Actinic Keratos

The Fraxel laser is distributed by Solta Medical located in California. There are presently 3 Fraxel systems in the cosmetic market: the Fraxel Refine, Fraxel Restore and Fraxel Repair. These systems similarly target fractions of the skin with every treatment at different depths in the skin to correct different concerns.The Fraxel Refine has a 1410 nm wavelength. The treatment gently resurfaces the skin for those who have minimal skin damage. Although the system is gentle enough to offer a successful skin rejuvenation treatment, it is still able to penetrate to 650 microns. There is very little to no downtime with this procedure. The Fraxel Restore is a deep penetrating 1550 nm laser which is an Erbium fiber laser. It is has become widely used for the treatment of acne scars or any type of textural damage to the skin, photo damage, melasma and in some cases actinic keratosis. The Fraxel Restore treatment usually requires topical numbing to the skin for 30 minutes to 1 hour. The treatment produces thousands of deep columns of coagulated skin tissue which is referred to as micro-thermal injury zones in the skin. Multiple passes are applied over a given area in order to ensure even coverage. Erythema will be present on the skin as well as swelling to the area. Post treatment the skin will feel tight and hot as heat dissipates from the skin for 1 to 2 hours post treatment. Cooling with cold compresses is recommended to cope with any discomfort. The days following treatment, the small micro-thermal injury zones will begin to looks like bronzing to the skin. This small injury zones with crust off and skin exfoliation may follow. The number of treatments required would depend greatly on the skin concern being address however typically 3 to 6 sessions are required at 6 to 8 week intervals.The Fraxel Repair is CO2 laser which penetrates 10 600 nm. It is used for deep wrinkles, Rhytides, Pigmented lesions, furrows in lax skin, Textural irregularities, and Vascular dyschromia. Normally 7 to 10 days of downtime is expected following treatment. The concept is similar to the fraxel refine and fraxel restore however the application is with a CO2 laser which penetrates much deeper. Due to the intensity of this treatment, normally 1 or 2 sessions would be sufficient for satisfying results.


actinic keratos

Best Lotion For Kp

When it comes to freckles home remedies to help you lighten your freckles at home, what is the most effective method? Can you really lighten your skin and fade out your freckles using simple natural homemade cream recipes?

After doing a little research online, you may have noticed that there are various tips and methods available that claim to help you get rid of freckles permanently, or at least lighten them to get a more smooth-looking skin. But do these methods really work?

To answer this question, first let's take a look at what causes freckles. Knowing the source, it makes it easier to understand what can help you remove them naturally.

What Causes Your Freckles?

There are usually 3 reasons a person may develop them on the face, or other parts of the body...

1. Genetic reasons
2. Too much exposure to the sun
3. Health problems based on the wrong diet

Each of these causes have a special unique remedy, so it is important to first discover which reason has caused it in your case.

When freckles have a genetic reason, you have always had them - even since your childhood. In this case, there is no permanent cure, since it is written in your genes. But you can also lighten the spots using creams and other natural freckles home remedies.

Too much exposure to the sun can also cause freckles to develop, especially at a younger age. So if you have noticed this to be the cause, the best home remedy is to simply use skin lightening creams to help fade them out gradually, while at the same time using safe sun protection to avoid them to appear all over again.

It is important to remember that when your skin is sensitive to the sun, even removing your freckles doesn't guarantee them being gone forever. You still need to take constant care of your skin using a high SPF sunscreen to make sure they don't appear again.

There are also times when freckles appear because of having the wrong food diet. Some types of food at more heaty and may cause skin allergy reactions in your body.

So if you suspect this might be the cause, you can consult with a skilled doctor to start a better diet and help you cure freckles, wrinkles, or age spots is to add lots of fruits and vegetables to your diet.

This will work wonders as a home remedy for freckles, in addition to lightening creams and lemon juice - which is always known as an effective way to lighten freckles.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there a good body lotion out there?
    I need a body lotion that can keep my skin soft and not dry. But I can't seem to find one that could last all day.

    • ANSWER:
      Kinerase Cream with SPF 30
      Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion
      Fresh Creme Ancienne
      L'Occitane Olive Body Milk
      Dermadoctor KP Duty

  2. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of KP(chicken bumps) This is for my g/f?
    She watns something that will get rid of KP or is there some type of laser surgery or anything. SHe already has DemaDoctor KP scrub and it does work but it makes the bumps feel a little smaller and it last only 3 to 4 days at the most. Thanks. She has DD KP lotion too but that really does not do much.

    • ANSWER:
      Please see the web pages for more details on Keratosis pilaris.

  3. QUESTION:
    Where can i buy KP Duty Moisturizing lotion?
    I need to buy this lotion but i cant find it anywhere! Does anyone know of any drug stores I can buy it from?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&keywords=KP%20Duty&tag=189-20&index=blended&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325

  4. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of these bumps on my upper arms?
    I have these bumps that i have on my upper arms and i don't know how to get rid of them! My grandma said it was because i have dry skin so i started using lotion but it didn't really help. Im so embarrassed about it i won't wear short sleeves anymore. is there anything i could do?

    • ANSWER:
      i think i might have had the same thing as you. if it is, it's called keratosis pilaris.
      http://medimages.healthopedia.com/large/keratosis-pilaris.jpg
      it is because of dry skin but most lotions aren't good enough to hydrate your skin properly. all you have to do is get a rough washcloth and scrub the area to exfoliate. then smooth in oil or cocoa butter (avoid vaseline or baby oil) on it while your skin is still very wet. after it dries rub more into your skin. do this every night (or day depending on when you shower) and if that doesn't work after a few weeks, you might have to buy something called dermadoctor kp duty.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to reduce sight of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I've had red bumps on my arms for years now, and after much online research, I've come to the conclusion that these bumps are Keratosis Pilaris.

    I'm wanting to know how to reduce the sight of them. I've heard using a scrub with a loofah helps, but what kind of scrub? Also, I heard lotion helps, but I'm not sure what kind...Cetaphil, Eucerin, AmLactin, etc.

    I'd appreciate any advice! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had KP for a very long time and I have tried everything to get rid of it. But I have recently discovered a lotion called KP Duty. After two days, the red bumps were gone completely and the redness was reduced. It has been a week and the redness has been greatly reduced. However, the lotion is a bit pricey () but it does spread easily so you don't need a lot of it. Hope this helps. :)

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best product for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my buttocks and I have been researching different products. There are quite a few and I don't know which to go with. There's Glytone, KP duty, Biotreatment. Has anyone had success with any of these or a better product? I have dark olive skin and I scar very easily...even without picking, so I'm hoping for a product that helps with that as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. I had Keratosis Pilaris too and always wore long sleeves even when it was really hot. I started using Paula's Choice 2% BHA and it cleared up completely within a few weeks. I don't know if it works for everyone, but it seems to work for a lot of people. I've told several people about it and it has worked for everyone I've told. It is a fairly common thing.

      I started with their liquid formula but I also have used their 2% BHA body lotion. I recommend the liquid to start. You can find out a lot more about KP and the various treatments and products here: http://cosmeticscop.paulaschoice.com/keratosis-pilaris-solutions.aspx

      Good Luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    How to cover keratosis pilaris on arms with makeup for a day?
    My girlfriend wants to wear a sundress for a photo shoot but she has keratosis pilaris on her arms...google it if you don't know what it is and would like to know.

    She is mostly concerned with the redness.
    She already uses lotions etc. Doesn't help.

    Is there like a body makeup she can cover it with that will last ?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Dermablend Leg Cover... You can use it on arms as well.

      I have found 'Sheer Color'. It is the best for covering redness and leaving skin looking natural. I think it is only available through mail order. It was developed by dermatologists to hide redness, scars, and birth marks. It comes with a concealer. The makeup itself is mineral and gives good coverage, but it is light and natural.

      If her arms flare up, I have found a product that contains Extra Virgin Coconut Oil helps calm the redness down.

      You can also trry Pulse Dye Laser treatment. It is a little radical but it is long-lasting and helpful.

      Palladio is NOTHING compared to bareminerals from bare escentuals. The only thing I have to say is that they have poor costumer service and organization. The makeup will cover redness in a very natural way. It will look like you have no makeup on.

      One month ago I started using the Herbal wet & dry foundation and it is great. They are not very expensive, either. Well, on Amazon.com it is dollars but I found it in Puerto Rico at . :D

      I use eucerin 10% Urea lotion on my skin twice a day.

      I also use Everyday Minerals makeup. They have a mint concealer that is great for covering redness. Also another concealer is Bisque; it is quite pink in color but it somehow manages to cover redness very well. These are used under mineral foundation. You can get free samples, although you have to pay a bit for the postage.

      I am ignorant about UO, but this makeup is great for my skin! I bought it from the Sally Beauty Shop in the U.S. I think the mildness by being talc and rice may have something to do with it and I have found that titanium dioxide makes all my KP worse, whether on my face or arms (sunscreen) or what. It even has chamomile which I suspect is an allergen for me but maybe it's so little or it's tempered by other ingredients. I have even used it on my arms and legs when needed. O:)

      Try Roc Skin Foundation.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are good treatments for keratosis pilaris?
    Hey, I have KP on my arms and a little on my face, (but not so much to really notice)..but I can't say the same for my arms,(they're pretty noticeable) soo..I was wondering if there are any GOOD TREATMENTS because unfortunately there is NO CURE!!!

    Oh and Im 13 soooo I would really like to wear a swim suit without being self-consious about my arms...

    Thanks a lot:)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! ohmygosh, I had the exact same question about a week ago. Im 16, and Ive never really thought too much about KP, until I found out im taking a trip to california in a couple weeks, and I want to try really hard to look good in a bikini as well!

      The appearance of KP can be decreased by these main ingredients: urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin D These are all keratosis fighting substances that rid your skin of those pesky little keratosis-clogged pores.

      the first four can be found in moisturizers. My tip to you would be to find a moisturizer high in one or several of these ingredients (that means anywhere from 5% of an ingredient to 15%). Vitamin D is found in sunlight, so being in the sun will help a lot (Just don't get sunburned, lol) When I went to taiwan a year ago, I noticed that along with my tan, my kp was completely gone! my skin was baby smooth, and it had never been that way before. I didn't know why, but after some research, I realized Vitamin D helps a lot with KP.

      I have been struggling with KP for almost my entire life, so i can understand the frustration and embarrassment you might experience from having this condition.

      Along with moisturizing day and night with lotions high in those ingredients, I also follow the advice given in this youtube video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_5S3gmUrXk

      I've only been using her treatment for about 2 days, but my appearance of KP has already decreased tons! Im thinking that by another week, it'll be completely gone :). Oh, and in the video, the girl mentions clearasil's ultra exfoliating scrub. Unfortunately, that product was only available in Canada, so i was pretty disappointed. But then I realized that clearasil's ultra acne scrub is the same thing as the exfoliating scrub. It just has a different name I guess because of different locations.

      Anyways, good luck! I hope this helps with your KP, and that we both look good in time for bikni season :)

  9. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Chicken Skin on arms and legs?
    I'm 15 years old, a girl, and I've had chicken skin for all of my life. It's only on my legs and arms, and it's really unattractive. I don't wear shorts or short sleeves because it's so embarrassing for me. I can't afford to go to a dermatologist, so what can I do at home? I've tried many lotions, and they never work. Any creams or anything that I can try?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What is sometimes referred to as Chicken Skin is actually a condition known as Keratosis Pilaris. (KP) It is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      Although KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try;
      - http://www.skinway.com/skincare_articles…

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Hope this helps!

  10. QUESTION:
    How does one treat chronically dry skin?
    My skin tends to be very dry and it only gets worse during the winter months. Are there any good (affordable) skin products that provide very-dry skin with necessary relief? I use a lotion that contains AHAs for my KP so I can understand how it may dry up my skin even more.

    I would also appreciate any advice for home remedies or any supplements that I can take to better my skin. By the way, I do keep hydrated so I know that my dry skin is not a result of inadequate water intake.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest you use Dr Hess Udder Ointment found at www.udderointment.com. It is amazing on all skin conditions including dry skin, eczema, diaper rash, chafing, cuts, burns...you name it. It's been around for 100 years and is an old tried and true remedy that works fantastic on skin. Sign up as a subscriber and they will send you a coupon code for 20% off your order!

  11. QUESTION:
    How to get smooth, satin soft skin?
    Since I have KP (chicken something) I would love to know how I can minimize that and make my skin feel and appear smoother. Any tips?
    Cheers!! For arms and legs and if you know anything, butt lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Exfoliate your skin once a week with a real loofah. They are easy to find in drug stores. Make sure that after your shower, especially if you use very hot water, that you apply a good natural lotion to your skin before all of the water from the shower evaporates. Lastly, drink plenty of water- this keeps your skin hydrated and looking beautiful.

      If your skin has stretch marks or dimples and you want to wear a bikini or something skimpy, a quick way to alleviate some of your skin issues is to make some very strong coffee, let it cool, then wipe it onto problem areas with a cotton ball. The caffeine in strong coffee tightens your skin temporarily.

      Best wishes!

  12. QUESTION:
    Do you know a successful way of delaing with Keratosis Pilaris?
    It's not so much the little bumps that are a problem, but sometimes I get spots that come as a result of scratching at the little bumps, and that seem to take forever to hela so look horrid...ho-hum.

    I exfoliate daily, have tried vinegar with no luck, I try to moisturize as much as possible...other than medicated lotions, is there anything else that might help?

    • ANSWER:
      Try pure vitamin e oil. It sounds counter intuitive because you would think an oil would clog the pores resulting in more bumps, but it actually helped me get rid of KP. It gets rid of the bumps while also healing any abrasions that result from scratching at them. You can find pure vitamin e oil for pretty cheap at any drugstore like CVS or Rite Aid, just massage it into the effected areas. Results are almost immediate, but more obvious after a good exfoliation... which you can also use vitamin e oil for, just add coarse sea salt and scrub yourself down in the shower, then wash off with warm water and a good shower gel.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any new developments in Keratosis Pilaris treatments?
    I've had KP my whole life and nothing has ever helped including dermatolgist prescriptions and OTC creams, scrubs, and lotions. I have also tried KP Duty. Any Suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Will laser hair removal help it?

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    I have what looks like goosebumps on the bottom part of my butt. It feels really bumpy, and looks quite unattractive. It's just a little bit pink. I'm assuming it's KP. So how do I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, KP is the abbreviation for keratosis pilaris.

      To CORRECT KP, here are the options:

      Over-the-counter - look for products with glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid.

      Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion, Glytone Body Lotion, or any of Paula's Choice exfoliants is a good choice.

      Prescription - tretinoin

  15. QUESTION:
    I have goosebump type bumps on the back of my arms, What are they?
    They are also on my thighs and sides of my torso. I was told it was just dry skin, but i was also told is was something else. Some word with almost every letter of the alphabet in it. I use a heavy moisturizing body lotion, and they aren't going away. They don't itch or anything. Serious answers ONLY please!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like KP:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_pilaris

      There are home remedies that work for some people, listed in one of the links on the wiki page. But your best bet would be to go to a dermatologist for professional treatment.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of red SPOTS (not bumps) from keratosis pilaris?
    So I have the dreadful KP and this past winter it was horrible!
    So I got a hydrocortisone cream and lactic acid cream from my dermatologist and it cleared all the bumps! However, now I have unsightly red spots that become super obvious when I'm cold.

    How can I make these go away??? They're very annoying :(

    • ANSWER:
      The dermatologist can probably give you something for that, too.

      I seem to remember Murad.com having something in their acne line that contained hydroquinone to lessen the red spots left behind by acne. Perhaps something like that might work.

      Use gentle shower soap and a good lotion like an unscented lotion like Eucerin to help with keeping your skin calm and non-irritated.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris fast?
    i really dont like this, i cant wear short sleeves shirts, i need help !!! Give me a lot of informations as you guys can , and also what type of lotions work for Keratosis Pilaris?? Aloe vera lotion? thanks ;)

    • ANSWER:
      I found that champori cream for psoriasis clears my kp better than anything else: takes just a few days and then my skin stays smooth for months on end. Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesnt work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Mol.

  18. QUESTION:
    Anybody got any thing to treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have had KP since before i can remember. It gets really annoying. The bumps get red and itchy and they are hard to cover up. I know there is no cure, but does anybody know of anything to make it look better and slightly clear up?

    • ANSWER:
      Aspirin Mask

      Why does it work?
      Aspirin is actually a form of Beta Hydroxy Acids or BHAs, which are found in many skin creams and work by exfoliating the dull, dead layers of skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Over time, BHAs can help clarify skin tone and promote healing of blemishes.

      However, do not use the aspirin mask if you have a sensitivity to BHAs or if you have very sensitive skin, or obviously if you are allergic to aspirin!

      How do you make it?
      The Aspirin mask must be made with uncoated, disolvable tablets. Take two or three tablets and dissolve in a teaspoon/tablespoon of warm water.

      To Apply
      Spread the mixture on the area, and leave for a few minutes until it dries. Very gently rub the mask for about 10 seconds, to exfoliate the skin. Rinse off with tepid water. Remember to moisturize as BHAs can be drying.

      I find this an excellent mask to use once or twice a week.

      Make sure you moisturize with something that has little to no fragrance as most fragrant lotions have alcohol, very drying! I prefer to use grape seed oil as is absorbs easily.

  19. QUESTION:
    Are there any non-prescription lotions for Keratosis Pilaris to remove the redness?
    I have been able to minimize the bumps - but now I can't get rid of the red dots the condition leaves behind. If there is anything that can be done to make it look like I don't have KP - I want to know about it!

    • ANSWER:
      they have some kind of cream for sun spots that is supposed to fade the (scar) i dont know of this illness so if it is like a sore that cause a actuall scar try maderma its alot of work but maybe it'll fade it out. good luck

  20. QUESTION:
    Does KP Duty for Keratosis Pilaris really work?
    I have had Keratosis Pilaris ever since I can remember. And I really can not stand it. It makes me feel so ugly, very self conscious and I absolutely hate my arms. I know that there is no proven way to cure it 100%. But I have heard and read great things about KP Duty. Does anyone know if it works pretty well, or if anything else works for this? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it works because of glycolic acid.

      I have to say it is expensive for 4 ounces.

      You can get similar product for cheaper: Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion with 10% glycolic acid.

  21. QUESTION:
    What exactly are bath oils? Would they benefit my dry skin, and if so where could I find some?
    I have dry skin with KP, but I hate having to put on lotion all the time after bathing because I'm also hairy and that means extra time rubbing it in to get rid of the film. I would rather use some very effective moisturizing directly in the shower or bath. All the moisturizing cleaners I've tried, including Dove and Cetaphil and Aveeno, have not worked well enough for me. I need something to not only moisturize but also lock it in.

    • ANSWER:
      If u want to lock it in then u put it on right after your shower because the heat open your pores and as soon as you r normal temp then they close.Bath oil is really good because your skin will soak it up in the warm bath.If you go to a nateral herbal etc store they have better products for baths but if nothing like that is around i would recomend oil of olay .It is really good and so is ponds.If you shave your legs don't do it with bath oil in the tub cause u can take chunks of skin off n not even no it oh ya avon has an oil the skin so soft is really really good to .Try the avon one first then oil of olay if that isn't good enough for u .then the ponds.There is also a product from different brands that has a body cream rinse for in the bath n for after you wash u use it while u r in the tub and that is good stuff to the one i use is olay moisturinse in the shower body lotion n it smells awsome to.I hope that helps.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is There Anyway To Get Rid Of KP?
    I'm fourteen and I've had keratosis pilaris for as long as I can remember. I only have it on my arms, but I am tired of being self conscious about it. So, if anyone can help me out with any tips to get rid of it that would be great. I already exfoliate and use good lotion.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.helpforkp.com/

      i personally have it.. it gets worse in the winter... but good luck.. look on this web site it might help you <3

  23. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Keratosis pilaris on arms?
    What's a natural remedy that doesn't require lotion or cream etc. I read somewhere someone was talk about apple cider vinaigre but they didn't say how they used it. Anyone have any personal experience with getting rid of KP?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    What are some good remedies for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'd prefer anything that has helped you with KP...but all is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Most people say to exfoliate and moisturize, which usually works pretty well but can end up irritating you skin a good deal. There's no actual cure for it, but it usually gets better with age (It's also hereditary, so chances are your mother or father has it as well). Here's a bit of an article that helped me a good deal!

      "You can soften and help slough off bumps by rubbing them with a mixture of equal parts petroleum jelly and either water or cold cream. If that doesn't work, prescription Retin-A probably will, but it can irritate the surrounding skin. A better alternative: prescription LactiCare-HC Lotion 2 1/2%, which contains lactic acid to dissolve dead skin cells and hydrocortisone to soothe any acid-induced irritation. Rub lotion onto bumps twice a day until they clear up."

      I don't have the link to the entire article (That actually might have been all they put) but I got it from http://www.webmd.com/

      Don't stress too much about it though, I have it pretty bad, but most people don't even notice. Even if they do, they could care less!

  25. QUESTION:
    Can I Get Rid of These Weird Bumps I Have on my Arms?
    They're nothing serious, I'm sure. I've had them as long as I remember. They're like little permanent goosebumps, and they're a bit red.... My mom also has them on her legs. I tried to help them with lotion, and it helps a little, but not much. Is there any way to make the appearance and feeling less noticeable?

    • ANSWER:
      by the sounds of it you have KP (keratosis pilaris), also known as the chicken skin condition. It;s just a build-up of karatin around the hair follicle of your skin. there is no cure, but i would recommond using KP double duty, found at Sephora.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of KP on back arms and face?
    After years and years and one year of high school I noticed how much I HATE my kp right now its bugging me. I see people with silky arms and idt about hair or anything but this kp is driving my head up the walll.... I hate that all these girls can wear tank tops to school and i cant cause of it.. and i want a nice smooth face too... PLEASE HELP ME. Im gettting desperate

    • ANSWER:
      I have it too. There is no cure :( When I was in high school I had a little on my cheeks and on my upper arms. They say it is supposed to get better as you get older. Unfortunately, I am 31 and I still won't wear tank tops, but the bumps on my cheeks went away. I also feel so jealous of people with nice smooth arms. One thing I can tell you is DON'T scrub it. Throw away your loofah sponges if you have them. They make it worse. I got rid of mine a couple of months ago and it has gotten a little less red (still there though). Don't treat it with acne cleanser and use lots of lotion. They sell some creams on the internet. I haven't tried them though. I am so sorry for you - I know how you feel. There are so many people out there with it, more than you realize. I think the stats say one out of three!

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    What's a natural remedy that doesn't require lotion or cream etc. I read somewhere someone was talk about apple cider vinaigre but they didn't say how they used it. Anyone have any personal experience with getting rid of KP? I don't want to use any products made for this whatsoever!

    • ANSWER:
      Try squeezing lemon juice and keep it in the frige over night in a bottle with a few garlic cloves mashed/chopped in it.

      Rub it on your area with KP and leave it there to dry as much as possible. Make sure it doesn't go into your eyes or other sensetive places.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of keratosis pelariis!?!?
    I've had KP my whole life I'm 14 And I have these bumps and acne on my upper arms and I'm afraid to wear tank tops outside. I know it's a hereditary skin disorder but I'm wondering if there's a treAtment, cure, ect. Pleazzzzzz help

    • ANSWER:
      I've tried lots of things personally, and none of them really work. I've tried prescription lotion even, per bottle with insurance did nothing. The best thing I have found (with doctors advise) is bathing in a hot bath at night and getting some sun on my arms. When it's summer time and I have a little tan the bumps go away pretty well. One last thing that works ok for me is Miracle II soap and lotion. You have to find that at a health food store or on the web. I used it for the first time this winter, and my bumps have been a lot less than past years. I hope you find a combo that works for you, and don't dispare cause my doctor said sometimes it goes away as we get older! Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of these red dots on my arms?
    they are not freckles!!
    ive had them since i was little.
    my brother and sisters have them too.
    i forgot what its called but theyre not freckles.
    theyre red, sometimes they stick out like pimples. but they cover my arms. what is it and how do i get rid of it? (i use uncented lotion)

    • ANSWER:
      It may be keratosis pilaris.
      For an accurate, professional diagnosis you would need to consult your doctor or a certified dermatologist.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try;
      - http://www.skinway.com/skincare_articles…

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      You should drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Hope this helps!

  30. QUESTION:
    Do you know any way to get rid of or decrease the look of KP (chicken skin) besides the dermadoctor lotion?
    I only have it on my upper arms, and i dont have it really bad, but it embarrasses me. I'll take home remedies along with store-bought products. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried aloe vera soap? - natural ingredient.

      It's cheap and worth a try before using more harmful chemicals.

  31. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bumps on my skin?
    I have them on my arm and on my thighs.. they look like goosebumps. If you squeeze the bumps, little white stuff comes out. I've had it all my life and I have no idea what it is! Does anyone know what it is and how to get rid of it? Everyone in my family has it too. I've been putting lotion on, and it helps a little but it doesn't get rid of it all. Do you know what I have? Thanks for taking the time to answer! =]

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have something called Keratosis Pilaris. I have it too. You said it looks like goosebumps, right? It's basically an excess of Keratin in your skin that causes bumps to form over hair follicles. You can use all the lotion you want, but it never seems to completely help. supposedly you can use something called KP duty, its available at Sephora. I've never used it, but its supposed to work well.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of KP?
    I've tried washing my arms with soap and water two times a day, Noxzema, lotion, drinking lots of water, and I even tried acne products like Clearasil. Nothing seems to work! Gahh, please please please help me! D:

    • ANSWER:
      I've been using regular bodywash ( aveeno is the best ) with those hand sponge....not the loofah kind...a lil on the rougher side..and then I use Eucerin plus with alpha hydroxy after shower, which does the trick....

  33. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of Keratosis Pilaris (Without lotions/medications)?
    I'm 14 and I had KP for a few years now.
    Stop with the Spam!

    • ANSWER:
      Sadly there is no cure for it):
      I also have it, but I have found that carrot juice does help a lot! Just drink around a glass a day and it will improve. Also remember to be in the sun as much as you can.. it helps clear it as well.
      And keep your skin moisturized with lotion or a moisturizer!

      gooooluck!

      xoxo,
      ASH:)

  34. QUESTION:
    I have kp scars on my arms, what type of cream is best at getting rid of scars, a bleaching cream perhaps?
    my upper arms are covered with scars from when i had bad keratosis pilaris and i would scratch and pick at the bumps, i have the kp under control but the scars are still there. i exfoliate and moisturize but what can i use to get rid of these brown spots?
    i recently tried a skin fade cream which had hydroquinone as the main ingredient along with vitamin c and spf 15, it was working great but after 2 weeks or so it started making me itch and my arms began to turn red so i stopped.
    is there a good well known bleaching cream out there that i should try?
    AFRICAN BEAUTY WHERE CAN I FIND FAIR&WHITE PRODUCTS??????
    IVE ACTUALLY HEARD A LOT ABOUT THEM BUT CANNOT FIND THEM, I HEAR SOME PEOPLE SELL FAKES WHICH ARE DANGEROUS.

    • ANSWER:
      please use fair and whote. this is by far the best product i have ever ever used. i had a skin disorder called Pityriasis rosea it left my skin a messed uo. I had dark veins all over my legs. I also pick at my skin at times and i had scars from mosiquito bites on my arms and legs. i was running out of options. i dreaded the summer months because i knew it would be too hot for me to cover up with long sleeve clothes. i began using this product a year ago. it works so well. i saw reults within the first 2-3 weeks. everyday i thouroughly wash my face then apply sunscreen regardless of the weather. the fair and white product line includes lotions,creams, sprays. and soaps. i had some minor acne scarring on my face after washing my face i apply palmers ambi cream then fair and white lotion. i simpathize for you and i know exactly what you are going though. please use this product if you want an improved appearance in your skin.

  35. QUESTION:
    What to use for Kerarosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris and would like to know what everyone out there uses for theirs. I cant realistically spend the money it takes to buy things like "KP Duty" so I wanna know what different things people have used with results.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. Treatment includes tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream or Adapalene, a retinoid medication. Exfoliation, intensive moisturizing creams, creams and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. I hope it helps. Take care and regards.

  36. QUESTION:
    why did my keratosis pilaris turn purple?
    i have keratosis pilaris all over my arms and tummy area and it got really really bad and red because of the cold winter. that convinced my mum to take me to see a pharmacist and the pharmacist gave me some calamine lotion. i've been applying it and applying moisturizer (it really really hurts when i apply them), it really helps calm the itch and i scratch less but now my whole arm is purplish and so is the skin at my tummy area. is this good or bad?

    • ANSWER:
      had bad case of KP on my arms for years...went to doc, dermo. and tried many things..nothing worked and then I found something that cleared it up and made my arms feel like silk. Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 moisturizer (NOT the one w/ spf) It's in the wrinkle cream section and -22... try it for 3 days and maybe you'll have same success w/ it..GREAT product to clear up KP

  37. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of little red bumps on your upper arms?
    Mine look like pimples. They kind of hurt when I pick at them, and they're really annoying. I've had them my whole life, as long as I remember. Any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      ah sounds like you have KP (keratosis pilarsis) ii have it too D:
      if you go onto sephora they have this body scrub and lotion combo that supposedly works for a lot of people - it didn't work for me though :[[
      but it's supposed to be good !! so you might want to try that out ~
      goodluck !!

      http://sephora.com/search/search_results.jhtml;jsessionid=YPIEE0O5ZCIPWCV0KQNQ5UQ?command=text&attr1=kP+duty&attr2=&%2Fcom%2Flvmh%2Fcommerce%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch%2Fiphrase%2Fproxy%2FIPhraseSearchFormHandler.search=search&_D%3A%2Fcom%2Flvmh%2Fcommerce%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch%2Fiphrase%2Fproxy%2FIPhraseSearchFormHandler.search=+&searchString=kP+duty&x=0&y=0&_DARGS=%2Fincludes%2FsearchFinder.jhtml

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there a good remedy for keratosis pilaris?
    I have it on my legs, the back of my upper arms, and my rear also. I have had it for a very long time and tried a lot of things but haven't found anything to work!

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris can NEVER be cured unfortunately...
      I have been dealing with this since highschool & for 10 years almost now...
      consuming sugar is known to make it worse..

      the only thing I have found to work is from the website www.dermadoctor.com

      the first product is called DERMAdoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Body Scrub with Chemical + Physical Medi-Exfoliation
      and here is the website direct link...
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/product.asp?p...
      the second one is called derma doctor KP lotion
      and here is the direct link
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/product.asp?p...

      Also.. *Note: If you use any prescription medication (lotions) from your dermatiologist, it will get WORSE before it gets better.. be prepared to experience that..

      If you want my opinion on the prescription lotion (ex: lachydrin, Amlactin, etc... are not succesfful)

      This skin condition sucks. I have tried almost everything out there & this works pretty well I must say! It is made especially for keratosis pilaris! Hope this helps! I know I wanted everything I could when I was first dealing with this!

  39. QUESTION:
    How to get to of keratosis pilaris?
    What's a natural remedy that doesn't require lotion or cream etc. I read somewhere someone was talk about apple cider vinaigre but they didn't say how they used it. Anyone have any personal experience with getting rid of KP? I don't want to use any kind of lotion meant for this whatsoever! ( just throwing that in there because I asked this before!)

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    CHICKEN SKIN aka KERATOSIS PILARIS, how do I get rid of these suckers?
    Does anyone know how to reduce the appearence of chicken skin or also known as keratosis pilaris. I hate having chicken skin, it's so embarassing. I hate showing my arms and legs or any part that has it. ARRRGH! Anyone else have this problem? Please help, I need some magic lotion or something to get rid of them somehow.

    • ANSWER:
      I have it too & it sucks!! I have previously used Am Lactin or Lac Hydrin, Retin-A based creams, and KP duty. The KP duty used to work for me, but doesn't any longer. It might work you you & is available at Sephora.

      Check out http://www.keratosispilaris.org/

      I found this online and am going to give it a try.

      - First I use a thick loofah sponge or buff-puff on the affected areas. I do this daily and I only use Dove Nutrium Body Wash with my sponge. I have tried several moisturizing body washes, and this one has proven to be the best for me. It is a dual formula that contains a gentle cleanser and a moisturizing lotion at the same time. It works great. When using the sponge, scrub as hard as you can on the affected area, and in a circular motion. Exfoliation is very important, especially since the affected areas are so dry. (Note: Dove has also recently come out with a Dove Nutrium Bar! So now I use both, and they are great. They make my skin so soft and silky, and the moisturizers are very good for the keratosis pilaris.)

      - After I exfoliate with this body wash, I then apply an over the counter lotion that has worked wonders for my keratosis pilaris. Neutrogena makes this lotion and it’s called “Multi-Vitamin Acne Treatment”. I know what you are thinking; keratosis pilaris is not acne. No it’s not, but for some reason this stuff works. In my reading and research on the subject, I ran across a treatment that recommended using a moisturizer that contained a small amount of salicylic acid. This product contains both. It is full of vitamins and moisturizers that are great for your skin, and it also contains this salicylic acid. If you apply this lotion right after you have scrubbed with the Dove Nutrium, it will give you results within 2 or 3 days. It did for me!

      - I also apply the Neutrogena Multi Vitamin Acne Treatment at night before going to bed. So I am applying it twice a day, once after showering and exfoliating, and once at bedtime.

      - Adding a humidifier in your bedroom will also help to clear your skin. The moisture will hydrate your dry skin while you sleep at night and help in clearing up the keratosis pilaris.

      - This next “treatment” is one I have found on my own and doctors do not recommend it. I am not telling anyone to do this, I am simply telling you what has worked in clearing up my skin condition. Tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed/salon. I like to tan anyway, so by trial and error I found that it cleared my skin. I started going to a tanning bed 2 or 3 times a week at first, and then dropped down to once a week. Each time I would tan for 12 to 15 minutes. That is not a lot of exposure, and it cleared my skin better than ANYTHING else I have ever done. I still have occasional problems with my arms, but my legs cleared right up and those bumps have never returned to this day, and I have not tanned in over 6 months. So I am very pleased with these results.

      Again, I am not recommending or condoning tanning or sunbathing, but I am telling you that it has helped to clear up my terrible case of Keratosis Pilaris.

      Doing these things consistently has helped me tremendously, but if you miss a day, you pay! Consistency is the key.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the most affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris on my forearms & biceps. I know there's no permanent cure for this skin condition, but I would like to clear it up for the most part.

    • ANSWER:
      I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms, and I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It works better than anything else that I've tried, and it's much cheaper than prescription creams! Keeping KP moist is key to reducing the bumps and redness. It works for me!

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of little bumps on my skin?
    I have nice skin it's mostly smooth but all over my arms there are little bumps. I know it's not a rash because they're not at all red, it's not pimples either, and they aren't goosebumps because even when i'm sweating hot I can still feel the bumps. What do I do to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problem. What you have is called keratosis pilaris. It is where the tiny hair follicles get clogged causing rough bumps. Don't use anything too abrasive on it as this can irritate it worse. You need to use a moisturizing cleanser with a washcloth and you need to use a lotion containing either lactic acid or alpha hydroxy acid. The lotion will exfoliate the bumps away and keep your skin moisturized. You should use it twice per day until your bumps go away, then you can revert to once a day to maintain smoothness. You can find these lotions at Walgreen's, cvs, or any other drug store. I like AmLactin it works really well for me. For more information on KP go to this website they have a lot of good info (and aren't trying to sell anything :>) http://www.keratosis-pilaris.com/types.php. You can also find a lot of info just by looking it up on yahoo.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of bumps on the back of my arms?
    I have small bumps on the back of my upper arms. I used to think that they were caused by some kind of vitamin deficiency, but I take a multivitamin every day, and yet the bumps are still there. How do I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      You have keratosis pilaris. You can go to a regular doctor or dermatologist to get some cream or lotion to treat it or you can also get a product called KP Duty at Sephora.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do you make the skin on your arms smoother?
    My upper arms seem normal, but they feel as though little itte-bitte pimples are covering the surface. How do you clear the skin and make it smoother?

    • ANSWER:
      i think i know what you're talking about. i have the same thing. it's little bumps, and they don't hurt, but they're sometimes dry and almost always annoying.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP, also follicular keratosis) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin, hence referred to as chicken skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne.

      Classification
      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Symptoms and signs
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance. This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who are overweight, or have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.

      Treatment
      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day. The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed. To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermotologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of little red bumps on shoulder / arm area?
    What is the term for that condition?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have a condtion called "keratosis pilaris"... here's a link: http://www.helpforkp.com/keratosis_pilaris_about_kp.html

      You might want to try a lotion that has lactic acid in it. The lactic acid will gradually ease the red bumps away, leaving the skin soft and normal looking.

  46. QUESTION:
    Best way to get rid of bumps on my arms?
    I have pretty bumpy arms and I have always had them since i was little. it's not like it's acne... but it's really dry. lotion doesn't help. My mom wont make a dermatologist appointment because she blames the fact that i shave my arms.. I know it's not that because i have had them since before i started doing that.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be keratosis palaris..aka chicken skin. this is just really dry skin basically and is very common with all kinds of people. the best thing i know of is by dermadoctor. it's called kp duty. i recommend the exfoliator and the lotion. works very well and should get rid of it, only problem is that it's a bit pricy. however, if your chicken skin bothers you that much, definately worth it!
      hope this helped!

  47. QUESTION:
    Why do I have little bumps on my arm, between my elbow and my shoulder and how do I get rid of them?
    They are small un-noticeable (except to touch) bumps on my arm where the biceps are. They usually feel softer when I put moisturiser on them, except this does not get rid of them. How do I get rid of them completely?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that you are talking about Keratosis pilaris and as far as I know its genetic. Here's what I found on the internet. Hope it answers your question:

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      [edit] Treatment

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a Dermatologist or Family Doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the vitamins' potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though can lead to scarring.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation).

  48. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of Keratosis Pilaris on my arms?
    I know you can't get rid of it in a snap.
    But what are good ways to reduce it so your arms don't look so..... Bumpy, Red and gross?

    • ANSWER:
      Jonbeha,
      There is no available cure, miracle pill, or universally effective treatment for KP. It sometimes clears completely by itself without treatment. The exact cause of KP is unknown. There seems to be a problem with overproduction of the keratin part of the skin called hyperkeratinization. KP is thought to be partly inherited (genetic) in origin. Many treatment options and skin-care recipies are available for controlling the symptoms of KP. Many patients have very good temporary improvement following a regular skin-care program of lubrication. As a general rule of thumb, treatment needs to be continuous. Since there is no available cure or universally effective treatment for KP, the list of potential lotions and creams is long. It is important to keep in mind that as with any condition, no therapy is uniformly effective in all people.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  49. QUESTION:
    What can I do to diminish the appearance of bumps on my legs?
    I don't shave because it's still pretty cold out and I don't see the need to shave if I won't be wearing shorts anytime soon. Anyway, I have dark, raised bumps all over my legs and thighs. Some have hairs and some don't. If I use a depilatory like Nair, will it also get rid of the bumps? Or is their a certain product to help with this?

    Also, does this have a name?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have Keratosis Pilaris. I have this on my upper arms and got rid of it by using KP Duty lotion from dermadoctor.com It's kind of expensive but as long as I use it a few times a week it keep them smooth and not noticeable anymore. They also have a scrub I think it might be called KP Duty too and it helps get rid of the bumpy parts and then the lotion smooths it out and helps keep it that way and fade the discoloration. I use the scrub once a week. This stuff is a lot cheaper than the stuff I used to get at the dermatologist which was basically just a really moisturizing greasy lotion and this stuff actually works.


best lotion for kp

Best Products For Keratosis Pilaris

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best product for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my buttocks and I have been researching different products. There are quite a few and I don't know which to go with. There's Glytone, KP duty, Biotreatment. Has anyone had success with any of these or a better product? I have dark olive skin and I scar very easily...even without picking, so I'm hoping for a product that helps with that as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. I had Keratosis Pilaris too and always wore long sleeves even when it was really hot. I started using Paula's Choice 2% BHA and it cleared up completely within a few weeks. I don't know if it works for everyone, but it seems to work for a lot of people. I've told several people about it and it has worked for everyone I've told. It is a fairly common thing.

