2017) — Additional research indicates that less than half of sunscreen buyers look for broad-spectrum protection As the summer draws to a close, it’s time to start putting away flip-flops, bathing suits and beach bags. But as the seasonal supplies disappear into the back of the

As floodwaters rise, so do dermatologic conditions

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) — From infections to insect bites, board-certified dermatologists can help treat flood-related skin issues When it comes to hurricane-related injuries, skin disease may not be top of mind for most people. But as more frequent and intense flooding disasters have occurred in conjunction with progressively rising

Early detection essential for nail melanoma

CHICAGO (July 26, 2018) — Miss Illinois USA 2018 shares her story Karolina Jasko’s nails were usually painted during her senior year of high school, so she didn’t notice the black vertical line on her right thumbnail until a nail technician pointed it out — and at the time, she

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Tell Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ during steps challenge for Skin Cancer Awareness month

Month-long fundraising event invites the public to help log 9,500 miles in honor of the 9,500 people diagnosed with skin cancer every day. ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 29, 2021) — Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting one in five Americans during their lifetime. To help

Board-certified dermatologist warns consumers about the dangers of skin bleaching to achieve a lighter complexion

The increasingly popular trend can have harmful and sometimes permanent side effects. ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 23, 2021) — Despite the potential dangers of skin bleaching products, the global market for skin lighteners last year was estimated at $8.6 billion. ... 1 ... With the market projected to reach $12.3 billion

Board-certified dermatologist shares how visible light impacts the skin

ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 23, 2021) — Visible light is all around us. From nature’s sunlight to artificial light sources from ceiling lights, our phones, computer screens and TVs, we may be exposed to more visible light than ever before, but what does that mean for our skin? ... At the

Largest study of COVID-19 vaccine skin reactions shows a wide range of reactions possible — but none severe

Study author and board-certified dermatologist encourages the public to get vaccinated ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 7, 2021) — As COVID-19 vaccination ramps up globally, new research published today in the ... Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology demonstrates the wide variety of skin rashes, including full-body rashes, observed after COVID-19

Ahead of Memorial Day, the American Academy of Dermatology reminds Americans to use protection

Rosemont, Ill. (May 23, 2019) – Dermatologists urge the public to "practice safe sun" when outside this holiday weekend to reduce the risk of skin cancer An estimated 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, yet many Americans will put themselves at greater risk

American Academy of Dermatology shares hand washing tips amid COVID-19

Dermatologists encourage the public to moisturize after hand washing to prevent dry skin and infections ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (March 19, 2020) — As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, health officials have been urging Americans to wash their hands at every opportunity. Hand washing is critical to the

Attitude, lifestyle may contribute to skin cancer risk among latinos

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2017) — Many Latinos, however, don’t believe they’re at risk, according to board-certified dermatologist Maritza I. Perez, MD, FAAD, a clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. "The belief that Hispanic people don’t have to worry about

American Academy of Dermatology helps swimmers stay safe in the summer sun

NEW YORK (June 29, 2017) — Visitors to NYC Parks’ 52 public pools will have access to free sunscreen this summer thanks to the American Academy of Dermatology. ... The AAD has teamed up with Sun Shield and NYC Parks to provide sunscreen dispensers at pools throughout the five boroughs

Research sheds light on parents’ views of indoor tanning

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 16, 2018) — Fathers, tanners more likely to have favorable attitudes toward children’s tanning bed use While everyone who climbs into an indoor tanning bed faces an increased risk of skin cancer, this risk is especially pronounced for young people: Using indoor tanning beds before age 35

Research shows free skin cancer screenings can help save lives

ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 26, 2018) — Data indicates that American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT me ® ... program serves important need While skin cancer can be deadly, it is also highly treatable when detected early. In fact, melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has a five-year survival rate of

Slow the signs of aging with sun protection

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2017) — Dermatologist offers advice for spring breakers, staycationers and everyone in between ... As the winter temperatures begin to thaw, many may be dreaming of a sun-drenched spring and summer, and some may be hoping to show off a tan. While these individuals may believe

When it comes to skin health, does diet make a difference?

