How to find a skin lightener that won’t 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 could be damaging your kidneys without you … Continued

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 them during your pregnancy. Isotretinoin Brand names … Continued

Heart medicine can clear strawberry birthmarks

If you left your dermatologist’s office with a prescription for propranolol (pro-pran-no-lol), you can take comfort in knowing that your baby is getting a trustworthy treatment for a fast-growing birthmark. Why would a dermatologist prescribe heart medication to treat a birthmark? Yes, propranolol is a heart medicine. Today, it can also be a dermatologist’s go-to … Continued

Should I get genetic testing for melanoma?

Family tree: About 10% of melanomas are caused by a gene mutation (change) that passes from one generation to the next. 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. … Continued

Eczema Treatment: Topical Corticosteroids for Children

Your dermatologist has recommended a topical corticosteroid to treat your child’s eczema. This tip sheet will provide you with information on how to use this medication and what to expect while your child is using this medication. Read through this information and follow any personalized instructions from your child’s dermatologist. TOPICAL CORTICOSTEROIDS FOR CHILDREN The … Continued

Moles

Moles are common. In fact, light-skinned adults typically have 10 to 40 “common” or “normal” moles on their skin. When you talk to your dermatologist about your moles, he or she may use the word “nevus.” Nevus is the medical term for mole. When your dermatologist is talking about two or more moles, he or … Continued

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

If you’ve been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, you are not alone. SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer; however, it’s highly treatable when detected early. WHAT DOES SCC LOOK LIKE? SCC appears on the skin in many shapes. You may see a: Bump that feels crusty or rough. Flat patch that … Continued

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

Stretch marks fade with time; however, treatment may make them less noticeable more quickly. What exactly is a stretch mark? 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 skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, … Continued

6 rosacea skin care tips dermatologists give their patients

Even if you’re already treating your rosacea, the right skin care can make a noticeable difference. A rosacea friendly skin care routine can: Help your skin feel more comfortable Improve the results you see from treatment Boost your skin’s overall health Reduce rosacea flare-ups To help patients who have rosacea with skin care, dermatologists offer … Continued

Signs your child’s mole needs to be checked

Moles on a child’s skin are generally nothing to worry about. New moles appear during childhood and adolescence. As the child grows, the moles will naturally get bigger. It’s also normal for moles on a child’s skin to darken or lighten. Some moles fade away. These changes are common and rarely a sign of melanoma, … Continued