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5 Tips to Keep Acne Under Control

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Whether you are an adult or a teenager, nothing is as frustrating as waking up to blemishes and pimples on the face. Acne may not be a serious health condition, but it can take a toll on you emotionally and socially.

Some things that cause acne to break out are hormonal fluctuations resulting in excess oil secretion, bacterial infection leading to skin inflammation, or clogged hair follicles. Acne can come in the form of cysts, blackheads, or whiteheads.

Here are several tips to help you keep acne under control.

1. Wash Your Face Properly

Sun-Related Skin Damage: Less-Common Signs and Prevention Methods

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Your skin could have sun damage even if you do not have a sunburn. Sun damage can manifest in various ways, and severe sun damage can lead the way to abnormal cells and cancer. All skin types and colors can suffer damage, so no one is immune.

Learn more about how the sun’s ultraviolet light causes sun damage and what you can do to lessen its impact.

Ways the Sun Damages Skin

Should You Worry About Your Child’s Hemangiomas?

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If your child has a birthmark, you probably don’t have to worry about it. Birthmarks cause few problems. However, one type of birthmark called a hemangioma can have complications. Some hemangiomas could threaten your child’s health if not treated or removed. Read on to learn more about hemangiomas and when they may need treatment.

What Are Hemangiomas?

Hemangiomas are birthmarks with a high concentration of blood vessels. Usually, they exist just under the surface of the skin, but they can swell up above the surface level. They look like bright red spots. Some are evenly round and located in one area, but others are segmented and spread over a larger area. Hemangiomas also occur internally in the throat, lungs, kidneys, brain, although this is rare. Some internal types can be serious.

Your child can have a hemangioma at birth, but most hemangiomas develop in the weeks and months afterward. Once they appear, they go through a rapid growth phase that usually peaks

All You Need to Know About Brittle Nails

Nails — New Bern, NC — East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLCSome people suffer from brittle nails. This happens when the nails become soft and thin and they break, chip, or split easily. Brittle nails can be a sign of a severe medical condition such as anemia or hypothyroidism. However, brittle nails are not a cause for alarm, and a trip to your dermatologist can quickly solve the problem.

The excerpt below provides you with extensive details regarding the cause and management of brittle nails.

Causes of Brittle Nails

There are several reasons why you could have brittle nails.

Are Your Pale Patches of Skin Tinea Versicolor?

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If you’ve noticed patches of pale and scaly skin, then you could have a common condition called tinea versicolor. Generally, this skin condition doesn’t cause serious problems, but it can be annoying and need treatment if you have a large infection. Its appearance is similar to other skin conditions, so you should have a dermatologist check it out. Here is more information about tinea versicolor, its symptoms, and effective treatments.

What to Know About Adult Acne

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When many people think of acne, they picture a teenager going through puberty and dealing with the effects of hormones. However, as many adults can tell you, acne can continue to plague you throughout your life. If you are sick of struggling with adult acne, keep reading to learn what you can do to improve your complexion.

Why Do Adults Get Acne?

Skin Rashes: 7 Reasons to Call the Dermatologist

Woman with Skin Rashes in the Elbow — New Bern, NC — East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLC

While many skin rashes are nothing to worry about, others may indicate something more serious than typical skin irritation or sunburn. A number of external and internal factors can result in, or even exacerbate, rashes on your skin, but you may struggle to tell if a rash is simply harmless or a symptom of a more serious problem.

All rashes may look troublesome in one way or another. Keep reading to learn about a few crucial warning signs that a rash may need medical attention.

Skin Problems and Menopause: An FAQ

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Natural aging creates some inevitable physical and biochemical changes, including the transition from the childbearing years to menopause. These changes often extend to your skin’s resilience, thickness, and health, paving the way for a variety of uncomfortable or embarrassing dermatological conditions.

Thankfully, you can protect your skin against many of menopause’s effects once you understand how menopause affects the skin and what dermatologists can do for these changes. Check out the answers to these frequently asked questions on the subject.

Nail Symptoms and Their Possible Meanings

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Some people regard odd-looking nails purely as an aesthetic issue calling for the attention of a manicurist or pedicurist. In reality, these trouble signs can also indicate a variety of potential health problems. These problems often require evaluation and treatment by the appropriate medical specialist.

If your fingernails or toenail have an unusual appearance (with or without additional discomfort), you’ll benefit from a basic understanding of what these changes might mean and how treatment can address them. Take a look at some common symptoms and their potential causes.

Discolored Nails

Nails can take on some surprising colors. One common example is a dark purple color caused by an acute injury, such as when you drop a heavy item onto your toe or finger. This purple discoloration, which stems from bleeding beneath the nail bed, should resolve itself naturally (if slowly) with new nail growth.

Other discolorations may signal a nail infection. For instance, a nail that has turned white or yellow may have onycholysis, a separation of the nail plate associated with a fungal infection. Additionally, some bacteria can turn the nails green. And a dark vertical stripe on a nail may indicate possible melanoma that requires removal.