      I started with their liquid formula but I also have used their 2% BHA body lotion. I recommend the liquid to start. You can find out a lot more about KP and the various treatments and products here: http://cosmeticscop.paulaschoice.com/keratosis-pilaris-solutions.aspx

      Good Luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    How to diminish the look of keratosis pilaris?
    Well I think I have keratosis pilaris, people told me they might be ingrown hairs but it's not going away. I exfoliate with sugar and my dial body wash on my legs because that's where I have it. Does anyone know how to make the spots less noticeable and blend with my skin better.? Any products that help would be REALLY helpful. Thank you ☺

    • ANSWER:
      I have KP too... it IS the hair follicles, but not ingrown hairs, it's just that the skin cells from the follicles for some reason doesn;t shed in the normal way. The only think you can do is use a loofah or exfoliating sponge on the areas.... using products is expensive and a waste... all you need to do is get rid of the dead skin that is accumulating around the hair follicles, and then use just an ordinary light body lotion.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some Over the Counter treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    From doing some research, and looking at pictures, I believe I have keratosis pilaris (on my thighs). What are some over the counter treatments that work well to cure keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:
      Because it is hereditary, there is no way to cure or prevent keratosis pilaris. However, it may lessen over time with age.

      In some patients, the condition clears up on its own. When it does not, patients may choose to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons. There are several treatments aimed at softening the keratin deposits in the skin to improve its appearance. They include:

      Moisturizing lotions. Dry skin makes the condition worse, so applying moisturizer twice daily is important. Lotions that contain urea help the skin retain moisture and products that contain lactic acid or salicylic acid help to dissolve and exfoliate the keratin. Moisturizer should be applied immediately after bathing.

      Loofah sponges or brushes. Rubbing the affected areas after a long soak in a hot bath may help to unclog the plugged hair follicles.

      Topical retinoids. Class of chemical compounds that are chemically related to vitamin A. These drugs regulate skin growth but can be very irritating.

      These are just a couple of the available treatment for keratosis pilaris. Take a look at this site for some additional information that I think you'll find helpful : ) It's great that you're educating yourself!

      http://skin.health.ivillage.com/acneblemish/keratosispilaris.cfm

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris?
    Ok so I've had keratosis pilaris for practically all of my life. Its been bugging me ever since. So today I went to the doctor and they said I indeed have keratosis pilaris, and gave me a prescription to buy this special lotion. I don't know how else can I resolve this quicker and make the bumps go away and feel smooth.

    • ANSWER:
      keratosis pilaris isn't curable, but this will diminish it's visibility..

      There is this new popular cream that people have been talking about.

      It was even televised on TV.

      It prevents future and existing acne, diminishes scars, and lightens skin and blemishes. Fast results too! (It's been claimed that major results can be seen within a week and no later than two weeks)

      Before and After photos are available at the given ebay site.

      This person is providing 1-3 week trial samples (Only for ONE DOLLAR.. definitely a deal) on ebay at:

      Search up "Cee En's Acne Solution" or "best acne solution ever" on ebay.

      First 100 customers can get the item for for one week trial and up to 3 weeks. Or you can purchase 1 month supply for or 6 month supply for 0

      It's expensive, but the product DOES work.

      My sister and cousin who both have major acne have tried the product and they both give it thumbs up. I have also heard many great feedbacks about this cream.

      I don't have a problem with acne, but it seems to have great results on my sister who has moderate to severe acne. Her acne swelling went away overnight.

      check the seller's feedbacks on the cream

      I hope this helps. =)

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it a good idea to use hair removal creams such as Veet or Revitol, on areas affected with keratosis pilaris?
    I found this idea on a keratosis pilaris message board:

    ttp://www.keratosispilaris.org/general-discussion/6182-maybe-answer-hair-removal-products.html

    So, anyone here think it would it work?

    • ANSWER:
      I would check with my doctor. You dont' want to make the problem worse.

      GL

  6. QUESTION:
    How can i make my keratosis pilaris go away?
    I'm 14 and have keratosis pilaris on my arms, chest, back, stomach, legs and really bad on my thighs and butt. What are the best non prescription things that you found to work for you. And i already know that there is not permanent cure and it's hereditary and only cosmetic but what are ways that you know work for you and are relatively easy?

    • ANSWER:
      Aveeno lotions help me out a lot. I have like the whole line of products and they have helped me keep it under control for the most part.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to cover keratosis pilaris on arms with makeup for a day?
    My girlfriend wants to wear a sundress for a photo shoot but she has keratosis pilaris on her arms...google it if you don't know what it is and would like to know.

    She is mostly concerned with the redness.
    She already uses lotions etc. Doesn't help.

    Is there like a body makeup she can cover it with that will last ?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Dermablend Leg Cover... You can use it on arms as well.

      I have found 'Sheer Color'. It is the best for covering redness and leaving skin looking natural. I think it is only available through mail order. It was developed by dermatologists to hide redness, scars, and birth marks. It comes with a concealer. The makeup itself is mineral and gives good coverage, but it is light and natural.

      If her arms flare up, I have found a product that contains Extra Virgin Coconut Oil helps calm the redness down.

      You can also trry Pulse Dye Laser treatment. It is a little radical but it is long-lasting and helpful.

      Palladio is NOTHING compared to bareminerals from bare escentuals. The only thing I have to say is that they have poor costumer service and organization. The makeup will cover redness in a very natural way. It will look like you have no makeup on.

      One month ago I started using the Herbal wet & dry foundation and it is great. They are not very expensive, either. Well, on Amazon.com it is dollars but I found it in Puerto Rico at . :D

      I use eucerin 10% Urea lotion on my skin twice a day.

      I also use Everyday Minerals makeup. They have a mint concealer that is great for covering redness. Also another concealer is Bisque; it is quite pink in color but it somehow manages to cover redness very well. These are used under mineral foundation. You can get free samples, although you have to pay a bit for the postage.

      I am ignorant about UO, but this makeup is great for my skin! I bought it from the Sally Beauty Shop in the U.S. I think the mildness by being talc and rice may have something to do with it and I have found that titanium dioxide makes all my KP worse, whether on my face or arms (sunscreen) or what. It even has chamomile which I suspect is an allergen for me but maybe it's so little or it's tempered by other ingredients. I have even used it on my arms and legs when needed. O:)

      Try Roc Skin Foundation.

  8. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help my skin condition, keratosis pilaris?
    I have a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. I was born with it and I get little white bumps on my arms and legs. It looks like pimples/acne but it's not. I have tried every lotion and scrub, but nothing has worked. Does anyone have this skin condition who has had success in reducing the bumpy appearance?

    Also, because I have been picking at the bumps for years, I've gotten scars. Is there a good cream or lotion to make the scars fade away?

    • ANSWER:
      If you keep on scrubbing and loading on products with tons of chemicals it is only going to make your skin get more irritated. If I were you I would such to all organic products. Coconut and emu oil are wonderful for skin. Raw organic shea butter is wonderful also.

      Try going to a health store or look online..I get everything from rose mountain.

      There are many organic oils out there that help reduce inflammation, reddness, scars, etc.

  9. QUESTION:
    Hi i have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris Is there any treatment for it?
    What is keratosis pilaris and how do you get it?

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis it is a genetic folicular condition which can be treated with the help of Forever Living Products. I know some one who has used these products successfully

      http://www.freewebs.com/aloe2you/

  10. QUESTION:
    What is a tried and true method for eliminating the redness caused by Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'm currently using other products that have reduced the roughness, and I am able to achieve smooth skin on some days, however, I am unable to achieve my normal skin tone. What can I do for the itching part of it, and the irritation that Keratosis Pilaris causes?

    • ANSWER:
      There is not much that can be done to reduce the redness permantely. However, Pulse dye laser treatment: may reduce the redness temporarily.

      These treatment have become more advanced within the past 40 years in the treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions, and the removal of tattoos, scars and wrinkles. You should ask your Dermatologist for information on pricing.

      Hope this answers your question!

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    Hey everyone. I have keratosis pilaris on the backs of my arms and right above my knees. I was just wondering if anyone had ever had them and actually had something done to cure them or to help them. I'm really self conscious of them so that's the worst part. I'm embarassed to wear shorts that show them and they just make me feel uncomfortable. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks! :)

    *I am a teenager*

    • ANSWER:
      I'm also a teenager who has keratosis pilaris. I haven't actually tried it, but I've heard a lot about a line of products by Derma Doctor called KP Duty. They make a lotion and an exfoliating scrub, which have both received consistent 5-star reviews on many websites. Many people say using a loofah everyday will help, but that hasn't worked for me. Hope I helped!

      (here is a link to KP Duty)
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some otc body products that reduce redness and inflammation?
    I have Eczema around my knees and elbows, Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and legs, and Psoriasis on my scalp. My skin is soooo red, what could help me?

    My dermatologist gave me a steroid ointment, but it doesn't work very well and it's not healthy, so I'm looking for an alternative.

    Any help is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy Glytone products in Australia?
    I need the KP set for my keratosis pilaris and don't know if I can find this product in regular pharmacies. I would prefer to buy from a pharmacy and not online.

    • ANSWER:
      ;When I went to Australia I got them from a shop in Melbourne called Katies. I think that is a chain and they have a shop in other cities as well. Ask someone for that.

  14. QUESTION:
    What can I get at a normal store to get rid of the red bumps on the backs of my forearms and thighs?
    I know it is probably something called keratosis pilaris that doesn't have a "cure". Can somebody give me products that would help that I can buy at a store?

    • ANSWER:
      honestly, don't spend a lot of money on fancy things for it. Buy an exfoliating soap with the little beads in it, and a hand exfoliating scrubber, and EXFOLIATE. Do this everyday in the shower and put little but of lotion after. You should see results within 3-4 weeks! good luck xox <3

  15. QUESTION:
    I have keratosis pilaris what can i use to help tame it?
    I have keratosis pilaris also known as chicken skin on my arms and other parts of my body but its one my thighs where its the worst I live in london and I was just wondering if there are any products that can help to make the condition less visible as I have been told there in no treatment that can get rid of the skin condition. Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      Exfoliation is the key to getting rid of keratosis pilaris.

      Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion with 10% glycolic acid
      Glytone Body Lotion with 17.5% glycolic acid
      Any of Paula's Choice exfoliant will work

      Avoid heavy moisturizer, because they can exacerbate the condition.

      Cheers!

  16. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my Keratosis pilaris?!?
    I'm 16 & i have Keratosis pilaris, I really hate it because im embarrassed to show my arms. Is there any creams or anything that will help me get rid of it or at least make it less noticeable?

    • ANSWER:
      I too, have KP, and you are totally right--it is embarrassing. Take heart, however, because something like 50% of us have it. Here are some treatment hints:

      --lotion may help improve the symptoms, because dry weather worsens them
      --DO NOT use OTC acne meds. KP is not acne, and the ingredients in these creams, etc. will only irritate and dry out your skin, making it even worse.
      --DO NOT pick at them! You'll be left with terrible scars.
      --if you go to the dermatologist, you'll probably be given a peel. This will help improve the condition temporarily, but since it's a chronic condition it won't be a cure. You can also buy products to help "stimulate turnover." The problem is that most of them are pretty expensive.

      I ended up doing a bunch of research and developed a product that has worked really well for me. You have to use it twice a day, but I've found an 85-90% improvement (and it started to work almost immediately). You can buy it here:
      http://www.etsy.com/listing/66157122/miracle-serum-20-oz
      I bottle should last you a few months, if you are using the right amounts.

      You can also try some of the products listed here:
      http://www.helpforkp.com/keratosis_pilaris_treatment_index.html
      but since I've not tried any of them, I can't vouch for them. Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    Help! I have Keratosis Pilaris (the small "goosebumps") on my lower butt. What is a preferably quick, at home remedy to get rid of this? Also, how often should I wash my jeans to keep this from happening?

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. I had Keratosis Pilaris too and always wore long sleeves to hide it even when it was really hot. I started using Paula's Choice 2% BHA and it cleared up completely within a few weeks. I don't know if it works for everyone, but it seems to work for a lot of people. I've told several people about it and it has worked for everyone I've told. KP is a fairly common thing.

      I started with their liquid formula but I also have used their 2% BHA body lotion. I recommend the liquid to start. You can find out a lot more about KP and the various treatments and products here: http://cosmeticscop.paulaschoice.com/keratosis-pilaris-solutions.aspx

      Good Luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    What laundry soap should I use for my daughter with KP?
    My daughter was just diagnosed with keratosis pilaris and the only soap I could ever use on her was Purex baby, well they don't sell it anymore where I live. Anyone have any suggestions. ALso if anyone has any tips on what other products to use for my duaghter KP. anything will help thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Do Purex Free and Clear--it's better than baby even because it has no perfume added, either. If they don't have it, either go with Tide Free and Clear or All Free. You want something with no dyes or perfumes.

  19. QUESTION:
    My 9 year old daughter has keratosis pilaris. What would be the best treatment?
    My daughter is 9 years old and has keratosis pilaris on her upper arms and small amount on her face. She already complained that kids in the school noticed her condition. I went online and checked few websites but I couldn't find how exactly to treat it and what products are efective. Could anybody give us good advice? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Take her to a dermatologist. Over the counter products are unreliable and you risk irritating her skin. A doctor can recommend further treatment and probably a prescription skin cream for her face and arms.

  20. QUESTION:
    I have Keratosis Pilaris, (chicken skin), which is dry bumpy skin on the upper arms, can anyone help?
    For as long as i can remember, I have had dry, bumpy skin on my upper arms and thighs, I have found out this is called Keratosis Pilaris. Its ment to be really common, with around 50% of people effected by this 'chicken skin' as it is commonly known as. Does anyone have any tips on how to deal with it, or at least make it a lot less noticeable. I would love to be able to wear a tank top!

    • ANSWER:
      You also will need to gently exfoliate those areas regularly (daily?) with this condition. A strong wash cloth and some elbow grease will do it. Make sure you don't use something too rough or harsh as that will tear the top "tissue paper" layer of skin you have and will cause irritation, which will just make your problem worse. Go easy, and do it regularly.

      Then use something to soften the skin and seal in its natural moisture. I see a post suggesting flax seed oil, which is a nice, natural product that surely would do the trick. An oil really cannot "moisturize," but it can lock in any moisture in your skin, so it doesn't dry out so quickly. Dryness could be part of your problem. Flax seed oil may also provide some oil-soluable vitamins that will help.

      I also have a shower filter for chlorine, which I think is an big irritant to many people. I pretty much eliminated my dry and irritated skin problems with the chlorine filter. If you can't install one, try getting one of those counter-top pitchers that filter the water, and use it as a final rise after your bath or show, to see if that also helps. If it's too cold to pour that pitcher on you, use a fresh wash cloth and pour the filtered water on that, then run it over your upper arms. Then pat dry, and seal in the chlorine free moisture on your skin's surface with the flax seed oil. I bet following this regiman will clear you up completely. If you still have some lingering issues with the KP, then after the rinse, add a toner with AlphaHydroxy Acids in it. Let it soak in/dry, and then put on the flax seed oil. You will have the most gorgeous upper arms ever. Girl, get your summer clothes READY!!

      PS I also noticed my complexion was less irritated and dry and felt less "tight" on my cheeks in winter when I managed my skin's exposure to chlorine.

  21. QUESTION:
    How Can I get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I'm 14 and I have Keratosis Pilaris (Kp) everywhere. Kp is a common genetic skin condition where you get little bumps on your skin. But mine is on my arms, forearms, thighs, face, neck, chest, stomach, and on my shoulder blades. It wont go away. I used Amlactin (lotion) tried everything! Not to be all into myself or anything, but I am an attractive person, but I cant let girls touch me becuz of my rough skin. Its ruining EVERYTHING! How can I treat this thing, plz help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have KP on my arms and legs and I just recently bought KP Elements exfoliating lotion... My arms are so smooth and it even reduces the redness too. Even after the first application, I noticed a big difference. It's about for a small jar of it but it's definitely worth the money. I am very grateful they made this product!

  22. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get rid of my scars and smoothen my skin?
    I've dealt with very severe horrible acne and I'm only fifteen. At first I thought it was keratosis pilaris since there small and spread evenly throughout. There actually small scars/keloids so they're too small to be injected. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them or smooth them out?

    • ANSWER:
      As you know, I answered your previous similar question with the suggestion that the best result is likely to come with a 50/50 mix of DMSO and potassium iodine rubbed into the keloid at least twice a day in combination with taking several digestive enzyme capsules two to three times daily on an empty stomach.

      For more information on beating continuing acne, see;

      http://www.tbyil.com/Acne.htm

      Other suggestions for getting rid of scars and smoothing the skin are:

      Vitamin K. Apply Vitamin K cream topically to scars (this vitamin is not normally taken orally except through a physician). Depending on the severity of your scars, skin type and activity levels, you will see results in as little as 8-14 days to 6-8 weeks when used twice daily. Major food sources for Vitamin K include green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, green cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens, broccoli, tomatoes, liver and lean meats and dairy products.

      Lavender Essential Oil. Putting Lavender Essential Oil directly on scars will help them fade. Newer injuries will also heal faster with the application of this oil.

      Coffee bean grounds, regular hand lotion. Grind coffee into a powder substance and mix it with any regular hand lotion. Rub into scars for about 60 seconds and wipe off the coffee grounds with a warm moist towel. Do this about twice a day if possible. You should see noticeable results in about two weeks.

      Flaxseed oil is a great way to fade scars . You can buy it at any health food store. Also great for new scars, helps to heal them faster and the scar will not be as noticeable. Rub the flaxseed oil on old scars after you shower and once more before going to bed. On new scars, rub in a few times a day.

      Virgin, unrefined hempseed oil. Use once or twice a day and you should see improvement and fading within a few weeks.

      Olive Oil. Apply Olive oil (100% extra virgin) to scars at least twice a day. Within a week you should start to see scars starting to fade.

      Vitamin E. Buy vitamin E in gel caps and take a needle and poke a hole in a few of them. Squeeze the liquid out and rub it on your scars.

  23. QUESTION:
    I have dry/sensitive skin. Which make-up brands are good for this type of skin in a hot and humid environment?
    My skin gets very dry in winter and I have a slight case of keratosis pilaris.
    I plan on moving to a humid and hot environment for college and I am trying to find beauty products (moisturizers, cleansers, foundations, powders, etc.) that hold up particularly well in hot/humid conditions and on sensitive skin.

    Thanks!
    Also, I need a recommendation for a product that minimizes the appearance of broken capillaries for the face.

    • ANSWER:
      Clinique or almay are good for sensitive skin

  24. QUESTION:
    Help!?! How to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris? And Blackheads?
    i have these red spots on my arms which i think are keratosis pilaris and also some of them have white heads. i want to get rid of them before my birthday in may and was wondering if anyone has any ideas. I am only 14 so i would like to get rid of these soon.

    I also have blackheads on my t-zone,, i've tried steaming, facials, home remedies and home made blackhead strip thingys.... any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello!
      I have to say I have tried almost everything to get rid of acne: Creams, strips, cleaning, and all type of home made remedies, and nothing really helped to definitely get read of acne nor blackheads. I have to say that certain things that helped partially:
      -Change your diet and include plenty of nutrition rich foods like fish, diary products, fruits and greens. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 present in the foods helps clear the pores of the skin and remove the secretions and dust thereby allows the skin to breath and glow.
      -The biggest enemy of your face is the oily skin which gives rise to Acne formation. Therefore it should be your endeavor to always keep your face free of oil and secretions

      BUT it was’nt, until a friend of mine told me how she solved her acne problem. At first sight her solution looked like one of this promises books out there about how to solve your acne problem.

      As the method was 100% back guaranteed, I thought I had nothing to lose. What I didn’t know it was how much I had to win with it with the step- by-step solution I got! (They say it is based on a 7 year period of trial and error). Not only did I get rid of blackheads and breakouts, but in 7 weeks I was able to get my acne cured permanently! 1 and half years later my skin has never looked better. For me it was really worth it the try.
      Best of lucks!

  25. QUESTION:
    CHICKEN SKIN aka KERATOSIS PILARIS, how do I get rid of these suckers?
    Does anyone know how to reduce the appearence of chicken skin or also known as keratosis pilaris. I hate having chicken skin, it's so embarassing. I hate showing my arms and legs or any part that has it. ARRRGH! Anyone else have this problem? Please help, I need some magic lotion or something to get rid of them somehow.

    • ANSWER:
      I have it too & it sucks!! I have previously used Am Lactin or Lac Hydrin, Retin-A based creams, and KP duty. The KP duty used to work for me, but doesn't any longer. It might work you you & is available at Sephora.

      Check out http://www.keratosispilaris.org/

      I found this online and am going to give it a try.

      - First I use a thick loofah sponge or buff-puff on the affected areas. I do this daily and I only use Dove Nutrium Body Wash with my sponge. I have tried several moisturizing body washes, and this one has proven to be the best for me. It is a dual formula that contains a gentle cleanser and a moisturizing lotion at the same time. It works great. When using the sponge, scrub as hard as you can on the affected area, and in a circular motion. Exfoliation is very important, especially since the affected areas are so dry. (Note: Dove has also recently come out with a Dove Nutrium Bar! So now I use both, and they are great. They make my skin so soft and silky, and the moisturizers are very good for the keratosis pilaris.)

      - After I exfoliate with this body wash, I then apply an over the counter lotion that has worked wonders for my keratosis pilaris. Neutrogena makes this lotion and it’s called “Multi-Vitamin Acne Treatment”. I know what you are thinking; keratosis pilaris is not acne. No it’s not, but for some reason this stuff works. In my reading and research on the subject, I ran across a treatment that recommended using a moisturizer that contained a small amount of salicylic acid. This product contains both. It is full of vitamins and moisturizers that are great for your skin, and it also contains this salicylic acid. If you apply this lotion right after you have scrubbed with the Dove Nutrium, it will give you results within 2 or 3 days. It did for me!

      - I also apply the Neutrogena Multi Vitamin Acne Treatment at night before going to bed. So I am applying it twice a day, once after showering and exfoliating, and once at bedtime.

      - Adding a humidifier in your bedroom will also help to clear your skin. The moisture will hydrate your dry skin while you sleep at night and help in clearing up the keratosis pilaris.

      - This next “treatment” is one I have found on my own and doctors do not recommend it. I am not telling anyone to do this, I am simply telling you what has worked in clearing up my skin condition. Tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed/salon. I like to tan anyway, so by trial and error I found that it cleared my skin. I started going to a tanning bed 2 or 3 times a week at first, and then dropped down to once a week. Each time I would tan for 12 to 15 minutes. That is not a lot of exposure, and it cleared my skin better than ANYTHING else I have ever done. I still have occasional problems with my arms, but my legs cleared right up and those bumps have never returned to this day, and I have not tanned in over 6 months. So I am very pleased with these results.

      Again, I am not recommending or condoning tanning or sunbathing, but I am telling you that it has helped to clear up my terrible case of Keratosis Pilaris.

      Doing these things consistently has helped me tremendously, but if you miss a day, you pay! Consistency is the key.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of facial and arm redness?
    I have redness on my cheeks and redness on the upper part of my arms. It's not any type of skin condition on my face. I've been checked by a dermatologist. It just looks like somebody slapped me across the face but the redness never goes away. On my arms, some people have said it may be Keratosis Pilaris. I'm very pale and this redness really stands out. Any way to get rid of it or at least make it less noticeable? Thanks!
    I'm a girl if that helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe try a skin bleaching agent. Not something real strong though. I know theirs products on the market that help even out skin tone or reduce facial reddening. You'll just have to look around. They come in the forms of lotions, creams, ect. Aveeno has such products. I use their face moisturizer with spf and their body one also. I haven't tried the ones for skin reddening or the ones that even out skin tone, but I am sure they are worth a try. Heres a link to the products. http://www.aveeno.com/segmentAction.do?segid=1002&catid=1000

      If this dont help then maybe with the help of a laser or Microdermabrasion. I have heard it can help lighten skin, like freckles, and obviously a laser is stronger and can remove things like moles, but if its just redness, then microdermabrasion if all else fails.

      In the mean time you can always do what they show on tv (think bare minerals) and cover with powders on your face. As for your arms wear longer sleeves? I'm not sure if a skin bronzer lotion would help any,,,but try to keep these areas safe from the sun with spf as you may have sensative skin in these areas.

      I too am quit pale. Blonde hair, blue eyes, freckles. I am less red with sunblock. Also, just wearing makeup helps,,,,i never darkened my skin since i like light skin. Also, i want to protect it from wrinkles and think it would look silly and fake on my complexion. I like you probably suffer the same kind of issue. I look red in these areas more than others. I just bare with it since i'm sure its common in pale skin types.

  27. QUESTION:
    I need help choosing the best skin care products, please?
    I've been needing to look for a body moisturizer, face wash, toner, skin exfoliate and acne products to care for my chest and back (I have Keratosis Pilaris on those areas) and face. So I'm wanting to know your recommendations (preferably products available at Wal-Mart and such). So what products have worked best for you? And any other recommendations just to keep my skin on those areas clear and smooth is appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.stives.com/

  28. QUESTION:
    How to remove bumps on my skin? Is it chicken skin?
    I have little bumps ALL over my skin on my arms (Starting from my wrists to my shoulders), legs (starting from my ankles to my upper thighs) & a little on my cheeks. Some are the same color as my skin and are unnoticeable unless you look close, but most of them are red and they are VERY noticeable. I looked around the web and the result "Chicken Skin" keeps coming up. Keratosis Pilaris is the correct term. How can i get rid of them? Or at least tame it so they arent as noticeable. Is there any products i can buy at Target or something to help? Maybe you have this issue too? Let me know! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing that works for me (my back and shoulders) is a tube of acne cream that contains 5% or 10% of Benzoyl Peroxide. However, since it sounds like its a very large part of your body you might need more then 1 tube a month (cost about ).
      Try getting products that are for acne - like OXY or Clearsill soaps and washes ( I personally reccomend Neutrogene's acne prone skin solid bar- the orange/white box).

  29. QUESTION:
    why did my keratosis pilaris turn purple?
    i have keratosis pilaris all over my arms and tummy area and it got really really bad and red because of the cold winter. that convinced my mum to take me to see a pharmacist and the pharmacist gave me some calamine lotion. i've been applying it and applying moisturizer (it really really hurts when i apply them), it really helps calm the itch and i scratch less but now my whole arm is purplish and so is the skin at my tummy area. is this good or bad?

    • ANSWER:
      had bad case of KP on my arms for years...went to doc, dermo. and tried many things..nothing worked and then I found something that cleared it up and made my arms feel like silk. Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 moisturizer (NOT the one w/ spf) It's in the wrinkle cream section and -22... try it for 3 days and maybe you'll have same success w/ it..GREAT product to clear up KP

  30. QUESTION:
    Is there any facial mask i can make at home easily?
    I have keratosis pilaris alba, which is rough bumpy skin, is there a facial mask i can make that will make it go away? I don't have coconut, orange juice, lemons, papaya, honey, tea, none of that stuff. Is there any facial mask that doesn't take that stuff that i can make myself?

    • ANSWER:
      I've been doing some research and I don't believe that there is a home remedy that will give you the results you're looking for. You may need medical treatment if you want it to fully go away. The simplest thing I found that meets your request was to just exfoliate you skin gently. Though if you want treatment with results, you might have to see your doctor. My sister has those bumps on her arms, so my mom took her to Sephora and bought her certain products to help it. Though she spent like 0 on everything, and my sister has those bumps still. In my opinon, I think they just tell you that it'll go away to make a quick buck. My sister just deals with it now.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does KP Duty for Keratosis Pilaris really work?
    I have had Keratosis Pilaris ever since I can remember. And I really can not stand it. It makes me feel so ugly, very self conscious and I absolutely hate my arms. I know that there is no proven way to cure it 100%. But I have heard and read great things about KP Duty. Does anyone know if it works pretty well, or if anything else works for this? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it works because of glycolic acid.

      I have to say it is expensive for 4 ounces.

      You can get similar product for cheaper: Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion with 10% glycolic acid.

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of these "permanent goosebumps"?
    I have these "permanent goosebumps" along my outer, upper arms and thighs. It's this skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris. I'll probably contact my dermatologist because I've had this forever and it's totally unattractive, but I was wondering if there was a way to treat it right at home?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same exact thing, and yeah it's incredibly hard to get rid of and all my dermatologist subscribed random oily lotions, but at Sephora they have this lotion called DermaDocter: KP Duty and it's actually for keratosis pilaris. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P73509
      they do go away a little as u get older but yeah they are annoying.

  33. QUESTION:
    What to do about keratosis pilaris?
    I have keratosis pilaris and it annoys me so much! What can I do about it? I've heard about something called Carmol 20? and I think I've tried Carmol 40 which is only available by prescription but it didn't work. Maybe there are some home remedies or just some tips? Please help. I know a lot of girls my age (13) have them too but I cannot stand it. Thanx :)

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. I had Keratosis Pilaris too and always wore long sleeves even when it was really hot. I started using Paula's Choice 2% BHA and it cleared up completely within a few weeks. I don't know if it works for everyone, but it seems to work for a lot of people. I've told several people about it and it has worked for everyone I've told. It is a fairly common thing.

      I started with their liquid formula but I also have used their 2% BHA body lotion. I recommend the liquid to start. You can find out a lot more about KP and the various treatments and products here: http://cosmeticscop.paulaschoice.com/keratosis-pilaris-solutions.aspx

      Good Luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    Will laser hair removal help lighten dark spots from hair follicles?
    There are really dark spots on my legs, lower back, tummy, and butt where thicker hairs grow. The spots are still there even after I shave. The dark spots become really rough and bumpy if I don't exfoliate properly (I think it's called keratosis pilaris?). I want to get laser hair removal. Will this also lighten the dark spots, or will it only remove the hair? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it will only remove the hair because keratosis pilaris is inflamation of the hair follicles (wounds).

      The best why to treat KP is to use the same products for acne.

  35. QUESTION:
    Where can I find this neutrogena product?
    I went to Walgreens just now and I was looking for Neutrogena multi-vitamin acne treatment. And they didn't have it. I don't have acne but I heard that it helps keratosis pilaris, which I do have. Where could I find it?

    • ANSWER:
      they have a lot of those products at target

  36. QUESTION:
    What lotions work best to treat keratosis pilaris?
    I've heard Lac Hydrin Five works well, but I wanted to know my other options. Has anyone had any good results using a particular product?

    • ANSWER:
      Well Keratosis pilaris will never go away. Its a chronic condition. Using Lac-Hydrin is the best cream to help the appearance. Basically smooths out the skin. i don't know of a better treatment.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is a good remedy for keratosis pilaris?
    What products and methods do you use to decrease the visibility of those little red arm bumps?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep the area well aerated and any aby powder would do nicely.

  38. QUESTION:
    what kind of tanner would be good to use?
    I have deep red hair (dyed) and brownish-hazel eyes, and my skin is very fair with pink undertones. I also have keratosis pilaris, and i was wondering what kind of self tanner would be best? Especially to hide the bumps on my arms and legs? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      anything nutrogena.... there products are the only line that i back up completely.

  39. QUESTION:
    What type of makeup is best for my skin?
    i have extremely dry skin, and i have keratosis pilaris which is just red bumpy skin. also, i have hazel eyes, which change colors like alot xD any suggestions for eye makeup? i need a really good foundation or concealer that hides my redness and ive tried SO many things and nothing helps :/ thanks for answering! (:

    • ANSWER:
      To help with the dryness and provide coverage for the redness, I recommend:

      Primer:

      http://www.walgreens.com/store/catalog/Foundation/Studio-Secrets-Anti-Redness-Primer-Secret-No.-2/ID=prod6016831-product

      Foundation (creams are the most hydrating):

      http://www.walgreens.com/store/store/product/product_details.jsp?skuId=sku4063997&id=prod370795

      Concealer:

      http://www.walgreens.com/store/store/product/product_details.jsp?skuId=sku6014581&id=prod12866

      Finishing powder:

      http://www.walgreens.com/store/catalog/Powder/Airspun-Fragrance-Free-Face-Powder/ID=prod3315368-product

      For extra coverage, I'd use a tinted moisturizer before the primer. Cover Girls CG smoothers moisturizer is a great one. Good luck. :)

      edit: and here's a shadow trio for hazel eyes. They also have mascara and liner for hazel eyes in the same collection. Don't forget to use a shadow primer as well, like L'Oreal de-crease.

      http://www.walgreens.com/store/store/product/product_details.jsp?skuId=sku6016426&id=prod6017427&color=Trio%20for%20Hazels

  40. QUESTION:
    Dermatology Help (Keratosis Pilaris?)- How to improve?
    My upper arms and thighs are covered in tiny dots which looks like a rash. It isn't itchy and I've had it for more than 10 years. My cousins have had it too. Right now, it is less spread out than when I initially got it. I know it is not contagious and that it hasn't spread. A previous dermatologist suggested that it was due to an excess keratin (Keratosis Pilaris). What can I do to stop it?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are looking keratosis pilaris treatment, do bear in mind that this condition does not need to be treated with conventional medication which may bring more harm than good. Start with the basics such as diet and skin care, and this will significantly improve your condition.

      First, include Vitamin E and the essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, omega-6, omega-9 & GLA, in your diet, as these help regulate abnormal proliferation of the outer skin layers. In other words, they help promote a healthy exfoliation process which in turn helps the skin rids the body of toxins. Daily cleansing of the body is how we help the process by washing away the dead skin cells from the body. In some cases, we may need to assist the exfoliation process with the use of exfoliating soaps or cleansers or body loofahs.

      Keratosis pilaris is a condition which indicates lack of moisture and imbalance immune system. You need to bring moisture back to your skin, by increasing water intake as well as moisturizing your skin. In addition, you need to restore balance through nutritions and detoxification to remove the toxins that are affecting your immune health.

      Urea Cream is often recommended for treating Keratosis pilaris. However, before you use urea creams, think about this. Nitrogen, which is a waste product of protein metabolism in humans, is removed from the blood and converted to urea. Urea is transferred into the urine and removed from the body. Medically it is used in creams, supposedly, to restore moisture. There are more natural and healthier alternatives for moisturizing the skin such as Vitamin E oil, borage oil, and a many others; why use a toxic waste byproduct to do the job. In addition, most of the prescribed creams that contain urea might contain other harmful ingredients that's not particularly good for the skin.

      Try these more natural skin care options instead:

      Elicina cream (http://bioskincare.com/keratosis-pilaris.htm)
      Rose Hip oil
      Burt's Bees Exfoliating soap
      Burt's Bees Vitamin E bath oil
      Borage Skin Therapy lotion by Shikai

      Consider a cleansing or detoxification program to rid the toxins from your system. Finally, you will need make sure your environment is allergen free. Apart from food allergens, try to avoid other possible allergens which may aggravate your condition such as chlorine treated water systems, pet dander, molds, dust mites, Amalgam fillings in teeth, fluoride in toothpaste, harsh detergents, and so on.

      In conclusion, it is good news to those affected that keratosis pilaris is harmless and easily treated. With the proper diet and change of lifestyle, you can overcome this condition easily. Go for natural treatment for keratosis pilaris to avoid even more toxins to get into your body system which in turn will worsen the condition. Take care of your diet and lifestyle, you are on your way to healthier skin.

  41. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    I'm looking for easy, over the counter, at home ways. I'm also willing to look into prescriptions but none of the extremely expensive online stuff. What are some good tips/products to use and please no girly stuff like perfume smelling stuff cuz i'm a 14 year old boy. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      you could use a loofa to remove the dead dry skin and find a high end lotion that does not contain any mineral oil. use the loofa everyday and use lotion as ofter as you can (all the time) especially after taking a shower.

  42. QUESTION:
    Would jergens natural glow work on uneven skin tone?
    You see i have Keratosis-Pilaris and i'm 15. I have the red bumps on my arms that are noticeable. Its not too bad but it really bothers me at times! I tried tanning but it irritates my skin but only makes it redder for 3 days and a tan only lasts so long. I need an easy solution, help?

    • ANSWER:
      i think you should use the skin brightener product that will definitely help you.

  43. QUESTION:
    Am I able to buy pure beta hydroxy acid?
    I am interested in making my own body lotions, and BHA helps my Keratosis Pilaris immensely. Is there anyway I can buy pure beta hydroxy acid to mix in?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep, it's called aspirin.

      Aspirin is salylic acid aka BHA (many companies use the different names interchangably to make you think they are different products).

      Check this out, it's for a facial mask, but it might help you too:

      http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Piercing_Aftercare

  44. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    What's a natural remedy that doesn't require lotion or cream etc. I read somewhere someone was talk about apple cider vinaigre but they didn't say how they used it. Anyone have any personal experience with getting rid of KP? I don't want to use any products made for this whatsoever!

    • ANSWER:
      Try squeezing lemon juice and keep it in the frige over night in a bottle with a few garlic cloves mashed/chopped in it.

      Rub it on your area with KP and leave it there to dry as much as possible. Make sure it doesn't go into your eyes or other sensetive places.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else have these weird bumps on their arms?
    I have something called keratosis pilaris and its whn bumps form on ur upper arms, sometimes jaw line, and thighs. I mailny get it on my arms and my jawline, and its even went on my back..are there any skin care products that could help me or should I just go to a dermatoligist?

    • ANSWER:
      yes since they're skin doctors they should be able to assist you

  46. QUESTION:
    What order should I use my Skincare Products?
    I have:
    The Body Shop, Skin Clearing Facial Wash that removes impurities, for clearing looking skin
    The Body Shop, Black Head Exfoliating Wash that exfoliates to help unclog pores for clearer looking skin
    The Body Shop, Tea Tree Face Mask that instantly cools and lifts away impurities
    Clean & Clear, Deep Action Cream Wash that cleans down to the pores for clearer skin
    Garnier, Anti-Blackhead Deep pore wash

    I have normal to combination skin, but I also have Keratosis Pilaris, which is a condition where the body produces excess keratin (A natural protein in the skin). The keratin traps the hair follicles in the pore, which causes hard bumps to form on my arms, chest and face only. I also have cream that I use to treat this.

    I'm aware that some of these products may be used for the same thing, but I would like to know what would be the best products to apply to my skin, how often I should use these products, how long I may leave them on for, what order I should use them in and finally the instructions I should use with them.

    I apologize for the difficulty of my question, but I hope there is a knowledgeable person out there to answer correctly.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The order that you put them in sounds fine :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Natural way of healing KP on my 1 year old?
    My 1 year old daughter has Keratosis Pilaris on her face, arms and thighs. I really would rather not rub chemicals and harsh ointments on her skin. I especially would like to avoid products with a heavy mineral oil base. Does anyone know of a natural gentle product for treating KP? Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Poor kid, I dont know but I wish you luck..

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there a good remedy for keratosis pilaris?
    I have it on my legs, the back of my upper arms, and my rear also. I have had it for a very long time and tried a lot of things but haven't found anything to work!

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris can NEVER be cured unfortunately...
      I have been dealing with this since highschool & for 10 years almost now...
      consuming sugar is known to make it worse..

      the only thing I have found to work is from the website www.dermadoctor.com

      the first product is called DERMAdoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Body Scrub with Chemical + Physical Medi-Exfoliation
      and here is the website direct link...
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/product.asp?p...
      the second one is called derma doctor KP lotion
      and here is the direct link
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/product.asp?p...

      Also.. *Note: If you use any prescription medication (lotions) from your dermatiologist, it will get WORSE before it gets better.. be prepared to experience that..

      If you want my opinion on the prescription lotion (ex: lachydrin, Amlactin, etc... are not succesfful)

      This skin condition sucks. I have tried almost everything out there & this works pretty well I must say! It is made especially for keratosis pilaris! Hope this helps! I know I wanted everything I could when I was first dealing with this!

  49. QUESTION:
    which lotion is best for very dry skin?
    I have very dry skin and i have Keratosis Pilaris. I am currently using Lubriderm and used Cetaphil. Lubriderm improved my skin but I want to know if there is a better product.

    • ANSWER:
      Eucerin.


best products for keratosis pilaris

Seborrheic Keratosis Scalp

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of a skin disorder with two words, last one being Keratosis?
    I can't remember the first word but it looks and feels like small round rough patches on the surface of my skin, worse on my legs, ankles and top of my feet. I also have problems with skin tags on the underside of my upper arms, inside thighs and a few on my back. I am only a few lbs overweight so it's not due to that. My dermatologist told me what it was a couple of years ago and I cannot remember, he's not in practice now. If someone else has this or if you're a derm, I'd love to hear from you.
    I searched and now I'm pretty sure the name of this disorder is Seborrheic Keratosis. Anyone out there know anything about it?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a quick search and found this:
      SEBORRHEIC KERATOSIS
      A seborrheic keratosis is a benign skin growth that is very common among people over 40 years of age. The growths resemble flattened or raised warts, but have no viral origins and may exhibit a variety of colors, from pink or yellow through brown and black. Because only the top layers of the epidermis are involved, seborrheic keratoses are often described as having a "pasted-on" appearance.