CHICAGO (July 26, 2018) —  Patients with skin concerns should talk to a board-certified dermatologist before changing their eating habits They say you are what you eat, but it’s not quite that simple when it comes to healthy skin. ... "People looking to improve their skin health may think that

Dermatologists, skin cancer survivors tell “Skin cancer, take a hike!”

ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 12, 2018) — 12 skin cancer advocates to trek remote Alaska to raise awareness, funds for skin cancer prevention and detection Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting one in five Americans in their lifetime. To help raise awareness of skin cancer

Isotretinoin FAQs

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Galderma Laboratories, L.P. Will isotretinoin cure me? ... Treatment with isotretinoin often results in prolonged clearance of acne, which can be permanent for some patients. A course of

Neurodermatitis: Symptoms

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Skin care tips for men

Skin care tips for men ... When it comes to skin care, men have traditionally kept it simple. However, more men are now pursuing healthier, younger-looking skin, making it a great time for men to evaluate their skin care routine. To help men develop healthy skin care routines, dermatologists recommend

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What kids should know about treating pimples

Thankfully, there is a lot you can do about your pimples. Ask your mom or dad to take you to the store to look for acne medicine. There are many products you can buy that work. But you need to be patient. It can take six to eight weeks for

How to prevent and treat common summer rashes

ROSEMONT, Ill. (August 11, 2020) — As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, many people may find themselves spending more time outdoors for a much-needed change of scenery. While gardening, hiking in the woods and swimming can provide relief amid continuous social distancing measures, dermatologists from the American

Moles: Signs and symptoms

What's the difference between a mole and melanoma? ... People often want to know how they can tell a mole from a melanoma. Here is a general rule. ... Mole ... A mole on your body usually has these traits. It's: ... One color—often brown, but a mole can be

Norma’s personal story

I was a person who never thought that I needed a dermatologist because my skin was clear and no more than a bump here and there. Also, I did not spend a lot of time in the sun. Perhaps, as an African American, the message about skin cancer never reached

Donna’s personal story

Jamie Regan Rea ... My daughter, Jaime Regen Rea, was only 29 when she passed away from melanoma in March 2007, just three weeks shy of her 30th birthday. She was married, pursuing the career of her dreams, and looking forward to her future. ... She had a bubbly personality

New American Academy of Dermatology survey finds one-third of Americans fail basic quiz on skin cancer and sun exposure

In recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, dermatologists share how the public can #PracticeSafeSun to reduce their risk of skin cancer ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 27, 2021) — In a recent survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, the American Academy of Dermatology found that one-third of Americans lack a basic

Dermatologists say sunscreen is a vital tool in the fight against skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S.

Rosemont, Ill. (May 7, 2019) — During Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the American Academy of Dermatology is asking the public "Do you use protection?" and encouraging consumers to "practice safe sun" — which includes applying sunscreen Recent news about sunscreen has many consumers confused about the best approach for sun

New research highlights importance of melanoma prevention, early detection

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2017) — On average, one person dies of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, every hour. Because this disease can affect anyone, everyone should take steps to reduce their risk and catch melanoma in its earliest stages, when it’s most treatable. ... New research presented

Research shows female partners can help facilitate early melanoma detection in men over 50

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (April 27, 2017) — American Academy of Dermatology encourages women to help men spot skin cancer Men over 50 have a higher risk than the general population of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, so they need to keep a sharp eye out for signs

Study shows increasing incidence of rare skin cancer

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 16, 2018) — Merkel cell carcinoma especially prevalent in older population Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare type of skin cancer, affecting only a few thousand people each year, compared to tens of thousands with melanoma. But while it may not be as common as other skin

American Academy of Dermatology releases guidelines for melanoma treatment

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 1, 2018) — New areas addressed include genetic testing for hereditary risk and considerations for pregnant patients More than 1 million Americans are living with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, and one person dies of the disease every hour. Fortunately, melanoma is highly treatable when

Dermatologists address responsible opioid prescribing practices in new guidelines

Recommendations suggest that opioids are not routinely needed for pain management after most dermatologic procedures, and minimizing their use helps improve patient care and safety ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 18, 2019) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), overdose

