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FDA: Anti-Aging, Skin-Lightening Products May Contain Mercury

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – Some skin products contain mercury and pose a threat to your health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. It's important to check labels of skin creams, soaps and lotions. If "mercurous chloride," "calomel," "mercuric," "mercurio" or "mercury" is listed on the label, stop using the product immediately. Do not use products if ingredients are not listed, the agency says. Mercury is often found in cosmetics marketed as "anti-aging" or "skin lightening" that claim to remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. Some teens also use the products to treat acne, according to the FDA. Mercury-containing skin products are made in other countries and sold illegally in the United States, often in shops that cater to Hispanic, Asian, African and Middle Eastern communities. These products are also sold online, while some consumers buy them abroad and bring ... Read more

Related support groups: Dry Skin, Facial Wrinkles, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, Mercury Poisoning, Minor Skin Conditions

Health Tip: If You Have a Lot of Moles

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Having lots of moles may mean you're worried about skin cancer. Checking your skin often for changes and certain warning signs can help alleviate those fears. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends: Regularly inspect your skin, evaluating all of your moles. Look for any changes or unusual looking moles. See your dermatologist if any of your moles bleed, itch or change. Don't lie in the sun or use a tanning bed. Use sunscreen whenever outdoors to help prevent sunburn. See a dermatologist if you have 100 or more moles, or a significant portion of your body is covered with darker patches. Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, History - Skin Cancer, Prevention of Sunburn, Deeptan, Coppertone, Minor Skin Conditions

Health Tip: Keep Skin Looking Young

Posted 29 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you want youthful skin, start with a regimen that protects your skin and keeps it healthy and glowing. Here are recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology: Wear sunscreen daily, stay in the shade and wear a hat to protect your skin from sun damage. Don't use a tanning bed! Moisturize your skin every day. Use moisturizer on your body and face, and lip balm. Twice daily, clean your skin with a gentle cleanser (no harsh soap) and warm water. Don't scrub the skin. Don't smoke, and eat a nutritious diet rich in healthier fats, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. Make sure you get enough sleep each night. Read more

Related support groups: Dry Skin, Sunburn, Facial Wrinkles, Photoaging of the Skin, Prevention of Sunburn, Dermatoheliosis, Minor Skin Conditions, Minor Skin Irritation

Study Pushes 'More Is More' Approach to Shielding Kids From the Sun

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 – A combination approach boosts the chances of proper sun protection for children, researchers report. The study included 300 parents or other family caregivers of children between the ages of 2 and 6. About half of the adults were assigned to a child sun safety program, and the rest received usual information about protecting children from the sun. The sun safety program included a 13-page, read-along book that featured child characters highlighting sun safety, a sun-protective swim shirt, and four sun protection reminders sent weekly by text message. Four weeks later, children participating in the program had higher scores on sun protection for both sunny and cloudy days. They also were more likely to use sunscreen and to wear a shirt with sleeves on sunny days. Children in the program also had smaller sun-related changes in skin pigment, according to the study ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Photoaging of the Skin, Prevention of Sunburn, History - Skin Cancer, Dermatoheliosis

Suspicious Pigment Spots More Common on Darker Skin

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – People with darker skin are about one-third more likely to have potentially dangerous pigment "spots" on their palms and soles, a new study finds. In rare cases, these "acral pigmented lesions" turn out to be melanoma skin cancer. People with these lesions should have them checked by a dermatologist to be sure they are benign, the researchers said. Reggae musician Bob Marley, for example, died from acral melanoma, which was diagnosed under his toenail. "Acral pigmented lesions have not been well studied in people with darker skin," senior study author Dr. Jennifer Stein, an associate professor in the department of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said in a center news release. Stein's team evaluated the palms and soles of 1,052 patients seen at dermatology clinics in New York City and Miami. The researchers detected 391 acral pigmented ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Skin and Structure Infection, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Photoaging of the Skin, Scrapes, History - Skin Cancer, Dermatoheliosis, Prevention of Sunburn, Minor Skin Conditions