      Because the tumors are rarely painful, treatment is not often necessary. There is a small risk of localized infection caused by picking at the lesion. If a growth becomes excessively itchy, or if it is irritated by clothing or jewelry, cryosurgery has been found to be highly effective in their removal. The main danger associated with seborrheic keratoses lies in their resemblance to malignant melanomas, which has sometimes led to a misdiagnosis of the cancerous lesions. If there is any doubt, a skin biopsy will allow a physician to make a correct diagnosis. A mutation of a gene coding for a growth factor receptor (FGFR3), has been found in 40% of seborrheic keratosis.

      I also found SOLAR KERATOSIS
      What is a solar keratosis?

      A solar keratosis is a small, rough, bump which develops on the skin. It is caused by a lot of exposure to the sun over many years. One or more may develop. It is sometimes called an actinic keratosis.

      What does a solar keratosis look like?

      Each one can range from the size of a pinhead to 2-3 cm across. Their colour can be light, dark, pink, red, the same colour as your skin, or a combination of these. The top of each one may have a yellow-white crust. They feel rough and dry, and are slightly raised from the surface of the skin. You can often feel them more easily than see them. Some redness may develop in the surrounding skin.

      Sometimes a finger-like growth of hard skin appears to come out of a solar keratosis (a 'cutaneous horn').

      Several solar keratoses may develop at about the same time, often in the same area of skin. Sometimes several join together and form a large flat-ish rough area of skin.

      Solar keratoses usually develop on areas of skin which have been exposed to the sun a lot. For example, on the face, neck, bald patches on the scalp, and the backs of the hands. They may appear in other areas in people who do a lot of sunbathing.

      There are usually no other symptoms. Rarely, you may get an itchy or pricking sensation from affected areas of skin.

      I hope that these help

  2. QUESTION:
    I have these white bumps on my neck. What are they and what can I do?
    I have these small white bumps just above my adam's apple, just on the front of my neck. They are about the size of a tip of a ball-point pen (and look about like a whitehead) and I can pull them off. Some of them typically come off when I shave because they are on the outer layer of my skin, but they come back. When they come off they can bleed

    • ANSWER:
      They could be something called seborrheic keratosis. Do you have them on your scalp also?

      Or skin tags.

      You may be able to freeze them off.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do you have any secret beauty tips?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day (Great for skin)
      2. Herbs are EXTREMELY good for you, your health, and even your appearance (even though it's not really a secret)
      3. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes if you plan on kissing someone. (Brush after every meal/snack but wait 10 mins. before)
      4. ALWAYS be gentle to your hair, teeth, & skin when your brushing, combing, exfoliating and/or using beauty products.
      5. Body Brushes are great for exfoliating. (Yup, that's right...your whole entire body)
      6. Avocados, beans, nuts, and fruits like oranges and bananas help your skin looking youthful.
      7. Always use sunscreen daily even when there is snow on the ground. (even when your inside of a building in case your near or in front of a door or window that can expose you to the sun.
      8. When it comes to skin & skin care products you want have products that have Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Glycol Acid. Glycolic Acid helps skin conditions like acne (as well as Vitamin A), blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, eczema, age spots, dry skin, pre-cancerous growths, psoriasis, hyperkeratosis, actinic keratosis, and seborrheic keratosis. As vitamin C allows for collagen synthesis and soaks up damaging free radicals, which are essential for healthy skin.
      9. Green tea is healthy for your skin and hair.
      10. Avoid putting hair products directly on your scalp, it'll clog up your pores.
      11. Avoid using styling products with alcohol, because the alcohol dries up your skin.
      12. When using fragrances such as perfumes or colognes only apply little cologne as possible and on the following areas of the body: inner ankles, upper thigh (in between thighs, near groin), behind ears, neck, armpits, and area between biceps and forearms.
      13. Oatmeal is good for your skin, even the Arabians and Egyptians used oatmeal back in like 2000 B.C. and great for rashes, bug bites, and itchy skin.
      14. finally, the best sunscreens have TiO2 or ZnO because they are great for protecting your skin, for example, use can reduce age spots.

  4. QUESTION:
    Dad has chickpea-like growth on scalp, anyone else?
    My dad has had a chickpea-looking like growth on his scalp for about a year and a half.

    Its light yellowish and soft/mushy to the touch.

    I have BEGGED him to go to an oncologist to make sure it isn't some form of cancer but he refuses to make an appointment.

    He has a phobia about doctora taught to him by his parents (my grandparents.)

    They taught him to NEVER go to a doctor because if you ARE sick, you are WEAK and a FREAK OF NATURE.

    Real great parenting, huh? <---sarcasm

    So, since he won't go to a doctor, I asked an oncologist about the growth. As I expected, he said he could NOT rule out cancer unless he examines the actual growth and biopses it.

    I told my dad this, but it didn't make him want to go see an oncologist anymore than my previous warnings did.

    I am VERY worried since mt dad frequently goes out in the sun, which might have been the cause of the growth in the first place, WITHOUT any sunscreen on despite my and my mother's numerous warnings.

    So, has anyone had or know of someone who has had a growth on their scalp resembling a chickpea that is light yelowish and soft/mushy to the touch??

    Thanks to anyone who answers

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds more like a seborrheic keratosis which is common and benign, but obviously we can't tell that from here sight unseen.
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seborrheic-keratosis/DS00846

      Skin cancers are the most common type of cancer, but they are not included in the American Cancer Society statistics since almost all are cured before the person ever sees a cancer specialist.

      You do not want him to see a medical oncologist. I am a medical oncologist. We usually do not do skin biopsies. We rarely see skin cancers even though there are more than one million of these each year in the U.S. These are cured by dermatologists and surgeons - not by chemotherapy specialists.

      A family practice doctor or a dermatologist could biopsy this. Maybe he would see a regular doctor. Absolutely no need to start with a specialist for this.

  5. QUESTION:
    itching body?
    Why do itches in general occur? I am talking about random areas in the body. I always get this problem, it's really annoying. Can stress be related to this in any way?

    • ANSWER:
      You could have sensitive skin and prone to itch from almost anything. You could have tiny out breaks of eczema or allergies. Here is a website below that focuses on skin conditions.

      Diagnosis/Symptoms
      Skin Rashes and Other Changes(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Treatment
      Dermatologic Surgery(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Dermatology Procedures(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Laser Surgery Information(American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
      Prevention/Screening
      Skin Care: Top 5 Habits for Healthy Skin(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Nutrition
      Your Meal Ticket to Healthy Skin(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
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      Disease Management
      About Ichthyosis: Skin Care Tips(Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types)
      Skin Emergencies(National Center for Farmworker Health)
      Also available in Spanish
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      Specific Conditions
      Acanthosis Nigricans(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Boils and Carbuncles(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Bullous Disease(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Common Growths(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Common Rashes: Granuloma Annulare, Lichen Planus, and Pityriasis Rosea(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
      Corns and Calluses(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dandruff(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dermatographia(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dermatomyositis(National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary
      Dry Skin(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Erythema Nodosum(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Granuloma Annulare(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Graves' Dermopathy: What Causes It?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Henoch-Schönlein Purpura(National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse)
      Ichthyosis Vulgaris(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Intertrigo(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Keratosis Pilaris(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Lichen Nitidus(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Lichen Planus(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Lichen Striatus(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Mastocytosis(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
      Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      Neurodermatitis (Lichen Simplex Chronicus)(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Pityriasis Rosea(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Questions and Answers about Epidermolysis Bullosa(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Questions and Answers about Lichen Sclerosus(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Scalp Psoriasis vs. Seborrheic Dermatitis: How Are They Different?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Seborrheic Dermatitis: What It Is and How to Treat It(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Seborrheic Keratoses(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Stevens-Johnson Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Sweet's Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Unexplained Dermopathy (Morgellons)(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      What Is Epidermolysis Bullosa?(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      What Is Lichen Sclerosus?(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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  6. QUESTION:
    15 mo old has a rash that comes and goes throughout the day? Ideas on what it could be?
    For the past 2 days he has had a rash that appears in the afternoon so, by bedtime it is at it's worst, which is just a few patches on his face and sometimes on his arm or leg, too. Then in the morning it is gone. Since it was gone this morning I didn't take him to the dr., but it is back again! Last night we gave him benydryl, which really upset his stomach so, I don't want to do that again. Any ideas about what could be breaking him out?
    By the way, he isn't eating anything new and nothing has changed in the past two days either. We are at home and still using same detergent and whatnot.
    He is actually on an antibiotic for an ear infection so, he doesnt need one! And no, that can't be what is causing it.

    • ANSWER:
      Main > Toddler > Common Problems
      Rashes
      atopic dermatitis (eczema): usually has its onset between two and six months with the development of itchy red areas on the cheeks, forehead, scalp, trunk and on the extensor surfaces of the arms and legs (elbows and knees). The skin may be thickened, shiny and oozing and is usually very dry. Treatment is with daily use of moisturizers and topical steroid creams during breakouts. This is usually a chronic problem that will continue to improve and get worse for many years. See the Eczema Treatment Guide for more information.
      contact dermatitis: many agents can cause rashes in infants from direct irritation of the skin. These can include harsh soaps and detergents, saliva from excessive drooling, and bubble baths. This type of rash usually has mild redness and itchiness and improves with the use of a moisturizer or lubricant to protect the skin. Many agents can also cause an allergic contact dermatitis with a more intense reaction in the skin 7-10 days after being exposed to it. Common things that can cause allergic skin reactions include poison ivy, cosmetics, and metals. The rash usually is very red, itchy, with oozing, crusting and swelling and will improve with a mild potency hydrocortizone cream.
      impetigo: a skin infection caused by a bacteria that begins as a tiny red bump and quickly turns into a honey colored crusted plaque. It is most commonly found around the nose, but can occur on any area of skin that has been damaged. Impetigo is treated with antibiotics. For minor infections a topical antibiotic cream can be used, but more extensive cases will require an oral antibiotic.
      infections: rashes are commonly associated with many different types of viral infections, including roseola (causes high fever for 3-5 days and then once the fever goes away, small red bumps appear on the trunk that spread all over the body), fifth disease (causes red cheeks and then a fine lace-like red or pink rash on the arms), and chickenpox (causes small red bumps that turn into vesicles that crust over). See the Guide to Common Infections for more information on infections that can cause skin rashes.
      keratosis pilaris: causes small pinpoint size red bumps and rough and dry skin on the cheeks and the back of the upper arms and legs. It is a chronic condition that is difficult to treat, but may improve with lubricants or topical keratolytic creams, such as Eucerin Plus or LacHydrin.
      molluscum contagiosum: this is a type of wart caused by a virus. The rash consists of small flesh colored, dome shaped bumps with a crater in the center. They can be grouped on any skin surface, but are usually located on the head, neck and diaper area. Treatment is not required and this type of wart will go away on its own over several months to years. Treatment for more extensive or persistent warts can be treated with cryotherapy. An antiviral cream called Aldara is currently being tested in children to help with this common problem.
      ringworm (tinea corporis): a fungal infection that causes circular or annular shaped, red scaly patches with clear centers. It is usually found on non-hairy areas of the face, trunk, arms and legs and is easily treated with an OTC antifungal cream applied twice a day for two to four weeks.
      seborrheic dermatitis: causes yellow or salmon colored greasy scales and patchy redness on the scalp (cradle cap), face, behind the ears and in skin folds. Most children clear up without treatment in three to four weeks, but more severe or persistent forms can be treated with and anti-seborrheic shampoo with selenium sulfide or a low potency topical steroid cream.
      warts: appear as irregular and rough bumps, most commonly on the arms and legs, but can occur on any skin surface. Warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus, and usually do not cause any symptoms unless they are on the bottom of the feet or around the nails. Warts will go away on their own, but it may take one to two years for the process to be complete. Warts can be treated with cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart and surrounding skin to kill the virus, or by use of topical medicines that contain salicylic acid.


seborrheic keratosis scalp

How Long Does Keratosis Pilaris Last

A sebaceous cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily substance. It most often arises from swollen hair follicles and skin trauma. In most cases, it can be easily diagnosed by just examining your skin. However, a biopsy is advisable in order to rule out potential complications. In reality, sebaceous cysts are not dangerous, and if not severe, you do not need to undergo medical treatment. Usually you do not even particularly have to worry about them. They can clear up on their own. But if they become infected, natural sebaceous cyst treatment(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Sebaceous-Cyst.html) has been statistically shown to be just as effective as traditional medical treatment.Sebaceous cysts are often found on the face, neck, scalp or back. They are usually slow-growing, painless, freely-movable lumps beneath the skin. Are you wondering what causes sebaceous cysts(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Sebaceous-Cyst.html)? Well, our skin has literally millions of sweat glands which become blocked extremely easily, and such blocking can cause these cysts. Occasionally, a cyst will become inflamed. Many cases of sebaceous cysts do not require medical attention; they can disappear on their own or stay the same size without causing other problems. But if the cyst becomes bigger or infected, it is necessary for you to see a doctor.If you have a small inflamed cyst, your doctor may inject it with a steroid medicine that reduces swelling. Removal of the cysts or prescription treatment can also control this condition. If removal is not complete, the cyst may recur. Ugly-looking or infected sebaceous cysts need to be surgically removed or they may become painful abscesses. Surgery ensures that no re-occurrence takes place. There is another method which involves a smaller incision into the sac, manual expression of the sebum, and removal of the empty sac using forceps and scissors. In this way, however, people have a higher risk of inflammation.Never touch it!Although a sebaceous cyst is not a kind of serious disease, it can get infected easily. Never touch it or squeeze it to remove the inside substance, or you may cause swelling, pain, or infection. Once it the cyst becomes infected, treatment is imperative. An infection of a sebaceous cyst shows itself in various ways, including redness, tenderness, increased temperature of the skin over the bumps or lumps, as well as a grayish-white, cheesy, foul-smelling material draining from the bump or lump.This natural sebaceous cyst treatment(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Sebaceous-Cyst.html) is targeted at building the body's natural clearance and preventative processes which work against sebaceous cysts. The natural treatment targeting sebaceous cysts includes all essential natural ingredients, for example, vitamin A, which is essential for new skin and wound healing, and garlic, which is used to enhance immunity to bacterial infections. Other ingredients, such as cloxacillin and erythromycin, are also included.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to cover keratosis pilaris on arms with makeup for a day?
    My girlfriend wants to wear a sundress for a photo shoot but she has keratosis pilaris on her arms...google it if you don't know what it is and would like to know.

    She is mostly concerned with the redness.
    She already uses lotions etc. Doesn't help.

    Is there like a body makeup she can cover it with that will last ?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Dermablend Leg Cover... You can use it on arms as well.

      I have found 'Sheer Color'. It is the best for covering redness and leaving skin looking natural. I think it is only available through mail order. It was developed by dermatologists to hide redness, scars, and birth marks. It comes with a concealer. The makeup itself is mineral and gives good coverage, but it is light and natural.

      If her arms flare up, I have found a product that contains Extra Virgin Coconut Oil helps calm the redness down.

      You can also trry Pulse Dye Laser treatment. It is a little radical but it is long-lasting and helpful.

      Palladio is NOTHING compared to bareminerals from bare escentuals. The only thing I have to say is that they have poor costumer service and organization. The makeup will cover redness in a very natural way. It will look like you have no makeup on.

      One month ago I started using the Herbal wet & dry foundation and it is great. They are not very expensive, either. Well, on Amazon.com it is dollars but I found it in Puerto Rico at . :D

      I use eucerin 10% Urea lotion on my skin twice a day.

      I also use Everyday Minerals makeup. They have a mint concealer that is great for covering redness. Also another concealer is Bisque; it is quite pink in color but it somehow manages to cover redness very well. These are used under mineral foundation. You can get free samples, although you have to pay a bit for the postage.

      I am ignorant about UO, but this makeup is great for my skin! I bought it from the Sally Beauty Shop in the U.S. I think the mildness by being talc and rice may have something to do with it and I have found that titanium dioxide makes all my KP worse, whether on my face or arms (sunscreen) or what. It even has chamomile which I suspect is an allergen for me but maybe it's so little or it's tempered by other ingredients. I have even used it on my arms and legs when needed. O:)

      Try Roc Skin Foundation.

  2. QUESTION:
    Good liquid foundations and concealers to cover extreme redness?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my skin and that makes my cheeks really bumpy and red. I have lotion for the bumpiness but i dosent help with the redness and i need to find a good full coverage concealer and foundation that doesnt look cakey, lasts a long time, and looks natural. By natural i mean that if you look at someone they cant tell that you have concealer and foundation on. Do you know any brands or concealers that live up to these expecations? Please and thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      use a green tinted primer. I think Elf just came out with a green primer, but if your willing to spend on something, get the smash box primer with a good tint. I have pretty bad redness like you but i am just naturally red skinned. I use revlon colorstay foundation. It has really good coverage, but not too much. enough to cover the blemishes. I put a dime sized amount on the back of my hand and i buff it into my skin using the sigma round top kabuki brush. then i use my fingers to really ensure that its blended in. I find that when i use my fingers i get alot more of a natural appearance. then i use my make up for ever concealer palette in light (it comes with a green concealer that is very pigmented and useful for spot redness) and i use that to conceal any blemishes. i use the maybelline fit me concealer in light for under my eyes! hope i helped :)

  3. QUESTION:
    When do chemical peels start to work?
    I have really bad Keratosis pilaris all over my arms and forearms and i started using a chemical peel on friday, but my arms have not started to peel yet. When do my arms start to peel and how long after the acid peel does it start to work? I used another peel on my arms yesterday, so i am still waiting for it to work. Oh and its a 20% salicylic acid peel.
    what can i use then that is stronger?

    • ANSWER:
      With the salicylic acid peel it's mostly a lunch time peel. It's not strong at all. It doesn't peel a lot. May cause some irritation if you do not use sunscreen daily. This acid can be used twice a week. So you may be able to see some results in a day or two, or after two treatments. I use the TCA peel from makeupartistchoice.com (check it out). At first I brought the 8% and did a 2-layer peel. It showed some results but I wanted something stronger. That wasn't strong enough for me.Being i have acne scars. But it's advised to start with a 8% which is the lowest. that was a month ago, and I graduated to the 12%. I just did this last night so I'm waiting to see the results. will post on myspace with pictures soon. Look up TCA peels if you want to look for peel videos. hope this helps!

  4. QUESTION:
    Would accutane help get rid of folliculitus and keratosis pilaris?
    Not only do I have mild to moderate acne on my back, face, and upper arms, but I also have folliculitus on my legs and keratosis pilaris on my uper arms. Would accutane help all my skin conditions?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that you may have a condition called Hidradenitis Supprativa.of re-occurring boils/ cysts/abscesses , that are often misdiagnosed as ingrown hairs, herpes, being unclean or over wieght and folliculitis. This is a newly diagnosed skin condition , but there is a lot of info out there.
      Here is a link :
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidradeniti...

      or the HS_USA page is ..
      http://www.hs-usa.org/hidradenitis_suppu...

      If this sounds like it might be you, READ it, PRINT it out, and TAKE it to your DOC.
      Its better to try to start treatment soon, it can spread over the body if left untreated. These boils can become quite large and painful. Sometimes even lasting for weeks or months , do not attempt to POP them they can then tunnel under your skin and spread all over the body. Most common areas are armpits, groin, binkni line, inner legs, and intimate places and basically anywhere that sweats and rub against clothing. Stress is a big inducer.

      There is a support group at MSN

      http://groups.msn.com/HidradenitisSuppor...

      This is also a link to a PDF of a study in Germany about HS and if it is genetic... I thought it was intresting :

      http://www.hs-foundation.org/pdf/2000_Cl...

      and a yahoo one, and I am open for questions!
      I have had this for 8 years, I was misdiagnosed for a LONG time, It was very embarrassing, painful and scary. I am just trying to help out so you don’t have to wait as long as I did.

      Currently I have 5 , 2 next to each other on my right inner groin. 2 in my upper HAIR area, and 1 med sized on my butt on the panty line, and they do come every week or so. I find that certian foods, not having a regular showering regimen, wearing clothing that irratiates the area.. and STRESS usually are a precusor to getting one.

      I also prefer to use NEXCARE bandages.. there are 2 kinds I like for comfort and stay put reasons..
      the first is like a clear bandaid.... soft on the edges with a small area of bandage... helps with those buggers when they are on bikni line.. usually stay for me.. or occasionally on my inner thigh for those I like the foamy sponge like ones that are beige in color.. I think they are 3M.

  5. QUESTION:
    Would jergens natural glow work on uneven skin tone?
    You see i have Keratosis-Pilaris and i'm 15. I have the red bumps on my arms that are noticeable. Its not too bad but it really bothers me at times! I tried tanning but it irritates my skin but only makes it redder for 3 days and a tan only lasts so long. I need an easy solution, help?

    • ANSWER:
      i think you should use the skin brightener product that will definitely help you.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to go from grenade to beautiful?
    It's my last year of junior high, and I've been the ugly girl literally since preschool/kindergarten. I just want my high school years to be better than previous years.. I just have no idea where to start.
    1. I'm really overweight, like at least 100 pounds. I'm 217 pounds when my normal weight is in the range of 107-120. I've tried everything but I just can't lose the weight or keep it off if I do manage to lose it.
    2. I have short legs and big feet. I wear 10 wide size shoes.
    3. My hair and skin are so unhealthy. My hair is dyed black and reddish blonde, kind of short and dull. It's also fine and brittle. My skin is combination, my nose, chin and forehead are really oily and my cheeks are dry. I also have major blackheads all over, but mostly on my nose, chin and cheeks, with a few on my forehead. I have mostly tiny whitehead type things on my forehead. I also have horrible keratosis pilaris on my legs, face and arms.
    4. I'm a really pastey white where my keratosis doesn't cover, and my body hair is coarse and dark. I like being pale, love it actually. Just not dead looking.

    How can I go from grenade to beautiful from now until around the last day of July when school starts? I'm already saving money for a shopping spree for a whole new wardrobe. Any answers are appreciated...

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, well im going to start off by saying YOU think your the ugly girl. Im sure many others dont but there is nothing wrong with wanting to change your looks so here it goes:

      Weight- If your serious about it, go to your doctor and see how they reccomend you losing weight. DONT STARVE YOURSELF!! It is so important, you wont even lose weight for a couple months after you do that, you will get bigger. So exercise and eat a diet your doctor thinks is right then you will be a healthy weight in a matter on months.

      Legs and Feet- I am 5'3 and have abnormally long legs, so I know how you feel. Theres nothing you can do about it. You cant do anything about your feet either. Look up Alessandra Ambrosio shes a Victoria's Secret model with short legs and big feet but shes gorgeous!

      Hair- Stop dying it until it gets healthier. What you should start out by doing is getting a moisterizing shampoo such as Herbel Essences Hello Hydration, it works great and its cheap! Then get a shine spray and heat protectant (if you use heat on your hair.) Last you could try Aussies split end protecter. I dont have split ends but you put it in your hair after a shower and let it dry. It leaves it so soft. After your hair is soft and how you want it go to a professional hair stylist and get it dyed. Also get your hair trimmed every month and a half!

      Skin- Go to a dermetologist they will know how to treat that. In the mean time, look for a cleanser for your face thats for combonation skin also get a spot treatment for your black heads, put it on every night before bed. Make sure you wash your face everyday and take off ALL makeup before bed.

      Pale- Im super pale too but I get super brown in the summer. Dark hair actually compliments pale skin (I have dark brown hair and blue/gray eyes) but I try to use self tanner because I dont like my porcelain skin. Im glad you do though! To work pale skin all you really have to do is wear the right colors of clothes (Green, Cream, Red, Peach, Look up more colors) and make sure your eye makeup isnt too dark. Look up makeup tutorials for pale skin on Youtube.

      Good luck! I reccomend shopping at places like Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, American Eagle, PINK and Victoria's Secret for cute teen clothes. (:

  7. QUESTION:
    Good liquid foundations or concealers for extreme redness?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my skin and that makes my cheeks really bumpy and red. I have lotion for the bumpiness but i dosent help with the redness and i need to find a good full coverage concealer and foundation that doesnt look cakey, lasts a long time, and looks natural. By natural i mean that if you look at someone they cant tell that you have concealer and foundation on. Do you know any brands or concealers that live up to these expecations? Please and thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      Cover Girl..

  8. QUESTION:
    How long does puberty pimples last?
    I'm 13. I have tried lots of skin products and nothing works. So I decided I would wait it out. I had it for 3 years now. When I was 10, it started out as a few pimples on my forehead. Now, I have a big groups of small pimples on each cheek. I have a group of small ones on my chin. And 3 larger (not huge) pimples on my nose. How many years will this last?

    • ANSWER:
      By the time you are fourteen/fifteen this will be over.

      Acne Facts

      Medications:
      Some medications are known to cause acne. Some cortisones, few anti-tuberculosis drugs and some anti-epileptic drugs can cause acne. Chlorinated solvents can also cause occupational acne.

      Food:
      Acne is not caused by any food. If you think that certain foods makes your acne worse, stop eating that food after you consult your dermatologist. Till now, no conclusive evidence has established a relation between acne and food.

      Frequent Washing:
      Frequent washing of the acne-affected skin will not help. Instead, it can adversely affect it. Washing twice a day is enough. Contrary to popular belief, dirt does not cause acne. It is the sebaceous gland that gets closed and forms the acne because of changes in the body.

      Oral Vitamin A:
      Retinoids (derivatives of vitamin A) are used topically and orally to treat acne under medical supervision. Vitamin A does not treat acne. If you take excessive vitamin A, hoping that it will treat acne, your health may become worse. Remember that Vitamin A in excess quantity can have adverse effects on the body.

      Hereditary:
      Acne can be hereditary. If your parents had acne, you may be more prone to it.

      Hormonal Changes:
      Hormonal changes bring on acne. The hormone androgen is responsible for excess production of sebum. Females can have acne outbreaks during menstruation and pregnancy.

      Acne-Like Conditions:
      Some other conditions such as folliculitis may appear like acne. There are many other diseases that may look like acne. Some of them are rosacea, keratosis pilaris, perioral dermatitis, etc. Always visit a dermatologist instead of trying self-treatment.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does waxing help prevent ingrown hairs and the irritation caused by shaving?
    I am considering waxing my bikini area. I have heard it last longer than shaving but, does it help with the irritation too?

    • ANSWER:
      Anything which causes the hair to be broken off short with a sharp tip can cause ingrown hair. Shaving is the leading cause, followed by waxing and tight clothing. The embedded hair causes a localized inflammation (sometimes painful) response in the skin with prostanoid involvement. Sometimes an ingrown hair occurs without external intervention, when the pore is blocked from various reasons, as is the case in keratosis pilaris, and the hair is forced to grow sideways.

      Symptoms include rash, itching skin, hair which remains in spite of shaving, and infection and pus collecting under skin. Treatments for ingrown hairs include putting a warm washcloth over the ingrown hair, shaving in a different direction, tweezing, exfoliating with facial scrubs, sponges, towels, or creams containing acids, and ibuprofen or other NSAIDs. Prophylactic treatments include twice daily topical application of diluted glycolic acid. If this is caused by waxing or shaving, try a topical applications such as salicylic prepared solutions (Barc Bump Down, Tend Skin, amongst others) also aid dramatically in the treatment of the ingrown hair

  10. QUESTION:
    Every year with the heat I get a rash on my hands?
    Every year as it heats up, I get a rash on my hands. This has been going on for the past four or five years. I cant remember it ever lasting for long periods of time, maybe a month or so but I hate the way it looks. They are small bumps primarily around my thumb and index finger not large or pus filled. There is no redness nor is there any discomfort. Can someone please tell me what this might be or if they have experienced anything like this.

    • ANSWER:
      search on internet for keratosis pilaris, see if the pictures resemble your appearance and see a doctor if it appears again, good luck

  11. QUESTION:
    Treatments that actually work (or make a difference anyways) for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have it on my arms and am very self conscious about it. I was looking up some different solutions online, but they say that most of the homemade/gentle treatments only work half the time. Does anyone know any solutions that have made a big difference for you and that are inexpensive and gentle on your skin?

    • ANSWER:
      I have it as well....very bad on my arms. I went to a dermatologist and he recommended the Glytone Kit. It is a body wash and lotion. You are supposed to use it 1X or 2X daily. I have been using it for 25 days now....my skin is SOOOOO much smoother. It is still red, but the bumps are gone. I hear that after long usage it actually starts to remove the redness. The lotion stings just a bit bc it has glycolic acid in it....but it is really worth the discomfort. I have noticed some slight peeling in the last 2 days...I have to check and see if that is normal or if I should switch to using the product every other day. I think the kit is about .....but I think it lasts about 2-3 months. I am about half way through with my kit....maybe a little less than that. Really hope this helps...

  12. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get rid of acne on my upper arms?
    I am 32 and I have always had what I guess is acne on my arms. They are also red and blotchy. I would love to do something to make them look better for summer!

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same thing. My dermatologist called it keratosis pilaris. They are these little tiny bumps primarily on the upper arms that can cause the arms to look red and have an uneven tone. I use a mild soap (like Dove body wash) with a shower puff or loofah. After I get out of the shower while my arms are still a little damp I use LacHydrin lotion. It is a lotion with lactic acid which will smooth out the skin and make it even...it really works. You need to find a lotion with the lactic acid in it...it is not a prescription but it may need to be special ordered. Rite Aid ordered mine, I just asked in the RX department. It was about 18 dollars, but it lasts a long time, and is really worth it. I would do a search on KERATOSIS PILARIS and see if that might be it. Good Luck!

      I found a site that has pictures for you, it is HelpForKP.com

  13. QUESTION:
    I need to get rid of the litte bumps on the backs of my arms, any suggestions?
    I have used a 2%sacylic acid acne cleanser and a cream on them along with a loofa and a pumice stone. I got rid of the bumps on my right arm but the left is still bad. I want smooth, non red arms for my wedding in September. Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problem - have for as long as I can remember. I hate it, but I haven't been dedicated enough to keep it away. It is caused by dead skin cells building up around the hair follicles. Some people don't slough off skin as well as others. You need to do two things - exfoliate to remove the dead skin that is forming the bumps, and prevent new ones from forming by using an alpha hydroxy cream. You can use a loofah, a salt scrub, or even just a washcloth to exfoliate. I prefer the salt scrub - I use Philosophy's Amazing Grace Salt Scrub, but you can buy other brands that cost less. You can even create your own salt scrub by using regular table salt (and it's very cheap!). When you use a salt scrub, wet your arms but then blot most of the water off. If you don't do this, you lose a lot of the abrasive effect of the salt. Rub vigorously in circles for a minute or so, then rinse. You need to do this two or three times a week at first, then just once a week to maintain smooth skin.
      The second part is a moisturizing lotion with alpha hydroxy. Alpha hydroxy acid helps dissolve the bonds between dead, dry, flaky skin cells at the surface. You need to use this every day after you shower, when your skin is still moist. Read the lotion bottles - they advertise on the front if it contains alpha hydroxy. Look for lactic acid in the ingredient list.

      I originally thought the salicylic acid acne cleanser wouldn't help and would dry out your skin, but I just read that salicylic acid is a BETA hydroxy acid, and is also useful because it dissolves lipids (fats) in the pores, which alpha hydroxy acids can't do.

      The most difficult thing about treating this problem is that it is never cured. You have to keep up with the exfoliating and the moisturizing forever.

      Also, the link above is rather frightening, and is NOT the problem you're taking about. You probably have keratosis pilaris, which is VERY common. Try the one below.

      Okay, LAST edit, I promise. Neutrogena Body Smoothing Lotion with SPF 15 is supposed to be pretty good for KP. Check out the reviews at drugstore.com.

  14. QUESTION:
    I have Eczema and Keratosis Pilaris, anyone know of medications to help improve either?
    Any remedies, medications, etc to help the conditions get better? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have both as well, so I have had to educate myself about them.

      The first thing you should know is that neither can be cured. They can be treated, which will reduce the appearance and make skin look and feel smoother, but nothing will make it go away completely.

      There are various types of eczema. The kind I get most often, and which I have every spring and summer, is the kind which causes blisters on the palms and soles of the feet. I have only had a few blisters on my palms over the years (I have had it for about ten years), but I get terribly itchy blisters on my feet which turn into rough dry itchy patches. I also had it on my forearms two summers ago, and that was a real misery. My doctor has prescribed creams for both types, and while they don't make it go away completely, they do help with the itching. Eczema is generally related to immune problems, so it can be caused by allergens like pollen, or costmetics, or even nickel in jewelry. I know from experience that the blistering type I get on my feet happens if my feet stay damp for a long time (like if I put on sneakers and my feet get soaked, and I have to keep the sneakers on until my feet dry out) or if I overmoisturize the soles of my feet. Ironically, proper hydration is one of the only non-chemical things you can do to help the problem--be sure you are drinking a lot of water. Other than that, you can moisturize and try and keep the patches from getting too dried out, which makes them worse. A doctor can give you cortisone or prednisone for inflammation in very bad cases, but my doctor said that thought in the dermatology community is that those should be used sparingly, and that topical creams should be used if possible. He refuses to give me Elidel, which is a fairly new treatment, because he says there is anecdotal evidence and scientific data that suggests it can be a carcinogen. Instead, he gives me anti-inflammatory creams. When I had it on my forearms, it covered them completely from wrist to elbow, and the worst breakout lasted for about two weeks--I had to apply a thick layer of cream and then lightly wrap my arms to keep the cream from rubbing off on other things. It cleared up, but left bumps which look and feel like KP, but which are not--they are simply left over bumps. He looks at them every time I see him, and has told me that eventually they will go away as long as I continue to moisturize and use a body scrub on my arms. He did warn me to not use too much scrub on my arms because it can irritate them and make it come back, so I exfoliate about twice a week on that part of my arms. I only exfoliate my feet after the blisters burst and leave the dry patches, and I am very careful about being gentle about it--for the first time ever I recently had a dry patch which cracked (ouch!), and the only thing that helped with that crack was a bandage and Neosporin--it kept it from getting worse, and helped the crack heal, as well as moisturizing the area. I just moisturize all over every day, and if something makes me itch, be it a new lotion, or detergent, or even something I eat, I make a mental note to stay away from it in the future.

      The KP is both harder and easier to deal with. It's a genetic condition, and about 50% of people have it. It's just due to too much keratin building up on the skin. The reason why it's harder to deal with, in my mind, is because once you settle on something to help it, you have to keep doing it, or it just recurs. The reason why it's easier to deal with is because you can buy a lot of stuff OTC to deal with it. The main ways of helping reduce the look of it include using a lotion or cream with an acid in it (glycolic acid, lactic acid, or urea), using microdermabrasion, or using scar cream. Another thing which isn't widely known is that exposure to sunlight helps it a bit--that's largely useless for most people, as they need to use sunscreen, but I have darker skin and can get some sun with no problems, so it does help my arms and legs (those are the only places I have it). The things which have worked best for me are simply exfoliating and using a lotion called AmLactin, which has lactic acid in it. Additionally, shaving helps my legs tremendously, so I shave all the way up. My doctor did tell me that you have to be careful with manual exfoliation or microdermabrasion, as they can be too harsh and irritate the skin, causing an outbreak of eczema! (I know--it's a really great example of a lose-lose situation). I know my KP gets worse in the winter, and he told me that's because the air is dry, and friction from clothing can make it appear worse. Your best bet it to experiment and find a regimen which works for you, and then stick to it. Also, hydration is important, so be sure to drink plenty of water and use lotion to help keep the moisture in your skin. There are some prescription strength creams for it, but my doctor won't give me those because they could cause eczema, as well, and I would rather deal with the KP than the eczema. I do know from experimenting and browsing the internet that there are some very expensive kits which are supposed to help with it, but I bought one and they aren't any more effective than just using an exfoliant and a lotion with acid in it, and they are really expensive. The one consolation with KP is that while it bothers those of us who have it, it is so common that many people don't even notice it--I have found that what looks like screaming little dots on my skin to me isn't even noticed by those around me, or even the girls at the day spa where I go regularly.

      So, to recap:

      For eczema you can get an anti-inflammatory cream from your doctor, and he or she may prescribe cortisone or prednisone for it if it gets really bad. Drink plenty of fluids, and avoid any triggers as much as possible. You can use gentle exfoliation and lotion to reduce the look of the patches once they begin to clear up, but be careful to not irritate the skin so much you cause another outbreak.

      For KP, drink plenty of fluids, and find a regimen which works for you which involves acid creams, or microdermabrasion or exfoliation (be careful with those two), and moisturize regularly. Once you experiment and find what works best for you, stick to it. And remember it isn't as noticeable to others as it is to you.

      Best of luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can treat some bumps that i have on my elbows?
    they look red and white flakes and they are spreading. I have been using so many creams and they dont even go away. I even got them burned. they said there called chicken bumps

    • ANSWER:
      "Chicken bumps" or "chicken skin" is actually a condition called Keratosis Pilaris.

      The name keratosis pilaris comes from the process of “keratinization,” our body’s process for building up the epidermis, or outer-most layer of skin. When the body performs this process too much, too often, or in the wrong areas, excess skin collects around the hair follicles. This creates a miniature cone or clogged pore, much like a small pimple.

      While there is no cure for KP, there are some treatments that minimize the appearance of the areas affected such as:

      -The process of using exfoliating (scrubs and loofahs), moisturizing (lotions), softening (creams), and applying anti-inflammatory agents (sarnol hc lotion).

      -Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). Glycolic acid and Lactic acid are two AHAs used to minimize the bumps through chemical exfoliation. Lactic Acid, which comes in over-the-counter and prescription formulas, is also an effective ingredient for alleviating the appearance of KP bumps.

      -Urea. As with conditions that result in extremely dry and scaly skin, such as psoriasis, eczema, and ichtyosis, you may find your KP affected areas unresponsive to milder treatments. In this case you’ll want to try a product containing urea. You may have to see a dermatologist for some stronger versions of this.

      -Glytone’s KP Kit. As KP often responds well to a multi-faceted approach, consider a therapy regimen that incorporates more than one product, such as Glytone’s KP Kit. Since the goal of KP treatment is to exfoliate, moisturize, and prevent discoloring at the inflamed areas, you’ll find it handy to have both treatments and a gentle puff in one convenient package.

      -Vitamin A Treatments. Sufferers of acne and KP have used vitamin A creams such as Retin A, Tazorac and Differin for years. And while the potency of these products is undeniably effective at treating blemishes, the skin can become dry and pinkishly raw with overuse. Use a small amount of cream applied to the affected areas only once every other day or night. Stronger versions of this can also be obtained from a dermatologist.

      -Soothing Topical Anti-inflammatories. If youre having itching, this is the main thing that will help you. For an anti-inflammatory with the added benefit of itch relief, Sarnol-HC provides the effectiveness of 1% hydrocortisone. Sarnol HC Lotion’s base compounds help soften, smooth and moisturize the skin. Any other 1% hydrocortisone cream/lotion will work as well.

      If none of those treatments work for you, the strongest treatment yet is:

      -Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion therapies offered through visits to your dermatologist may be the last resort for sufferers of KP, but they can also be costly and inconvenient. However, there are a couple of at-home microdermabrasion products that, when used regularly, can have a similar glowing effect. Neova Microdermabrasion Scrub and Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Face and Body Polish are excellent OTC alternatives.

      As with any long-term goal, persistence is the key to treating keratosis pilaris. It is, after all, a chronic condition that requires long term treatment. But chronic doesn’t mean panic. Regular treatment through the specialized products above will go a long way toward preventing new “chicken skin bumps.”

      Hope this wasnt too long, and very helpful for you.

      I have several relatives with KP, and simply exfoliating in the shower, moisturizing, and using hydrocortisone cream has worked wonders!

      Feel free to message me or email me with further questions, and see my source below for more information.

      RN

  16. QUESTION:
    My brother has theses odd bumps on him?
    The bumps are on his back and arms. He has not rolled around in anything and these bumps don't itch. Meds and a shower don't help. What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      You dont have to worry about that, it is just an skin condition and it will ware out after a couple of years, they normally never lasts longer than up to the age of 30.
      http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/keratosis_pilaris.html

  17. QUESTION:
    What kind of make up to use?
    I have keratosis pilaris all over my arms, legs and thighs.
    I tried the available treatments I found, but it doesn't really help.