Two new psoriasis guidelines address comorbidities, biologic treatment

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Feb. 13, 2019) — American Academy of Dermatology, National Psoriasis Foundation collaborate on guidelines of care The symptoms of psoriasis are visible on the skin, but the effects of the condition extend beyond what meets the eye. The disease is associated with several other physical and mental conditions,

Tattoo complications may warrant a trip to the doctor

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) — Board-certified dermatologists can help with problems like infections and allergic reactions Research indicates that 10 percent of people with tattoos experience some sort of complication, such as pain or infection. While their first inclination may be to seek help from the artist who gave them

Artificial intelligence shows promise for skin cancer detection

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) — While technology needs further development, it could be a useful tool to support dermatologists’ diagnoses The same technology that suggests friends for you to tag in photos on social media could provide an exciting new tool to help dermatologists diagnose skin cancer. While artificial intelligence

Psoriasis treatment: Coal tar

Prescribing coal tar: Dermatologists have been prescribing coal tar for more than 100 years to treat psoriasis. ... You’ll find many psoriasis treatments that contain coal tar. Some you can buy without a prescription. Treatments that contain coal tar include solutions that you add to a bath, foams, shampoos, and

Psoriasis treatment: Oral retinoids

Unhealthy cholesterol levels can develop while taking an oral retinoid. Adopting some healthy habits, such as eating a healthy diet, can reduce this risk. ... Acitretin is an oral (take by swallowing) retinoid that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved to treat severe psoriasis. It comes from

How to get rid of head lice when treatment fails

If you recently used a lice-killing shampoo or cream rinse, it may have failed to work. This is happening in homes across the United States, leaving parents feeling anxious and worried. ... Why head lice treatments fail to work ... For years, parents have been buying these non-prescription shampoos and

Melanoma: Who gets and causes

What causes melanoma? ... Research indicates that ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and indoor tanning can: ... Cause melanoma ... Increase the risk of a normal mole turning into melanoma ... How can UV light cause skin cancer? ... UV light is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). Every time

Can you keep your nails looking their best?

Are you doing everything you can to have healthy looking nails? Take this quiz and find out. ... Can you keep your nails looking their best? ... Nail infections caused by a fungus are contagious and easy to catch. What are signs that you might have one? ... To avoid

New American Academy of Dermatology survey finds most Americans know sun protection is important, yet many aren't protecting themselves

In recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May, dermatologists remind the public to #PracticeSafeSun to reduce their risk of skin cancer ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (April 28, 2020) — As more Americans head outdoors for warmer weather and fresh air amid "shelter-in-place" measures, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology

Skin cancer types: Basal cell carcinoma causes

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron . ... What causes basal cell carcinoma? ... The cause of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, is well known.

Is it safe to see a dermatologist now?

Patient safety remains a top priority for dermatologists ... To help patients safely get the care they need, dermatologists and their staff have made some changes to in-office appointments. ... As medical offices re-open during the coronavirus era, patients are wondering, "Is it safe to get in-office care?" Dermatologists understand

What kids should know about kinds of eczema

There actually are a bunch of different kinds of eczema, and they all have fancy names.  When kids get eczema, they usually have either atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis.  ... Atopic dermatitis ... Atopic dermatitis is common ... 1 in 10 Americans has atopic dermatitis. ... When people talk about

How to apply sunscreen

How to apply sunscreen ... Sunscreen can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is not as effective unless it's applied correctly. Follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists when applying sunscreen. ... Sunscreen can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature aging. However, it is

How often do children need to take a bath

If getting your child to take a bath often means a struggle, you’ll be glad to know that a daily bath may not be necessary. How often your child needs a bath depends on your child’s age and activities. ... These guidelines from dermatologists can help you figure out how

American Academy of Dermatology releases first-ever guidelines for pediatric psoriasis treatment

Dermatologists say psoriasis may affect a child’s quality of life as much as diabetes, epilepsy and atopic dermatitis ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (Nov. 5, 2019) — One-third of psoriasis cases begin in the pediatric years, and onset is most common during adolescence for the chronic, multisystem, inflammatory skin disease that causes

Spike in female skin cancer rates reveals alarming tanning trends

NEW YORK (July 25, 2019) —  Research highlights the need for further education around the dangers of UV exposure Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. ... 1 ... , affecting one in five Americans in their lifetime. ... 2 ...  Limiting exposure to ultraviolet radiation is

Take precautions against pesky plants, insects

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 3, 2017) — While poison ivy is probably the most well-known hazardous plant, there are a multitude of other plants, as well as many insects, that can irritate your skin. ...  ... "The skin can be affected by a wide variety of things you might find

Should I get genetic testing for melanoma?