Transplanted Face May Age Prematurely

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – Transplanted faces seem to age faster than normal, a new study suggests. More than 30 face transplants have been performed worldwide, but there is little information about recipients' long-term outcomes, the researchers said. In this study, three full-face transplant patients were followed for three years. They had a significant decrease in facial volume that resembled premature aging, said Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, both in Boston. This change in appearance was the result of bone and muscle loss rather than the reduced facial fat or skin thickness that occurs in normal aging of the face, said Pomahac, who in 2011 led the first full-face transplant in the United States. The study was published online Dec. 3 in the American Journal of Transplantation. The findings show the need to find ways to prevent, delay ... Read more

Related support groups: Facial Wrinkles, Organ Transplant, Photoaging of the Skin, Diagnosis and Investigation, Dermatoheliosis

Face-lifts Seem to Do Little to Boost Self-Esteem: Study

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – Face-lifts may smooth away years from a person's appearance, but they seem to do little to boost self-esteem, new research suggests. In the small study, the researchers looked at what 50 patients – almost all of them women – said about their own sense of self-esteem, both immediately before plastic surgery and six months later. "The findings of the study are not surprising," said lead author Dr. Andrew Jacono, a board certified plastic surgeon with the New York Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery in New York City. "Because as I see it, self-esteem is much more complex than someone's appearance. It's rooted in a long developmental process that starts in childhood. So, to assume that what has taken a lifetime of work to develop could be changed by one simple operation is silly." Jacono and his colleagues reported their findings online Oct. 29 in the ... Read more

Related support groups: Facial Wrinkles, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, Facial Lipoatrophy, Lip Augmentation

Health Tip: Healthy Skin Doesn't Have to Cost a Fortune

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A good skin care regimen doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. But it should leave your skin clean and full of moisture. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends: Regularly cleanse, treat and protect your skin. Use sunscreen daily, at least every 12 hours. Use a body moisturizer daily. During winter, apply it as soon as you get out of the shower, when skin is damp. Stick to one or two product lines to save money and storage space. A more expensive product isn't necessarily better for your skin. Look for products that contain alpha hydroxy acid and vitamin A. Choose combination products, such as lip balm that also includes sunscreen. Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Facial Wrinkles, A-25, Vitamin A, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, Retinol, Aquasol A, Vitamin A Topical, A/Fish Oil

Sun Exposure in Teen Years May Delay Onset of MS: Study

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – People with multiple sclerosis tend to develop it later if they had regular sun exposure as teenagers, a new study suggests – adding to evidence linking the disease to a lack of sunlight and vitamin D. The study found that sun exposure during adolescence seemed to influence the age at which people developed MS: The more summer sun they soaked up, the later their symptoms appeared. Of nearly 1,200 Danish adults with MS, those who'd spent time in the sun every summer day developed symptoms two years later, on average, versus people who'd gotten less sun. The findings do not mean that basking in the sun will prevent or treat MS, experts stressed. But the results do support past research suggesting that vitamin D plays some role in the disease, according to Nicholas LaRocca, vice president of health care delivery and policy research for the National Multiple ... Read more

Related support groups: Multiple Sclerosis, Sunburn, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis

Tanning Bed Use, Skin Cancer Rates High Among Gay Men: Study

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – Indoor tanning is far more popular among gay and bisexual men than it is among heterosexual men, a fact that may explain why they also have higher skin cancer rates, new research suggests. "Overall, the rate of indoor tanning among these men is between three to six times greater than it is among heterosexual men," said study co-author Dr. Matthew Mansh, an intern in the department of internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. "Gay and bisexual men also have about twice the rate of skin cancer compared with heterosexual men," he added, "both in terms of melanoma and non-melanoma." The results stem from a review of state and federal government data that involved nearly 78,500 adult straight men and more than 3,000 gay and bisexual men. About 108,000 straight women were also included, alongside more than 3,000 lesbians. Mansh and his ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Photoaging of the Skin, History - Skin Cancer, Dermatoheliosis

