What causes dry skin? Dry skin occurs because of a defect in the skin’s ability to act as a barrier. This defect can spiral out of control. The longer dry skin persists, the more defective the barrier becomes.
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It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and just plain unpleasant. Itchy skin, or pruritus, is one of the ways our body tells us that something isn’t quite right, but how do we know what that “something” is? And what can we do about it? Here are 11 reasons why you might be suffering
A recent report (Cancer, July 1) suggests that overall U.S. cancer death rates are decreasing, although progress in reducing mortality has not occurred for all cancers. Where improvement has occurred, it is likely due to improved methods of detecting and treating cancer. When it comes to the latter, radiation therapy,
Of all the natural home remedies your parents or grandparents made you try as kid—whether it was aloe vera or oatmeal or ginger—our guess is that honey was your favorite. Well, it turns out that it’s also a favorite of doctors due to its nourishing and healing properties. But what
Do you feel like your hands or feet are on “pins and needles”? That’s one of the most commonly described symptoms of poor circulation. If you think you’re battling poor circulation, it’s wise to get a diagnosis; it could be a symptom of a much more serious disease—including peripheral artery
We’ve all suffered from an itchy scalp at some point. No matter the cause (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, an allergic reaction, lice, or a fungus), itchy scalp can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Just thinking about scalp pruritus (the medical term for this common condition) has got me scratching my
You’ll find a little box of baking soda in almost every American pantry or freezer to offset odors. It’s well known among baking enthusiasts, too. How many of us have heard stories about baking soda’s versatility from our mothers and grandmothers? But baking soda can be used for a variety
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
Sunscreens, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothes are not the only ways to protect your skin against the sun’s rays. Certain foods contain properties that protect against the damage caused by ultraviolet-A (UVA) radiation. Among the substances that fall into that category are antioxidant vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Many of us are walking around with chronic inflammation, and the reaction can be extreme, presenting as arthritis (inflammation of joints), colitis (inflammation of the colon), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), or other inflammatory diseases. But inflammation can be chronic, low-grade, and the cause of vague symptoms like fatigue, runny