CategorySkin Conditions

How Safe Is Your Skin From UV Rays?

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As the ozone layer continues to thin, the damaging rays of the sun reach earth more easily. This has resulted in increased incidences and numbers of skin cancers. This has resulted in everything from increased research into the effects of ultraviolet light on the skin to an avalanche of products designed to protect skin from the harmful rays of the sun. As a result, most people have become very...

What Is Dyshidrosis?

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Dyshidrosis, which is also known as ‘acute vesiculobullous hand eczema’, is a skin condition causing small blisters on either the hands or feet. This can be acute, chronic or recurrent and particularly affects the fingers, palms and soles of the feet. Symptoms Dyshidrosis is characterized by the sudden onset of pruritic, clear vesicles. This can develop into scaling, lichenification...

A Quick Pro Tip That Can Help Prevent Acne

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Suffering with acne is no fun and if you are prone to waking up with lots of new spots then you’ll know just how easily it can damage your confidence and ruin your day. Unfortunately, acne is not terribly easy to combat. There are many causes for spots and identifying the best treatment for you specifically can be hard work. If you’re like a lot of sufferers you’ll possibly have...

Ringworm Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

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If you’ve noticed a small red ‘ring’ on your skin, perhaps with a raised itchy area, then it’s possible that you may be suffering from a condition known as ringworm. Don’t worry though, while ringworm may sound like a parasitic infection, it actually has nothing to do with ‘worms’ and has nothing in common with tapeworm. The name ringworm merely refers to...

Natural Home Cures for Chilblains

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Chilblains are also called ‘pernio’ or ‘perniosis’ and describe a condition often mistaken for frostbite. These are acral ulcers – ulcers affecting the fingers and toes – which cause redness and swelling when those extremities are exposed to the cold. This is due to damage to the capillary beds inside the skin which cause the symptoms. Often when the individual is exposed to warmth the symptoms...

Vitiligo Treatment Options

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Vitiligo is a condition which results in depigmentation of patches of the skin. This occurs when the melanocytes – responsible for the production of melanin in the skin – are unable to function. The cause for that malfunction is not fully known, but it is suggested by research that it could be the result of autoimmune damage, oxidative stress or viral infection. It is a rare condition affecting...

Cold Urticaria

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Cold urticaria, also known as ‘cold hives’ is an allergy triggered by exposure to the cold which causes red welts to appear on the skin. These are often itchy and can be accompanied by redness and swelling in the hands and feet. The hives themselves can vary in size from around 7mm to 27mm in diameter. Cold urticaria can be congenital or acquired, and is most likely to occur between...

What Causes Freckles?

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Love them or hate them, we all have freckles and we are all familiar with the little brown spots that collect around our cheeks and other areas. In fact, freckles are so common and so ‘mundane’ that many of us will never have stopped to ask why we might have these spots or where they come from. Here we will look at what freckles actually are and how they are caused. Melanocytes...

What Is a Butterfly Rash

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A butterfly rash is a rash that takes the shape of a butterfly. Known more formally as a ‘malar rash’, a butterfly rash is most commonly associated with the autoimmune disease lupus, though it can also be present in other conditions and particularly other autoimmune conditions. Identifying a butterfly rash is an important way then to diagnose cases of lupus, and at the same time it is useful to...

Remedies for Chafing Thighs

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Chafing thighs can be quite an unpleasant and painful experience that makes the simple act of walking to work or to the shops unpleasant and painful. It can also end up leaving you with nasty red sore patches on the insides of your upper thighs and this can then cause you to experience pain whenever you subsequently need to go for a walk or a jog. There are several things that make chafing more...

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