Check Yourself for Signs of Skin Cancer, Doctors Advise

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Many busy parents take the time to slather sunscreen on their children before heading outdoors, but they may neglect to protect their own skin. Dermatologists caution that skin cancer can affect anyone – even parents. "As a mom, I understand how easily parents' health can take a back seat to the needs of the family," Dr. Doris Day said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Day is a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine/Langone Medical Center in New York City. "However, it's important to value your own health and well-being as well as your children's," she said. "Take a few minutes even if it's right after you shower or while you're putting on your pajamas in the evening to check your skin regularly for the signs of skin cancer. It could save your life." Skin cancer is most treatable when it's detected early. ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, History - Skin Cancer, Deeptan, Coppertone

Soft Skin of Others May Be an Illusion, Study Says

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – It's been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it turns out the feeling of soft skin may be just as subjective. Researchers conducted a series of experiments and found that participants consistently rated the skin of another person as being softer than their own, even if it wasn't. This "illusion" may occur in order to help people build social bonds through touch, the study authors suggested. "What is intriguing about the illusion is its specificity," study co-author Antje Gentsch, from University College London in the United Kingdom, said in a news release from the journal Current Biology. The illusion was strongest when the stroking was the soft, gentle touch of an intimate relationship, Gentsch explained. The skin softness "illusion" in the mind of the person doing the touching seems to be dependent on areas of the body and stroking speeds ... Read more

Related support groups: Facial Wrinkles, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis

FDA Issues Warning About Skin Lighteners

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 – Injectable skin-lightening products are potentially unsafe and ineffective, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The agency has not approved any of these products, and they may contain unknown harmful ingredients or contaminants. "These products pose a potentially significant safety risk to consumers. You're essentially injecting an unknown substance into your body – you don't know what it contains or how it was made," FDA pharmacist In Kim said Tuesday in an agency news release. Not only do the products themselves pose risks, improper or unsafe injection methods can transmit disease, cause infection and lead to serious injury, according to the FDA. Injectable skin-lightening or -whitening products claim to lighten the skin, correct uneven skin tone and clear up blemishes. Some even claim to treat conditions such as liver disorders and Parkinson's ... Read more

Related support groups: Sunburn, Photoaging of the Skin, Dermatoheliosis, Minor Skin Conditions

Why Skin Wrinkles More Around the Eyes

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Facial wrinkles – such as so-called "laugh lines" or "crow's feet" – are the bane of many aging adults. Now, new research on cadavers may offer some insight into why some skin creases are more pronounced than others. Differences in oil-secreting glands just below the skin may help explain why forehead wrinkles are shallower than wrinkles around the outer eye, according to a research team led by Yuichi Tamatsu, of Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences in Japan. Sebaceous glands are "microscopic glands that secrete sebum, an oily or waxy material, which lubricates the skin and protects it from water damage," said Dr. Nitin Chauhan, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and otolaryngologist at the University of Toronto. Chauhan, who was not part of the new research, said that based on the study findings, it appears that ... Read more

Related support groups: Facial Wrinkles, Photoaging of the Skin, Myobloc, Facial Lipoatrophy, Dermatoheliosis, Orbicularis Oculi, Botulinum Toxin Type B

Graphic Warnings May Work Best to Keep Women From Tanning Beds

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Disturbing images of skin cancer are more likely to make young women reconsider indoor tanning than the text-only warnings currently required by U.S. regulators, a new study suggests. According to a team at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., nearly 30 percent of young, white women in the United States use indoor tanning each year, and half of them use indoor tanning 10 times or more a year. "In terms of a public health issue, indoor tanning is a perfect storm – young people, primarily women, indoor tan, which raises their risk of potentially deadly skin cancer. Yet, there are few prevention efforts targeting young adult women," lead researcher Darren Mays, an assistant professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said in a center news release. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires indoor ... Read more

Related support groups: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Sunburn, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Melanoma - Metastatic, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Photoaging of the Skin, History - Skin Cancer, Dermatoheliosis

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