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The Uses and Benefits of Zinc for Skin Care, Backed by Science

A small amount of dietary zinc is necessary for good health. Approximately 12% of the U.S. population is at risk for zinc deficiency. Zinc is effective at managing dandruff, warts, diaper rash, and preventing sun damage. Zinc is not as effective against acne, hair loss, eczema or psoriasis. Zinc has been touted in the media … Read more

Eczema vs. Psoriasis

Eczema vs. Psoriasis: How to Tell the Difference

Eczema and psoriasis both cause the skin to become red and itchy. Eczema often begins in infancy or childhood, whereas all forms of psoriasis develop during adolescence or young adulthood. Because there are no known cures for either condition, treatment is aimed at managing symptoms and preventing outbreaks. Psoriasis and eczema are skin conditions characterized … Read more

Oral Thrush

Yeast Infections of the Lips and Face: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

The most common source of yeast infections of the face is Candida albicans, a species of fungus that normally resides in the mouth, skin, and gut. Candidiasis infection occurs when the Candida fungus is allowed to overgrow — in the face, this may cause oral thrush or perleche. Candidiasis is generally treated with antifungal medications, … Read more

Natural Acne Treatments

We Asked the Derms: Do These 8 Natural Acne Treatments Work?

Acne Vulgaris—more commonly known as acne—is an inflammation of the sebaceous glands that affects some 60 million people in the United States. This condition is characterized by blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, and oily skin. Almost everyone will be affected by acne at some point in their lives, especially during their teenage years. However, some adults … Read more

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How to Reduce Swelling After Plastic Surgery

Post-surgical swelling is unavoidable, as the body’s natural response to injury is to trigger an inflammatory process that promotes healing. Here’s what you should expect following some of the most common plastic surgery procedures, and steps you can take to help expedite recovery. Swelling After Breast Augmentation Breast augmentation surgery causes mild to moderate swelling. What you … Read more

Light therapy for acne

Light Therapy for Acne: Does it Work?

Acne vulgaris affects about 45 million Americans and about 90% of adolescents or young adults. While it is most prevalent during the teenage years, many continue to suffer breakouts well into adulthood. Photodynamic therapy is a recent development in the treatment of acne that involves exposing the skin to red or blue LED lights. The … Read more

Benefits of coconut oil

What Lauric Acid Can Do for Your Skin: Coconut Oil Uses and Benefits

Lauric acid is one of the latest “miracle” substances touted all over the web, in beauty magazines, and on television. There are entire books dedicated to coconut oil’s medicinal properties, claiming that it can cure everything from acne to baldness. We reviewed the science behind these claims — here’s what pure lauric acid can actually … Read more