If you’re worried about getting melanoma, the most-serious skin cancer, you may be wondering whether you should have genetic testing. After all, genetic testing is now used find a person’s risk for many diseases. ... Before getting a genetic test for melanoma, here are some facts you should know. ...

How to relieve itchy skin

How to relieve itchy skin ... Everyone gets an itch once in a while. However, if an itch lasts for more than six weeks, it is considered a chronic itch and is more likely to disrupt your life. To help soothe itchy skin, follow these tips from dermatologists. ... There

How to treat sunburn

How to treat sunburn ... Your skin can burn if it gets too much sun without proper protection from sunscreen and clothes. To help heal and soothe stinging skin, it is important to begin treating sunburn as soon as you notice it. Follow these dermatologists' tips to help relieve the

Digital media kit: DermWorld editorial calendar

Download a PDF of the 2021 DermWorld editorial calendar . ... JANUARY ... FEBRUARY ... MARCH* ... Diversity among patients ... Building work from home procedures ... Sunshine Act reporting ... Close: 11/25/20 Materials due: 12/3/20 Mail date: 12/31/20 Acne update – new topicals ... Fraud and abuse during ...

Seborrheic dermatitis: Tips for managing

Dermatologists recommend the following to help keep seborrheic dermatitis under control. ... Infants: Cradle cap ... Many babies develop this rash on their scalps. Cradle cap normally goes away by 6 to 12 months of age. Until the rash disappears, the following can help: ... What you need Baby shampoo

Dermatologists warn consumers about the dangers of buying cosmetic injectables — such as fillers — online

Research underscores harmful and serious side effects associated with purchasing unregulated filler, neurotoxin products on e-commerce sites ROSEMONT, Ill. (September 15, 2020) — You might do a lot of your shopping online, but there are some items dermatologists say you shouldn’t shop for virtually: cosmetic injectables, like fillers and neurotoxins.

New AAD survey: 74% of parents today say they worry about sun protection more with their children than their parents did with them

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 16, 2020) — With Father’s Day approaching, dermatologists are giving parents two thumbs up for keeping sun protection top of mind for their families. According to a new survey from the American Academy of Dermatology, 74% of parents today say they worry about sun protection more with

Contact dermatitis: Treatment

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Incyte Dermatology , ... Leo Pharma, Inc. , and ... Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron . ... By gathering the right information and studying it, dermatologists have found causes

Isotretinoin: The truth about side effects

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Galderma Laboratories, L.P. Dermatologists prescribe isotretinoin (also called Accutane®) to treat deep, painful acne cysts and nodules. When other treatment fails, this medication can diminish or clear severe

Epidermolysis bullosa: Signs and symptoms

With most types of epidermolysis bullosa (EB), signs are usually noticeable at birth or soon afterward. If a child has mild EB, however, the signs may appear when the child starts to crawl or walk. ... Regardless of when EB begins, you will notice: ... Blisters that rupture, causing a

What does psoriasis look like?

There are different types of psoriasis. Most people have a type called plaque (pronounced plack) psoriasis. It’s possible to have more than one type of psoriasis. What you see on your skin varies with the type of psoriasis you have and where it appears on your body. The following pictures will

Acne: Self-Care

10 skin care habits that can help clear acne ... Are you faithfully treating your acne but still seeing new breakouts? Your skin care routine could be to blame. Here are 10 skin care habits that dermatologists recommend to help you get the best results from your acne treatment: ...

