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Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Most skin cancer appears after age 50, but damage from the sun starts at a young age. By protecting your skin from the sun today, you can prevent skin cancer later in life.

Review Date: March 09, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

UV Safety Month Toolkit

The UV Safety Month toolkit offers information and ideas on to spread the message of sun, fun and UV safety to your community.

Review Date: March 07, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Aging and Sun-Damaged Skin

This article discusses corrective procedures used to improve the appearance of skin conditions caused by aging and exposure to the sun.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Bad Reaction to Cosmetics? Tell FDA

If you’ve had a negative reaction to a beauty, personal hygiene, or makeup product, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to hear from you. Here is more information about what to report.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Treatment

Botulinum toxin ("Botox") acts as a muscle blockade to immobilize the underlying cause of the unwanted lines and prevent "wrinkly" expressions. Botox is also used to treat other disorders, such as sweating, lazy eye, eye ticks and uncontrolled blinking.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Choosing a Dermatologic Surgeon

This document provides questions patients should ask before they decide if a doctor and a dermatologic surgery procedure are right for them.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Dermabrasion Information

Dermabrasion is a surgical technique used to treat and improve skin conditions, such as scarring, pigmentation, wrinkles, sun damage, tattoos, age (liver) spots and certain types of skin lesions.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Dermatologic Surgery

Using a variety of surgical, cosmetic, reconstructive and non-surgical techniques, dermatologic surgeons diagnose and treat conditions of the skin, hair, nails, veins and nearby tissues.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Dry Skin

Dry skin is often just a temporary problem — one you experience only in winter, for example — but it may be a lifelong concern that may require a dermatologist's evaluation. Learn what you can do to improve your skin.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Find a D.O. Dermatologist

Search a directory of osteopathic dermatologists by state.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

Find a Dermatologic Surgeon

The purpose of dermatologic surgery is to repair and/or improve the function and cosmetic appearance of skin tissue. Search by name, state, or procedure to find a dermatologic surgeon.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Find a Dermatologist

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. Search this section to locate a dermatologist your area.

Review Date: October 28, 2014

American Academy of Dermatology

Foods for Healthy Skin: Top Picks

Research on the best foods for healthy skin is limited. Still, antioxidant-rich foods seem to have a protective effect for the skin. Learn more about foods that appear to promote skin health.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Health Effects of Overexposure to the Sun

This article provides a quick overview of the major health problems linked to overexposure to UV radiation. Understanding these risks and taking a few sensible precautions will help you enjoy the sun while lowering your chances of sun-related health problems.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Indoor Tanning

Deliberate tanning, either indoors or out, increases your risk of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers this consumer alert noting myths and truths about indoor tanning.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Federal Trade Commission

Indoor Tanning: The Risks of Ultraviolet Rays

Learn about the serious health risks that sunlamps and tanning beds pose.

Review Date: August 02, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

NIAMS Kids Pages

Your childhood and teen years are a prime time to learn habits that will help you keep your bones, joints, muscles, and skin healthy for years to come. Have fun exploring these pages, and come back often for updates and new features.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - NIAMS

Novelty Makeup

Painting your face can be a big part of the fun on Halloween and lots of other special occasions. Most of the time people do this without a problem, but not always. Here are some pointers on novelty makeup.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Self-Care Flow Charts: Skin Rashes and Other Changes

An online chart of self-care suggestions for common skin rashes and skin changes. These include contact dermatitis, seborrhea, cradle cap, hives, insect bites, and cellulitis.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Skin Care and Aging

Your skin changes with age. Learn what you can do to protect your skin and to make it feel and look better.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Skin Care for Every Season

Keeping skin healthy takes year-round maintenance. While saving skin from sun damage should be a priority no matter what the thermometer says, the changing needs of the seasons call for adjustments in skin routines.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

American Society For Dermatologic Surgery

Sun Safety

The sun, our primary source of vitamin D, helps us absorb calcium for stronger bones. But it doesn't take much time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need. Repeated, unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Tanning Beds: Are They Safer Than the Sun?

Are tanning beds safer than natural sunlight? There's no such thing as a safe tan. Both sunlight and tanning beds increase the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Tinea Infections: Athlete's Foot, Jock Itch and Ringworm

This online fact sheet defines tinea, a fungus that can grow on skin, hair or nails. Tinea transmission, affected body areas, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and potential health consequences are discussed.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Tips for Relieving Dry Skin

Read these tips, or listen to the audio tape by a dermatologist, to learn how to prevent dry skin.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

American Academy of Dermatology

What's Your Sun-Safety IQ?

Sun safety is not just for vacation. Are you sun-safe every day? Take the American Cancer Society's 9-question quiz and find out.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Cancer Society

Workplace Safety and Health: Skin Exposures & Effects

It is estimated that more than 13 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Learn about the harmful effects of these chemicals and how they can enter the body.

Review Date: January 04, 2013

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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