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
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,
Regardless of skin type, we all have three main layers that comprise our skin—the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis—plus many more sublayers that have multiple functions. The obvious function of the skin is protection. But the skin also stores water and fat, and it interacts with sunlight to ensure the production
Taking care of our skin doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. It’s not time consuming, nor does it require expensive products.
Just a few minutes a day cleaning, moisturizing, and protecting your skin can help avoid some of the problems and costs of unsightly and unhealthy skin conditions later on.
Our skin is our body’s largest and fastest-growing organ—it protects us from harmful bacteria, keeps us warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot, and allows us to feel the outside world through the nerves that exist beneath it. But sometimes our immune system, which is also meant to
Does antiperspirant cause cancer? European researchers are urgently calling for removal of aluminum from antiperspirants due to the dangers of aluminum toxicity.
A major depressive disorder often requires a combination of psychotherapy and medication to control symptoms. But lifestyle changes can complement a more structured treatment plan. And living a healthier, more fulfilling life also may help lift your spirits if you’re just feeling a little low.
Amy Farabaugh, PhD, director of psychotherapy
Oops! You did it again. You got so caught up in the outdoor fun you were having that you forgot to apply sunblock. Now you have the tell-tale signs of a sunburn—hot, painful, itchy skin. Not sure how to soothe it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (like you should
Hot summer weather is perfect for swimming and barbecues. Too much of a good thing, though, requires caution: If you become too hot—easy to do during record-setting heat waves—you run the risk of risk of heatstroke. What is heatstroke? It’s defined as a condition in which you’re no longer able
A recent study reveals that melanoma rates are on the increase among older Americans. The study (JAMA Dermatology, March) is the first to focus on how this lethal form of skin cancer affects different age groups, and Arash Akhavan, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai, says the