Proper wound care: How to minimize a scar

Proper wound care: How to minimize a scar ... Whenever your skin is injured – whether by accident or from surgery – your body works to repair the wound. As your skin heals, a scar may form, as this is a natural part of the healing process. ... Here are

Bathing: How often do children need to take a bath?

How often do children need to bathe? ... These guidelines from dermatologists can help you figure out how often a child six years old or older needs a bath. ... If getting your child to take a bath often means a struggle, you’ll be glad to know that a daily

Keloids: Who gets and causes

Who gets keloids? ... Men and women worldwide develop these raised scars. Some people, however, have a higher risk of developing a keloid when they scar. You’re more likely to develop a keloid if you have one or more of the following: ... African, Asian, or Hispanic descent. The keloid

Actinic keratosis: Who gets and causes

An actinic keratosis (AK) is a precancerous skin growth that develops on skin that’s been badly damaged by ultraviolet (UV) light from: ... The sun ... Indoor tanning equipment, such as tanning beds or sunlamps ... How can UV light cause actinic keratosis? ... When UV light hits our skin,

Lupus and your skin: Signs and symptoms

What’s the difference between cutaneous lupus and systemic lupus erythematous (SLE)? ... Each is a different type of lupus. Cutaneous lupus affects the skin. SLE can affect the skin and other parts of your body, including the joints, lungs, and kidneys. ... A person can have cutaneous lupus without having

Confused about sunscreen? New American Academy of Dermatology survey shows Americans need a refresher on sunscreen application and SPF

Board-certified dermatologist goes beyond the numbers to ensure consumers are sun-safe heading into Memorial Day weekend ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 25, 2021) — With many planning outdoor gatherings this Memorial Day weekend, board-certified dermatologists want to make sure consumers don’t get burned by confusing sunscreen labels or the sun’s harmful rays.

Jennifer’s personal story

My Melanoma Story: Three Diagnosis in One Year  ... Tanning.  ... Tanning was an addiction to me. I tanned in the summer and since I lived in upstate New York, I wanted to keep a little "glow" in the winter. I got that glow from tanning beds. It was basically

Can a child have psoriasis?

Guttate psoriasis: If your child develops this type of psoriasis, you’ll likely see small, scaly, teardrop-shaped spots scattered on the skin. ... It’s possible. Children get psoriasis. This disease can begin when the child is a newborn, teenager, or any age in between. ... Children develop all the types of

How to remove a tick and prevent future bites

How to remove a tick ... Ticks are small, insect-like creatures that live in heavily-wooded or grassy areas. If you walk through these areas, they can attach to your skin and feed on your blood. Although most ticks do not carry disease, some can cause serious illness. To prevent infection,

Itchy rash could be contact dermatitis

So many things that touch our skin can irritate it or cause an allergic reaction, leading to an itchy and sometimes painful rash. When this happens, you have contact dermatitis. ... If you can find and avoid the cause, you can get rid of this rash. Easy as that sounds,

Survey: 60% of Americans say they have gotten sunburned so badly their clothes were uncomfortable

Dermatologists urge Americans to #PracticeSafeSun to reduce their risk of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S. ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (May 18, 2020) ... — Memorial Day — long considered the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. — is quickly approaching, and dermatologists from the American Academy

Psoriasis treatment: “Off-label” medicines that work throughout the body

Severe psoriasis: On the bottom of the feet, psoriasis can be disabling, and sometimes FDA-approved psoriasis medicines fail to work. ... Dermatologists sometimes prescribe a medicine that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved to treat psoriasis. ... This practice (prescribing a medicine for an unapproved use)

Gerald’s personal story

As a "Baby Boomer," sun care was not part of my concerns growing up. I was active in multiple outdoor sports, and sun tan products, not sun block products, were all I (and my friends) used. Getting a tan was the aim each year. With a fair complexion, I got

Eczema treatment: Coal tar preparations

Use as recommended ... Used for more than 100 years to treat eczema, coal tar is occasionally recommended to treat a child. If it’s recommended, be sure you know these facts, which include where to never apply it. ... Why do dermatologists recommend coal tar for eczema? ... Occasionally, a