    So now I want to cover the dots.
    My keratosis pilaris dots are rather dark, so do any of you have any suggestions to what kind of make up to cover this? Foundation, foundation powder etc?

    Please help.. I've been diagnosed with this condition for years, and people comment on them making me have low self esteem...

    • ANSWER:
      KRYOLAN MAKEUP .

      Maybe try some of the Dermacolor !!.

      Dermacolor Camouflage System is designed to correct skin imperfections or discolourations whether they are accidental, dermatological, surgical or congenital origin.
      DERMACOLOR CAMOUFLAGE SYSTEM is especially effective in minimising post surgical conditions either aesthetic or medical.
      Its effectiveness and quality are proven in intensive and long-term use under clinical supervision.

      With proper use the intermixable skin tones of the DERMACOLOR CAMOUFLAGE SYSTEM can easily correct skin abnormalities in both colour and texture, resulting in both weatherproof and long-lasting effects. With the most advanced Camouflage System the stress and psychological factors arising from such skin problems are lessened and the user will feel greater confidence.
      The program is effective for men, women and children.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my upper arms?
    I have these small bumps on my upper arms. They don't extend past my elbows or my shoulders. It's really weird! They don't itch, and they're the same color as my regular skin. It's just slightly raised small spots. Can anyone tell me what it is?

    -.-'

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you could have something called keratosis pilaris. It's a hereditary skin condition that won't cause you any real harm in the long run but can be pretty difficult to treat. (Not to mention a total pain in the butt, aesthetically. I've had bumps on my upper arms for the longest time too and haven't been able to get them to go away. When I started tanning last year, they seemed to decrease in number, and, then, when I stopped, they came back. However, I don't recommend putting yourself at risk for one skin condition just so you can get rid of another.) If you Google keratosis pilaris, you'll find plenty of information on it.

      Hope this helps!

  19. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of this scar?
    its like a lump and i got it ffrom stacking my bike ages ago and its a pinky colour and i sticks out from my knee a bit and i wanna get rid of it
    also its hard and a little sore too like uncomfortbale to touch

    • ANSWER:
      I totally agree with the coconut oil, but first I would use Mederma to get rid of the raised part. The best scar treatment I've used, especially on old raised scars, is to use mederma 3-4 times a day like it says on the package, which majorly brings down the raised part of the scar. On an old scar, this takes about 6-8 weeks. Then you are left with a flattened pink scar, which is where using coconut oil a few times a day for a couple of weeks majorly reduces the pink shininess. I use the Mederma first to flatten the scar, and then I switch to coconut oil to make it blend into the rest of my skin and not be so pink and irridescent. (Trying to use them at the same time doesn't work, either one will make a barrier which won't let the other product touch the area and soak in.)

      Mederma you can buy in a tube at target for like 20 bucks and you use a tiny bit each application so it will last for the 6-8 weeks. The coconut oil you can get at any health food store in the skin care department, and also in the baking aisle. (Although I am starting to see it in more and more regular grocery stores too). Honestly coconut oil is so good for your skin that I use it as a daily lotion instead of creams and chemical-filled junk. A little goes a long way, it doesn't stink, and it leaves your skin VERY conditioned (it even cleared up my Keratosis Pilaris on my arms) and has many health benefits. Anyway, I'm going off on a tangent so I'll stop :)

      Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    I have low self esteem with body image because I have?
    Keratosis pilaris a skin disease that makes you have little red bumps all over your arms and thighs. and because of it I can't wear short shorts and I always wear sweaters or long sleeved shorts, what can I do to raise my self confidence, cause I want to look pretty like all the other girls too,

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I just noticed have that and didn't even know.
      Ha, well I don't care.

      I know I look just fine in a short sleeve shirt and shorts and won't let anyone prevent me from wearing them.

      ADD: I just thought I had long lasting goose bumps, LOL.
      Mine are skin colored so it's really not a big deal.

  21. QUESTION:
    why do my arms have red bumps? how do i get them to go away?
    ive had thim since idk when but ughh its really bothering me!

    • ANSWER:
      This is called Keratosis Pilaris. It's caused by too much keratin (a protein) that gathers up on the hair follicle and creates small red bumps on your skin. It usually pops up on the arms legs and/or bum.

      I've had this my whole life and it does come with having dry skin a lot of the time. About half of the population has this.

      Tanning gets rid of the keratosis pilaris for some reason (for about as long as your tan lasts). I hope this helped!

  22. QUESTION:
    Keratosis Pilaris?
    Is keratosis pilaris incurable?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is no cure for it but there are certain things that help mask it for the time being. Concealer usually does the trick for me, but I've also heard certain diets do. (drink two or three glasses of carrot juice daily, and get Vitamin A in your diet) Another thing that works for people is tanning. However, I'm afraid melanoma may strike me so I prefer to stay away from tanning salons or being out in the sun for too long. And if you think about it - tans only last for so long until you're back to your natural colour. And when your natural colour comes back, it's usually winter. Keratosis pilaris is said to be worse in the winter time because of the dry air so it's harder to hide. But to get down to the point: I have heard that there are cases where keratosis pilaris goes away with age. If you have a relative that has or has had it perhaps ask them if it ever disappeared. I know keratosis pilaris is hereditary and as a result I got it from my relatives. Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    keratosis pilaris, I have it...what can I do?
    I just learned what the red bumps on my arms area. I also learned there is no cure, only treatments. I always thought they were just pimples that were incredibley easy to squeeze the gunk out, so you guessed it, I have been sqeazing the white gunk stuff pretty much my whole life.

    I am feeling a bit low now, I feel like everyone will see it when I wear short sleaves, even if it is not noticable.

    Is there anything to do? To make them a lot less red and shrink them to micro size?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I can totally relate! I have that too.

      I've always worn shirts with long sleeves or 3/4 sleeves because of my keratosis pilaris. I've always liked fall/winter better because everyone's wearing longsleeves.

      I only found out the name for the condition last year when I visited a dermatologist. She prescribed some ointment and lotion and they helped. It made my skin really dry at first, but it worked and the bumps are smooth! I haven't kept up with it, but I will definitely go back to doing it when summer/spring is here again. I'm sorry I don't have the prescriptions anymore. :(

      But there are a lot of good sites out there with info about it and "how to's" on coping with it.

      This wikipedia article has good info and links to other sites:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_pilaris

      Just want you to know you are not alone! :)

  24. QUESTION:
    keratosis pilaris treatment?!?
    hi everyone,
    i'm 19 and have this skin problem known as keratosis pilaris (KP) on my legs and arms and am desperate to get rid of it as it is so very depressing to have. had it since 5th grade wasn't as bad..as i got older it worsened.
    mine isn't as red as some peoples, more like brownish/reddish colour dots. as i am kinda pale, the dots are very noticible
    my doctor prescribed me with lotions, 1 costing and other costing very expensive and the bottle and tube is not very big so it isn't going to last me very long.
    i have just started using these a few days ago and have noticed my skin feeling smoother and glossy looking on my legs BUT have not seen a difference with the reddish/brownish dots, though i have just started it MIGHT take some time/months/years to clear up. too be honest i don't think any cream or lotion will treat it so im wondering..
    has anyone done some sort of laser treatment to get rid of the kp? IPL or PDL.. anything??
    has it worked?
    does it get rid of the dots?
    how many treatments?
    much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris. I've done some research, and I found this product:

    http://skincarerx.com/review_box.html?pid=383

    My one concern is, will it be okay to tan if I use this?

    • ANSWER:
      You could try AmLactin or Lac Hydrin: Lactic acid provides a gentle peeling/sloughing effect - maybe you'll notice the tan doesn't last as long in areas where you use it. I don't think it makes your skin photo-sensitive. Be careful in the sun with glycolic acid based products:

      http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/ahaguid2.html#sunburn

  26. QUESTION:
    Pimples on arms and torso-Cause&cure do u have it?
    I have pimples, whiteheads and blockheads on my arms and torse. Thankfullly, my face is really pimple-free. But I'm so embarrassed when I'm wearing slim-fit muscle tees coz everyone can see my pimples. and last time we went to the beach, I stripped off my shirt and I just realized how my back has so much pimples!

    do you have them? how do we cure them?

    • ANSWER:
      You might have a very common genetic condition known as keratosis pilaris (KP) and it has to do with how you hair grows. Instead of growing straight, the hair curves and grows back into your skin. Then your body mistakes these hairs as invaders and decides to attack, which makes your skin looks red and bumpy.
      There is no cure, but treatments are available. The list is very long, however, and the degree of effectiveness varies among people. I suggest you take a look at this website:
      www.keratosispilaris.org
      Hope it helps.

  27. QUESTION:
    I need help, I have keratosis pilaris?!?!?
    ok, I have keratosis pilaris, and it is so, so gross. For my birthday last year, I told my mom that I wanted something to help my kp, because it is on my arms, so she bought me this really, really expensive cream, and really expensive exfoliator, and I have read the instructions, and used it the way it said, and it hasn't done a thing, literally, I have asked people, and I have tried so many other things, I always, always cover-up my arms at school with long sleeved shirts, and sweaters, because I hate it, and it is so gross! Can someone please tell me that has had keratosis pilaris, what helped them? I really hate it, please help me, I will be so happy if it starts to go away, and another thing, I heard that if you use a loofa in the shower every morning, it can really help, is that true? well any information would be great, thankyou.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what you bought, but I have used the weightless body treatment from Paula's Choice www.cosmeticscop.com on my arm red bumps and it works great. Just a little when my skin is still wet from the shower, and it works without having to use too much. (it's not super expensive, but not cheap either.) Using a loofah does work on KP, but I've heard it can irritate the skin and actually make the problem worse in the long run. So don't scrub too often.

      Look for good products with salicylic acid that actually work. (many of them don't work!!) Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Question about Keratosis Pilaris?
    HELP!! I'm 32 and began getting a BAD case of keratosis pilaris approx 2 yrs ago all over both my upper arms (from elbow all the way up to shoulder---the worst being in the middle of those two places)....I can't wear short sleeves....I have seen Dermatologists who only give me creams that never work. I know KP is incurable, but what about any other alternatives besides creams like IPL (intense pulse light), a laser to help remove the KP? Any advice would be GREAT. Thanks everyone in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I asked about laser treatments at my dermatologist - they say that it's very expensive, and it really doesn't work. You might get a temporary improvement, but it wouldn't last long at all, as KP is basically a hereditary condition and therefore programmed into your body. However - the "KP Duty" lotion and body scrub work better than anything I've ever tried! It's bloody expensive ( for a 4oz tube, just for the cream - body scrub is extra) - but it really does work well. You have to be dedicated - the stuff has to go on every day, or it starts coming back. I can finally wear shorts and sleeveless shirts again without total strangers commenting on my skin ("Do you know that you've broken out in a rash?"..."Man, that's some sunburn..." "Are you cold - you have goosebumps all over you!"...and my personal favorite, from a complete stranger..."That rash looks awful. Is it contagious?"

      The KP Duty really does work - and believe me, over the years I have tried EVERYTHING, and then some. Even with the maximum strength LacHydrin lotion, LactaCare, and the prescription strength versions of the same stuff with steroids mixed in, I still had the red bumps. The KP Duty does not completely get rid of my problem, but I have a pretty nasty case of KP, so if yours is mild, it might alleviate it completely. The 4oz tube lasts me a little over a month if I'm careful to apply it very sparingly - the scrub lasts a little bit longer (6 weeks?). Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    I'm wondering about Nair....?
    Okay, so im asian. Lots of asians dont have arm hair, but i do. i mean, its not that bad and all. but its bugging me soooo much. ><
    i dont want to shave or wax, so i was wondering about Nair.
    If you don't have an allergic reaction to it, and you use it, how well does it work? how long does it last?
    Also, i was wondering if you stopped using it for a while, would the hair come back all prickly and stubbly and disgusting? cuz that wouldnt be good.
    i have a very mild case of kp (keratosis pilaris) on my upper arms.
    would it irritate it lots?
    thanks, i hope you can give me a good answer! :D

    • ANSWER:
      it would be a good idea to get "nair sensitive" if you have a skin problem.

      and it won't grow back stubbly or prickley, and it lasts about 3 or 4 days until you should use it again.

      but i must admit nair kinda sucks, you have to keep it on for more like 7 minutes instead of 3 when your using it

      but once you start using nair, the hair doesn't grow back as thick and as much as it used to

  30. QUESTION:
    I'm wondering about Nair....?
    Okay, so im asian. Lots of asians dont have arm hair, but i do. i mean, its not that bad and all. but its bugging me soooo much. ><
    i dont want to shave or wax, so i was wondering about Nair.
    If you don't have an allergic reaction to it, and you use it, how well does it work? how long does it last?
    Also, i was wondering if you stopped using it for a while, would the hair come back all prickly and stubbly and disgusting? cuz that wouldnt be good.
    i have a very mild case of kp (keratosis pilaris) on my upper arms.
    would it irritate it lots?
    thanks, i hope you can give me a good answer! :D
    if it smells funky, cant u just use uh body spray or something? lol

    • ANSWER:
      i use to use nair when i was younger it works on fine hair not coarse.. which your arm hair will not... after you use it they will still come back but not prickley like when you shave they come back thin... its a good product

  31. QUESTION:
    I want to look amazing by next summer (read details)?
    okay, so I only get to see this guy I like in the summer, because we both stay at our mutual friend's cottage. He's been my friend since we were really young, and last summer he liked me. I want to make him go crazy for me this summer, but i have a few problems
    1. I have severe keratosis pilaris on my arms. I've tried everything, and It will take too long to get referred to a dermatologist. Help!
    2. I have a lot of gross moles. Again, I can't get to a dermatologist!
    3. I want to get rid of my love handles and tone up, tips?

    • ANSWER:
      From Wikipedia:

      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day.[9] The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. [10] Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed.[11] To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.[12]

  32. QUESTION:
    My self confidence is practically non existent - please help!?
    This quite long but please stay with me!
    I'm nearly 15 so at high school. I have a large group of both boy and girl friends.
    I have keratosis pilaris on my legs and so refuse to wear a skirt without tights and i am so embarrassed in PE when we wear shorts. I mainly wear jeans. I'd like to dress up in skirts and girly tops.No one ever asks me out (though i know some boys have liked me in the past). I went to a school social event last night i didn't know what to wear - i ended up with a black and white dress from H&M low heels and curly hair. I thought i looked ok but everyone was wearing expensive looking dresses and nice shoes - basically they were stunning and i'm just not. looking through all the photos and there is not one good one of me because i take such bad pictures. I am really quiet and shy to the point where a boy who sits next to me and demanded "why can't you just speak louder" in this really disgusted voice. I'm happy with the friends I have but some people in the year don't even know who I am. I look such a geek at school because i can't wear even a little make up as my mum goes mad and i look awful with my hair up but can't wear it down because it's too long. my dance teacher pratically told me to my face I am the worst dancer in the class - i can dance just not as well as the others (they're amazing)
    I know i sound really self centered and obsessed with my looks but i'm not really.
    How can i get some more confidence?!

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Need a girl's help on a skin question?
    I'm a 26 year old guy. For years, I've had tiny red bumps at the base of literally every single hair on my upper thighs and upper arms. Its mostly been a cosmetic nuisance, except for when I get out of the shower. Not every time, but many times when I get out of the shower, I have an unbearable itching in these areas. I recently discovered that there is a condition that explains this, called Keratosis Pilaris. I haven't been to a dermatologist yet, but I'm pretty sure thats exactly what I have.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was crossdressing with a friend of mine (long story), and instead of shaving my legs, she had me just wear pantyhose. I was expecting this to really irritate my skin, but suprisingly, it actually felt great! So as an experiment, the last couple of times I have started itching after a shower, I immediately put on a pair of pantyhose, and the itching completely stopped. I have always heard women complain about pantyhose causing their legs to itch, and I cannot understand why its actually helping me??? Does anyone have any idea why this could be happening?

    Also, after finding out what the cause of my skin condition is, I saw mixed reviews about the idea of waxing the troubled areas. Some people said waxing the Keratosis Pilaris affected areas helped a lot, and others said it made it worse. The itching really is unbearable, and if waxing my thighs or wearing pantyhose helps, I'm all for it. Anyone have any experience with either? I would really appreciate any advice!

    • ANSWER:
      I had an ex-boyfriend who had Keratosis Pilaris. His dermatologist had given him some sort of special lotion to use but he didn't bother. He always used a wash-rag to clean himself in the shower and refused to use the same towel twice. Always had to be a fresh one.

      I've heard that using sulfur soap can really help the condition. As for pantyhose itching, it only itches me if I wear it while the hair is growing back on my legs. It doesn't itch if I shave then wear them.

  34. QUESTION:
    Peculiar symptoms..? What's wrong with me?
    If you are not in the medical field or studying medicine or have not experienced these symptoms as well, then please don't give your input. If you know someone that has had these symptoms, that is acceptable, I am willing to hear anyones opinion except from those that have no idea what they are talking about or have something nasty to say.
    I have a long list of symptoms; I am not a hypochondriac; I don't have insurance so I can't see a doctor about it right now.
    I have nearly all the symptoms of Lupus and Cushings Disease, but my previous doctor last year dismissed my concerns and diagnosed me with Poly cystic Ovarian Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hepatitis B. My PCOS diagnoses was just him saying he's sure I have that because of some symptoms. I had blood work and my ovaries came back just fine, yet I was still diagnosed with PCOS anyway.
    Ok, symptoms: Daily fatigue, awful back and shoulder pain, upper body obesity, a rounded face, increased fat around the neck, and relatively slender arms and legs,bruises easily, and heals poorly., never developed breasts, no period for over a year (I'm 25), thinning hair on scalp, but hirotism (excessive body hair), stomach discomfort, urine smells very strong of ammonia without signs that it's a UTI. Dark circles under my eyes, excessive thirst, bright red cheeks, diagnosed with osteoperosis I'm 25!!! skin problems including frequent acne around my chin (I never had acne as a teen), Depression & Anxiety, Keratosis Pilaris on my upper arms (the excess production of keratin, creates a goose-bump appearance), boils and bumps on butt, now a rash on my butt! I know I sound disgusting, but please don't make me feel worse than I already do about myself. Please help me out if you are familiar with these problems... I'm sure I have other problems that I'm not contributing to the list, so if you want to ask if I have other symptoms, please ask and I will answer asap.
    Thank you both for your responses, however - I have already been tested numerous times for thyroid problems and they function very well. As for diabeties, my fasting glycemia level is 79-80, so I'm nowhere near diabeties, I'm closer to hypoglycemia, but not that either. As for meningitus, I was also tested for that a while ago and that was negative. I have Hep B. so that could explain a liver problem, since Hep B eats at your liver when in flare. I was told to keep an eye on a stomach rash or soreness around the liver, which I don't have. So I'm not concerned about a liver problem right now. Anyone else have any ideas?
    My BMI is high, it's 27. I am just below obesity, which really sucks. I used to be very thin and active - age 20/21 I was 80lbs lighter and much more active. Over 5 years I have gained 80lbs and pain has overwhelmed me to the point where I am not as active. I play with my son and I am a postal worker - so I get mild/moderate exercise, but at the end of the day, I'm wiped out and in pain. For osteo - I consume a lot of Vit D and normally take supplements. Lupus, I was unaware of the plastics! I am constantly drinking from plastic bottles and cans without washing. I only run my fruits & veggies under a cold tap for maybe 30 seconds before consuming... so I guess that's bad. Steroids, I can't recall ever taking any - but it's possible.

    • ANSWER:

      Hi,

      Firstly - from my own experiences I feel I need to ask, what is your BMI? By staying focused on eliminating grains and starches and fruit-sugar/deserts I was able to more easily finally drop to 25 and my goal is now 22. My viewpoint has become that our bodies will repair the best when one would eat much healthier and would then fast maybe one or two days a week - in order to burn old muscle and organ cells so one’s DNA would replace them with brand new muscle and organ cells. Sooo I am learning how to eliminate my gut fat and will then fast occasionally so that I can move from my daily calories being from daily foods and also body fat >>==> to my calories being from daily foods and my own body’s muscle and body’s organ 'meat,' and then 'I_think' my bad fatty cholesterol loaded liver will finally begin to be 'consumed' by my own body processes and will be replaced by a healthy one in a natural way without surgery. [(-:]

      "Most Cushing's syndrome cases are caused by steroid medications." FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cushing's_syndrome Have you had any steroid meds in the last few? My view is that our bodies will make its own hormones or insulin the best that it can be done, and when one uses synthetics or inject horsey pea it cripples our own body’s willingness/ability to make its own hormones as it was designed/built to do.

      My previous investigations into Lupus showed me that it was from an overload of plastic/vinyl consumption during my friend's life. Coke-cans and any other plastic lined cans for vegetables soups etc or plastic water bottles and especially indoor vinyl painting. Probably the greatest source of plastic consumption is from pharmaceuticals and supplements that use plastics to contain them. Definitely eliminate these from your consumption with little efforts. Also, FYI pizzas and bread/muffins/cakes that use aluminum based rising powder are the greatest source of toxic aluminum consumption within our culture. Eliminate these and Alzheimer’s will become much much less of a future possibility.

      I now rinse all my canned vegetables three times and then re-cook 31+ to 90+ mins and throw out the water. What elements are lost is the carb-acids that are in super-excess, while the most important nutrition that your body needs are in the solids that have not been digested yet, but the boiling helped to also make this digestion much much easier for me. I have also eliminated all nightshades i.e. tomatoes.

      I would recommend everyone to first thoroughly boil their vegetables and this is why. Eating boiled vegetables, like spinach, is the only way I have found I can eat 200 calories a day of leafy greens without loose stools - because boiling reduces the hundreds of percent of acid carbs, like oxalic acid, that oftentimes cause loose stools. Boiling spinach also reduces the pesticides from 80 to 95%+ as per canning studies done in the 70's, by boiling the pesticides off with the steam - after extracting it from the broken cells in the raw plant. Boiling for thirty minutes also kills any salmonella bacteria or e-coli and even anthracs spores that may have somehow been introduced into the raw or commercially canned produce. Again, thirty minutes will kill e-coli AND anthracs spores, which is common sense to me, since my immune system is already weakened and could not handle more than a few spores from a raw salad before I would likely be killed off before I reach my goal of better health. [(-:]

      Boiling also breaks vegetables down a first step so it is then easier to digest in the gut, which would then minimize GI-digestion cancer problems from continually ‘overworking’ your GI-digestion system. Boiling also IMPROVES the micro-nutritional density, i.e. RDA%_nutrition per calorie, by about 10% as per the USDA’s data for boiled spinach versus raw spinach.

      For Osteoporosis - are you taking supplements or eating/drinking any dairy products? I am very ‘strongly’ allergic to the Vitamin A&D Palmitate Preformed Retinol enrichments that are added to non-organic milk. I also learned that one carrot a day has 100% of what is needed but my daily greens have a-lot more than this. Also, consider that the anecdotal shpeal about how these prevent Osteoporosis is the opposite of what really works and then consider eliminating these as well. Eat much more super-boiled spinach, broccoli - after rinsing and boiling out the antifreeze if bought it frozen, asparagus, Pok-Choy, and/or Nappa cabbage. Eliminate all grains/pasta and other starches and fruits/deserts. See my food list from the link below.

      See: >>==> VITAMIN A AND BIRTH DEFECTS from:
      http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/archives/M/1/fda0309.htm
      OR:
      http://www.windsorpeak.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=1427639&postcount=7
      ORIGINALLY FROM:
      http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/ANS00689.html

      I had almost poisoned my liver to death with nutritional supplements before I realized what I was doing, and I then learned that the entire industry has been an un-researched snake oil scam since Geritol in the 1920’s, and now likely additional snake oils like B12 since the fifties. Synthetics are ALL toxic to the liver, and someone like myself with a sickly liver could definitely tell you the results from a flare up when one would ‘try’ to consume a new snake oil that is really a toxin.

      Check out my own story from the links to understand what I have learned over the years and what I have proposed will likely make more sense and you will likely come to the same conclusions I am choosing.

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091113104039AAbnGet

      Although I think the problem is 'most-likely' long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I think the worst it might possibly be is deadly bacterial meningitis.

      For further details see http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html

      Even so these are my thoughts of what ‘might’ be happening in almost any rash or itch situation >>=> I have not been educated to be an M.D. - just a lifelong learner.

      My own view from my own experiences is that rashes and/or itches break out in the weaker parts of one's skin, usually because of allergic reactions; OR perhaps due to fungus problems that may also occur simultaneously, and both of these more easily occur when one has too many carbs and fats in one's daily calorie allotments, and therefore one has inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut which has contributed to a compromised immune system – due to a lack of adequate micro-nutrition to adequately rebuild one’s body on a continual basis.

      What I have learned is that my past naïveté to the consequences had allowed my occasional stresses to sometimes cause me to do things or to eat things or to inhale things that have more toxins in them and that have then weakened my immune system, like drinking and eating caffeine chocolate or high carb foods and sweets.

      It sounds like the malady may be a result of an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to the liver/kidneys. IF it is due to a toxin overload of the lymph system, you might then notice that when one gets hot - then a rash or itching will sometimes occur since the toxins are sweating out of one’s system ONTO an area of the skin that may be weaker and more easily irritated and inflamed.

      ALSO whenever one’s immune system has become weakened the other problem can easily become a bacteria-fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection thrush, but it is hard to tell what the root causes may be without seeing and learning the details about what one has been eating breathing and applying to the skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen one’s liver lymph and kidney systems to be able to better handle both an allergic reaction AND/OR bacteria-fungus outbreaks with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify the triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers smoke perfume moldy-smells laundry-cleaners etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how the body reacts. If one is like me one may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria with blisters and skin fevers primarily at the back of my knees and thighs sometimes when I got warmer, that had begun during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream cut with de-chlorinated water rubbed over my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a p

  35. QUESTION:
    Question about Retin-A Micro Gel....?
    I have a little bit of Keratosis pilaris on my cheeks....and my dermatologist prescribed me this gel. I now have redness and my skin is peeling. The weird thing is...i only put a small amount of the gel on the areas that have keratosis...but now my whole cheek is peeling and even my eyelid is as well...my skin also has a slight burning feeling. I called my dermatologist to ask her about this...she said to lay off the gel for a couple days and then use it as normal. My skin felt better but the keratosis is still there..i started back up using it and the peeling is back as well as redness and burning. How long will this last? Its annoying and it hurts. Also is it normal for areas of skin to peel that I am not applying the medicine to? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Welcome to the world of Retin-A. It is potent, irritating, and causes a lot of side affects. I used it as a spot treatment on a really bad under the skin pimple and it caused the skin around the spot to peel in rings. This is normal. The gel is supposed to dry your skin out and peel off the top layers of your skin like a chemical peel, basically peeling away any imperfections so new skin can grow. If the side affects are worth the results, keep doing it. Also, ask your derm how long it should be before you see results. Good Luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    Sunburn Blistering - Intense Pain, Help Needed.?
    I was outside two days ago at the pool, and I did not have any sunscreen on (my bad I know...) and my friends informed me that I looked really red, they were refering to mostly my arms and shoulders..I didn't really think much of it because I'm told that all the time when I have not even been in the sun (I have keratosis pilaris). Yesterday I saw on my one shoulder that it was risen a bit, but at the time I thought nothing of it. I couldn't sleep at all that night, when I'd lay on my back it hurt immensly bad. I couldn't even stand it, so I sat up in bed all night. When the sun did finally come up, I noticed a bunch of blisters on my shoulders, upper arm (right where it bends when you lift your arm..) and my upper back. Some are smaller than others (like tiny water droplets) and I have two rather large ones on my shoulders. For awhile i used solarcaine (sp?) the spray, but then it ran out, and it didn't seem to do much for me..My mom applied aloe vera gel on top of my sunburn and blisters, but it seemed that that didn't really help, because once it dried, it feels very stiff, and at one point one of the smaller blisters opened.. I cannot lift my arms because of the position and placement of the blisters, I am also unable to wear a bra, or shirt, the slightest bit of touch (even the small rubbing from a loose shirt) hurts me to the point where I have to remove the shirt, ect. I cannot get a shower, I'm certain it will hurt because I am unable to lightly dab, or even lay over the burns with a cool cloth. I wanted to go to the Doctor, ER, ect..but my mom said they wouldn't be able to do anything, and that it would have to work it's way out. Would they be able to help? I also read somewhere, that id your diabetic, things like this need to be seen by a doctor...I'm "Prediabetic" ? I guess that means borderline diabetic, though I dont see how this would mean anything to a blister..Anyway, I really need help. I have no idea what to do, nothings working, and I'm out of ideas. I just want it to go away, I'm so uncomfortable. What should I do? How long will this last? Please help me! Thank you!
    i went to the dr and got Silvadene (sp?)
    i havent used it yet haha. i did finally gfall asleep last night at about 5 am...XD i also got more solarcaine (the kind i had was expired..noidewa if tht makes a difference) but iulklk try using tht too. i also got some steriod or something for the normal sunborn spots. the Silvadene is jsut for the blisters.
    thank you for your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you have sun poisoning, i've had it before. sometimes it actually makes you vomit. i used aloe vera the whole time, it lasted about 4 days, then it started to peel really bad. theres not much you can do besides try to avoid touching and laying on it. you should maybe try a different type of aloe vera, the kind i had did not dry up.

  37. QUESTION:
    What defines beauty?
    A lot of the time (mostly all the time) I don't feel pretty. I was a cute little kid in elementary school and had lots of boys bringing me teddy bears on valentine's day when I was like 10, lol :D But now I'm 17 and have been through a lot and I feel bad about myself a lot. I have keratosis pilaris on my arms, which makes me have little bumps all over and after my dad died I got really low confidence and started scratching them, and now I have scars that my mom says will never go away. I have acne scars too, and I'm worried those will always be there. And that makes me feel like I've already screwed up past the point of no repair. I don't really wear makeup except for concealer and what not, and I wear my hair up like every day because it's thick and long and its like 110 degrees out. I put on weight too, so I went from like a size 1 to 7-8 in the past three years. I don't have any college money, so I stress about school and get little sleep, because I need to get a scholarship to a good school to make these past 8 years of agony worth it and prove to everyone I'm not a failure.
    I'm really worried about my scars though, and I want to be a doctor so I hope they will go away. I'm worried people will think I have a contagious skin disorder or something, which it's not. Just genetic. I'm also on meds for anxiety and depression, which makes me feel like a failure sometimes. But my dad died of depression, so I think that's genetic too. And I have allergies to pretty much everything, which is tied to my skin issue and makes my voice really scratchy so I tend to keep my mouth shut when I know the answer. My teachers must think I'm mute or something, or constantly sick. Everyone thinks I'm sick all the time.
    My eyes are really bad too and my vision gets blurry throughout the day despite my contacts. I have no money, so I haven't been shopping in the last year or so, and my clothes don't really fit. I have like one pair of jeans and one pair of shorts that I recycle throughout the week. I wish I at least had long sleeve shirts to cover up my arms.
    Am I just screwed up beyond repair? All I've got right now is brains, but there are people WAY prettier and with way less problems than me who are even smarter than me, so there you go.
    Sorry for dumping all my insecurities on you.

    • ANSWER:
      AW, i'm sorry you feel so bad. But you have to realize that everyone has problems. EVERYONE. Even people who you think are prettier and smarter, they have their own issues.

      The key is to not dwell on the. The more sorry you feel for yourself, the deeper you'll dig your own hole. You have to get out of it by systematically dealing with the issues you can. And accepting the ones you can't.

      Your scares and marks are just a part of you, and even though you are self conscious now, it really won't be a big deal when you are older and around more mature people. My bf insists its my imperfections that make me special, and i am choosing to believe it. Or else i can cry everyday about my moles and scares and just be sad all the time, but where would that get me?

      I really have been through what you have, but for different reasons, and also am in a family with a LOT of depression. And although i have already been through a few set backs, i am not going to let my family history keep me from living a fulfilling life. You have to be strong and know that your mind can help you overcome a lot of issues. And to not get caught up in the sadness that can eat you up inside.

      As for clothing, do you have any family members who can give you some 'hand me downs'? Taking better care of yourself can let you feel batter about yourself. Try to put your hair up in cute clips or sleek headbands.

      Hope you feel better. You are in more control than you think :)

  38. QUESTION:
    Why are pantyhose RELIEVING the itching in my legs?
    I'm a 26 year old guy. For years, I've had tiny red bumps at the base of literally every single hair on my upper thighs and upper arms. Its mostly been a cosmetic nuisance, except for when I get out of the shower. Not every time, but many times when I get out of the shower, I have an unbearable itching in these areas. I recently discovered that there is a condition that explains this, called Keratosis Pilaris. I haven't been to a dermatologist yet, but I'm pretty sure thats exactly what I have.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was crossdressing with a friend of mine (long story), and instead of shaving my legs, she had me just wear pantyhose. I was expecting this to really irritate my skin, but suprisingly, it actually felt great! So as an experiment, the last couple of times I have started itching after a shower, I immediately put on a pair of pantyhose, and the itching completely stopped. I have always heard women complain about pantyhose causing their legs to itch, and I cannot understand why its actually helping me??? Does anyone have any idea why this could be happening?

    Also, after finding out what the cause of my skin condition is, I saw mixed reviews about the idea of waxing the troubled areas. Some people said waxing the Keratosis Pilaris affected areas helped a lot, and others said it made it worse. The itching really is unbearable, and if waxing my thighs or wearing pantyhose helps, I'm all for it. Anyone have any experience with either? I would really appreciate any advice!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm, pantyhose always made me itch, but I don't have that medical condition.

      Have you tried just plucking out the hairs in the affected area, to see if it will help or hurt? My husband has extremely curly hair (he's white, by the way, but does have that very curly hair), and sometimes he gets a lot of ingrown hairs all over his body. If I pluck out the ingrown hairs, then he gets relief...until the hairs grow back in. I'd also suggest using an exfoliating lotion, and using a scrubber such as a loofa or a scrub brush in the bath or shower, to see if that helps. Also, very dry skin is usually itchy, and it's best to put moisturizer on your skin while your skin is still moist, so pat yourself mostly dry, and then try a moisturizer. Also, you might try waxing a SMALL area at first, to have an area of comparison. Waxing does hurt the first few times you do it, but most people get used to it.

      If wearing pantyhose gives you the most relief, then by all means, wear hose. I suggest support hose, unless you're concerned about appearance, as support hose is the type that's least likely to get a run in them.

      Incidentally, the guys who used to do drag shows in the Silver Slipper in Las Vegas (it's gone now, and so is the Boylesque show, which is a pity) didn't shave their legs. Instead, they put on several pairs of pantyhoes, one on top of the other, and put the hip and butt padding in between the second and third pair of hose.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why are pantyhose RELIEVING the itching in my legs?
    I'm a 26 year old guy. For years, I've had tiny red bumps at the base of literally every single hair on my upper thighs and upper arms. Its mostly been a cosmetic nuisance, except for when I get out of the shower. Not every time, but many times when I get out of the shower, I have an unbearable itching in these areas. I recently discovered that there is a condition that explains this, called Keratosis Pilaris. I haven't been to a dermatologist yet, but I'm pretty sure thats exactly what I have.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was crossdressing with a friend of mine (long story), and instead of shaving my legs, she had me just wear pantyhose. I was expecting this to really irritate my skin, but suprisingly, it actually felt great! So as an experiment, the last couple of times I have started itching after a shower, I immediately put on a pair of pantyhose, and the itching completely stopped. I have always heard women complain about pantyhose causing their legs to itch, and I cannot understand why its actually helping me??? Does anyone have any idea why this could be happening?

    Also, after finding out what the cause of my skin condition is, I saw mixed reviews about the idea of waxing the troubled areas. Some people said waxing the Keratosis Pilaris affected areas helped a lot, and others said it made it worse. The itching really is unbearable, and if waxing my thighs or wearing pantyhose helps, I'm all for it. Anyone have any experience with either? I would really appreciate any advice!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't but it's time you support manufacturers who make mantyhose!

  40. QUESTION:
    Rosacea/KP Treatment?
    I am on my last leg of treatment for acne on the drug Accutane, which has worked wonderfully for me, side affects aside. My skin is perfectly clear, but I still have scarlet - and I mean scarlet - distinct blotches on my face. I cleanse my face daily, wear sunscreen, moisturize as is appropriate - it helps a little bit, but no where near enough.
    I've googled treatments for Rosacea, which is what I consider this to be - eczema, roascea, keratosis, same shit, names changed, as far as I'm concerned. I haven't found any drugs aside from what I've already taken - minocycline and Accutane, and Oracea doesn't help with facial redness, only acne related symptoms.
    I really don't want to be tied down to a Proactiv like treatment. I don't want to spend the time to use a cream, a cleanser, a serum, a special exfoliating pad and a moisturizer I need to apply three times a day, but apparently that's the only thing that'll help.
    I also have an extremely severe case of Keratosis Pilaris on my arms.
    What are my options for both of these? Also, if there is anything that I should consider adding or removing to and from my diet that could possibly help?
    I am not a person who wants to cake on foundation and I live in Canada, in the few hot months we have I want to wear long sleeves.
    I'm at my wit's end.

    • ANSWER:
      Niacinamide face cleansing pads are effective and simple way to keep acne away. Just place a pad on the pimple and watch it fade away.
      Niacinamide pads are also known as Nicotinamide pads or Vit B3 pads.
      Give them a try and you will be pleasantly surprised.
      KP could be a side effect of all the stuff you are taking/doing for your acne.

  41. QUESTION:
    SUMMER!!and i still gotta wear jeans and sweater to the beach :( (WHY?CLICK)?
    well im suffering from Keratosis Pilaris since i was in 6th grade
    my skin was perfectly fine until 6th grade (it has all the symptoms for Keratosis Pilaris, bumpy, red, and like how everybody calls it CHICKEN SKIN)

    now a days boys look at girls legs alll the fucking time, so how am i suppose to show my legs in front of them (TO the guy i LIKE)

    IM sorry, but people with perfect skin or soft skin, Have u ever imagine how hard it is to wear fucking jeans and long sleeves all the time i summer and all your friends asking "Why are u dressed like that".

    I MEAN I HATE TO WEAR IT, BUT COME ON OUR SOCIETY MAKES US LIKE THAT

    so yeah i could literally write like 1000 pages how i feel about Keratosis Pilaris
    but no, My question is IS there a actual cure for Keratosis Pilaris??

    i don't want to buy any ebook like "buy my book, it will show u only 5 step to make your skin soft"
    BULLSHIT
    i mean if i suffer from Keratosis Pilaris, i would not even put price but fucking spread it over all the internet

    i really need HELP, im dying,, like u guys won't notice how Keratosis Pilaris is affecting my life. (as a teen)

    PLEASE , PLEASE, im tried wearing jeans, stocking
    i want to show my legs, i want to look fresh.. like all the girls at the beach :(

    • ANSWER:
      I understand that your mad, stressed, and may have anxiety about your skin. You need to explain this to your friends and people you do not know so they also understand how you are feeling. This is something that until there is a real cure you need to be able to live with.

      There is no cure for keratosis pilaris, since KP is a chronic, genetic follicular disease, however treatments are available. Results from treatments vary and can often be disappointing. With persistence, most people will see satisfactory improvement. It is recommended that treatment not be discontinued because the buildup of keratin (the hard protein in the skin, nails, and hair) will continue to reform around the hair follicles.

      Keratosis Pilaris Treatments

      DERMAdoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Moisturizing Therapy For Dry Skin
      This dermatologist recommended dry skin remedy helps control Keratosis Pilaris (a common skin disorder typified by "chicken skin" or bumpiness on the surface of the skin) and other dry skin concerns by incorporating medically proven ingredients to hydrate and maintain healthy skin. Potent levels of glycolic acid blended with urea (the dermatologist recommended humectant) soften and smooth away even the driest, roughest skin. (See also: KP Double Duty Dual Pack)
      As seen in: Health Magazine -- Allure Magazine -- People and Style Watch -- "KP Double Duty" As seen in: Lucky Magazine and Oprah

      Glytone Keratosis Pilaris Kit
      A safe, effective body wash and lotion to help treat red bumps on arms and legs due to keratosis pilaris. "Free yourself of those unsightly red bumps on your arms and legs." -- Skin care kit includes Glytone's Exfoliating Body Wash (6.7oz), Body Lotion (8.oz) and exfoliating puff.

      NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Lotion AHA 10
      A silky-smooth lotion that contains 10% AHA (glycolic acid) for those that prefer to use a lotion rather than a cream. It moisturizes and exfoliates dry skin of all types and with repeated use it may improve appearance and texture of skin. Fragrance free. Can be used on face, hands, and body.

      Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Plus Intensive Repair Creme ... (Article)
      For Keratosis Pilaris, Dermatologists recommend chemical exfoliants that are found in alpha hydroxy moisturizers, such as Eucerin’s Plus Intensive Repair Creme, rather than physical exfoliants, such as a loofah sponge, which can be too abrasive on the skin.
      Article: Say Goodbye To Bumpy Skin -- As seen in: Glamour

      Dream Cream Hand and Body Cream by LUSH ... (Handmade by LUSH)
      Those of us with skin that gives us severe problems sometimes (or all of the time) could spend our lives dreaming of a beautiful, clear, trouble free epidermis. We try many beauty creams and pharmaceuticals, you name it, we've used it, but still our bothersome skin won't behave...... (See also: Buffy The Backside Slayer)

      Dr. Brandt Pore Effect
      Powerful and clarifying, this formula stimulates cellular turnover, calms redness and irritation and sweeps away blockage. -- Dr. Brandt recommends this product to treat keratosis pilaris: "excellent results are achieved when used twice daily to treat keratosis pilaris, the hard, red bumps that commonly appear on the upper arms, thighs and face."

      ZIRH Body Bar
      A scrub-brush clean without the brush. Any soap can wash dirt and oil, but Body Bar does much more. It exfoliates the skin to prevent body acne on the back, bumps on upper arms etc. Alpha hydroxys reveal fresher, smoother skin. Leaves an energizing good-to-be-alive scent on skin -- that's never overbearing. Large, long-lasting bar that will not soften up in the shower.

      Neutrogena Skin Smoothing™ Body Lotion with SPF 15 is clinically proven to minimize bumps on backs of arms and legs, roughness and dry patches. Your skin becomes touchably softer and smoother - wherever you use it. (This product is no longer available.)
      As seen in: Health Magazine -- Shape -- Good Housekeeping
      *Contact Neutrogena (USA only) 1-800-582-4048 to request this product back on shelves.

      Other Recommended Treatments for Keratosis Pilaris Include:

      Glycolic Acid: MD Formulations Hand & Body Creme, Philosophy Soul Owner, MenScience Daily Body Wash, ZENMED™ AHA/BHA Complex,
      Kiss My Face Alpha and Aloe Oil Free Moisturizer, ZENMED™ Stretta
      Lactic Acid: AmLactin 12%, Epilyt Lotion, Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment, LactiCare Lotion
      Urea: Carmol 10 Lotion, Carmol 20 Cream
      Vitamin A Treatments: Afirm 3X, SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Microdermabrasion: Dermanew, L'Oreal ReFinish Chest, Arms & Hands, Neutrogena At Home MicroDermabrasion Body System
      Scar Treatments: Mederma, Cellex-C High Potency Serum, ZENMED™ Scar Treatment Kit
      Other: Tend Skin, Olay Complete Body Wash with Vitamins and Shea Butter for Extra Dry Skin, St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub, Peter Thomas Roth Silica Face & Body Polish, CLARISONIC Skin Care Brush, Juara Skincare Candlenut Body Polish

  42. QUESTION:
    Ebstein's Anomaly in a 15 yr old female.?
    I got no answers on my other post, and I really need one.
    Please, someone take the time to answer this!
    If you don't care to read, I summarized where the ********'s are
    I know what the condition, so no need to go into great depths to explain it.
    I have concerns about my academic success due to my inability to perform physical activities to my evil gym teacher's par.
    Last year, first semester, I had gym/health. It was my freshman year, and my parents wrote a note to the teacher about Ebstein's Malformation of the tricuspid valve, a congenital heart condition I have. Up until last year, gym was never extremely difficult for me, but I had to only walk all throughout middle school when we ran (elementary was simply games; although I never passed the wellness test D':)
    Even after my parents kindly informed my coach of the problem through TWO nots, he still pushed me too hard. and I threw up several times after class, my lips would turn blue, my legs would be beet red, and I would nearly pass out. Why? Is this normal? He still took off points. Look, I get ALL A'S in EVERYTHING but gym. This shouldn't EFFECT my GPA. ):

    Even after stretches my legs would be red as a tomato and my body shaking. I'm overweight, but I can't do what even the biggest, most laziest couch potato classmates can. It drives me crazy! People still are nice to me, I'm a friendly person, and I'm generally liked, but it SUCKS to run out of breath and throw up in the bathroom and have such oddly red legs and blue lips. I want to know if these are normal for Ebstein's anomaly.
    I haven't been to the cardiologist in 5 years, but my mom recently got a job with insurance that will cover it, unfortunately my other cardiologist retired, so she is still searching. My parents are going to open house to talk 1 on 1 with my new coach (God forbid it be the same -.-)

    **************
    IN SHORT;
    -Are red, puffy legs or blue lips after exercise normal for ebstein's anomaly?
    -Will they just exempt me entirely from exercise because I nearly throw up after running or stretching and being outdoors so long?
    -Will my parents explaining have them convinced and should they just let me do what I think I can?
    -Is it possible for that to happen; would a cardiologist recommend that I only walk all period?
    -If gym is required for me to graduate, will I HAVE to take it? Would they cut me slack for my condition and because I am an exceptional student (not to brag, I just need to know).
    -Could I suggest alternatives to the physical activities? What kind of things?
    -Is it normal for me to occasionally feel this, erratic beating of my heart once every, like, two days? Maybe more? I don't even know what that is but no one else seems to have it.
    -Why is it when I stand in one place to long, my legs get red and itchy? I have keratosis pilaris if that means anything.

    If you answer even one of these questions, you will be very very VERY much appreciated.
    Thanks for totally giving me hope, that SOMEONE would answer my question about my heart condition, and then letting me down. But as long as you get those points.

    • ANSWER:
      Please ask your question at the www.achaheart.org. This is the website of the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Although there aren't many of us Ebstein'ers, many heart defect patients share similar experiences, especially with evil gym coaches.

      Once you have access to insurance, it would be best to be seen by a cardiologist that specializes in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. You can find a list of ACHD clinics as the ACHA website listed above.

      Blue lips are dependent upon the severity of your condition. Many people with heart defects share this experience. Some people with Ebstein's get that, and some don't.

      1. Join the ACHA and connect with other people who will understand what you're going through
      2. See a cardiologist who specializes in Adult Congenital Heart Defects

      John

  43. QUESTION:
    Am I too self-conscious about how my parents are spending money on me?
    Okay so I'm only 12 years old boy and I think I'm too self-conscious about the money my parents spend on me for food. Like the other day, I wanted to go to Wendy's with my dad and I said "oh... that's gonna be like for two people (Dad and I)." and he's like "Dil, don't worry about it."

    I do this kind of thing all the time and I think it's because they're already spending a lot on me for my health problems. Keratosis Pilaris, a common skin condition I was born with is being treated right now. I need expensive lotion to treat it. The skin condition has been bothering me for about 3 months. It is currently getting better and I believe that it will be hardly noticeable within a month. They have to pay for bottles of lotion that are or more and only last me about 5 days. Yesterday I was crying about that and I told my dad why I wasn't putting on the lotion every day. I told him it was because of the cost. He told me not to worry about it. My parents really are not spending money on any WANTS that I have except for a BlockBuster Game Pass which is /month and I'm thinking about cancelling it. It's true that they really aren't spending much money on my right now for anything other than the lotion and dining out. Since I turned 12 years old, on October 12, 2009, my parents said they wouldn't spend any more money for video games on me. I have not asked for them to buy a video game for me since October 12, 2009. I'm really dying on entertainment right now, and my XBOX 360 is almost dead. It *#$^#$^#$^&* up the disks and the spinner that plays the disk is and the XBOX is about %@#%@#ed. It can hardly run any game at all; I'm going to need a new system for 0-0 freaking dollars soon if I ever want to play a 360 game again. I hardly even used the system! I'd say I have played games on it less than 120 hours total since October 2009.

    Am I being too self-conscious about the money being spent on me right now? I'm feeling better about it since my dad told me not to worry. We DO have enough money to live on but not a whole lot right now. A bit more than enough for us to have everything we NEED.

    Tell me should I just not worry about it? It's been on my mind lately.

    • ANSWER:
      i find this question very touching. you are a good son to take into consideration all that your parents do for you. but instead of feeling badly, simply feel grateful. your parents brought you into this world, and they provide for your needs and wants out of love. it is a cherished duty to them to provide for you. you cannot understand this because you are only 12, and you shouldn't at this time in your life. you are not a burden to your parents. your skin condition is not your fault, and neither is your natural want for entertainment and pleasure. you may have picked up on your parents anxiety over money; you may not be able to understand right now, but their money concerns (if they have any) are not about you and are not your fault. your parents are responsible for managing their finances according to their lifestyle; they have chosen to be parents and so with welcome arms accepted the expenses of child rearing. this is because to them you are priceless. you can repay them only by enjoying the freedom your childhood allows you (even if you do not think you are still a child--fine you are about to be an adolescent.) enjoy the lack of responsibility your youth entitles you to and do not let your mind be bogged down with guilt or self consciousness because you are still a child and cannot legally provide for yourself. you are meant to be cared for at this time of your life; you are meant right now to have fun, be carefree, laugh, and play. the greatest thanks you can give to your parents is gratefulness; and instead of showing discomfort with their generosity show them that they have succeeded in providing for you--be happy! their expenses are none of your concern whatsoever. they make those decisions, not you. your father decides to take you to wendy's. he doesn't have to; he wants to--because he enjoys being a dad. if they were acting only out of obligation, you would be fed and you would have clothing and shelter--that would be it. but it isn't because they love you. lastly i think if you understand your parents are limited in what they can afford for you, try to forget about your xbox for the time being. enjoy the entertainment they are choosing to provide for you, and don't long for what you just don't have. there are so many things in life that are much more fulfilling than video games. i know it's fun but it isn't everything. i'm sorry you didn't get much out of your's. when i was a kid my parents also didn't have much money (actually we were dirt poor!) and we never had nintendo like the other kids. but we played outside all day. and if i wasn't fighting with or chatting with my brother i read in the evening a great deal; those books helped me to understand so much and they were my good friends. you can't understand this now, but those memories of playing outside never leave me. i still look back on them with acute fondness. i can remember particular moments and wonderful days of childhood fantasy and leisure! i do not have any precious memories of playing video games (although i did play them at my friend's houses.) i have memories of arguing about whose turn it was, and getting upset when the nintendo would not work. that's it. the same goes for tv! i'd trade those tedious recollections for memories of careless outdoor fun any day!! although i will say that music changed my life when i was around your age... if you get bored, turn on the radio or listen to some cd's!

  44. QUESTION:
    I need help! I'm a self conscious mess!?
    I feel very chubby, I have love handles and a tummy pouch, I have a wide skeletal system/I'm big boned, I have keratosis pilaris (skin bumps that don't go away) I have stretch marks on my back side but yet I don't really even have a butt, I'm very pale so you can see every imperfection, I hate myself and e way I look and look at others on t.v and repeatedly say how much I want to look like them, I eat healthy and exercise all the time but no results because of my big bones. I want to feel confident and good about myself but it's a pretty impossible situation, I can't even stand to look in the mirror. Worst part is I'm only 17 :( I'm 5'9 and weigh 153, I know it's a healthy WEIGHT but it doesn't mean I dont look chubby or have fat pouches. Can someone help this situation?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to be exactly the same, keratosis pilaris, big bones, tummy pouch and all!

      I can't really help to much with the weight issue, if you're eating healthy and exercising there isn't much more you can do but eat even healthier and exercise even more, right?

      My advice would be to perhaps look in to pilates exercise. In case you haven't heard of it, pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. Combined with two hours of cardio a day, drinking lots of water and eating only raw foods, I was able to lose approximately 30 pounds and tone up within just a month's time. You cannot even imagine how good it feels to see those changes until you make them yourself.

      Another thing I would recommend, for the kerotosis pilaris, is to get a tan! All my dermatologists told me there was practically nothing that could be done for my ugly, spotty skin and I believed them until last Summer. Cold showers also help soften the skin and a tan will make any stretch marks or imperfections far less noticeable.

      I just wanted to let you know that change is absolutely possible and you can have EVERYTHING that you want from your body.

      Hope that helps, good luck bebs.

  45. QUESTION:
    I feel so unattractive. I am beside myself?
    I can make myself look presentable, and there has been a guy or two that has had a crush on me. But I have to work so hard just to look normal!! Every other girl I see doesn't wear makeup and looks gorgeous. I wear foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, and blush every single day; I won't even exercise without it. I also have to go through a long and difficult process every morning for my curly hair, and it still doesn't look that good. I'm a tomboy at heart, and I love doing things outdoors, working with animals, hiking, camping, etc. But I feel like I can't enjoy those things because I don't look good (if I wear makeup and do my hair, my makeup will wear and get oily and my hair will frizz, etc., but if I don't...I'd be so self-conscious that I would want to hide myself).

    I feel like there are so many things wrong with me. Why can't I be low-maintenance and beautiful like all of my friends? I have keratosis pilaris on my face, arms, butt, and legs; I have acne on my face and all over my body; I have uneven skin tone; I'm pale; I have a "little extra" (which I am painfully self conscious about); and again if I don't do something with my hair it will magically transform into a wad of frizz and poof.

    I am completely uncomfortable in my skin!!! Do any of you feel this way?? Should I just suck it up and be the ugly self that I am?
    I'm sixteen. I achieved puberty four years ago.
    I'm really careful about which products I use. I do my homework. I use all natural products whenever possible.

    • ANSWER:
      When I was a little girl, we were very poor. I'm a very girly girl - and most of the time, I had to wear my brother's hand me downs. Being half Puerto Rican and half Italian, I'm also unfortunate to have a LOT of long, thick, frizzy wavy/curly hair - and I constantly joke that I should have been a teenager in the 80s. Growing up, I had a "female mustache", a unabrow and VERY hairy arms - which I started taking care of in the 8th grade (my mother always said I was too young to worry about those things until I started crying everyday because the kids at school would make fun of me.)

      I used to spend anywhere from 2-4 hours a day on my appearance - not because I was shallow, but because it took that long to shave and tweeze and do my hair and makeup. This is just what I also considered "normal" upkeep that most girls don't have to go through.

      I also struggled with acne since I was 10 years old (I'm 24 now). I tried EVERYTHING on the market and I take better care of my skin than most people with clear skin. My boyfriend doesn't even wash his face - he never has, and he has the smoothest skin I've ever seen. Meanwhile, I wash my face a minimum of 3 times a day. When Proactive first came out, I was 16 - and it didn't work for me. I recently tried it again about 6 months ago, and my skin has cleared up dramatically. Whereas before - I was just like you. I wouldn't step out of the house to take out the trash without putting on make up. Now, I have enough confidence to go to Wal-Mart without wearing make up. I still get a pimple here and there during my period, but it's usually gone in 2-3 days, while I keep up the Proactive regime. I've also been drinking a lot more water and I cut coffee and tea out of my diet for about 6 months. I'd have a cup here and there, but I pretty much started drinking at least 5 cups of water a day.

      As far as my hair goes, I used to spend 1-2 hours straightening and then another 1-2 hours styling. In dryer states where there was no humidity, I never had to worry about it. The style would stay all day. Since moving to Florida however, I'd get SOOOO frustrated after spending 2 hours on my hair, only for it to be ruined the SECOND I stepped outside. So I did a little research on hair relaxers. I found a Salon here in town and I keep up with the Staff regularly. I tried their Keratin treatment which was supposed to last 6 weeks, but it only lasted about 2 weeks on my hair. So my stylist tried a different technique on me that worked for another client of hers. It tamed my curls and actually made them look really beautiful - but the problem was that I paid for my hair to be straight, and it wasn't straight. So, I went back a few days later and we tried a type of relaxer. It cost me 0 and so far has lasted 4 months. It's supposed to last 6 months. My hair doesn't dry stick straight - but honestly, with my hair type, I wasn't expecting a miracle, and I can deal with the little bit of wave. (Naturally my hair is somewhere between wavy and curly. It actually looks really pretty, but ONLY if it has some sort of de-frizzing product and ONLY if I'm living in a dry state - which I'm not) Since getting the relaxer done, I've noticed my hair is healthier - I have very little split ends. (Whereas before, I'd start getting TONS of split ends a few days after getting a haircut). I can actually count the number of split ends I've seen on one hand, and it's been 4 months. The relaxer has also cut down on my hair time. I'll spend about 15 minutes to an hour on my hair now to achieve the same look, when I spent 2-4 hours on my hair.

      I didn't necessarily consider myself ugly, I knew I was pretty, but I always FELT ugly; My self esteem was never very good, even when people told me I was pretty, but I have SO Much more confidence now than I ever have. I'm still self conscious, but I don't think that's ever really going to go away - but I can tell you from experience hun - try the Proactive and try a Relaxer. Stick with the regime for a few months. You'll see results and you'll look and feel a lot better about yourself

      Edit - as far as having a bit of curves - i've always been a bit underdeveloped. as in, i have the opposite problem, im TOO skinny - and where most girls would prefer that - I have to shop for shoes in the kids section. I'm a 32A and can barely fill out my bra, and I can't do anything about that. I'm a woman trapped in the body of a 12 year old which is a huge turn off for guys. But you have to learn to dress your body.
      Most guys assume I'm a B-cup (and I DON'T stuff my bra), and the only people who know different are the handful of people who are going to read this post and the handful of people who have seen me naked. If a guy doesn't love you for you (even with your flaws) he's not the right guy for you.
      My favorite show is What Not To Wear. They have GREAT tips for women with curves on how to enhance your shape and make you look and feel better about yourself

  46. QUESTION:
    what is the best foundation for full coverage?
    I'm 17 and a junior in highschool, and ive been wearing foundation since the beginning of my sophmore year, before that i used tinted moisturizer. i need a change in foundation because i can never seem to find a good one that lasts all day and looks natural. i have combination skin, my nose gets pretty oily pretty quick, and usually my foundation is gone off my forehead before i leave school. i also have keratosis pilaris on my cheeks, so they're extra red, and i like to cover it up. so, if anyone has a foundation they think would have good coverage and last all day, please lemme know :)

    ps- i use foundation primer and always set my foundation with a powder and a makeup setting spray.

    • ANSWER:
      Revlon colorstay foundation has full coverage last all day long looks
      great on the skin they have one for oily skin ,dry skin cost at walmart.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get flawless skin from top to bottom?
    I'm 20 years old, I hate my hormones and genes

    I hate my moles, uneven skin tone , blemishes, pimples, Keratosis Pilaris, birthmark, etc. from my face to the feet very much…I wanna erase the entire imperfections. I blame my hormones & genes.

    Is it possible to have skin like a newborn baby or celebrities who are obsessed with beauty? How can I achieve that? I’ve tried exfoliation, healthy foods, etc but no results...

    Thank you so much. Longer answers are most welcome!
    Thank you, Bless you!!! ♥

    • ANSWER:
      . Drink enough water
      We know, we know. You've heard this a million times, but staying hydrated remains one of the most significant things you can do to improve your complexion. This tip is so easy, but it's also the first thing I tell women to do to take better care of their skin. Because the skin is one of the last organs to get hydrated when you drink water, it really shows if you have or haven't been drinking enough water."

      2. Microdermabrasion is a truly effective exfoliator—most other scrubs should be trashed.
      "When we're young, our skin cells turn over about every 28 days," Sobota explains. "But as we age, cells turn over 35, 40, or even every 50 days. What you need are products and treatments [like microdermabrasion] that prompt skin to turnover and essentially trick it into thinking it is younger."

      3. You need sunscreen, but not tons of it.
      Both dermatologist Dr. Eric Schweiger and Sobota agree that using sunscreen daily is one of the very first changes you should make to improve your skin.

      "You only need a shot glass-size amount to cover the entire body, which means the amount that goes on your face is about the size of a quarter," she says.

      4. Protect yourself against the sun, even when you're inside.
      Even if you're sitting in a cubicle all day, you could be getting exposure to sunlight that can damage and age your skin. "If you sit near a window, UVA rays can come through and take a toll on your skin," Sobota warns. "There's even some evidence that fluorescent lighting can have an impact. Most of us are cautious outside, but you really need to touch up your sunscreen just like you powder your nose."

      How do you do this without stripping off your makeup and starting your beauty regimen over or adding goopy sprays over your foundation? Sobota recommends powder sunscreens (like this product she uses) that you can dab on.

      5. SPF makeup? It just doesn't cut it.
      "It's a nice try, a good buffer, but the amount of SPF in makeup and what you get in sunscreen are not equal," Sobota says.

      6. Apply Retinol carefully—more is actually worse
      Retinol is a form of vitamin A that is used to combat acne as well as the signs of aging by spurring skin turnover and increasing collagen. It is available in prescription-strength formulas through a dermatologist, but can also be found in lower concentrations in cosmetics and creams. Although people might be tempted to apply it often, Dr. Schweiger says that will only irritate the skin more.

      "People used to think that to get the benefits of Retinol, the skin had to really peel. But really, this is just a side effect of using it too much," he says. "Instead, I recommend to most patients to use it three times a week. They see fewer side effects and might avoid that redness and peeling we associate with it."

      7. Workouts don't have to lead to breakouts.
      If you're one of those people who feels great about exercising, but not so great about the breakouts you get from excessive sweating, you don't have to sacrifice your time on the treadmill for fabulous skin. Acne-prone exercisers might just find the solution in the gym locker room.

      "Right after your workout, shower or wash your face right there at the gym. And since you're already there, take advantage of the gym's steam room for a few minutes. This will open up pores and reduce your chance of breaking out," Dr. Schweiger notes.

      8. Get your vitamin C, and not just in your diet.
      Eating lots of broccoli or adding orange juice to your morning meal may help your body ward off cardiovascular disease and boost your health, but to really see the benefits of Vitamin C on your skin, you have to apply it topically.

      "Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant," Sobota says. "It fights free-radical damage, which makes it wonderful for anti-aging."

      Over-the-counter products that contain vitamin C "won't accomplish your goal" of getting more beautiful skin, Sobota says. But prescription-strength products can make a big difference in keeping the skin looking young.

      9. You don't need lots of products, you just need the right ones.
      "Most patients I see have spent tons of money on a drawer full of insufficient products," Sobota says bluntly. "A visit to the drug store is just not going to cut it for most of us."

      "You should be using the correct products with the proper ingredients for your skin, your goals for how you want to look, and your health. Most of us don't need any more than three or four products total for great skin. If you're buying and using lots of things, even if you got them for a much lower price at the drug store, and you're not getting the results you need, then none of it's doing any good. It's a waste!"

  48. QUESTION:
    I AM FUC^$%^ TIRED OF THESE RED DOTS ON MY ARM PLS HELP!!!!?
    ok my doc said that i had some red bumpy skin diesed called keratosis pilaris and i hate it so much. Im a prty ripped guy but seriously all these acne like marks on my arms is a big turn off for some girls and it really pisses me off so much (im sorry for the language but if you had it you would know what it feels like) pls help me any remedies products that you are almost positive to get rid of all of this redness??
    i have seen a derm

    • ANSWER:
      There are none. Sorry but I've had the same red bumps since I was a teenager (I am now in my 30's) and my teenage son also has them.

      What I found to make them not as red although they will always be there is the following:

      Don't wear shirts with tight sleeves. Try wearing shirts with loose fitting ones so they don't rub against your arms.

      Sweating tends to make them appear more. So try to take a shower as soon as possible if you are sweating alot. Doesn't mean you have to use soap, just rinse your arms off.

      Don't put lotions, potions or ointment on them. It only irritates them more.

      Buy soap made for sensitive skin. Make sure to use a washcloth or loofah to give them a good scrub.

      And last but not least, make sure when you wash your cloths you don't overuse detergent and definately no dryer sheets.

      Mine are no longer red nor are my sons since we started doing the above. Although they are still there, they are flesh colored and not as noticable. There are also not as many of them now as there were.

      I know its annoying, but they are not going anywhere. Doesn't matter how many doctors you see.

  49. QUESTION:
    Please help! I need some fashion/life advice!?
    I am a white, 20 year old female, working full time in a real estate office. I have a few questions / need advice on the following:

    1. My hair is very dry and course. It tends to be wavy in the back, no matter how I straighten it. How might I get the smooth, shiny hair that i want?

    2. I have a "high hairline" which makes my forehead look very big. I've never had bangs - do you think this is something I should consider? I need a clean, professional look...

    3. I wear concealer, foundation, some blush, mascara, and occasionally some neutral eye shadow... what could I add to my look to enhance my features?

    4. I JUST stopped biting my nails!! I need to know how to care for them! How can I make the "whites" look whiter?

    5. I have keratosis-pilaris on the backs of my arms, (little bumps) how might i get rid of these?

    6. I FINALLY joined a gym! I am trying to get into shape. I am 170 lbs, and 5'7... what would be a good goal for me to shoot for 125lbs... sometime next year? I am planning on working out for around an hour, three times a week - is that enough to lose weight?

    7. I NEED to get into style - any ideas on websites that have cheap outfits already "put together"... I have no sense of style!!

    • ANSWER:
      hair that is dry and coarse can be easily remidied by various shampoos on the market. usually mine is wicked dry but i switched to herbel essences new line (i use the long term relationship stuff cause my hair is super long) but they have loads of products for all hair types. theres even one called hello hydration by herbel essences that would probably be perfect for you. plus it makes your hair smell so good! try also a frizz reducing product like Frizz ease by john freida. its kind of expensive but it works VERY well so its worth the few extra dollars over an inferior product. blow it dry and it should stay straighter. or buy a straightener

      i am not sure how to fix your high hairline. ive never had this issue. but you could go to your hair stylist and ask their professional opinion.

      i dont think there is much need for an abundence of makeup in an office enviroment. but perhaps you could try a little bit of eyeliner to enhance your eyes a little more (rimmel, and Kat Von D's line at sephora are AMAZING), and some tinted lip gloss in a shade just slightly differant than your lips?

      nails! theres loads of products out there. they have nail polish that comes in all the colors you could ever want but it has a kind of hot peppery taste to it so your not tempted to bite. it works wonders, cause seriously, that pepper taste is disgusting. the whites kinda do their own thing, unless you get a french manicure. keep them filed neatly, it makes them less likely to break. a good file will last you a while.

      keratosis pilaris....i have NO idea. thats something you really would have to talk to a dr about.

      gym! once again, this is something to talk to your dr about. he should be able to tell you what weight range would be healthy for you. im an inch taller and my dr says 135 is just about my ideal weight, give or take a few pounds, so your probably within the same range. but dont quote me on that.

      STYLE! woot! boston store, kohls, macys, h&m, and target are going to be your best friends. if your budget is a little larger, you can hit up express and white house/black market as well, or even ann taylor. all those stores have AMAZING business outfits. if your younger, i highly reccomend getting to boston store, they have loads of cool business type clothes on sale in the juniors section, and most are so professional looking you could wear them probably into your late 20s. Kohls is great for pants and skirts. macys is always worth a look. H&M has funkier but still business like stuff that is great if you ever feel like looking work like but throwing a bit of funk in there. Target has their Go! collections which always have at least one or two amazing office appropriate pieces. they also have great pants and good deals on shoes. express and ann taylor is where i would shop if i had more money. and just about everything in white house black market is PERFECT for an office enviroment.

      i really hope i helped. i just started an office job so trust me, ive been everywhere looking for clothes. i hope i gave you enough options to work with


how long does keratosis pilaris last

Skin Condition On Arms

How to get rid of pimples overnight is in fact one of the most challenging questions that every teenager and adults can face right now. It is challenging because at some point, just when you thought you are well-prepared and beautified for a big day, you face the mirror and hello! a zit suddenly greets you at the most important day of your life. Embarrassing.

Yes, it was not there yesterday. Truth is, pimples have the worst timing ever. It is distracting and attention-grabbing. While some has occasional pimple breakouts, the real nightmare begins when it starts to grow on your face all year round and that is when the question "How to get rid of pimples overnight?" starts nagging you until you finally get rid of them.

To know what causes pimples is to discover an escape from them. Well, not totally escape as everyone will definitely has their unwanted spotlight on them too at some point of their almost perfect lives. Yet still, the knowledge on how to cure and prevent them would be a great soul-saving relief for anyone who is suffering from pimple breakouts.

Pimple is a condition of acne resulting to excessive oils clogged in our pores. Skin pores serve as a medium for our oil glands to produce oil which thereby gives protection and lubrication to the skin. As a result, when these pores are blocked, it leads to unhealthy skin. Unhealthy face skin means pimples here and there. When this happens, it is best to arm ourselves with ready medication to declogged pores by releasing dirt thus, preventing serious acne breakouts.

How to get rid of pimples overnight and how Medication Works?

Since pimples appear unsightly and painful at times, our first notion is to directly apply proper regimen on how to get rid of pimples overnight. Different formulas have been presented and introduced which are all believed to be fast and effective.

The best way on how to get rid of pimples overnight is to wash the face with medicated soap which can contribute to pimple disappearance. These medicated soaps mostly contain mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids which are both known to fight bacteria-clogged pores. When choosing the correct anti acne soap, consider buying those which are scented-free as perfumes can sometimes aggravate the condition.

Icepacks are more than just bloke of ice as they can be used on how to get rid of pimples overnight. Icepacks multitask its way by forcibly closing the pores while pushing out dirt, oil and other bacteria trapped in the skin. The use of ice is helpful as you discover how it helps you get rid of existing ones and at the same time, guard your skin from new zit breakout. Rub it on to your face for no less than 10minutes to get the desired effect. Once the skin becomes numb, that signals closed pores and you are ready for a second wash to fully wash away those remaining dirt and oils rubbed off by your magical icepacks.

How to get rid of pimples overnight using Aspirin?

Aspirin, known as a salicylate drug could serve more than pain relievers. This too, makes a perfect anti-inflammatory solution for zits. Zap those stress-causing zits by crushing aspirin and mixing it with just enough amount of water before applying the spot. Let its salicylic acid works deep through your skin by leaving it on overnight.

Zinc-containing ointment to dab on the affected area will help reduce the swelling and would likely normalise the appearance of pimple once you wake up the following morning. Zinc is a mineral known for its effective skin care process and this is why it is greatly advised on how to get rid of pimples overnight.

Do not just sit and watch as these pimples ruin your day. Grab sea salt or white toothpaste as they are also recognized in taking part on how to get rid of pimples overnight when applied on affected skin. Let it stay overnight as it soothes through your face and rinse when you wake up. You will be surprised with how the pimple condition improves.

Egg white partakes with other on how to get rid of pimples overnight.

Egg, as we all know, is a great source of protein. Various dishes made from eggs are sometimes irresistible but do you know that it also helps on skin care. You can try on making egg white mask and have them applied on pimple-affected skin. This process when done and rinse off properly will help soften face tissues.

Wash out those pimples with basil leaves. Basil is a form of organically treating skin condition such as pimple by dipping 2-3 dried leaves of basil in hot water and leaving them for 10-20 minutes. After which, you can apply the liquid on your pimple using a cotton. No rinsing is required on this one. You can just let it rest on your face while enjoying its miraculous benefits.

Honey does a sweet job when it comes to making those pimples disappear. Just apply a little amount directly to your pimple and let it rest for an hour before rinsing. Honey has antiseptic contents that are highly considered beneficial to skin care.

Calamine lotion soothes skin irritations like pimples by applying it all over the place or to affected areas. Leave it overnight and wash it off the following morning. See how as simple beauty regime as this can relieve your acne condition.

A proud pimple can pop out your ballooning confidence. Avoid this from happening by simply getting beauty products that contain sulfur. Take time to apply enough amount of sulfur mask on your pimple and sleep with it. The following morning will give you new boost of confidence as you found out how it flattens that once proud pimple of yours.

Get rid of pimples using lemon juice application on the pimple. Although, this remedy does not promise a total nonexistent trace of acne, this, however will dry out the pimple overnight improving the skin's condition.

Some believe that getting rid of pimples overnight is a product of one's wishful thinking. There are products though, which appear to be most effective when it comes to treating pimples the fastest way. Although not all guarantees an overnight relief, the results are still overwhelming as it shows you amazing improved condition the day after.

Treating pimples overnight could be just a product of an optimistic mind. Yet, it is nothing compared to the desire of making them go away as quickly as possible. What is more irritating is how they always seem to know when and where to strike, sometimes at the most unwanted visible spot just a day prior to a special day. It is a blot to everyone's beauty specially women's and to get rid of them is priceless.

Who would not want a blemish-free skin, right? A glowing, spotless face is what we all dream of. Imagine, walking inside a room full of people and being noticed because of your acne-covered face? How embarrassing that could be?! Negate those reactions by appearing flawless. Be a head-turner in a positive way. The steps on how to get rid of pimples overnight are neither easy nor impossible.

This is a great resource if you are struggling with How to get rid of pimples. Find information, tips, advice, natural remedies, specific medicine, and a lot more on the topic of how to get rid of pimples overnight.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What skin condition could this be and could there be a cure?
    My husband has an odd skin condition that only affects him in the winter and he said he's had it since he was a child. His legs and arms will become so dry that his skin will look scaly with a brownish gray color. If he tries to peel this skin it will bleed, and bruise. So far he has tried every lotion known to man otc, but nothing has helped. He refuses to go to a dermatologist due to embarrassment . Does anyone know of a really good lotion he may be able to use?

    • ANSWER:
      I suppose it is embarrassing to show your arms or legs to a dermatologist, and get not only the correct diagnosis but also the correct treatment regimen. But, as a dermatologist, I can only give accurate advice after I"ve seen the problem, so without a picture of the problem, it's really impossible to tell you what condition he truly has. There are numerous conditions (which reaquire different treatments) that can present with "dry skin")

  2. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help my skin condition, keratosis pilaris?
    I have a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. I was born with it and I get little white bumps on my arms and legs. It looks like pimples/acne but it's not. I have tried every lotion and scrub, but nothing has worked. Does anyone have this skin condition who has had success in reducing the bumpy appearance?

    Also, because I have been picking at the bumps for years, I've gotten scars. Is there a good cream or lotion to make the scars fade away?

    • ANSWER:
      If you keep on scrubbing and loading on products with tons of chemicals it is only going to make your skin get more irritated. If I were you I would such to all organic products. Coconut and emu oil are wonderful for skin. Raw organic shea butter is wonderful also.

      Try going to a health store or look online..I get everything from rose mountain.

      There are many organic oils out there that help reduce inflammation, reddness, scars, etc.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of or better my skin condition?
    I have a severe skin condition were my skin is very bumpy due because its very dry. Its kind of like eczema. Mind is really bad though and stubborn. Its just on my arms though. My dermitolgist called p.a can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      You need a light daily exfoliation, nothing too rough. I would recommend Avon's version of Pro-Active. The bumps are usually caused by buildup of dead skin cells that you aren't shedding properly. Sure, its for the face, but you can use the system anywhere on your body. Use a toner as well, and a correction cream, nothing too oily, this will just clog pores.
      You may want to consider hitting the tanning bed once or twice a week. The combination of both these helped clear up my "bumps" quite well.

  4. QUESTION:
    What jobs allow/require you to wear a long sleeve shirt?
    I have an embarrassing skin condition on my arms (which unfortunately is non-curable) and due to my already low self-esteem I have to wear long sleeve shirts or sweaters everywhere I go. Needless to say this has definitely hindered my job seeking. So I am just curious if any of you know of any places that require employees to wear long sleeved shirts? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Why can't you just wear a long sleeve shirt to any job you get? It's not likely that people will ask, "Why do you always wear long sleeve shirts?" And even if they did, just tell them, "Because I like to." It's no one's business but your own, and you aren't required to provide people with an explanation of your disease.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can i treat diabetic related skin conditions with Shea Butter and Apple Cider Vinegar?
    My dad has this horrible itching skin condition, he is a diabet. He has gone to doctors and they keep giving him anti-fungal treatments that dont seem to work. He is always scratching his sculp and arms. He has dark patches on his arms that really itch him. What can he take? Can Shea butter and Apple Cider Vinegar work

    • ANSWER:
      Your dad need to ask the doctor to see a skin specialist. You need to be careful with diabetic as something can affect them eg like cutting there toes a doctor need to cut them .

  6. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of scars on my arms in 2 weeks?
    i had this skin condition called eczema on my arms since i was little and now im 14.... and it just started going away a couple months ago and i have real bad scars on my arms from it. Homecomings in 2 weeks and i have the cutest dress and im not gonna wear a sweater over it because it would look bad.is there any way of fading them? or even putting cover up on? HELP!
    and ive been using that mederma stuff too.....

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear about the eczema scars.
      If your eczema flares up again, I'll recommend a product to help you, Salcura Intensive
      I've written an epinion about it on Epinions.com Dramatic results to stop our child from itching, bleeding etc. There were red bands on his ankles and wrists, that cleared up very quickly.
      We still spray him once a day when we see him itch. My epinions tells you more, but the lowest price and best shipping can be found at ExpressChemist.co.uk. It's only sold in Britain, but they'll ship it anywhere.

      It's possible the Salcura might help you with your scars, but I really don't know
      But I do know it will help you with eczema.
      Salcura sells a good cream repair cream, which we use on our son too. It's called Salcura Zeoderm

      Other than that, I'd recommend prayer, plus investigate if there's any cosmetics that can help you cover it up.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a yeast infection on another place than your vagina?
    On your arm, for example.
    I went to my doctor to find out about a weird skin condition on my arm, and she said it was a mild yeast infection. It doesn't itch or burn. And it is really hard to find an ointment that doesn't apply to your vagina.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes!!! i had the same thing probably about a little more than a year ago but it was on the back of my neck. Use selsun blue the dandruff shampoo it is also anti-fungul which is what yeast sorta is put it on and leave it on for a while and then wash it off.. mine went away.. rather quickly it started to come back a little while later and i did the same thing and i haven't had any signs of it in over a year! i probably only applied it 3-4 times

  8. QUESTION:
    Why does the skin on my arms and butt feel weird?
    Ok this might be really strange but parts of my body (especially my butt and the back of my arms) have this weird skin condition. I dont know how to describe it, it doesnt look like much but it doesnt feel as smooth as the rest of my skin. It kinda feels like I have permanent goosebumps on those places and if you look closely, it looks like theres tiny pimples there. Does anyone know what this is or how I can get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      keratosis pilaris!
      ---Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a very common skin condition often referred to as "chicken skin". If you have keratosis pilaris, you are not alone. Worldwide, keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.

      Most people with keratosis pilaris don't know they have it. While KP resembles goosebumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small, rough bumps on the skin. Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except palms or soles. (Often confused with acne.)---
      go get more info at http://www.keratosis-pilaris.org/ :)

  9. QUESTION:
    What is that "ashy" skin condition I get in the winter?
    My complexion is flawless for a great deal of the year, but come late fall early winter, patches of melanin start falling off of my left arm, just like a sunburn but I know it's not a sunburn. The patches on my arm are dusty white which contrast with my normally chocolate complexion. It ain't pretty. I won't be caught dead in anything other than long sleeves that time of year. But once spring roles around, the spots disappear. The only skin condition I could research that sort of fits my description is vitiligo, but vitiligo is chronic and happens all over the body, doesn't it? My condition only occurs at a specific time of the year and on a random spot of my body. I don't think it's anything serious, but I'm still curious. What gives?
    Thanks The Racist, I'll look into that. Your answer was really relevant and made an incredible amount of sense too.
    Dry winter skin? That's actual scientific terminology for the condition I have?

    • ANSWER:
      dry skin

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I fix this strange skin condition?
    I have a skin condition where on my thighs and my arms there are like little goosebumps that never go back down they just stay bumpy on my legs for years now. It's kind of embarrassing in gym when my friends stare at my legs and go "What's wrong with your legs?"

    How do I get rid of it and have smooth skin???

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best remedy for dried, cracked skin?
    I have had a terrible skin condition that cannot seem to be diagnosed. I have seen several dermatologist, rheumatologist and immunologist. Does anyone have a similar condition? How are you treating it?
    My skin is extremely itchy. Only affecting my arms and legs. It is not allergy related or blood related. It seems like my skin is not absorbing any of the topical medications prescribed to me.
    I am finding small "bumps" developing.