Dry skin: Signs and symptoms

Everyday dry skin differs from excessively dry skin, which can require a dermatologist’s help. If you have excessively dry skin, you may notice one or more of the following: ... Dehydration ... Excessively dry skin has lost a lot of moisture, so it’s noticeably dehydrated. Signs of dehydrated skin include

Florida suncoast physicians honored for treatment of patient with rare skin condition

Drs. Jean-Pierre Galliani and Naomi Johansen receive American Academy of Dermatology "Patient Care Hero" award Rosemont, Ill. – The American Academy of Dermatology has honored board-certified dermatologists Jean-Pierre Galliani, MD, FAAD, and Naomi Johansen, MD, FAAD, as ... Patient Care Heroes for their diagnosis and treatment of a patient with

Michigan dermatologists recognized for oncology collaboration, help patient avoid unneeded chemotherapy

Drs. Steven Daveluy and Benjamin Workman receive national honor from the American Academy of Dermatology ... Rosemont, Ill. —The American Academy of Dermatology has honored board-certified dermatologists Steven Daveluy, MD, FAAD, and Benjamin Workman, MD, FAAD, as Patient Care Heroes for their teamwork with oncologists to diagnose a rare condition

Teaching your child healthy nail care

Nails take a beating, so it's important to teach your child how to care for them. Teaching your child the following tips from dermatologists can help your child develop healthy nail-care habits. ... 1. Keep nails trimmed.  Short nails stay cleaner and break less often. Dermatologists recommend that an adult

What gives skin its color (ages 11 - 13)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  45 min ... Objective ... State that melanin gives skin color ... State that the amount of melanin is what makes skin darker or lighter ... Discuss how skin color affects society ... Materials ... Skin and Society sheet PDF download of lesson

Philadelphia dermatologist recognized for providing free care for uninsured patients

The University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Cory Simpson receives national "Patient Care Hero" honor from the American Academy of Dermatology ... Rosemont, Ill. – The American Academy of Dermatology has named board-certified dermatologist Cory Simpson, MD, PhD, FAAD, as a Patient Care Hero for his work providing free dermatologic care to

Retinol or retinoid?

Tips for when to use these skin care powerhouses ... Retinoids and retinol can be found in products stocked up and down most skin care aisles, but do you really understand the difference and how to use each? ... Retinoids are not a fad ... While it may seem like

What we do

Build public awareness around skin health ... Early detection. We’ve seen it make a difference. That’s why promoting awareness about skin health, detection, and prevention are a top priority for us. Your support and participation can literally save lives. ... Free Skin Cancer Screening Program Our ... Skin Cancer Screening

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac: How to treat the rash

Tips for treating poison ivy ... A rash from poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac is caused by an oil found in these plants called urushiol. When this oil touches your skin, it often causes an itchy, blistering rash. Most people can safely treat the rash at home. ...

Acne: Our skin self-esteem (ages 8 - 10)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  55 min ... Objective ... Students will be able to: ... Provide basic explanation of self-esteem ... Identify at least three positive qualities of themselves ... Discuss self-esteem and how it affects people their ages  ... Materials ... This is me handout Pencils,

People with skin of color can get rosacea

Rosacea is a common condition that affects the skin on the face and sometimes the eyes. It often begins with a tendency to flush or blush easily. With time, that warm feeling on the face tends to last longer and may eventually become constant. ... Studies show that when people

7 dermatologists’ tips for healing dry, chapped lips

How to prevent and treat dry, chapped lips ... Cold, dry weather, sun damage, and frequently licking your lips are just some of the reasons your lips might feel dry and chapped. To prevent and treat dry, chapped lips at home, follow these tips from board-certified dermatologists. ... While it

Dermatologists' top tips for relieving dry skin

How to treat dry skin: Tips for relief ... Dry skin can flake, itch, crack, and even bleed. To help relieve dry skin, dermatologists offer these tips. ... Simple changes can soothe dry skin ... Following the same skin care routine year-round may not work so well when the humidity

How to select a dermatologist

Tips when seeking care ... Before making an appointment with a dermatologist, it is important to consider their level of training. Board-certified dermatologists have at least eight years of medical training, if not more. They have proven their expertise by passing difficult board exams and meeting other requirements. ... Board-certified:

Our skin self-esteem (ages 11 - 13)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  45 min ... Objective ... Students will be able to: ... Discuss the way self-esteem affects people their age ... Discuss confidence in relation to bullying about skin health  ... Materials ... Skin Condition Strips handout Confidence Quotes handout  "Dodge and Burn" YouTube

Becky’s personal story

I tried multiple times to start my story. I want to explain about Amy, but nothing seems to come close to properly explaining the vibrant force that was my big sister. ... She was bright and shiny. She was a mother-hen, hard-headed, stubborn, the consummate oldest sibling. She was bossy

12 summer skin problems you can prevent

How to prevent and treat common summer rashes ... Summer means spending more time outdoors. However, the increased exposure to things like sunlight, insects, and poisonous plants can cause some itchy and painful rashes. ... Fortunately, there a few simple steps people can take to avoid unwanted rashes, which can

Makeup tips for acne-prone skin

As the holidays approach, dermatologists say it’s okay for acne patients to wear makeup ...  ... ROSEMONT, Ill. (Dec. 10, 2019) — ... Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. Since acne-prone skin is sensitive, people with acne

Psoriasis treatment: Cyclosporine

Cyclosporine was first approved to prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted organ. When given to organ-transplant recipients who had psoriasis, patients discovered that the medicine also effectively treated their psoriasis. Since that discovery, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved cyclosporine to treat psoriasis in adults who

Acne: Who gets and causes

Family history with acne ... If one of your parents or another close blood relative had deep, painful pimples, you have a greater risk of developing this type of acne. ... What causes acne? ... Acne develops when pores become clogged. What type of acne you get depends on what

Contact dermatitis: Signs and symptoms

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Incyte Dermatology , ... Leo Pharma, Inc. , and ... Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron . ... You can develop contact dermatitis on any part of your skin that

Hidradenitis suppurativa: Overview

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Abbvie . ... Living with hidradenitis suppurativa ... What hidradenitis suppurativa can feel like: A deep, painful lump can develop in your armpit for many reasons, including a

Skin health daily habits (ages 8 - 10)

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan ... Time:  30 min ... Objective ... Students will be able to: ... Learn the importance of showering and face washing ... Learn how often to shower and wash your face  ​ ... Materials ... My Habits worksheet Pencils ... Markers, crayons or colored pencils

How to heal warts more quickly and prevent new ones

If someone in your family gets a wart, you can help it go away more quickly and prevent new warts from developing. Here’s what board-certified dermatologists recommend. ... Two tips for healing warts more quickly ... Treat the wart. When someone has a healthy immune system, a wart will often

Stasis dermatitis: Self-care

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Incyte Dermatology , ... Leo Pharma, Inc. , and ... Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron . ... 12 healthy habits that help prevent worsening stasis dermatitis ... If you

10 things to try when acne won’t clear

Popping a pimple often worsens acne. ... Do you feel you’ve tried just about everything to get rid of your acne but still see blemishes? Don’t despair. To see clearer skin, you probably just need to make some changes. ... The following tips from dermatologists can help you get started.

Skin cancer in people of color

People of color ... This term refers to diverse skin colors and includes people of African, Asian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Native American descent. ... People of all colors, including those with brown and black skin, get skin cancer. Even if you never sunburn, you can get skin cancer.

8 reasons your groin itches and how to get relief

If genital itch has you devising ways to discreetly scratch, talk with your doctor about best way to get relief. ... An itch in your groin area can be difficult to discuss with anyone, including your doctor. But it’s nothing to feel ashamed of. The problem is common, and it

Syphilis: Signs and symptoms

Syphilis is caused by a bacterial infection. Most people become infected during sex. ... Without treatment, syphilis can progress through stages and can cause serious health problems. Here’s what you may notice during each stage. ... Primary stage of syphilis ... When it begins: The primary stage of syphilis begins

Could my child have rosacea?