    • ANSWER:
      Seriously only try and use pure and natural products
      have you heard of Arbonne skin care? I do not have this condition but have friends with severe skin issues who swear this product (even if you have to try and use their baby line)
      is the only product to help soothe and treat them. Thought I'd mention it and never use products with vaseline or mineral oils to them (google petroleum)

  12. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the little scars on the backs of my arms?
    I'm only 15 years old and the backs of my arms don't look too good because I have a skin condition that is related to acne there. What can I find in the kitchen (like herbs or honey or something?) that will get rid of the scarring, not the actual skin condition. If this helps, my skin isn't very sensitive.

    • ANSWER:
      ok, this is going to sound really crazy, but I was at my friends house and she wanted to try salt and ice on her skin (STUPID DONT DO IT) she had major scars from it, but the man at the store told her to apply Head And Shoulders twice a day to the spot, and the scar should be gone within 2 weeks. AND THEY WERE! im sure they will work wiht ur arms. good luck

  13. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of nasty bumps on my arms?
    I have these tiny little bumps on my upper arms. They look like a cross between pimples and goosebumps. They are all relatively the same size, and yes, as disgusting as it may sound, there's pus in them. If you look far away, the look like a shadow on my arms.

    Are there any ways to get rid of them very quickly? (I had them for a very long time).

    Also, what is the proper name for this type of skin condition?

    • ANSWER:
      This skin condition is called Keratosis, it happens when the protein in the skin called Keratin forms hard plugs within the hair follicle. There are certain creams that can help, creams that contain urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid tretinoin or Vitamin D. If its any consolation the spots can disappear when you get older, or can be less noticeable. Hope I have helped you

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of facial and arm redness?
    I have redness on my cheeks and redness on the upper part of my arms. It's not any type of skin condition on my face. I've been checked by a dermatologist. It just looks like somebody slapped me across the face but the redness never goes away. On my arms, some people have said it may be Keratosis Pilaris. I'm very pale and this redness really stands out. Any way to get rid of it or at least make it less noticeable? Thanks!
    I'm a girl if that helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe try a skin bleaching agent. Not something real strong though. I know theirs products on the market that help even out skin tone or reduce facial reddening. You'll just have to look around. They come in the forms of lotions, creams, ect. Aveeno has such products. I use their face moisturizer with spf and their body one also. I haven't tried the ones for skin reddening or the ones that even out skin tone, but I am sure they are worth a try. Heres a link to the products. http://www.aveeno.com/segmentAction.do?segid=1002&catid=1000

      If this dont help then maybe with the help of a laser or Microdermabrasion. I have heard it can help lighten skin, like freckles, and obviously a laser is stronger and can remove things like moles, but if its just redness, then microdermabrasion if all else fails.

      In the mean time you can always do what they show on tv (think bare minerals) and cover with powders on your face. As for your arms wear longer sleeves? I'm not sure if a skin bronzer lotion would help any,,,but try to keep these areas safe from the sun with spf as you may have sensative skin in these areas.

      I too am quit pale. Blonde hair, blue eyes, freckles. I am less red with sunblock. Also, just wearing makeup helps,,,,i never darkened my skin since i like light skin. Also, i want to protect it from wrinkles and think it would look silly and fake on my complexion. I like you probably suffer the same kind of issue. I look red in these areas more than others. I just bare with it since i'm sure its common in pale skin types.

  15. QUESTION:
    Skin pigment changes to lighter tone temporarily in certain spots on arms and legs only?
    What is this condition? It seems more to do with circulation or something rather being a skin condition but I have no idea. This only occurs on my arms and legs and perhaps the most notable aspect is that the little splotches, no bigger than a pea, only become noticeably apparent in changes in temperature. As for when it those certain areas become exposed to different temperatures. It only seems to occur on the extremities also as in forearms and lower legs.

    Any ideas? I know it's not vitiligo.
    Thank you angels but it's not that noticeable. I have no idea what causes it because I have no idea what it is, that's what I'm trying to figure out.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      You did not say what was causing it.So I assume that you have not gone to a doctor to find out,or are scared to.soooooooo,
      here is a temporary solution to the problem.
      I am assuming that you are not a real light person.So this is what you do.
      Brew 2 cups strong black tea,let it cool,and pour into a plastic spray bottle.Make sure your skin is clean and dry.Then spray the tea directly onto your skin and let it air-dry.Repeat as desired for a healthy-looking glowing tan.So I would put this on the spots untill I can see the doctor.This will also work to give a man's face a more natural look after shaving off a beard.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there an online diagnosis for skin problems?
    I have a skin condition that is termed as chronic urticaria by doctors. But the symptoms do not match my condition. They neither irritate/bleed nor they are communicable. (my wife and kid are free from such a skin condition) When I was 8 years old, I noticed these on my wrist but now it's spread to other parts of my body. I have them on (the inside of) my hands and on either sides of my abdomen, near the arm pits and on both feet. And, on the hands i have it mostly at the finger joints and knuckles. I am over 30 years and got fed up visiting doctors who prescribe temporary relief medicines (I used 'Dipsalic' - the skin becomes smooth after using this medicine for 2-3 days and then the bumps re-appear as soon as i stop using it) I want to know if any doctor could help me in diagnosing and treating it online. I am willing to send photos.

    • ANSWER:
      In your instance, certainly a second opinion is warranted. I would suggest that you see a dermatologic specialist. Even if your current physician is a dermatologist, get seen by another.

      Also, there is an "Ask" the Expert" section of the CME (Continuing Medical Education) website. Frankly, I don't believe there is any website that will diagnose you, nor any doctor who will do so without seeing you in person. You can, however, pose your questions to these experts, and perhaps have the field of possibilities narrowed:

  17. QUESTION:
    I have karatosis palarius aka chicken skin. How do i treat it?
    I have a skin condition called karatosis palirus. It is also known as chicken skin. I have had it as long as i can remember. It is very common. I've read that it mostly appears on the back of your arms and on your legs. Well i have it all over my legs and arms, my face, and a little on my stomach. My doctor did confirm what it was and i want to know how to get rid of it. It looks so ugly!

    • ANSWER:
      Research online. There are millions of websites dedicated to the treatment of KP.

      Exfoliate it and moisturize with DERMAdoctor KP Duty. It's the best treatment I've seen so far. Not prescription either, you can buy it at Sephora, though it's a little expensive. Moisturizers containing Alpha Hydroxy Acid or lactic acid definitely help.

      Don't pick on them.

  18. QUESTION:
    Why do the backs of my arms look red, irritated and blotchy?
    Sometimes it looks worse than others. They also have little pimples that come and go. What skin condition might this be and what can I do to treat it? Any natural remedies? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      One condition that causes this is psoriasis. However I would suggest you consult a dermatologist. It is estimated that even GPs incorrectly diagnose skin conditions 85% of the time looking at them. You are expecting to get it correctly by a bunch of laymen who have never seen you. SEE THE DOCTOR..

  19. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of Keratosis pilaris on my upper arm?
    keratosis pilaris is a skin condition and is in my whole family. I have poped the spots and tgere are now scabs. How can i get rid of the scabs and the spots.

    • ANSWER:
      watch this it might help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_5S3gmUrXk&feature=related

  20. QUESTION:
    How to clear acne, dark spots and pimples fast?
    I have had acne since sixth grade, when i was younger i didn't know i wasn't supposed to pick at it so now i have MANY dark spots. I still have bad acne and i always have at LEAST one huge pimple. I have tried just about everything. My parents make their own soaps and other products out of goats milk and other natural products. I tried their soap and it worked for about a month and i was noticing better skin. My skin just got worse! I also have a skin condition that makes my arms, face, and sometimes legs bumpy. Just a bunch of tiny little bumps all over. It doesn't itch or hurt its just not very attractive and annoying. I'm sorry i don't remember what it's called! I really need help though. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've been having something very similar and nothing has worked until recently, I bought a regular non pore clogging lotion and I put one or 2 drops of pure tea tree oil in it. My face is nearly clear and my spots are slowly going away. It takes a bit but works. I wash my face every morning with whatever random acne stuff is around, I also wash other parts of my body with it. If my face feels dry I use a bit of face lotion with a drop of the oil. And I use gold bond on my other body areas. Every night I wash my face again and use the lotion with a couple drops of tea tree oil.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of keratosis pilaris?
    So, by now I already figured out that I have this skin condition since I know on certain parts of my skin like certain parts of my arms, and thighs I have it. Is there any type of treatment for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment

      Treatment may include:

      Moisturizing lotions to soothe the skin and help it look better

      Skin creams that contain urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin D

      Steroid creams to reduce redness

      Improvement often takes months and the bumps are likely to come back.

  22. QUESTION:
    Skin pigment changes to lighter tone temporarily in certain spots on arms and legs only?
    What is this condition? It seems more to do with circulation or something rather being a skin condition but I have no idea. This only occurs on my arms and legs and perhaps the most notable aspect is that the little splotches, no bigger than a pea, only become noticeably apparent in changes in temperature. As for when it those certain areas become exposed to different temperatures. It only seems to occur on the extremities also as in forearms and lower legs.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks, but it's not vitiligo. I think it may have to do with circulation...

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like vitiligo, take a look at the link below.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is someone Hurting her or is it a skin problem?
    One of my Closest Mates has these Small Circle like Marks all over her Arms They look like Cigarette burns but im not sure, Theyre Red and Fleshy and look painful, whenever i ask her about them she just covers them up and says theyre nothing. Im getting really worried that someone could be hurting her but could be a skin condition shes not willing to talking about? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      My eczema can look similar to small cigarette burns, and when someone asks about them I usually have the same reaction. If they appear in the same spots on her arms, and they appear to get better and worse, it is likely a skin condition.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I get a good tan in a tanning bed?
    I have very pale skin and my arms are always red or they go purple in the upper arm when they get cold. I can't get a tan at all in the sun so I was thinking of trying a tanning bed, if not then possibly spray tan. Tips on spray tanning or tanning beds for my skin condition. How long does spray tan last?

    • ANSWER:
      if u cant get tan from the sun, you won't get one from a tanning bed. Try a spray tan, its fine for your skin and youll see the result right away.

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dark skin?
    Because of some medical conditions of mine, I have dark patches on certain parts of my body such as my arm pits, the back of my neck, and around my lips. It really looks gross sometimes and I feel ugly... I even shave my under arms everyday and from a distance it always looks like I have hair because of how dark it is, around my lips, it looks like I have dirt. I just want to make this skin condition go away and I don't know how. Please Help Me.

    • ANSWER:
      use egg whites and lemon juice on the face.
      lemon juice on the other parts of the body
      lemon juice is pretty powerful i see the difference as soon as i use it.
      make sure to put it on over night.

  26. QUESTION:
    What certain websites might help me find out about skin conditions and treatments???
    My girlfriend is breaking out in welt type bumps all over her back,arms and chest a few times a day...What might cause this sudden outbreak of welt looking bumps???...They go away when rubbing alcohol or aloe is applied but they itch and are not going away.There has been no change in her habits or diet and she have not been hiking recently,etc.....What might this skin condition be???

    • ANSWER:
      Do a websearch on "uticaria" also known as hives.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a home remedy for folliculitis?
    I have folliculitis on my arms, stomach and breasts and I would like to get rid of them naturally. I was on an antibiotic but my doctor doesn't want me to take another round. I am also a type 2 diabetic. So I am prone to getting this hideous skin condition. I just want to get rid of this without going on expensive medicine as I am on a limited income.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a specialized dermatologist. They will be able to help you more than your regular physician.

  28. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of dark spots caused by eczema?
    I was diagnosed with eczema about one or two yrs ago, don't really remember exactly when right now, and ever since I've been struggling with this skin condition. It all started in my hands and now I see this in the inner parts of my arms and around the back of my shoulders. I sometimes get it on the back of my legs too. All the itching (sp) and dryness leaves dark spots in my body and I hate it. How can I get rid of the dark spots...will they go away on their own?

    • ANSWER:
      While there r some creams in the market claiming total removal of spots its always advisable to consult a dermatologist first.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of exima?
    I have the skin condition on my arms where it is discolored. I have had it for years and im 13 now so how do you get rid of it???

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Can bleaching body hair ruin my skin?
    I recently started bleaching the hair on my arms and stomach with a homemade bleach made of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia water. My family has a history of vitiligo (Michael Jackson's skin condition) and I'm wondering can this trigger it? Or can it cause hyperpigmentation, which will make me darker. My skin is quite fair. I've been bleaching everyday since three days ago (there's only a slight difference in the color of my hair). Can this permanently discolor my skin over time?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      Why don't you try those bleaching products specialized for the skin?

      It would be better if you just make an appointment with the dermathologist and explain him/her your situation.
      If you want to continue bleaching your hairs and you have sensitive skin you better do it correctly. Spend a few pounds and go for it - do not play with your skin or make any experiments. Do it!

  31. QUESTION:
    Skin "pigment" changes to lighter tone temporarily in certain spots on arms and legs only?
    What is this condition? It seems more to do with circulation or something rather being a skin condition but I have no idea. This only occurs on my arms and legs and perhaps the most notable aspect is that the little splotches, no bigger than a pea, only become noticeably apparent in changes in temperature. As for when it those certain areas become exposed to different temperatures. It only seems to occur on the extremities also as in forearms and lower legs.

    Any ideas? I know it's not vitiligo.

    • ANSWER:
      it is a sort of a skin pigment.. it can get darker or lighter than the rest of your skin.. always keep it protected from sun!!! use a good sun factor as well...
      if it's really light, and getting quite dry, then i really suggest you see a doc. nothing major, many ppl actually have it, but then he can tell you what to do exactly to prevent it from getting worse

  32. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to get rid of tinea versacolor when taking Ketoconazole?
    What are the details of the skin condition and the drug?

    • ANSWER:
      Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection that often affects adolescents and young adults. The term versicolor refers to the fact that it causes the affected skin to change color and become either lighter or darker than surrounding skin. The most common areas it affects are the shoulders, back, and chest. At times, it can affect folds of skin, such as the crook of the arm, the skin under the breasts, or the groin. The face is usually spared, although sometimes children can get it there. There may be just a few spots or so many that it gives the appearance that the affected skin is normal while the unaffected skin around it seems to have a problem.

      TREATMENT:

      There are many antifungal agents available to apply to the skin for the treatment of tinea versicolor. Over-the-counter (OTC) remedies include clotrimazole and miconazole. These should be applied twice a day for 10-14 days but come in small tubes and are hard to apply to large areas. Another OTC option is selenium sulfide shampoo 1% (Selsun Blue) or 1% ketoconazole shampoo. Some doctors recommend applying these for 15 minutes twice a week for two to four weeks. Others suggest applying them overnight and washing them off in the morning for a week. This treatment can be irritating, however, and may lead to missing hard-to-reach spots on the mid-back.

      There are also many prescription-strength antifungal creams that can treat tinea versicolor, as well as a stronger form of selenium sulfide (2.5%) and prescription-strength ketoconazole shampoo (2%). However, these pose the same application problems as their OTC counterparts.

      Oral treatment for tinea versicolor has the advantage of simplicity. A single dose of ketoconazole (brand name Nizoral) or five daily doses of itraconazole (brand name Sporanox) are two therapies your doctor can prescribe.

      The affects of the fungal infection can be seen for months after successful treatment. you should be eradicated of the infection within the time you cease taking your perscribed medicine.

      Good Luck!!

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the most affective treatments for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have a mild case of Keratosis Pilaris on my forearms & biceps. I know there's no permanent cure for this skin condition, but I would like to clear it up for the most part.

    • ANSWER:
      I have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms, and I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It works better than anything else that I've tried, and it's much cheaper than prescription creams! Keeping KP moist is key to reducing the bumps and redness. It works for me!

  34. QUESTION:
    Can you exfoliate on keratosis with sugar?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my arms and I don't have an exfoliant right now so can I use sugar?

    Btw keratosis is a skin condition that causes red bumps on the skin.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had it for years and I find that panoxyl is the only thing that really helps, ask your doctor about it.

      As for sugar, that would probably not be smart because it will clog the pores on ur skin causing further irritation and more red bumps.

      Do you have a loofa sponge of a pumice stone to rub on ur skin in the shower? That would be better.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of exzcema spots?
    I have a skin condition very similar to exzcema and I do moisturize twice a day everyday. Ever since I have been little I have white exzcema spots on my arms and legs that do not tan so in the summer they stick out and I find it sort of embarrassing. I was wondering if I could get rid of them? or do I just have do deal with them for the rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:
      I had exema and I got rid of it with this cream made espesially for eczema.it went away!.go to a pharmacy pe Safeway any store that has creams n ull find it. My son has ezcema cus of me he is 1 year old and the doctor gave me a cream. Its slowly fading

  36. QUESTION:
    Embarrassing skin problem, how can i cure it?
    I have this all over my back and on my arms i don't know if i should call it acne because the bumps are so tiny and after time they dry and leave spots, i never wear bikini or summer clothes in the summer. That's the reason i don't wear many of the cute clothing. In the summer am all covered up. How can i cure this? I have had it since i remember, my mom has it too and i have seen lots of people with this skin condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure to use lotions, sun tan creams, and it helps to use creams like coco butter or something for stretch marks as well

  37. QUESTION:
    what's the best way to remove bumps/scales on back of arms and legs?
    I've tried lotions with alpha-hydroxy (Eucerin) that seem to help, but nothing seems to work well to eliminate this skin condition.
    Any tips? My cousins and I all have this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink more water and try ambi lotion

  38. QUESTION:
    I have a skin condition called Rosacia. Would appreciate if some one could give me a good home remedy ?
    Rosacia has made my skin on my cheeks, chin and nose become red. (really red). There is no real cure in allopathy it can only be controlled. DR adviced me to take Antibiotic for 6 months to reduce it but there is no guarantee that it will be cured. So would appreciate if any oen can give me a herbal /home remedy for this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Ameena

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Quick Action Plan for SKin Issues

      1. Massage your skin, where needed, with bergamot, camphor, geranium, juniper, lavender, or neroli essential oils.

      2. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend making a paste of ½ tsp each of turmeric and sandalwood paste with enough water, and applying to pimples. Also, drink half a cup of aloe vera juice twice daily until skin clears.

      3. Eat an organic whole foods diet, with plenty of organic cooked and raw vegetables, and whole fruits. Reduce animal fats and stressor foods such as caffeine, refined sugars, and alcohol, as well as colas, candies, and frozen and processed foods. Include more high fiber foods.

      4. Drink eight glasses of pure, filtered water daily. Also, daily have two glasses of raw juice, combining carrot, beet, and celery juice, or, carrot, cucumber, and lettuce (not iceberg), and spinach, with carrot predominating.

      5. Add 3-5 drops of crab apple flower essence to pure water and drink during the day. Rescue Remedy® is good for stress.

      6. Combine the tinctures of herbs such as sarsaparilla, burdock, and cleavers in equal parts, taking ½ tsp three times a day. Drink an infusion of nettle several times a day and apply tea tree oil topically. An infusion of calendula mixed with equal parts of distilled witch hazel can be used as a cleansing wash. Steam sauna your face with red clover, lavender, and strawberry leaves.

      7. Useful homeopathy remedies are Pulsatilla, Silicea, Berberis, Ledum, Sulfur, Arsen alb., Belladonna, and/or Carbo veg.

      8. Enjoy full body immersion hydrotherapy treatments such as steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation, hot and/or cold compresses, and steam sauna your face with red clover, lavender, and strawberry leaves.

      9. Useful supplements are vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. Also include omega-3 fatty acids, brewer's yeast, chlorophyll, and pancreatic enzymes with meals.

      10. Expose your face to sun and air at least 30 minutes a day, and exercise daily. Keep your skin clean by washing your face three times a day with soap made from the herb calendula officinalis, or using other alternatives to soap. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Keep the skin free of oil and use water-based products. Get sufficient sleep.

      11. Make facial masks from natural products; leave on overnight to help dry the skin if the issue is caused by excess oil.

      12. For long term relief and health be sure to do a colon cleanse. This clears out the toxins in the blood and excess waste in the body. Colon cleansing will healp clear up a lot of issue, expecially skin issues.

      Cause
      Skin Issues may be worsened at adolescence, during the pre-menstrual and/or mid-menstrual cycle due to hormonal action, and when under stress, on contraceptives, eating a poor diet that causes an over acidic system, or taking prescription and non-prescription drugs.

      Skin Issues may suggest the need for better hygiene, or magnesium and vitamin A. Also some skin issues are suggesting vitamin B1 deficiency or absorption problems. Consistent raised spots on the outside of the arms and sometimes even the thighs, resembling "chicken skin," may suggest need for magnesium, vitamin A, or essential fatty acids or the need to avoid foods that inhibit the absorption of these nutrients, such as trans-fatty acids found in margarine and hydrogenated oils, such as cottonseed oil and palm kernel oil.

      Food allergies, allergies to facial creams, soaps, shampoos, makeup, and excess intake of refined sugars, can all cause or contribute to skin issues. Certain foods can also aggravate skin conditions because of their high-acid forming effects on the body, especially fried foods, trans fats, iodized salt, alcohol, hot and spicy foods, all processed foods, chocolate, fruit juices, carbonated beverages, caffeinated beverages, and dairy products. Excessive long-term intake of seafood or other high iodine foods may also cause issues in some people.

      Coexisting gum problems suggest the need for folic acid. A separate skin condition may occur in women 30-40 years old due to physical exercising or working all day with face makeup, lowered resistance due to stress, or hyper-response to bacteria or hormone problems. Another skin problem, acne rosacea (reddish spots in a pattern over nose and cheeks), may be a sign of low B vitamins or low hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

      Best of health to you

  39. QUESTION:
    Help! How to get rid of eczema and psoriasis?
    I have a terrible skin condition - eczema and psoriasis. Different patches are all over my face, arms and legs!
    Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely see a dermatologist for best treatment. My boyfriend also suffers with eczema and he's found relief with the topical cream "Elidel" (available by prescription). Also, I've recently bought him Eucerin Calming Creme, which he applies right after he gets out of the shower. This has helped too. Remember, always avoid unprotected sun exposure, very hot showers, soaps, and fragrances--as these will aggrevate the problem futher. Try to wear 100% cotton as often as possible, as this will let the skin breathe. Maybe even try a humidifier in dry or cold weather, which will help with dry skin.

      Here are some useful links:
      http://www.eucerinus.com/products/hb_calming.html

      http://www.elidel.com/index.jsp

  40. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of sun damage?
    I have very very very pale skin that just does not tan unless it burns first. I mostly try to stay out of the sun but the problem is i have some redness on the backs of my arms. It's a combination of sun damage I guess and just a skin condition. I don't like to wear sleeveless shirts cuz I'm self-conscious about it. Does anyone know how I can minimize the appearance of this?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Honey

      The best thing you can do is to see a dermatologist to help you on how to get rid of sun damage. Dermatologist will prescribed you medicines that could help you on your skin problem.

      If you want to know some more tips go ahead and contact me. I am hoping that this helped!

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of these "permanent goosebumps"?
    I have these "permanent goosebumps" along my outer, upper arms and thighs. It's this skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris. I'll probably contact my dermatologist because I've had this forever and it's totally unattractive, but I was wondering if there was a way to treat it right at home?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same exact thing, and yeah it's incredibly hard to get rid of and all my dermatologist subscribed random oily lotions, but at Sephora they have this lotion called DermaDocter: KP Duty and it's actually for keratosis pilaris. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P73509
      they do go away a little as u get older but yeah they are annoying.

  42. QUESTION:
    If I have Keratosis Pilaris can I use shampoo with keratin in it?
    I have keratosis pilaris which is when my body creates too much keratin and leaves bumps all over my arms... I am wanting to use a shampoo and conditioner with keratin in it because it would make my coarse hair soft. Can I use it? Or would it make my skin condition worse? I would rinse it completely out and wash my body afterwards of course.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have information on skin condition?
    A friend of mines little baby has a skin condition called erythema-multiforme syndrome. He has patches of rashes all over his body. My friend is scared and would like to know if you all have any information.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Asker!

      Here are some information about erythema multiform.

      Alternative Names:
      Lyell's syndrome; Stevens-Johnson syndrome; Toxic epidermal necrolysis

      Definition

      Erythema multiforme is a skin disorder resulting from an allergic reaction.

      Causes

      Erythema multiforme is a type of hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction that occurs in response to medications, infections, or illness. Medications associated with erythema multiforme include sulfonamides, penicillins, barbiturates, and phenytoin. Associated infections include herpes simplex and mycoplasma infections.

      The exact cause is unknown. The disorder is believed to involve damage to the blood vessels of the skin with subsequent damage to skin tissues. Approximately 90% of erythema multiforme cases are associated with herpes simplex or mycoplasma infections. The disorder occurs primarily in children and young adults.

      Erythema multiforme may become noticeable with a classic skin lesion, with or without systemic (whole body) symptoms. In Stevens-Johnson syndrome, the systemic symptoms are severe and the lesions are extensive, involving multiple body areas, especially the mucous membranes. Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN syndrome, or Lyell's syndrome) involves multiple large blisters (bullae) that coalesce, followed by sloughing of all or most of the skin and mucous membranes.

      Symptoms

      Multiple skin lesions:

      With sudden onset, which may recur
      That may spread
      That may appear as nodule, papule, or macule
      Central lesion surrounded by concentric rings of paleness and redness, also called "target", "iris", or "bull's eye"
      May have vesicles and bullae (blisters of various sizes)
      Located on the legs, arms, palms, hands, or feet
      May involve the face or lips
      Trunk is usually not involved
      Usually symmetrical
      Itching of the skin may be present
      Fever
      General ill feeling
      Joint aches
      Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
      Vision abnormalities
      Dry eyes
      Bloodshot eyes
      Eye pain
      Eye burning, itching and discharge
      Mouth sores

      Exams and Tests

      The diagnosis is primarily based on the appearance of the skin lesion and its typical symmetrical distribution, especially if there is a history of risk factors or associated diseases.

      There may be a positive Nikolsky's sign.

      A skin lesion biopsy and microscopic examination may be helpful to differentiate erythema multiforme from other disorders. Erythema multiforme may show tissue death and other changes. Microscopic examination of the tissue may also show antibody deposits.

      Treatment

      Treatment goals include control of the underlying causes or illnesses, treatment of the symptoms, and prevention of infection. Suspected medications should be discontinued.

      Treatment of mild symptoms may include:

      Moist compresses applied to skin lesions
      Medications such as antihistamines to control itching
      Over-the-counter medications (such as acetaminophen) to reduce fever and discomfort
      Topical anesthetics (especially for mouth lesions) to ease discomfort that interferes with eating and drinking
      Treatment of severe symptoms may include:

      Hospitalization and treatment in an intensive care or burn care unit for severe cases, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis
      Systemic corticosteroids to control inflammation
      Intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) to stop the process
      Antibiotics to control secondary skin infections
      Good hygiene and isolation from others may be required to prevent secondary infections.

      Extensive skin involvement may cause the loss of large quantities of body fluids, causing shock in addition to the risk of infection. Intensive care with support of body systems may be required.

      Skin grafting may be helpful in cases in which large areas of the body are affected.

      In cases that are caused by the herpes virus, daily antiviral medications may be prescribed to prevent recurrences of erythema multiforme.

      Outlook (Prognosis)

      Mild forms of erythema multiforme usually resolve without difficulty in 2 - 6 weeks, but they may recur. More severe forms may be difficult to treat. Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis are associated with high death rates.

      Possible Complications

      Permanent skin damage and scarring
      Occasionally, lesions on internal organs causing:
      Pneumonitis (lung inflammation)
      Myocarditis (heart inflammation)
      Nephritis (kidney inflammation)
      Hepatitis (liver inflammation)
      Secondary skin infection (cellulitis)
      Systemic infection, sepsis
      Loss of body fluids, shock

      When to Contact a Medical Professional

      Go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911) if symptoms indicate erythema multiforme. Involvement of a large area of the body is an emergency situation

      Hope that may help you!
      Good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    Anyone know what medical condition this is?
    I have only ever seen two people (both male, in their 50s) with this skin condition. They appeared to have marble sized growths all over their body, particuarly face, neck and arms. but generally everywhere. I feel quite sorry for them. One worked at a fruit market, and the other goes to my gym. I know its probably not contagious, otherwise theyd probably not be permited to be placed in these situations where the condition could be contracted by others. However, I have no idea what this condition is, and I'd like to know. Anyone have any clues?
    Define growths: well their like like bulbus tumor like growths. They cluster around in areas, the guy at the gym has it particularly bad on his face. The man at the fruit market had it primarily on his neck. They're not a pretty sight. They are their skin coloured...and look dry? I dunno. Think of skin coloured marbles. Arent I descriptive.
    they're not spots.

    • ANSWER:
      I know (have seen) the condition you are speaking of. A man who belongs to our benevolent association has this condition. They do appear to be like marbles under the skin with no difference in color than normal skin. Let me look a little and see if I can get an answer for you.

      The condition is a form of Lipoma. This is characterized by one to many benign, fatty tumors found in the subcutenous layer just below the skin.

  45. QUESTION:
    Will having my arms waxed assist in reducing keratosis pilaris?
    This skin condition seems to start in the hair follicle.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing helps except for carrot juice. Carrot juice has been shown to either cure and or significantly reduce the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms for some people. To get results however you will want to drink a pint of carrot juice daily until the Keratosis Pilaris symptoms begin to disappear. It is thought that the reason carrot juice is effective in treating Keratosis Pilaris is because of the high levels of vitamin A within the fresh juice. Vitamin A is one of the most important for the health of your skin, nails, and hair. You could buy it at Wal-Mart. You could also search on google for keratosis pilaris/carrot juice.

      Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    What kind of fake tan do I need to just even-out tan lines?
    I have to go to a ball soon, and I have bikini tan lines,
    Also, from a skin condition when i was younger the lower half of my upper arm often goes red in photos, so I want to get rid of that.

    But I DON'T want to go orange. In fact I'm pretty tan so I don't need to go darker at all, I just want even skin tone..
    I'm probably going to get it done professionally, I'm terrible with lotions

    • ANSWER:
      Try the natural glow lotion, it doesnt make you orange. and it does the tan gradually you just have to becareful to put it on in those areas. but it is easier because its a lotion

  47. QUESTION:
    Can someone identify my skin condition?
    I have this skin condition since I was a teen- it started like pimples on my upper arms and back- but the pimples stay red for years and never seem to get better. Can someone identify my condition through picture alone? What kind of skin condition I actually have? By the wat I don't know how to upload my back pic, so if someone wants to know maybe I can email it.

    • ANSWER:
      I would tend to suspect that it really is just pimples (acne).
      It could also be an allergic reaction, say to your shirts. I get pimple-like skin reactions everywhere that I wear clothes anytime I wear something washed with a particular detergent.
      Another guess, for something that is often mistaken for pimples, is herpetiformis dermatitis, which is a symptom of celiac sprue. Although the picture of dermatitis herpetiformis on wikipedia doesn't look at all like pimples, I have heard from a few people diagnosed with celiac that what they thought were pimples were DH.

      If you want to have a doctor look at it, the type of doctor to see is a dermatologist. Acne can be treated with medication, although if it doesn't bother you then it's not worth it, because the acne medication does have potential side effects.

  48. QUESTION:
    I have a weird skin condition, what are some temporary solutions to it?
    My skin is having something weird happening to it. The top of my hands become red and start to flake and bleed, same thing with both my under arms. What kind of skin condition do I have? I tried applying lotion and cream for dryness and there was no effect the next day.

    • ANSWER:
      It initially sounds like eczema or perhaps an allergic reaction. My sister has A-Topic eczema and uses either Aveeno with oatmeal in it or Eucerin.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to prevent myself from crying in public?
    I have this habit of crying randomly in the public. Any small thing can remind me of something and I'd just tear up so easily. Like the other day I had to get a blood test (I have this horrible skin condition which I have to take strong meds for.) and my arms were covered with rashes so the person couldn't find my veins and like before had to use the vein on my hand. Which of course hurts a lot more, and like always my blood stopped and she had to open a heating pad to warm up my cold hands and she used another vein on the same hand it did hurt a little but I was use to the pain and I was tearing up because the lady was making conversation with me about my skin condition and like always I had to give a brief description on my skin condition, I was thinking about how these things always happens to me and it was so hard to control my emotions. Anything that reminds me of my pain I'd just start tearing up. I really want to stop, I've tried crying it all out, looking up, biting my tongue, pinching myself, and distracting myself. Those don't work, when I'm with friends this never happens but I'm alone a lot like going home and stuff like that. Please help! What did/would you do if this happens to you?

    • ANSWER:
      Lets Just say Crying alone is better than crying with friends , cause if you do , then each time you look at them you'll be reminded of the crying , which'll make you cry ; unfortunately . like each time someone brings up a condition or insecurity you start thinking of that insecurity ,and so forth cry . this is perfectly normal , imagine you didn't let all that emotion out , that can easily cause a heart attack. this sort of stuff can help you cry less , which can help your self-esteem (sometimes the cause of crying in the first place) but never stop crying , that's even worse . think of your insecurities as parts of you , love yourself in the first place then you'll have no need to cry negatively . if you cry negatively , it can alter your opinion of crying from a stress and emotional relieving System into a punishment . which makes you want to stop , and as i've said before , thats very unhealthy . hope you feel better and heed my advice , cry at other things dont feel bad , love yourself , and best of luck with your condition ^^


skin condition on arms

Atopic Dermatitis Skin

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Anything I can put on my skin after I shave?
    I have atopic dermatitis skin. After I shave my legs tend to get red and itchy and im not sure if its because of my skin being atopic dermatitis or maybe just the razors so does anyone know of anything i might can put on my legs to help the itching? I can only use certain types of lotion such as aveeno,keri,ext....and i use aveeno now but it doesnt seem to be doing anything.

    • ANSWER:
      ummm all i could think of is lotion for dry skin maby or maby try baby oil or vaseline sorry random ideas

  2. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is good for a dog with Atopic Dermatitis?
    My dog Duke has Atopic Dermatitis and I am wondering if a special food will help besides just hydrocortisone cream.

    He doesn't have fleas or a food allergy just the skin problem.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog is a shar pei and they typically have problem skin. He is 13 and has always eaten Nutro's Lamb and Rice. They also sell fish oil capsules at pet shops for dogs with skin problems.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to cure my annoying atopic dermatitis?
    I have been having atopic dermatitis for 2 years and it's always comes and goes. What is the real cure for it?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to come up a treatment plan with your doctor. I know people usually use the combination of steroid creams, anti-histamines and moisturizer. If you know your condition well, you can use your steriods wisely when a flareup occurs, and prevent any annoying signs showing up.

      Of course, moisturizer like vaseline is very important to keep your affected areas well hydrated. Dryness will cause your skin prone to eczematous flareup so apply your vaseline frequently.

  4. QUESTION:
    Who knows a good treatment for canine Atopic Dermatitis?
    My dog was just diagnosed with Atopic Dermatitis. I really need to find a way to help ease his pain and misery.

    Please help!
    I was recommended Atopica. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I would hope that you have already talked to your vet about appropriate treatments. Since this is an allergic skin irritation, the treatment options include steroids, anti-histamines and allergy testing to determine what allergens are causing the problem and removal of those allergens from the dog's environment if at all possible.

      Flea saliva is one of the things that is a common cause of atopic dermatitis so flea control is going to be very important. If your dog is not already on a flea control product then I would recommend starting on Comfortis as it will kill fleas a few hours faster than the topical products and because topical applications may lead to further allergic reactions. Comfortis is an oral flea preventative. (Be aware that it does not prevent ticks.)

      Also do not use shampoos or sprays that have scents and in fact stick to products that are hypo-allergenic for shampooing your dog. Shampooing with product designed for dogs with skin allergies at least once a week may also help to ease the discomfort.

      The addition of essential fatty acids such as Omega 3's to your dog's diet may also be beneficial. Discuss their use with your vet.

  5. QUESTION:
    My newborn has Atopic Dermatitis any suggestion on how to help him?
    Hello,
    I just had a son hes about 2 months old and he is suffering from Atopic Dermatitis.I have taken him to several doctors and they have prescribed creams that have not worked thus far. I would like to get suggestions from parents that have dealt with the same situation. What has helped your child? Are there more natural approaches that I am not aware of. I look forward to your response as I am getting very scared for my baby.Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It is my understanding that this is a temporary thing in babies. Lots of babies have really sensitive skin, so they develop rashes that vary in severity.
      Have you thought that it might be an allergic reaction to something? Could be the formula (if you're using it), the brand of diapers, the laundry detergent you're using, the deodorant you wear, anything really. Some babies are super sensitive. I would take a close look at what you think could be causing it. As he gets older he will most likely grow out of it, but it's hard to say how long that will take.
      Sorry I don't know any natural remedies for it I would just say use the creams your doctor gives you and try to eliminate any allergens.

  6. QUESTION:
    Has anyone overcame skin picking and how?
    I suffer from atopic dermatitis(skin allergies), the problem is because of the chronic stress, anxiety and depression has aggravated the problem to the point of developing dermatillomania (skin picking), which is an obsessive compulsive disorder. This is limiting me from getting a job, has anyone been successful in overcoming this problem?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    what is the best product to clear up atopic dermatitus?
    My mother has severe atopic dermatitis and she is really having a hard time clearing it up. she is african american so naturally she has brown skin. but the dermatitus has turned her face black and the rest of her body a darker skin color. her body has spots all over it. She has gone to the doctor numerous amounts of times and nothing he has given her works. So i was wondering if there are some products out there to clear up dermatitus.

    • ANSWER:
      Atopic dermatitis is often caused by allergies--could be to pollen, mold, skin care products, soap, shampoo, food, dyes in clothing, pet dander, or even dryer sheets. The best thing to do is to get tested for allergies; she should ask her doctor for a referral to an allergist.

      However, that's only one cause. I hope the following links can give you more information.

  8. QUESTION:
    What kind of skin condition am i experiencing?
    When bitten by an insect, my skin becomes so itchy and later becomes a wart, my skin's very dry. Some say its atopic dermatitis, but Im not really sure why my bites are developing into warts. Can you please help me figure out what kind of skin condition is this? And how do I cure my insect bites and get rid of my scars?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not becoming a wart -- warts are all caused a family of virii (the Human Papilloma Virus, HPV). It just appears similar to a wart. Just use an antihistamine gel/cream when you are bitten by something (like Benadryl cream/gel), and the problem shouldn't be so bad. That should help treat the condition -- it does sound like atopic dermatitis that you are experiencing. The bites should not be becoming scars unless you scratch them and irritate the area. If you do this, treat the area with an antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage.

  9. QUESTION:
    i have atopic dermatitis how do i stop the itching?
    i believe i have atopic dermatitis. i have a rash on my upper chest and on mu upper right arm. i was reading about atopic dermatitis and it said that people with this skin rash also have asthma, and i do have asthma. the other day i put lotion and then later i put itch gel on it and both of those burned real bad.

    so my question is how can i stop the itching? and how can i keep from scratching?

    • ANSWER:
      your lucky you dont have it anywhere else ! you should try putting organic apple cider viniger on it i learned it from this site called earth clinic. go to the search and put in eczema and there are so many people who got cured with it so just try it its totally helping the itching on my face oh yeah and make sure you let it dry if you are gonna try it :)

  10. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between Atopic Dermatitis and Contact Dermatitis?
    Try to figure out whoch one i have. My so called "doctor" told me i had cellulitis, which was (excuse my language) but, total bull. I researched and looked up different rashes, and skin allergies/irritants, and turns out i have eczema. But i'm not sure if it's Atopic dermatitis or Contact dermatitis. What's the difference, cause they both kind of look the same. Help?

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    • ANSWER:
      Atopic dermatitis is pretty general a term. Most people have a predisposition to having eczema. For some reason you will also find it quite common that people who regularly get eczema also have a variety of respiratory issues, like asthma. Eastern medicine has made this association much longer than Western medicine. Regular eczema sufferers seem to have a systemic issue and might find better relief through watching their diet, stress levels and being very cautious about what their skin comes in contact with

      Contact dermatitis means your skin came in contact with something specific to cause the irritation. It's more a "situational" skin condition. This could include exposure to a variety of substances like harsh detergents or chemicals or an extreme change in environment. People who have contact dermatitis usually find relief once they realize the cause and eliminate it.

  11. QUESTION:
    can anyone help me to find where to buy Sebamed emulsion wash and how much does it cost in Philippines?
    I really need it for my son. he have atopic dermatitis or skin asthma. Please we really need it.

    • ANSWER:
      Check here:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fsite-directory%2F&tag=funjok-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325
      You can find it.
      Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    What's the quickest, easiest way to get rid of a rash?
    How does one turn unsightly rashes back into clear, smooth skin? I've tried moisturizers and anti-histamines to treat my atopic dermatitis, but if there are any other methods, or any home remedies, I want to find out.
    The rash is just from a combination of allergies, eczema, and atopic dermatitis, but I want to clear my skin up. Besides lotions & creams, are there any special remedies I should know about?

    • ANSWER:
      Monistat anti-fungal anti-bacterial may help or it may be the beginnings of deadly bacterial meningitis.

      I truly hope you will quickly find a 'good' physician that will give you solid short and long term advice, and after you do it - the advice will keep you and yours healthy and strong for a lifetime.

      My best to you,
      AI

      PS - I have come to the conclusion that occasional fastings and better non-toxic micro-nutritional absorption in the gut heals our bodies better than anything else can.

      IF YI, this is a report I recently posted for another with a malady that has eventually effected their skin.
      > http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091205115824AA6K1DP <

      I hope I might have helped a little. <3

      You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I wear my favorite perfume if I'm allergic to perfumes?
    I've tried the perfume oils and just didn't like their consistency. I'm obsessed with perfume and still want to wear it but I don't know how without getting a reaction from my skin. I have atopic dermatitis on the inside of my elbows and on my neck from perfumes. I've thought about spraying my hair and clothes instead. Any other ideas?
    Oh and I really don't like the way lotions feel so scented lotions are out.

    • ANSWER:
      truthfully, i do this all the time =) i love to wear perfume and hate when i can't smell it anymore so i spray myself all the time, then i got smart, when i get out of the shower and my hair is still wet, i spray my hair or my brush and when i'm blow drying my hair i'm using my brush or drying the smell into my hair kinda like really good smelling gel and hair spray, after i'm always able to smell it, and for you to spray your clothes still puts your skin at risk by touching it, i would spray the back of your shirt and pants so that you know you're not likely to get it on your skin but can still smell it. Also I would only spray the bottom of the front of your pants but not the front of your shirt cause it will rub your skin. I hope that helps a tad?

  14. QUESTION:
    What products for sensitive skin would you recommend?
    I have atopic dermatitis, so even brands like Aveeno, Dove, and Olay break me out. Besides Cetaphil, what else could I use?

    • ANSWER:
      Pevonia is AMAZING it's really pricey but i have a ton of friends who have really sensitive skin who use it and it's their holy grail!

      or go to a dermatoligist and see what they think :)
      goodluck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Does naturopathic allergy testing work? Has anyone had it done at a naturopath?
    I went to the doctor and was told i had atopic dermatitis on my face and that i was allergic to something either touching my skin or something i am eating. i have changed every kind of face cream and done all i can, and my mum said i should go to a naturopath for their extensive allergy testing procedure.... has anyone had it done? does it work? what do they do?

    • ANSWER:
      pelops, you have hit the nail squarely on the head.
      Don't waste your money. If you're not happy with your doctors advice, go to a different doctor, go to a specialist, get a referral...anything except wasting your money on naturopathy.

  16. QUESTION:
    What's the best moisturizer to treat eczema?
    I've developed a rash on my lower arms that appears to be eczema or more specifically atopic dermatitis. I've found that the number one thing you can do is moisturize daily. Lotions are not generally recommended because they contain high amounts of water and alcohol that evaporate quickly. What are some brand names of moisturizers that will provide lasting protection against drying of the skin?

    • ANSWER:
      8 options. Try one of these or try them all!!

      1. Freederm HC!!!!!! It can heal eczema QUICKLY!!
      http://www.freederm.com

      2. To cover your eczema, use Veil Cover Cream!!
      http://www.veilcover.com/index.htm
      Purchase a sample kit to find out the correct colour you need. Then you can purchase the complete jar of cover cream in the right colour for you.
      http://www.skinlightcosmetics.co.uk/proddetail.php?prod=SKIN-VEILK-001&cat=19

      3. Carley's Clear & Smooth Natural Soap Bar!!! It's the BEST!! Everybody LOVE it!!! cuz it's ADDICTICTING & really makes your feels CLEAN!! It seems to cure many skin problem indluding eczema, acne, dermatitis, dry skin & many more!! But it takes time I think.
      http://cgi.ebay.com/NATURAL-SOAP-The-best-in-the-world_W0QQitemZ290065416878QQihZ019QQcategoryZ11845QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item290065416878

      4. Noxema the original (not the newer fancier versions) works great too! Apply Noxzema to the infected area twice a day. It helps with the discoloration that can sometimes left by eczema. Keep using it until eczema is gone. Usually within 2 weeks.

      5. Drink tomato juice daily, it will cure the symptoms in a few days. But I don't think you'll like it!

      6. Avoid foods with dairy! Dairy products, eggs, nuts, preservatives and citrus fruits are more likely to trigger eczema.

      7. Get oatmeal baths (once/twice a day to stops itchness) mixed with almond oil & castor oil. They do help with the itching a LOT!!

      Here's how:
      You'll need a blender, food processor or coffee grinder and 1 cup of oatmeal. You can use instant oatmeal (unflavored), quick oats or slow cooking oats- all work equally as well. For babies, you'll only need about 1/3 cup per bath.

      Blend or process the oats on the highest setting until you have a very fine, consistent powder. To test the colloid property of the oats, stir 1 tablespoon oats into a glass of warm water. If the oats readily absorb the water and give it a milky look and a silky feel, you've blended long enough.

      Giving the bath:
      Sprinkle the oats into a tub of running water and stir the water with your hand several times to ensure even distribution. Add 3-5 tablespoons of castor & almond oil each.

      Feel along the bottom of the tub for clumps and break up any you find.

      Get into the tub carefully as the oats & oils will make the tub even more slippery than usual. Allow yourself to soak in the tub for 15-20 minutes and pat dry with a soft towel rather than rubbing.
      You can use this bath once or twice a day.

      8. Oatmeal facial!!! Adding honey to oatmeal is perfect for cleansing the face and hands or anywhere on the body where you have an eczema flare. As honey is also anti-bacterial, it is doubly beneficial. Simply mix equal parts honey and oatmeal and apply. You can rinse off immediately, or lie back and relax for half an hour and let it work its magic.

      Oatmeal mixed with egg whites is an excellent exfoliating masque. Mix them together, smooth onto the face and rinse off only after the egg whites have thoroughly dried. The oatmeal provides the soothing eczema treatment and the egg whites leave the skin soft and smooth.

      GOOD LUCK!!

  17. QUESTION:
    Suggesting for additional relief from severe eczema besides normal medications?
    I have Atopic Dermatitis and have been using 0.12% Betamethasone Valerate for my scalp and Desoximetasone 0.05% and 0.25% for the rest of my body. While short term they worked my skin has became increasingly resistant to the effects. Suggesting for other natural or additional treatments for possible relief ?

    • ANSWER:
      Lotions made from aloe (or directly applying aloe from the plant) can soothe.

      You can use a cream/lotion/ointment made from oatmeal or make it yourself: Put some oatmeal in a cut-off section of panty hose, tying a knot on both ends. Put this in a small bowl. Add boiling water. Swish the panty hose around for a few minutes, and finally use a large spoon to press the rest out (as you would tea from a tea bag). You can either use what's in the bowl or you can gently rub the panty hose on the affected area.

      Oatmeal baths can be helpful, either made with a prepared mixture, such as Aveeno oatmeal bath, or using the panty hose method. (Start the bath with hot water so the oatmeal cooks and releases its natural healing ointment; add cooler water later. The final temperature should be roughly room temperature, or as close to it (or cooler) as you can comfortably take it, because the warmer the water, the worse it is for your eczema. On the flip side, ANY water can aggravate eczema, so if you shower or bathe daily, limit it. When my daughter had severe eczema, she was told to limit baths to once every two weeks! (And be sure to use a VERY gentle soap...something made for babies or for sensitive skin.)

      As for your prescription lotions, if you haven't already, tell your dermatologist that you're becoming resistant to them and see if he/she can prescribe a different one from a different "family."

      Also, try googling something like "organic eczema relief."

      I wish you relief soon!

  18. QUESTION:
    do the atopic dermatitis can be transfered by the sexual contact?
    Please give us more idea, on how to cure ATOPIC DERMATITIS promlem.

    • ANSWER:
      atopic dermatitis is actually non-contagious. it is a chronic pruritic inflammatory skin disorder.

  19. QUESTION:
    The est lotion for extremely dry/sensitive skin?
    My little sister has atopic dermatitis (skin asthma) and I feel so bad for her because she has like really really bad rashes everywhere on her body. Her skin tends to get really dry and that's what usually triggers the itchiness. So, what lotion do you guys suggest for he to use? It would really mean a lot if you guys answered. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    what is a good cure for atopic dermatitis in dogs?
    i own a 2 year old bichon frise dog,he suffers with atopic dermatitis,does anyone know of a good treatment for him?

    • ANSWER:
      Atopic Dermatitis is a skin allergy , inherited condition, normally caused by allergies to inhalants such as molds, cigarette smoke, chemicals used in the home, dust, grass, etc. There is no cure, but the use of antihistamines and some anti-inflamatory medications and even hyposensitization shots may help reduce the dogs sensitivity to the allergens.
      Washing walls, curtains, drapes, blinds, getting rid of all carpets and keeping the house smoke and dust-free will help considerably, however the best way to go is allergy tests to find out specifically which allergen is bothering him the most. Sorry to say, Bichons are one of the breeds very prone to allergies, inhalant and food.
      I would definitely find a vet specializing in allergies and get to the bottom of it. If not treated, the skin condition will continue to get worse, leading to possible staph infections requiring prednisone and antibiotics to clear up. Been there, done that a bunch........sigh

  21. QUESTION:
    Does Murad work for Atopic dermatitis?
    What Murad skin products work best for mild to severe Atopic dermatitis?

    And can Murad products be used all over the body?

    • ANSWER:
      Your best bet for atopic dermatitis is not to aggravate the skin. This usually means water and soap precautions-- avoid long hot showers or hot baths. Use short showers in tepid water. Avoid soap or strong cleansers, and use a non-soap cleanser like Cetaphil bar or wash. Follow with a good moisturizer.

      If you have severe atopy, you need to see a dermatologist. Over the counter products can do more harm than good if you use the wrong ones, so consult your doctor.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I complain about the services I received from a so-called dermatologist?
    There must be some "Board" where malpractice can be reported to. This dr. paid no attention to my needs, she just glanced at my rash and told me it was atopic dermatitis and to change my soaps...prescribed me some topical ointment and sent me over to her "in-house" vitamin person who had a product line available immediately. I personally think she was more interested in selling her products than caring about the rash. PS...went for a 2nd opinion and was diagnosed with dermatomyositis which can be terminal if related to a cancer (of which I am...and the 1st derm...knew this)

    • ANSWER:
      this lst doctor you went to was she an M.D. board certified
      dermatologist......?

      It is obvious that atopic dermatitis and dermatomyositis are
      different skin disease......atopic dermatitis is usually caused
      by allergies and I believe dermatomyositis is an auto immune
      disease.

      Maybe you should get a third opinion by visiting with a
      rheumatologist or endocrinologist. good luck

  23. QUESTION:
    I am 4 months pregnant and for the 1st time I am diagnosed with atopic dermatitis.?
    IS TRIAMCINOLONE SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN? I dnt know if my pregnancy has something to do with my atopic dermatitis but it's the 1st time I had this. I am 22 years old already.. please help, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      your pregnandcy very well could have something to do w/it. when i was pregnant my mom told me that whatever would go wrong with your body,will happen while youre pg/& it did.

      this cream is a generic,it fits symptoms of a lot of skin conditions. anywhere, it does have steroids in it. but as little as youre going to use, it 's probably safe,

      you might just try some zinc ointment. it's good for you & it's what they put in Desitin for a diaper rash, so you know it''s got to be safe.

  24. QUESTION:
    What ingredients in lotion should i stay away from if i have Atopic dermatitus?
    i have horrible skin, i use cetaphil cream but it really doesn't work that well and i still have bad rashes. i wanna try shea butter and coconut oil but i need to know what things are harmful to skin like mine, like alcohol or Fragrances.

    • ANSWER:
      You really have to read the ingredient label of each specific product. Some cocoa butter creams will have fragrances and some might not. Avoid soaps that dry the skin, perfumes, and scratchy clothing or bedding. Avoid possible allergens that cause a rash or make a rash worse. These may include dust and dust mites, animal dander, and certain foods, such as eggs, peanuts, milk, wheat, or soy products. Talk to your doctor first to determine whether allergens are contributing to your atopic dermatitis.

      You may need medicine to heal your rash and reduce itching.

      Topical corticosteroids (such as hydrocortisone, betamethasone, and fluticasone) are the most common and effective treatment for atopic dermatitis.7 They are used until the rash clears and may be used to prevent atopic dermatitis flares. Topical medicines, such as creams or ointments, are applied directly to the skin.

      Calcineurin inhibitors (pimecrolimus and tacrolimus) are topical immunosuppressants-medicines that weaken your body's immune system. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends caution when prescribing or using Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream and Protopic (tacrolimus) ointment because of a potential cancer risk.8 The FDA also stresses that these medicines only be used as directed and only after trying other treatment options. Calcineurin inhibitors are not approved for children younger than 2 years of age.

      Antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine and hydroxyzine) are often used to treat itching and to help you sleep when severe night itching is a problem. But histamines are not always involved in atopic dermatitis itching, so these medicines may not help all people who have the condition.4 Don't give antihistamines to your child unless you've checked with the doctor first.

      Antibiotic, antiviral, or antifungal medicines are used to treat an infected rash.

      The following are different types of moisturizers to consider:

      The moisturizers for scaly eczema would be a good choice if you have a lot of flaking without a flare because they can sting if applied to open areas on the skin.
      The emollient moisturizers are a low-cost option, especially if you are in the middle of a flare-up, because they are not irritating.
      The new ceramide moisturizers help the skin heal faster during a flare, but the only low-cost option does not have published data proving it is effective. If you can afford them, these moisturizers would be a great choice with or without a flare.http://www.webmd.com/allergies/tc/atopic-dermatitis-treatment-overview
      http://dermatology.about.com/od/atopicdermatitis/a/atopic_treat.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    Why does my facial skin turn red so easily depending on climate temperature?
    Hi! Most of the time, I'm exposed to intense heat in tropical countries. My face easily turns red and my skin tone darkens a lot. Not to mention, my nose itches a lot. But when it comes to other non-tropical countries, my skin tone gets back to normal and the redness goes away. Why does this happen? Do I have some kind of allergy? How should I treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is not for cause allergy. For understand skin allergy read this......

      Allergies come in many distinct forms and are typically grouped in general categories according to the types of substances that cause them or the parts of the body they affect.

      Skin allergies: Eczema -- also called contact or atopic dermatitis -- is caused by direct, skin exposure to a specific allergen; atopic dermatitis has no known cause, but it is usually hereditary. Hives, or urticaria, is an eruption of itchy, swollen, reddened welts that can last for minutes or days. Angioedema is characterized by a deeper swelling around the eyes and lips, and sometimes of the hands and feet as well. Both hives and angioedema stem from the body's adverse reaction to certain foods, pollen, animal dander, drugs, insect stings, cold, heat, light, or even emotional stress.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is a dog food that will help my dog's skin and coat?
    Price is a factor. My dog is a one year old golden retriever and suffers from dry, flakey skin. I need a good quality food tht will help her coat improve.
    Murray c, this isnt the place to advertise. And you techincally didnt help me. I already knew that adding eggs was good, and i wouldnt give it raw anyways because my dog could get salmonella poisoning.

    • ANSWER:
      Get the best food you can afford, this is a good guide:

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      Stay away from wheat, corn and soy. They're not good for the coat and are the leading culprits when it comes to food allergies, which can cause Atopic Dermatitis.

      Add an Omega 3 Fatty acid (a fish oil supplement) to your dog's food. You can get this at a pet food store or you can get human grade at the drug store (ask your vet for dosage). If you get it at a pet food store, read th ingredients some of them have wheat in the ingredients.

      Make sure you read the ingredients for your dogs treats and biscuits. I was buying a treat that said 'Lamb and Rice' on the front and it still had wheat in the ingredients.

      If your dog's problem is just as simple as the food, you will see a change in her/his coat in less than 2 weeks. The dandruff will be gone, the coat will be softer and less shedding....and if your dog has had that "dog" smell...that will be gone too.

      ADD: Atopic Dermatitis can cause secondary conditions like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infections.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do you make the skin on your arms smoother?
    My upper arms seem normal, but they feel as though little itte-bitte pimples are covering the surface. How do you clear the skin and make it smoother?

    • ANSWER:
      i think i know what you're talking about. i have the same thing. it's little bumps, and they don't hurt, but they're sometimes dry and almost always annoying.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP, also follicular keratosis) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin, hence referred to as chicken skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne.

      Classification
      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Symptoms and signs
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance. This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who are overweight, or have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.

      Treatment
      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day. The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed. To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermotologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.

  28. QUESTION:
    What products and foods will make your skin look healthier?
    If anyone can give me a list or site that has a list of things to do and eat to make your skin look healthier that would be great! :)

    • ANSWER:
      5 Foods for Healthier Skin
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      You can invest half your paycheck in serums and creams - even splurge on dermal fillers and pricey facials - but none of it will get you far without a skin-friendly diet.
      Of course, your skin (and the rest of you, for that matter) is best served by a well-rounded diet, including healthy fats, sufficient protein, and lots of fruits and vegetables. But there are a few nutritional standouts that make particularly important contributions to strong, glowing skin:
      1. Fish: Fatty fish like salmon, tilapia, and cod are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. And that's a good thing, because our bodies cannot produce those essential lipids naturally. By adding omega-3s to your diet, though, you can bolster your skin barrier - that is, the layer of lipids that holds onto moisture and keeps irritants out.
      There is even evidence that the skin-strengthening effects of omega-3s can improve chronic skin conditions like rosacea and atopic dermatitis, but more research is necessary to confirm that link.
      Furthermore, many types of fish (like, once again, salmon and cod) are rich in vitamin D - as dermatologists increasingly emphasize sun avoidance, we also need to emphasize the importance of finding other sources of this vitamin, which is produced during sun exposure.
      Don't eat fish? Many eggs are now fortified with omega-3 fatty acids, and plant sources include flax seed and flax seed oil, walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts. And a daily vitamin D supplement is a good idea for vegans and meat-eaters alike.
      2. Green Tea: It's inexpensive, easy to add to your routine, and one of the best-researched and most powerful antioxidants around. That's why green tea is my go-to antioxidant: I drink at least three cups a day to fight aging and inflammation. Some studies even suggest that the antioxidants in green tea reduce one's risk of skin cancer. So put down that soda and start drinking your way to healthier skin!
      3. Broccoli: Rich in vitamins A, C, and K (among many other nutrients), this veggie does more than its fair share of nutritional work. Vitamin A decreases oil production, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin K can help prevent bruises. So whatever ails you, this green wonderfood might be just what the doctor ordered.
      4. Safflower or Sunflower Oil: Omega-3s get a lot more talk, but omega-6 fatty acids - like the linoleic acid in these two oils - are also important for healthy skin. Like omega-3s, they help prevent dry skin and inflammation; they're also essential for the formation of prostaglandins, hormones that keep all the cells of the body functioning well.
      While many diets are actually quite high in omega-6s - sometimes even too high - the key is to get the good ones and not unhealthy versions, like hydrogenated oils. So try sautéing your salmon or broccoli in a little safflower or sunflower oil and double those skin-soothing benefits!
      5. Almonds: When it comes to boosting skin's defenses against aging, inflammation, and even skin cancer, antioxidants are so important that I'm going to add another to my list: A handful of almonds every day boosts your levels of vitamin E, one of the most important antioxidants for skin health. Studies also suggest that consuming vitamin E orally can increase the levels of this moisturizing vitamin on your skin's surface - great news for anyone prone to dry skin.
      Wishing you great skin (and bon appetit)!

      from RealSimple.com

      Pomegranate
      The hundreds of ruby-colored seeds inside pomegranates were once thought to symbolize fertility, and given the fruit's proven powers as a strong antioxidant, it has given birth to a huge number of products, including designer juice and high-end skin-care creams.
      The pomegranate's power comes from ellagic acid, a type of polyphenol, which is an antioxidant found in red wine and green tea. Antioxidants seek out and neutralize cell-damaging free radicals that come from the environment (pollution, UV rays) and from the body's natural aging process. Ellagic acid has been shown in some studies to neutralize free radicals more effectively than the other polyphenols found in green tea and red wine. It's also more stable in skin-care products than some other antioxidants, like vitamin C, which can lose potency when exposed to light and air.
      More from RealSimple.com
      Best Drugstore Beauty Buys
      The Ultimate Skin-Care Guide
      Quick Solutions to Common Skin-Care Problems

      Find It In:
      Murad Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer SPF 15, , murad.com
      Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Therapy SPF 15, , murad.com
      Archipelago Pomegranate Creme for the Hands, , 800-399-4994 for stores

      Grapefruit
      Until the 19th century, grapefruit was grown purely as an ornamental fruit. Rarely eaten, it was known only for its looks - an interesting harbinger of its modern-day promise to improve ours.
      A 2005 study by the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, in Chicago, showed that the scent of grapefruit on women made them seem an average of six years younger to men. Grapefruit's main use in skin care, however, is as a citric acid. Like any alpha hydroxy acid, citric acid loosens the bonds between skin cells, allowing dead ones to fall away, revealing smoother, more radiant skin.
      Find It In:
      Fresh Pink Grapefruit Petite Soap, , fresh.com
      Boots No 7 Radiance Revealed Exfoliator, , Target

      Mushroom
      No wonder the Super Mario Brothers got a jolt of evil-fighting power whenever they ate a mushroom. Mushrooms have long been used in Asian cultures as remedies for everything from low energy to cancer.
      The extract of several Japanese mushrooms has been shown to reduce inflammation, which can affect collagen in the skin and contribute to changes associated with aging, such as the appearance of fine lines. Reducing that inflammation keeps skin cells vital and functioning and also suppresses irritation so that other active ingredients, like antioxidants, can do their jobs.
      Shiitake mushrooms have multifaceted benefits for the skin. They contain antioxidants that block proteins known to cause cell breakdown; they provide chemical exfoliation; and they also contain kojic acid, which has a lightening effect on age spots and discoloration, making skin appear brighter over time.
      Find It In:
      Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Serum, , origins.com
      Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, at drugstores

      Pumpkin
      Despite its prevalence in favorite sweets, such as pies and muffins, pumpkin is quite acidic. And the enzymes in pumpkin act like salicylic acids, chemical exfoliants that encourage skin cells to turn over more rapidly.
      Pumpkin is also a carotenoid, a derivative of vitamin A, which is indicated by its orange color, and that makes it an antioxidant in addition to having exfoliating properties.
      Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc and have been used as a natural remedy for acne. Studies show that zinc has an effect similar to that of the common antibiotic tetracycline.
      Find It In:
      Jaqua Pumpkin Papaya Purée Enzyme Face Masque, , jaquabeauty.com
      Joico Skin Luxe White Pumpkin Renewing Body Cleanser, , 800-805-6426

      Bamboo
      Bamboo is one hardy plant. Not only is it one of the fastest-growing plants on earth (some species grow more than three feet a day) but its strength and sustainability have also made it a favorite of architects looking for environmentally friendly building materials.
      Although the Chinese have used bamboo for centuries (the hardened secretion from the stalks has been taken internally to treat asthma), its popularity is only now growing in the United States. Bamboo pulp is being woven into fabric that retains antibacterial qualities even after it is washed. And in skin care, finely milled bamboo powder is used as an exfoliant in cleansers and scrubs. The smooth bamboo particles are less harsh than the scraggly, uneven grains made from salt and nuts, making it safer and less irritating to sensitive skin.
      Find It In:
      Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub for New Skin, , clarins.com
      Red Flower Japan Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub, , redflower.com

  29. QUESTION:
    I wish to travel to India now with a 21/2 yrs old kid from UK?
    I am shifting to India with my 21/2 yr old daughter. I was in UK for past 1year. she is having a dry skin pblm(atopic dermatitis).
    is it safe to travel now? what are the precautions to be taken?

    • ANSWER:
      moisturize, moisturize, moisturize...try not to let the baby's skin dry out especially on the long flight because it can crack and allow infection in; also see a dermatologist maybe they can prescribe some creams that can help. Good luck and safe travels.

  30. QUESTION:
    WIth people with atopic dermatitis, can you get antibiotic related diarrhea if prescribed an antibiotic?
    I'm curious, can people with atopic dermatiis and are prescribed antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial infections on skin, get antibiotic related diarrhea??

    If so, is it common?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between atopic and contact dermatitis?
    i really dont know if what type of dermatitis do i have

    • ANSWER:
      the best thing to do is to go see a dermatologist. I have reoccurring skin problems and the best way to figure out is to see a dermatologist.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I even out my skin tone?
    I'm an Asian boy with skin problems. When I was six, I've noticed that the skin color on my buttocks is a bit darker than the rest of my body. It's not normal but I've seen others with the same problem. Aren't buttocks supposed to be lighter than the rest of your skin, especially because they get the least sun exposure? How come some people have this condition? I don't think this is psoriasis because psoriasis looks worse. How do I get rid of this condition? I want to wear trunks to the beach!

    • ANSWER:
      If you think you have a skin condition go to a dermatologist who can tell you exactly what it is so you can properly treat it.By taking answers without knowing what the cause is and trying some remedies,you may do yourself more harm than good.

      I have atopic dermatitis and have had it all of my life(over 40 years);by knowing exactly what you have you can choose products that will help and not hurt.I feel very wary about suggestiong any products to you unless you have a doctor's diagnosis.

      Here's a book that you can read:Beautiful Skin of Color:A Comprehensive Guide for Asian,Olive and Dark Skin by Jeanine Downie M.D. and Fran Cook-Bolden,M.D..It's really a good source book for a complexions.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does anyone work in a building with really dry air?
    I work in a building where the air is so dry my lips crack and bleed.My skin gets really dried out and wrinkly and actually burns at the end of the day.I try to drink water throughout the day and I keep lip balm in my pocket at all times, but it doesn't seem to be enough.Does anybody have any good tips to help ease the dryness?

    • ANSWER:
      Water and lip balm are two very good self helps. For more tips..

      The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics web-page contains an excellent article on the subject of battling dry skin. It can be read in its entirety here:

      www.uihealthcare.com/topics/skinhealth/winterskin.html

      In brief they suggest:

      1. Consider speaking to your health care provider for help:
      "If your skin is very dry, or if you have an associated red dermatitis, it is a good idea to seek the advice of your dermatologist or family physician. Severe dry skin is a feature of certain genetic diseases such as atopic dermatitis and ichthyosis (fish scale-like skin). In addition, people with hormone imbalances such as underactivity of the thyroid gland can also experience severe skin dryness (there are other changes in the body that accompany dry skin in this setting that helps doctors recognize this problem). "

      2. Cut back on the relaxing hot shower time, use soap conservatively, and apply a moisturizing agent to the skin immediately after bathing/showering.
      "Hot, soapy water depletes the natural skin oils to the greatest degree...However, water followed by the application of oil such as a moisturizer (also known as an emollient or lubricant) is of great benefit for dry skin. The oil in the moisturizer helps trap and seal water in the stratum corneum and makes the skin softer, smoother and less likely to become dry, cracked and itchy."

      3. Select a milder soap for showering/bathing:
      "Milder, less drying soaps include Dove, Neutrogena Dry Skin Formula (unscented), Aveeno Cleansing Bar for Dry Skin, Purpose, Basis, and Oil of Olay Sensitive Skin Soap."

      4. Re-apply moisturizers to the skin frequently and often.
      "Moisturizers should be reapplied liberally during the day and evening when possible especially to those areas prone to dryness (hands, arms, legs) and when itchy."

      5. Examples of effective moisturizers for after showering/bathing and for re-application throughout the day:
      "Ointment moisturizers have the greatest ability to trap moisture in the skin, but they have the greasy consistency and feel of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. People often shy away from using them because of the greasy feel, but this can be minimized by applying a small amount and rubbing it into the skin well."

      "Oil moisturizers are less greasy but still effective. Examples of oils that can be applied directly to the skin include baby oil, mineral oil, vegetable oil, and bath oil."

      "Cream moisturizers are usually white and disappear when rubbed into the skin without leaving a greasy feel. As a result they tend to be more popular than ointments. Examples of effective cream moisturizers include Original Eucerin Cream, Aquaphilic, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Vaseline Cream, Eutra/Elta, Nutraderm, Moisturel, Nivea, Nutraplus, Complex-15, Carmol, Pen-Kera, and Neutrogena Hand Cream (especially helpful for dry, chapped hands)."

      "Lotion moisturizers are suspensions of oily chemicals in alcohol and water. Lotion moisturizers are generally the least greasy and the most pleasant to use and therefore are quite popular. However, because of their alcohol content, they can be somewhat drying when used repeatedly compared to ointments and creams. The bottom line is that if the moisturizer you choose does not feel at least a bit greasy you may not be getting as strong a moisturizer as you might need. Examples of popular lotion moisturizers include Vaseline Intensive Care, Nutraderm Keri, Lubriderm, Curel, and Complex 15, Nivea, U-Lactin, Neutrogena, Nutraplus, Eutra Lite, Moisturel, Complex-15, Lac-Hydrin 5."

      IN CONCLUSION: "Generally speaking, the greasier the feel of the moisturizer, the more it traps and holds water in the skin. To be fully effective, it is necessary to use a moisturizer three or more times daily, in the same way that chapped hands in the winter need many treatments. As mentioned before, the most important time during the day to use a body moisturizer is right after a short lukewarm bath or shower."

      *****
      It also might not hurt to bring your discomfort to the attention of your employer or someone in the facility maintenance staff. This is something of an indoor air quality issue. In addition to the dry skin you've experienced, building humidity that is too low may also irritate the mucus membranes causing discomfort to the eyes, ears, nose, throat or sinuses. It's very likely you aren't the only one suffering through the day and there maybe simple steps that could be taken to improve the situation for everyone.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have both eczema and psoriasis?
    I have flaky skin on my forehead and face that won't go away no matter what I do. My chest and neck are red and irritated. I have raised red bumps on my elbow crooks, forearms and triceps. I am diagnosed with eczema. Could I have psoriasis as well?

    • ANSWER:
      Is it possible to have psoriasis and eczema at the same time?
      The biology of skin limits the number of ways in which it can manifest a disease process—by redness, flaking, swelling, etc. Thus, many skin conditions can superficially resemble one another and a dermatologic examination is necessary to establish a diagnosis. Self-diagnosis of a troublesome skin condition can delay proper treatment.

      Psoriasis and eczema are two skin problems that seem to be mutually exclusive to a degree, although this is not a hard and fast rule. In persons with psoriasis the incidence of allergic contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis—two major forms of eczema—appears to be substantially lower than in the general population. A suggested reason is that the immune system dysregulation believed to be a factor in psoriasis is not the same as dysregulation of immune pathways in these forms of eczema.

      Sorry you are plagued with this. : (

  35. QUESTION:
    What food trigger or excerbate excema in children?
    I have heard that some foods can make excema worse. My 2 year old has it bad. We're doing everything to take care of his skin. I just want to make sure that we're not feeding him anything that will make his skin worse?

    We already avoid dairy. Is there anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      Foods that worsen eczema (atopic dermatitis): eggs, milk, wheat, fish, soy. The site below is very helpful!

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?
    What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema?

    I have a patch of dry scaly red skin on my thigh that is itchy. How can I tell if it is psoriasis or eczema?

    • ANSWER:
      My guess is you have eczema a.k.a. dermatitis. Psoriasis is usually constant, more intense, usually involves a lot of flaking, and can be very widespread. From what you describe it sounds like an occasional localized flare-up, so that's why I think it's dermatitis. If this is a rare or one-time occurance, I'm thinking contact dermatitis, meaning you rubbed your thigh against an irritant. If it happens regularly, it may be atopic, meaning it's most likely triggered by pollen, weather, or food.

      Try keeping it moisturized. You may have to experiment with different products to find the one best suited for your skin. If you're not going to see a doctor, try any of the various OTC steroid-based creams and ointments out there.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the problem with darkness spreading on my face?
    I'm a teenager with darkness under my eyes. Its not too bad. Recently, it just spread to the side of my eyes like a raccoon. It is a circle now. Not horribly darker than my skin, but noticeable. Its not just darkness under my eyes, it went to the side. What caused this suddenly, I eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. If you have a nice face, would girls truthfully still find you attractive?

    • ANSWER:
      i think this is happening because you are not getting enough sleep, going to sleep too late, or playing too much video games/watching tv/ using yahoo answers (computer). if you spend over 5 hours combined on those things then this will usually happen. try doing less of that stuff or going to sleep earlier. here are some more causes:

      Allergies
      Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
      Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families
      Lifestyle factors, such as smoking and drinking alcohol and caffeinated sodas
      Nasal congestion (which dilates and darkens the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose)
      Sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
      Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — which make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious

      heres the link to the site: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dark-circles-under-eyes/MY00346/DSECTION=causes
      also try googling it and se what you find other then this first link.

  38. QUESTION:
    How does ATOPIC DERMATITIS start?
    My Best Friend Was Diagnosed With Atopic Dermatitis In December 2006, Shes Had It For A Year And A Half Now And None Of The Creams She Takes Works. I Really Want To Help Her Because Shes Afraid Of People Seeing Her Spots In Her Body. It Has Really Affected Her Life! She Refuses To Go Out Anywhere With Out A Jacket Or Anything. I Really Want To Help Her Find A Cure For It. I Really Want To Know How This Started! So Please Let Me Know If You Know How It Starts

    • ANSWER:
      Unofrtunately there is no cure for Atopic Dermatitis (Ecezma). It can be made worse by emotional upset and stress however, so your friend may actually be making it worse by worrying about it. It must be hard for her, but try and get her to relax and feel good about herself, talk about the parts of her body that she does like, and praise her, if you concentrate on the good things it will help her to accept the not so good.

      The causes of Atopic Dermatisis are usually hereditary, so if your friends parents or close family have the disorder they probably passed it on to her,also if they had an allergic consition such as asthma or hayfever.

      Although there is no cure, there is a new treatment known as immuno-modulators control inflammation and reduce immune system reactions when applied to the skin (ecezma is caused when the body's immune system becomes misguided and create inflammation in the skin even in the absence of a major infection), two brands of this is Protopic and Elidel, so ask her to try those.

      Make sure your friend takes care of her skin,and suggest Stress management and relaxation techniques, which help decrease the likelihood of flareups. People with Atopoc dermatitis are tempted to scratch at the area, making it worse, so your friend may find it useful to keep her hands occupied so she scratchess less.

      Hope this helps.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are these mysterious large red/pink spots on my skin?
    This morning I noticed that I had a quarter size reddish pink spot on the inside of my upper arm. It's doesn't hurt or itch. It's flat and there is no signs of a bug bite, flaking, or swelling. I also have one on my calf that is the size of a half dollar. I have Atopic Dermatitis but this not usually a symptom of it. They don't really have a defined shape but fade out into the rest of the skin. I've had 2 spots like these in the past. One was the size of a dime, also on my upper arm but on the other one and a small one on my wrist just a week ago. They usually went away in 2-3 days. My mother keeps telling me it's a bruise but it doesn't look like one. Bruises are painful and are usually purple or blue, then turn yellow. These just fade away.

    Does anyone have any idea of what this could be? It's really bugging me and I'm starting to get worried. I have no health insurance at the moment and can't find any information on this type of spotting on the internet. Any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like some sort of allergic reaction. My sister had something similar and it took a while to figure out what it was. She wound up allergic to fabric softener. Hers were not solid red circles though. It could also be some sort of dry skin? Try putting moisturizer on those areas to see if they go away. I would try somehow to see a dermatologist if you continue just to make sure. I know you don't have health insurance, but it is better safe than sorry. I wish you the best.

  40. QUESTION:
    Bumps and flaky patches of skin and fur on my Dobermans face?
    My Doberman developed some bumps on his body after I bathed him with a new shampoo, so I gave him some benalyn and they seemed to get better. Now I've noticed that he has developed the bumps again and on top of that he now has flakey skin on his cheek and his fur seems kind of patchy there... I haven't changed his food, or anything recently...I am kind of concerned and my vet is on vacation, I'm not sure what I should be doing, I have heard that Doberman are very sensitive to some foods and we are just feeding him alpo because that is all our other dog ever ate, should I maybe be getting him some better food? Or is there anything else that could be causing it? Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      If he was my dog I would be first using natural remedies to relieve his pain, and especially figure out the cause of his atopic dermatitis (itchy skin). Environmental allergies? Dietary allergies? Flea allergies or parasites? Dogs can have allergies to:
      -food, especially beef, corn, colours, Brewer's yeast, gluten, wheat, soy, milk/cheese/dairy, eggs, nuts, fruits, tomatoes, carrots, yeast, spices & additives
      -chlorine/water contaminants and substances present in their drinking water from the tap
      -household cleaning chemicals
      -chemicals emitted from furniture or buildings
      -synthetic carpets/upholstory
      -plastic food bowls
      -plants, grasses, and/or pollen (environmental allergies)
      -flea chemicals, flea/tick preventatives, and heartworm medicine; any other regularly administered treatments
      -vaccinations and medication administered by a veterinarian
      -flea/insect bites
      -even humans and cats! (relatively rare, but I find it amusing that a dog can be allergic to cats or vice versa--same with his/her owner)

      As you can see, there are many options. You can try allergy tests (ask your vet) to diagnose the allergen, and go on an "elimination diet" (Google it!) for dogs to determine if it's dietary allergies.

      Alpo--read this: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=63&cat=7

      Dogfoodanalysis is a very reliable, expert site and has hundreds of reviews. I would recommend switching his diet ASAP. Unfortunately Alpo is a very poor quality food.

      Your vet may put your pet on cortisone shots, Prednisone, steroids, antibiotics, and other treatments. These may help, but they often have negative side effects. Worst, they only SUPPRESS the symptoms, not solve the underlying problem. It's a Band-Aid approach (see http://dogs-for-kids.blogspot.ca/2011/12/beware-of-band-aid-approach.html). They keep the problem inside the dog until the treatment wears off. Then it erupts again, often much worse because the dog's immune system has been forced to keep the toxins inside the body. Breaking out in cysts, hot spots, etc. are the dog's way of trying to expel the toxin or allergen and bring it outside of the body.
      A dog with allergic symptoms should not be given vaccinations until the symptoms have been completely eradicated for several months. Vaccinations and conventional medications often just lead to more problems and terrible side effects for thousands of dogs with atopic dermatitis. With no other option, many owners end up having to euthanize their miserably itchy dogs--definitely a sad situation. However, natural remedies are often much more effective because instead of compromising the immune system and forcing it inside the body, they actually strengthen the dog's immune system and address the REAL problem.

      Here are a few suggestions from my research for relieving allergies and itchy skin:

      -add some sort of omega-3, fatty acid rich oil to the diet. Try adding about 1 tbsp (this dosage for a 12 lb dog, try 2 1/2 tbsp max. for a larger dog) of salmon oil/other food grade fish oil, vegetable oil, flaxseed oil, or coconut oil to every feeding until you notice a difference--then only add the oil once daily
      -externally, try gently massaging coconut oil (organic, 100% pure), a bit of vegetable oil, Neem Seed oil (100% pure), aloe vera gel, or Lemon Balm ointment onto the itchy skin, hot spots, & welts
      -bathe the dog as much as possible, using gentle holistic oatmeal-based dog shampoos
      -rinse with a diluted hydrogen peroxide and water solution, do not get near eyes
      -increase natural Vitamin D intake with "sunbaths"
      -for environmental/seasonal allergies, you can feed LOCAL honey & bee pollen
      -additional good dietary supplements include a few dried goji berries, vitamin C (natural antihistamine), vitamin E, Biotin capsules (make sure you use the correct dosage), and apple cider vinegar (look for organic containing the "mother") in food
      -a spray bottle or rinse of half vinegar/half water solution for itchy skin and bouts of scratching, avoid getting near the face and dilute further if it appears too strong for the dog
      -fish oil capsules as an alternative to uncontained oil
      -Ted's Mange Remedy (good for itchy skin/fleas apparently, too)--look for it on http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets.html/

      Atopic dermatitis usually surfaces between 6 months and 3 years, but can occur at all ages. Immunotherapy (allergy shots) is an option, too, though I haven't researched it that much.
      I recommend the following sources:
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/fleas.html
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/allergies.html
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/vaccination_side_effects.html
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/medication_side_effects.html

  41. QUESTION:
    Why do i have a dry and flaky scrotum?
    My sack gets dry and flakes. Sometimes, it cuts open and exposes raw skin under.