Few children and teens develop rosacea, but it’s worth considering if your child frequently has any of the following: ... Red, irritated eyes ... Styes or pinkeye (especially if your child received treatment) ... Red, swollen eyelids that may itch and can look greasy or crusty ... Long-lasting flushing on

Dry, scaly, and painful hands could be hand eczema

How to prevent and treat hand rashes ... Hand rashes can be frustrating, especially when the cause of your rash is unknown. To help prevent a hand rash, dermatologists offer these tips. ... Is the skin on your hands dry, thick, and scaly? Do you have deep, painful cracks on

Skin cancer types: Squamous cell carcinoma causes

All content solely developed by the American Academy of Dermatology ... The American Academy of Dermatology gratefully acknowledges the support from ... Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron . ... What causes squamous cell carcinoma? ... The cause of most squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin is well known. People usually

Back acne: How to see clearer skin

Dermatologists recommend wearing sweat-wicking clothes when working out. ... If you have acne on your back—or "bacne" as some people call it—you don’t have to wait for it to clear on its own. Treatment and the right skin care can help you see clearer skin more quickly. ... You may

Epidermolysis bullosa: Overview

What exactly is EB? ... Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a group of rare diseases that cause the skin to blister easily. ... Epidermolysis bullosa causes blisters, which quickly burst and leave slow-healing wounds like the one on this baby’s knee. ... The skin blisters because it’s so fragile. The fragile

Medical groups unite in support of science

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017 — As the world's leading organizations representing clinicians, laboratory researchers, and physician-scientists committed to improving patient care, we support the March for Science and its nonpartisan call for the appreciation of scientific evidence, education, and investment. Science has no political agenda but gives us the tools

12 nail changes a dermatologist should examine

Have you noticed a change to any of your nails lately? A change in color, texture, or shape can be harmless, but it can also be a sign of disease. If you notice any of the following changes to a fingernail or toenail, it’s time to see a board-certified dermatologist.

Skin cancer fact sheet

Incidence rates ... Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. ... 1-2 ... Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. ... 3 ... It is estimated that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer

10 reasons your skin itches uncontrollably and how to get relief

When your skin itches, you may have a rash; however, you can have intensely itchy skin and see nothing on your skin. ... Mosquito bites, chickenpox, and poison ivy aren’t the only reasons for itchy skin. See what else may be causing your itch and what can bring relief. ...

10 ways to get relief from chronic hives

Hives are itchy welts on the skin. They can be caused by: ... An allergic reaction ... A physical trigger, such as cold, water, or pressure ... A medical condition, such as an infection or autoimmune disease ... These welts, also called wheals, may be red, pink, white, or skin-colored.

How to care for your skin during and after radiation therapy

How to care for your skin during radiation therapy ... Radiation therapy plays an important role in treating cancer. However, it can also produce some uncomfortable or even painful side effects on the skin, such as itchiness, redness, blistering, and peeling. ... To take care of your skin during radiation

Signs of Lyme disease that appear on your skin

Signs of Lyme disease ... If you see a rash or another sign of Lyme disease on your skin, see your primary doctor right away. When caught early and treated, Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics and most people recover fully. ... Lyme disease is caused by a bite

Birthmarks: Signs and symptoms

Pictures of different birthmarks ... If you’ve already read " ... What exactly is a birthmark? ," you already know birthmarks come in many shapes and sizes. Here you’ll see what the different types of birthmarks can look like. ... Strawberry hemangioma ... Medical name: Superficial infantile hemangioma ... What

Psoriasis: Signs and symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of psoriasis? ... Dry, thick, and raised patches on the skin are the most common sign of psoriasis. These patches are often covered with a silvery-white coating called scale, and they tend to itch. ... While patches of thickened, dry skin are common, psoriasis

Living with rosacea? How to reduce your risk of other conditions

Having rosacea may increase your risk of developing other diseases. That’s according to findings from several studies. These diseases include diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and migraine headaches. ... Although studies have found an increased risk of developing some diseases, dermatologists caution that many people who have rosacea

Stubborn acne? Hormonal therapy may help

Women who have acne along their jawline and lower face tend to have good results from hormonal therapy for acne. ... Do you continue to see acne along your lower face, jawline, and neck despite trying all sorts of acne treatments? Have you taken an antibiotic to treat your acne