    Now, there is a small patch of pink scar tissue on on otherwise darker-skinned scrotum. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis. For diagnosing atopic dermatitis, you may be able to find the cause by having a skin-prick test which tests a number of common causes of eczema by looking at the skins reaction. For contact you need to look at your daily routine and chemicals that you come into contact with often.
      you can find more information at
      http://www.nutrition4yourskin.co.uk/

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce depency on hydrocortisone?
    I've been using hydrocortisone .5% regularly to control eczema, but when I taper it, my skin becomes terribly itchy.

    • ANSWER:
      Corticosteroid creams and ointments have been used for many years to treat atopic dermatitis and other autoimmune diseases affecting the skin. Sometimes the base used in certain brands of corticosteroid creams and ointments irritates the skin of a particular patient. Side effects of repeated or long-term use of topical corticosteroids can include thinning of the skin, infections, growth suppression (in children), and stretch marks on the skin.

      When topical corticosteroids are not effective, the doctor may prescribe a systemic corticosteroid, which is taken by mouth or injected instead of being applied directly to the skin. An example of a commonly prescribed corticosteroid is prednisone. The side effects of systemic corticosteroids can include skin damage, thinned or weakened bones, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, infections, and cataracts.

      In adults, drugs that suppress the immune system, such as cyclosporine, methotrexate, or azathioprine, may be prescribed to treat severe cases of atopic dermatitis that have failed to respond to other forms of therapy. These drugs block the production of some immune cells and curb the action of others. The side effects of drugs like cyclosporine can include high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, kidney problems, headaches, tingling or numbness, and a possible increased risk of cancer and infections. There is also a risk of relapse after the drug is stopped. Because of their toxic side effects, systemic corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs are used only in severe cases and then for as short a period of time as possible.

      Natural and holistic treatments are a safer, gentler alternative to use without the harmful side effects or allergic reactions.

      Best of all, you can use them as often as you like, for as long as you like. Herbal ingredients such as Vitamin E oil, Mentha pipererita oil, Bulbinella frutescens tr. and Aloe ferox tr. work quickly to soothe and promote healthy, trouble free skin. Other highly effective herbs include Glycorrhiza glabra, Melia azadirachta, Sambucus nigra and Stellaria media which help to provide relief from itching and discomfort and reduce eczema patches. In addition, Matricaria chamomilla, Asparathus linearis and Galium aparine also prevents infection and inflammation as well as reduces scarring.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/e/eczema.htm

  43. QUESTION:
    What cud i be suffering from,my skin itches so much and then i develop pimples like on my arms and feet.?
    My skin is itching so much mainly on the back of my hands and the lower parts of my legs.after several days i develop pimples mainly in the same parts.these pimples will also itch so much for about two weeks and then dissappear leaving dark patches.what could i be suffering frm

    • ANSWER:
      im pretty much sure its atopic dermatitis or known as eczema. it flares up mostly during winter and summer and is terribly itchy. kids can loose sleep due to the itchiness and if it gets deeply infected, it can leave scars. but the patches ur talking about is pigments, it'll clear up in about a year or two. but the main point is, if u ever have a family history of eczema, or had eczema urself whether ur a baby or seomthing, its most likely its gonna come up again. u cant cure it but u can prevent it. go see a doctor and they'll prescribe u some ointments. u said ur hands and feet im pretty sure they're gonna prescribe u diprolene, cordran tape, or clobetasol ointment. but they can also prescribe u some elocon, triamcinolone, or dermasmoothe. but the most common one is triamcinolone ointment or cream. try not to take showers for longer than 10 minutes with hot water and put eucerin on after. good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    How can I stop an itchy rash on my hands that I have had for 17 years? Is it a food alergy, atopic dermatitis?
    My hands and fingers will at times get small blisters that weep, crack, scale and flake and ITCH! I wear cotton gloves with moisturizer at night and it definitely seems to help and control it somewhat but never cures it. I have been to doctors over the years and don't want to use steroid creams on a regular long term basis. Any ideas why I get this and any cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Try taking various vitamins and food supplements. I had a condition like that for a while, and the only thing that helped was taking daily supplements of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Amino Acids. It really moistens the skin, and for me got rid of the problem.

  45. QUESTION:
    Have you ever taken allergy shots for eczema?
    I am allergic to: pollen, various trees, dust, mites, nuts and eggs. I have atopic eczema and seborrheic eczema. It was never a big deal, but this year it has flared up on my forehead and I hate it! Thats why I am considering starting an allergy shot treatment. Have you or anyone you know taken allergy shots for these allergies to fight eczema? Can you tell me about your experiences with allergy shots? Thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Tesoro

      Here is a herb remedy that will work.

      1. Take 1-3 droppersful of Echinacea Plus Tincture (at herbdoc.com or another qualified site) to strengthen the immune system.

      2. Rub Garlic oil ALL over the affected area (Garlic will kill anything if you use enough of it)

      3. Give 1-3 glasses of Activated Charcoal Slurry per day (to absorb the toxins out of the blood)

      4. Mix equal parts of Aloe Vera Gel, Slippery Elm Powder and Activated Charcoal Powder together (absorbs the toxins externally)

      5. Apply a thin layer of this mixture over the AFFECTED area(s).

      6. Continue this treatment, until the desired Results are achieved.

      This is healing at it's highest point.

      Cause
      Eczema is often called Dermatitis, and may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Eczema can be due to allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders such as hydrochloric acid deficiency, rashes secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, and/or nutritional deficiencies, especially of niacin (vitamin B3) and B6, as well as other B vitamins.

      To minimize your risk of developing eczema, avoid irritating substances, wear natural nonirritating materials, use soothing ointments, and check to see if dietary, nutritional, and/or and allergy-causing factors need to be considered.

      Other ideas that will help:

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help speed healing: black currant and red grapes; carrot, beet, spinach, cucumber, and parsley; and wheat grass juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Vitamin A and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 essential fatty acid found in high quantities in evening primrose oil, have both been shown to improve the symptoms of eczema. Vitamin E. Other useful supplements for preventing and reversing eczema include vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc.

      Topical Treatment: Apply evening primrose oil directly to cracked and sore areas of the skin. A topical paste made from ginkgo and licorice root extract has also been shown to improve eczema symptoms.

      Best of health to you

  46. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of these bumps on my arms?
    i have had these little pink bumps on my upper arms for a long time and i dont know how to get ride of them...i think its called atopic dermatitis..does anyone else have this? how do you get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      It's actually called Keratosis Pilaris. I have it too!

      You can try putting baby lotion on your arms after taking a shower when your arms are still moist. It reduces redness put doesn't get rid of the bumps. I was going to try this product:

      http://www.dermadoctor.com/product_DERMAdoctor-KP-Duty- Dermatologist-Moisturizing-Therapy-For-Dry-Skin_850.html

      And, don't worry! It's pretty common!

  47. QUESTION:
    Can I use this lotion for my new tattoos?
    I got a tattoo two days ago, I have been using Aquaphor since the first night. Could I use First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream for my new tattoo? Here is a product description:

    This Ultra Repair Cream is a thick, rich, emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. This cream is for anyone with severely dry, scaly skin due to harsh winter weather, aggressive cosmetic treatments, or any of the following conditions: atopic dermatitis, irritant eczema, allergic eczema, and keratosis pilaris. With the help of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil, and ceramides, Ultra Repair Cream provides immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin. The FAB Antioxidant Booster defends skin from free radical damage and the cream deeply hydrates with exceptional penetration, providing immediate relief and visible improvement. The cream is immediately absorbed into the skin and can be used all over the body and on the face.

    What it is formulated WITHOUT:
    - Parabens
    - Sulfates
    - Synthetic Fragrances
    - Synthetic Dyes
    - Phthalates
    - GMOs
    - Triclosan

    I use it as a face moisturizer, so I already have it in the house.

    • ANSWER:
      That would be perfect! Another good one is Eucerin original formula.

  48. QUESTION:
    What can I do with the exsecive dry skin on my hands ?
    I know that I have to take care of my self and I schould use some kind of lotion for my body and I dont, but I have tons of friends and family that dont do it and they have no problem, My problem is mainly in my hands and fingers, I have exsesiuve dry skin but not all over the hand it is mostly on the knucles of my fingers, it is dry to the limit that when I bend my fingers the skin cracks and it makes me bleed and I am wondering if there is anything I can do I have tried allmost every over the counter lotion and nothing has worked the last thingt a doctor recomended was lubriderm I used it as directed by the doctor for over a year and I have had no chages and my skin has continued the same way and it is beginning to effect me in such a way that it is depressing because people look at my hands and stare please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I have atopic dermatitis(for 40+ years),a condition that goes along with excessively dry skin.You need to get rid of soap,using Cetaphil Lotion and bar cleansers,instead.By getting rid of the soap,you are getting rid of one thing that causes dryness.The Cetaphil Lotion cleanser can be used with water,and it can be used with out water,too.Since I have really dry skin and am prone to rashes,I use the waterless method in place of using lotion cleanser and water for several hand cleanings a day.You just lather the Cetaphil cleanser by rubbing it in your hands,then wipe it off,and repeat again to clean your hands.Then you need to put on a lotion Cetaphil cream lotion is a lot richer than the Lubriderm.Every time you clean your hands,or your hands get wet,you have to apply the cream lotion.If you have to do wet work,you need to wear rubber gloves and cotton liners underneath the rubber gloves.To combat really dry hands,you need to get cotton gloves from the beauty section of the pharmacy and put on a gob of Cetaphil cream lotion on your hands,put the gloves on and let the lotion soak in,wearing the gloves for 20-30 minutes.You can do this several times a day and at night.You can also use Cortaid with moisturizers,a hydro-cortisone cream for the cracked skin,to see if it helps you heal faster.Just stay away from Vaseline, or any other greasy substance,anything with lanolin,benzocaine,retinols,aha and sugar acids,or scented products.

  49. QUESTION:
    What causes skin discoloration in skin? And how do i get rid of it?
    Btw i take showers at least 2 times a week.so its not dirt, i shrub with soap every time and it doesnt go away.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several types of skin discoloration and many are benign causes. Depends where it is, on your face, if you use BCP, or have had a baby/pregnancy-melasma, it's treated differently than other skin discolorations as in livedo reticularis- lacy pattern, you could have an atopic dermatitis or fungal condition/localized. How long have you had it? does it itch? is it getting worse? In Florida, and other similar climates, we used to get tinea versicolor, skin fungus from too much sun, kills off normal skin bacteria and it goes away on it's own or use Selsun Blue shampoo head to toe and leave on skin for several minutes. It was so stupid, cool, cause at nightclubs under black lights, it would glow... Have a dermatologist look at it. It may be easily treated or early sx of something else. Medications or steroids or other causes.


atopic dermatitis skin

Common Skin Growths

Angioma are the most familiar vascular lesions to seem on human skin. There are various different forms of angioma such as, cherry angiomas, and senile angiomas. Spider angioma also form of angioma. Cherry angiomas are bright red, little (usually 1-4 mm), papules normally seen on the trunk of adults. They can occur nearly anywhere on the body but generally develop on the core. The cherry-red "bumps" develop solitary or in groups. Cherry-red most frequently on the torso and the face, scalp, neck, arms and legs. A spider angioma is create slightly below the skin's surface.Spider angioma is frequently containing a central red spot and reddish extensions which radiate outwards like a spider's. Spider angiomas are more generally in childhood and during pregnancy. When present in greatest numbers, the may warn of liver damage. Cherry angiomas are benign, fairly common skin growths that vary in size. They can occur almost anywhere on the body but usually develop on the trunk. A venous angioma in the basal ganglia is a malformation of the veins that drain blood from the brain. A cherry angioma is painless and hurtless. Large angiomas can bleed exuberant when they are injured. The causes of Angioma are unknown and this disease although common and affect all age groups is not dangerous. They generally occur at an age of 40 above.The symptoms associated with angioma include birthmarks as various of them are really angiomas, stork bites which is a common type of strawberry birthmark, portwine stains which are also referred to as nevus flammeus. Treatment is usually not necessary. Aangiomas may also be removed by surgery. Electrocauterization and laser treatment may be used many cases. Electrodessication include of touching the skin with an electric needle and devastating the blood vessels. Liquid nitrogen is a cold gas that is sprayed on the skin with a spray gun or applied with a cotton swab. The vaporization of laser is also useful for the treatment of the angioma. Cryotherapy is also useful for treatment of angioma. Stereotactic radiosurgery is an important option in Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVMs) and hemorrhagic cavernous malformations. Pulsed dye laser treatment has also been used some cases of angioma. Dye lasers are also used dermatologically, to make skin tone much smooth. Surgery is also a still an option it is risky depending on the location of the lesion and the basic health of the individual.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are skin tags and how do you get rid of them?
    I recently have noticed more skin tags appearing on my body. I had some removed a few years ago and more have come to replace them. Can you remove them without having a doctor do it? They are painful. Is there anyway to avoid them?

    • ANSWER:
      What is a skin tag?

      A skin tag is a common, benign condition which consists of a bit of skin that projects from the surrounding skin and may appear attached to the skin. Skin tags can vary quite a bit in appearance. They may be smooth or irregular, flesh colored or more deeply pigmented, and either simply be raised above the surrounding skin or have a stalk (a peduncle) so that the skin tag hangs from the skin.

      Where do skin tags occur?

      Skin tags can occur almost anywhere there is skin. However, favorite areas for tags are the eyelids, neck, armpits (axillae), upper chest, and groin.

      Who tends to get skin tags?

      They are much more common with age beginning in middle age and they tend to be somewhat more prevalent in women than men.

      Is a skin tag a tumor?

      Yes, it is in the sense that it is a growth. However, it is a benign (harmless and not a malignant) condition.

      What does a skin tag look like under a microscope?

      The outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) shows overgrowth (hyperplasia) and it encloses an underlying layer of skin (the dermis) in which the normally-present collagen fibers appear abnormally loose and swollen.

      What problems do skin tags cause?

      Usually none. This tiny skin growth generally causes no symptoms unless it is repeatedly irritated as, for example, by the collar or in the crotch.

      How are skin tags treated?

      In cases in which a skin tag is irritated or cosmetically unwanted, treatment may be done by freezing the tag with liquid nitrogen, tying off the tag with a thread or suture so as to cut off the blood supply, or cutting off (excising) the tag with a scalpel or scissors.

      Is there another medical name for a skin tag?

      A skin tag is medically also termed a cutaneous papilloma or an acrochordon. However, a skin tag is best known as a skin tag.

      Skin Tags
      Skin Tag At A Glance

      * A skin tag is a common but harmless skin growth.
      * Skin tags are frequently found on the eyelids, neck, chest, armpits, and groin.
      * Treatments include freezing, tying off with a thread or suture, or cutting off.

  2. QUESTION:
    What causes moles on the skin and how to get rid of them without surgery?
    What condition causes their growth and are there any natural remedies to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Genes can have an influence on a person's moles.

      Dysplastic nevi and atypical mole syndrome are hereditary conditions which causes a person to have a large quantity of moles (often 100 or more) with some larger than normal or atypical. This often leads to a higher risk of melanoma, a serious skin cancer.[3] Dysplastic nevi are more likely than ordinary moles to become cancerous. Dysplastic nevi are common, and many people have a few of these abnormal moles. Having more than 50 ordinary moles increases the risk of developing melanoma.[4]

      In the overall population, a slight majority of melanomas do not form in an existing mole, but rather create a new growth on the skin. Nevertheless, those with dysplastic nevi are at a higher risk of melanoma occurring not only where there is an existing mole, but surprisingly, also where there are none.[5][6] Such persons need to be checked regularly for any changes in their moles and to note any new ones.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanocytic_nevus

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what causes more skin to grow in an uncircumsized penis?
    I just noticed this last week that my penis now has more skin. I want to know if this is an infection. When I peel my skin back to clean the inside of my penis, it feels uncomfortable. I have never had this problem before.
    Should I get circumsized?

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible that you masturbated too roughly, and hence swelled a little. Try to be easy on it for a few days, avoid doing anything rough (or sex, for example).

      In case it's in infection, pull the foreskin back and wash the head when you shower; it should only take less than 10 seconds to do that. Dry it after you're done showering (dryness prevents any bacteria growth, if that's the case).

      Ultimately, if it gets worse or doesn't get any better in a few days, you should see a doctor. Surgery/circumcision is not needed. Ask the doctor to prescribe antibiotics/creams instead.

      Here are the risks of circumcision that you should take into consideration.

      In a medical study, it was found that females are more likely to hit orgasm with an uncircumcised man:
      http://www.healthcentral.com/drdean/408/60750.html

      The lubricated foreskin (on the inside... like your eyelids) slides up and down during sex and masturbation to stimulate the head (which is why you don't hear of uncircumcised guys needing lube to masturbate).
      http://www.cirp.org/pages/anat/
      http://net.indra.com/~shredder/intact/anatomy/index.html

      Studies have found that circumcision reduces sensitivity (this article also mentions how it has lost popularity in the USA in recent times):
      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,285532,00.html

      And despite being more sensitive, uncircumcised guys still last in the same six minute range (average) that circumcised guys do:
      http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2005.00070.x

      Makes masturbation more difficult:
      http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1464-410X.2006.06646.x

      Which makes sense, that's how circumcision was promoted in the USA:
      http://english.pravda.ru/science/health/27-03-2006/77873-circumcision-0

      Increases erectile dysfunction rates:
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=14979200&dopt=Abstract%7C

      If too much skin is removed in circumcision, it can make the penis smaller since the penis needs some skin to expand during an erection:
      http://drgreene.org/body.cfm?id=21&action=detail&ref=1125
      http://www.altermd.com/Penis%20and%20Scrotal%20Surgery/buried_penis.htm

      And ultimately, circumcision has become less common everywhere. If she ends up going through multiple relationships, chances are that you won't be the only uncircumcised one. Teach her how to use it (when the time comes) and how to enjoy it. The USA is the last developed nation to circumcise a large amount of newborns without medical or religious reasons, but even our rates have gone from almost 90% back in the 1970s to as low as 14% in some states in the past few years. Feel free to research it more here:
      http://shorl.com/sabrunemofeki

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of a skin tag on my eye lid?
    I have a skin tag on my eye lid. Why is it there and how do I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      ABOUT:

      They typically occur in characteristic locations including the neck, underarms, eyelids, and under the breasts...occur in locations where skin rubs against other skin or clothing.

      They are much more common in middle age and they tend to increase in prevalence up to age 60.
      Hormone elevations may cause an increase in the formation of skin tags.

      Skin tags are a type of growth or tumor, albeit a completely benign and harmless one. Tags are not cancerous (malignant) and not found to have potential to become cancerous if left untreated.

      REMOVAL:

      There are several effective medical ways to remove a skin tag, including removing with scissors, freezing (using liquid nitrogen), and burning (using medical electric cautery at the physician's office).

      Usually small tags may be removed easily without anesthesia while larger growths may require some local anesthesia (injected lidocaine) prior to removal. Application of a topical anesthesia cream prior to the procedure may be desirable in areas where there are a large number of tags.

      Dermatologists (skin doctors), family physicians, and internal medicine physicians are the doctors who treat tags most often. Occasionally, an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) is needed to remove tags very close to the eyelid margin.

      I hope this helps! :)

  5. QUESTION:
    Describe the different types of skin cancers, including the type of cells?
    What is the most common risk factor for skin cancer and how can we protect ourselves from skin cancer?

    How is the blister on Frank’s foot is similar to a burn? Distinguish between first second and third degree burns.

    • ANSWER:
      Skin cancer is a malignant growth on the skin which can have many causes. The most common skin cancers are basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma. Skin cancer generally develops in the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin), so a tumor is usually clearly visible. This makes most skin cancers detectable in the early stages. There are three common types of skin cancer, each of which is named after the type of skin cell from which it arises. Unlike many other cancers, including those originating in the lung, pancreas, and stomach, only a small minority of those afflicted will actually die of the disease.[1] Skin cancer represents the most commonly diagnosed cancer, surpassing lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer.[1] Melanoma is less common than basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, but it is the most serious -- for example, in the UK there are 9,500 new cases of melanoma each year, and 2,300 deaths.[2] More people now die of Melanoma in the UK than in Australia. It is the most common cancer in the young population (20 – 39 age group).[3] It is estimated that approximately 85% of cases are caused by too much sun.[citation needed] Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common skin cancers. The majority of these are called Basal Cell Carcinomas. These are usually localised growths caused by excessive cumulative exposure to the sun and do not tend to spread.

      Although it is impossible to completely eliminate the possibility of skin cancer, the risk of developing such a cancer can be reduced significantly with the following steps:

      * reducing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, especially in early years
      * avoiding sun exposure during the day, especially from 9 AM to 4 PM when the sun is highest in the sky
      * wearing protective clothing (long sleeves and hats) when outdoors
      * using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB radiation
      * reapply sun block every 2 hours and after swimming
      * chemoprevention using topical imiquimod or 5-fluorouracil[citation needed]

      Although it is generally accepted that UV exposure is the greatest risk factor in melanoma development, some sceptics say no data conclusively proves a link between moderate sun exposure and the likelihood of melanoma.

      Australian scientist Ian Frazer who developed a vaccine for cervical cancer, says that a vaccine effective in preventing for certain types of skin cancer has proven effective on animals and could be available within a decade. The vaccine would only be effective against Squamous Cell Carcinoma.[16]

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it common to get little bumps on your skin after waxing?
    I just waxed my upper lip for the first time yesterday. I didn't really have a mustache, but I still wanted to get rid of some unnoticeable hair there. Today I have little bumps around that area. I always wax my eyebrows and this has never happened. If this is common please let me know and also if there're any remedies that can help. I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      This may gross you out... But you got the little bumps because your hair follicles got bacteria in them. Bumps happen because who ever waxed you (or someone else at the salon) double dipped. They touched someones face with the orangewood stick while they waxed them. Then they stuck the same stick back in the wax pot.
      The bacteria from the person, or people before you entered the wax and reproduced. Then when you got waxed, the 'dirty' wax was put on your face, and when the strip was removed it left holes in your follicles where the hair used to be. The bacteria entered your follicles and caused tiny infections like pimples.
      The proper way to wax someone goes like this:
      1. Cleanse the area removing all dirt and makeup with alcihol
      2. Apply powder to reduce chafing and make the hair more visible
      3. Using a clean orangewood stick, apply a thin layer of wax in the direction of the hair growth
      4. Press a clean strip in the direction of the hair growth, and smooth three times
      5. Hold the skin taught, and in one smoothe motion remove the strip in a horizontal direction
      6. Apply wax remover oil to remove residue
      7. Cleanse with alcohol
      8. Apply aloe
      They should never ever use the same stick. Each time they dip it in wax a fresh stick needs to be used. Also you should never wax the same area twice. It can tear the skin.
      Think about it, bacteria, mold and fungi can grow inside of the wax pot. And it's common for people to bleed a tiny bit while being waxed... That means if they double dip the stick all the germs and blood go back into the pot.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get keloids just from a specific skin trauma?
    I have a few keloids; 2 on my jaw and 2 on my shoulder. They're all from having acne. I've had all kinds of shots and blood work and other skin "trauma" and no problems with keloids thus far so could it be that I only get them from acne or something? I want to get several piercings but getting keloids is freaking me out.

    • ANSWER:
      Devan!
      Briefly, YES! However, it is difficult to give any reason because doctors do not understand exactly why keloids form in certain people or situations and not in others. Changes in the cellular signals that control growth and proliferation may be related to the process of keloid formation, but these changes have not yet been characterized scientifically. A keloid scar is an overgrown scar that can spread outside the original area of skin damage. Keloid scars are shiny and hairless, they are raised above the surrounding skin, and can feel hard and rubbery. Keloids affect around 10-15% of all wounds. They can appear anywhere on the body but usually form on the shoulders, head and neck. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time. Keloids may start some time after the injury and extend beyond the wound site. This tendency to migrate into surrounding areas that weren't injured to begin with distinguishes keloids from hypertrophic scars. Keloids typically appear following surgery or injury, but they can also appear spontaneously or as a result of some slight inflammation, such as an acne pimple on the chest (even one that wasn't scratched or otherwise irritated). Other minor injuries that can trigger keloids are burns and piercings.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  8. QUESTION:
    Will common warts on my hands disqualify me from joining the Air Force?
    I have common warts on my hands, and am currently getting them treated by my doctor. They said it might take up to a month for the treatments to take full effect. I am going to MEPS for my physical in 1.5 weeks. This will only be the beginning of the 3rd week of treatments... Is this going to be an issue?

    • ANSWER:
      Oral sex also is transmitted warts and other diseases, sex with humans or with animals.http://twitter.com/LeoWildherbs, Warts are small, usually painless growths on the skin caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, I know the cure with organic remedies, only .00 payment via paypal, (cure in 3 weeks) or money back.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the bumps on my dogs skin?
    My dog recently has developed two little bumps on her skin. The one on her right side is on the outside of her thigh, and its a dark pink. The other one is on her left side, and it's a little smaller, the same color as the other one. I haven't noticed any others but I just noticed the second one today. I'm extremely nervous as to what it might be, please help!
    She's a chihuahua mix, two years old, always been in pretty good health
    The first one's been there for nearly two weeks!

    • ANSWER:
      Sebaceous adenoma: Also called sebaceous cyst. Smooth, pink, wart like growth less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. Most common on the eyelids and limbs. Occurs in older individuals (average age 10). Very common in Poodles and Cocker Spaniels.

      Picture : http://mmg.photobucket.com/image/recent/charminglydaft/roohead293.jpg.html?src=www

      ebaceous cysts can occur in any breed of dog. They also occur in cats, but much less commonly.

      Like the other lumps and bumps I've discussed in this series, sebaceous cysts are benign and nothing to worry about in terms of cancer. They occur under the skin, and they generally behave in one of three ways:

      They erupt
      They get walled off
      They resolve on their own

      Don't touch your the lumps if you pop them or touch them they will become infected and get pus so leave it alone.

      http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/08/16/sebaceous-cysts.aspx

      Hope your Chihuahua is okay!

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the best acne treatment or product?
    What is the best acne treatment or product that clears skin fast and doesn't dry skin. Tell me a product that you have used and it works for you. I have tried many acne creams but they usually dry my skin and create a rash, so my skin is sensitive. Please help me. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      When your skin is dry, it produces MORE oil to combat the dryness, so that causes your pores to clog and makes you break out.

      During the day, use witchazel as a toner, and apple cider vinegar at night (because it stinks, but you'll get used to it). They will clean your skin without drying it out.

      There is no magic potion to get rid of acne; You have to battle it from the inside and out:

      STOP eating and drinking foods with refined or artificial sugars, like high fructose corn syrup or aspartame/phenylalanine. Up your vitamin C, A and K. Do some exercise like dancing or yoga. Get a little sun everyday, like about 10 minutes. Drink more water.

      Many beauty products on the market have harmful chemicals in them; do your favorite beauty products contain any of these things?:

      * Mineral Oil, Paraffin & Petrolatum – Petroleum products coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatological issues, like slowing cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging. Suspected cause of cancer & Disruptive of hormonal activity. By the way, when there’s an oil spill in the ocean, don’t they rush to clean it up – fast? Why put that stuff on your skin?

      * Parabens – Widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have hormone-disrupting qualities – mimicking estrogen – and interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

      * Phenol carbolic acid– Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.

      * Propylene glycol – Used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation.

      * Acrylamide– Found in many hand and face creams. Linked to mammary tumors in lab research.

      * Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)– Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners… and in over 90% of personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a “nitrosamine”, a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling “comes from coconut” or “coconut-derived

      * Toluene – Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.

      * Dioxane– Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Common in a wide range of personal care products. The compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin. Dioxane’s carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by “vacuum stripping”.

      Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut. Watch for hidden language on labels, such as “comes from coconut”.

      IF SO, you should throw them away IMMEDIATELY and you can substitute virgin/extra virgin olive oil or a natural coconut oil to moisturize in the meantime until you find a better, natural alternative!!! Tell ALL your friends and family!!!

  11. QUESTION:
    Food additives: How much does the benzoate added in wonton or dumpling skin affect human health?
    I have been making Chinese potstickers that people were going crazy for, but I noticed that in the ingredients, Benzoate is added to keep the freshness of the product. How much do they usually put in one package of dumpling skin(approx.42pieces)??

    • ANSWER:
      I think benzoate (sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate) acidifies the dough a little to prevent bacteria and fungus growth.

      You're worried about it in wonton skins, yet benzoate is quite common and you probably ingest more through soda than eating wontons.

      From this website, most foods use at most 0.1% (by weight, not volume). So for every 1 ounce (28.35 grams) of wonton skin, there is at most 0.001 ounces (0.028 grams) of sodium benzoate.
      http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/2000-09/969376641.Ch.r.html

      Preservatives http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/foodic.html
      Prevent food spoilage from bacteria, molds, fungi, or yeast (antimicrobials); slow or prevent changes in color, flavor, or texture and delay rancidity (antioxidants); maintain freshness

      Products
      Fruit sauces and jellies, beverages, baked goods, cured meats, oils and margarines, cereals, dressings, snack foods, fruits and vegetables

      Name of Chemicals
      Ascorbic acid, citric acid, sodium benzoate, calcium propionate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, calcium sorbate, potassium sorbate, BHA, BHT, EDTA, tocopherols (Vitamin E)

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the most common side effects of accutane?
    Im 14, and im going to start taking accutane in a few days. my acne isnt bad but i get a couple pimples every once in a while. Im perfectly healthy no disorders, asthma, or allergies. I dont have my period yet so menstrual side effects arent a possibility. im normal height and weight for my age, and i do cheerleading every day. ive seen lists and lists of side effects but i was wondering what would be some of the more common side effects for my age and everything?

    • ANSWER:
      From Drugs.com...
      "Abnormal hair growth; abnormal skin sensations; bleeding and redness or swelling of the gums; changes in menstrual flow; chapped lips; decreased tolerance to contact lenses; dizziness; dry eyes and mouth; dry nose that may lead to nosebleeds..."

  13. QUESTION:
    What to do and what to take to regulate hormones?
    some weight gain, problem skin, hair growth could be due to irregular hormones....is there a way to normalize this?

    • ANSWER:
      No BrooklynChk, not to use a medicines, by itself without prescription of doctor. One solution might simply be to use common sense. Low hormones or not, it’s essential to take in enough essential amino acids and different forms of protein. Many people’s protein intake is limited and unvarying: just red meat, chicken and eggs. Also meat, poultry, nuts, eggs, fish, dairy, beans, and vegetables.

      This approach is helpful for all of us, but especially for human with irregular hormones – whether it’s the real thing or not. Dark chocolate can be helpful too. So be sure to eat well and exercise. Give yourself what your brain needs to function well and create harmony in your being. Apply your thoughts to the constructive self-healing that is possible.

      You writte about weight gain, problem skin, hair growth, yes it is irregular hormones and you need to regain the natural hormone balance of your body. With proper support, your body is perfectly capable of achieving a proper hormonal balance. But this needed to do under control a doctor.
      Jason Homan

  14. QUESTION:
    How can i keep tanning beds from drying out my skin?
    I use moisturizing lotion before and after every session, and my skin is fine for the duration of the two weeks i go tanning for. however, after i stop tanning, my skin starts flaking very badly. i try to exfoliate and it doesn't work.

    Is there a magic potion that i am missing here??

    (Note: I am NOT a tan-aholic! i go for two or three weeks during the winter at most!)

    • ANSWER:
      Stop getting in those beds. Natural sunlight is much better for you.

      Many beauty products on the market have harmful chemicals in them; do your favorite beauty products contain any of these things?:

      * Mineral Oil, Paraffin & Petrolatum – Petroleum products coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatological issues, like slowing cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging. Suspected cause of cancer & Disruptive of hormonal activity.
      * Parabens – Widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have hormone-disrupting qualities – mimicking estrogen – and interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

      * Phenol carbolic acid– Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.

      * Propylene glycol – Used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation.

      * Acrylamide– Found in many hand and face creams. Linked to mammary tumors in lab research.

      * Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)– Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners… and in over 90% of personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a “nitrosamine”, a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling “comes from coconut” or “coconut-derived" - and is found in many popular body washes and toothpastes!

      * Toluene – Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.

      * Dioxane– Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Common in a wide range of personal care products. The compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin. Dioxane’s carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by “vacuum stripping”.

      Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut. Watch for hidden language on labels, such as “comes from coconut”.

      IF SO, you should throw them away IMMEDIATELY and you can substitute virgin/extra virgin olive oil or a natural coconut oil to moisturize in the meantime until you find a better, natural alternative!!! Tell ALL your friends and family!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Does every skin cancer start with a mole?
    i was just wondering if every skin cancer had to begin in a mole.

    • ANSWER:
      No, Skin cancers are of 3 major types: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.
      Skin cancer is the most common of all human cancers.
      Cancer occurs when normal cells undergo a transformation during which they grow and multiply without normal controls.

      Medical professionals often refer to these changes as dysplasia. Some specific dysplastic changes that occur in skin are as follows:

      * Actinic keratosis is a patch of red or brown, scaly, rough skin, which can develop into squamous cell carcinoma.

      * A nevus is a mole, and dysplastic nevi are abnormal moles. These can develop into melanoma over time.

      Moles are simply growths on the skin. They are very common. Very few moles become cancer.

      An individual's moles usually look pretty much alike. A mole that looks different from the others should be examined by your health care provider.

      Dysplastic nevi are not cancer, but they can become cancer.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best time of day to take vitamins?
    I overplucked my eyebrows and I have been taking hair skin and nail vitamins as well as biotin to help grow them back. For maximum results, should I take the vitamins in the morning, before bed, or spread out during the day?
    Why one hour after milk?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry about your eyebrows. The hair on the eyebrows is slower to grow than the hair on your scalp, so try to be patient. With the HSN vitamins, I am guessing that they suggest that you take 2-3 tablets daily. You can spread the dose (one in morning, one in afternoon, one in evening, etc) or you can also do form of loading which will saturate your system. For the first 2 weeks, you can basically give those vitamins the greatest benefits by taking them in the evening and basically sleeping on them. When you sleep, your body is in repair mode and your vitamins get the most benefit. You are sleeping and not doing any physical activity as you would during the day.

      Generally, HSN vitamins often have the amino acids, l-methionine and/or l-cysteine included, so you do not want the aminos to compete with the aminos in the milk. I would suggest that you not have milk until 2 hours after you have the supplements.

      If you can get the herb horsetail (aka shavegrass) from a healthfood store, you can make a tea. Just take about a teaspoon of the herb, submerge in the water, let it brew up for about 10 minutes, then drain the liquid separate from the mixture. Use that liquid directly on your eyebrows and that should encourage growth. Horsetail is very rich in sulfur (it's a mineral which is a part of hair) and is great for skin and hair. Very good for your skin, too. If you have any allergies like hay fever, don't use the horsetail. Otherwise, just try a small amount to test to see if you have any reaction. It's not a common one, but just to be safe.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to treat patches of darkened skin left after treatment of skin allergy?
    Hey everyone,
    I would really appreciate your help.
    I had surgery around 25 days ago, and somehow the bandages they used gave me a horrible skin allergy (Hives i believe).
    It covered most of my stomach.
    Now the allergy has been treated, but it left dark patches around my stomach... darker patches where the allergy was more severe.

    Since now i have scars all over my stomach, i would really appreciate not having bizarre pigmentation too.
    So please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Knowledge about your own body and combine with the power of natural remedies are the best way to clear acne and scar. Rub lemon on the effected area and let it dry before putting the aloe vera. Let it overnight.

      Acne scars usually develop as a result of severe acne. There are various types of acne scarring such as deep pits, box car scars and rolling scars. Deep pits are the most common and a classic symptom of acne scarring. Box car scars are angular scars that develop on the cheeks and temple. They resemble chickenpox scars and may be superficial or deep. Rolling scars give the skin a wave-like appearance.

      Scars are a natural part of the healing process after injury. They are actually growths of collagen (protein) that form beneath the skin as a result of acne, wound, cut, burn, injury or surgery to the skin. Collagen consists of fibers that strengthen the layer of skin beneath the surface. When the skin is injured, the collagen that is produced becomes thicker.

      Natural treatments such as herbal remedies are less invasive and gentle to use on the skin. Herbs such as Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) have a wide range of therapeutic benefits that act as a cleansing tonic, blood purifier and lymphatic cleanser. Homeopathic ingredients such as Natrium muriaticum, Kalium muriaticum and Kalium sulphate help to maintain skin health and support the regenerative processes of the skin.
      Read article at http://www.powerfulremedies.com/acne/77-remove-acne-scars-8245

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the actual meaning of "light-skinned" people?
    Skin cancer is the unusual growth of skin cells. Getting too much sun can lead to skin cancer. Cancer of the skin is the most common of all cancers. Skin cancer hap- pens mostly to older, light-skinned people.

    • ANSWER:
      it means people with light skin?
      pretty much the further up north your family came from the higher risk you are. the less melanin in your skin the less protection you have
      Irish people with light hair blue eyes fair skin and freckes are at very high risk
      older people are more likely to get skin cancer because they have lived longer so have had more exposure to the sun also there was no sunscreen when they were kids. and they are weaker in general from age

  19. QUESTION:
    I have a weird white growth looking thing growing out of my neck?
    It's very very small and is about the size of a small pimple. It's red and puffy around the edge but has a white something almost growing out of it. I pulled the white part out with tweezers and it wasn't soft nor hard but more like the rock type thing that comes out of a pimple. Now it just looks like a red hole as if I took a chunk out of my skin.
    What could this be? A skintag that had been torn? Should I see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      no, no doctor for this one...i cant tell you the exact name, it eludes my mind at the moment. but its normal, especially on the neck and upper chest area....more common in black people than white, more common in men than women, and generally start to notice stuff like this around age 30.

      its basically an accumulation of skin cells well under the top of the epidermis, and for some unknown reason when it becomes irritated, it basically pushes itself outward like a splinter would....or other foreign object. hope this helps.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between physical weathering and chemical weathering?
    which types is more common in warm climate, and which one is more common in cold climate. why?

    • ANSWER:
      Physical weathering involves the breakdown of rocks and soils through direct contact with atmospheric conditions such as heat, water, ice and pressure.
      Whereas, chemical weathering, involves the direct effect of atmospheric chemicals, or biologically produced chemicals , in the breakdown of rocks, soils and minerals.

      The primary process in physical weathering is abrasion - the process by which clasts and other particles are reduced in size. Thermal expansion, Freeze thaw weathering, Frost wedging, Biotic weathering, Salt crystallisation, Pressure and Hydraulic actions all form part of Physical weathering.

      Chemical weathering involves the change in the composition of rock, often leading to a 'break down' in its form by Dissolution, Hydration, Hydrolysis, Oxidation, and Biological weathering.

      In warm climates , Thermal expansion, also known as onion-skin weathering, exfoliation, insulation weathering or thermal shock, often occurs in areas, like deserts, where there is a large diurnal temperature range. The temperatures soar high in the day, while dipping greatly at night. As the rock heats up and expands by day, and cools and contracts by night, stress is often exerted on the outer layers. The stress causes the peeling off of the outer layers of rocks in thin sheets. Though this is caused mainly by temperature changes, thermal expansion is enhanced by the presence of moisture.

      In cold climates, most common process is called frost shattering. This type of weathering is common in mountain areas where the temperature is around freezing point. Frost induced weathering, although often attributed to the expansion of freezing water captured in cracks, is generally independent of the water-to-ice expansion. It has long been known that moist soils expand or frost heave upon freezing as a result of water migrating along from unfrozen areas via thin films to collect at growing ice lenses. This same phenomena occurs within pore spaces of rocks. They grow larger as they attract liquid water from the surrounding pores. The ice crystal growth weakens the rocks which, in time, break up. Freeze induced weathering action occurs mainly in environments where there is a lot of moisture, and temperatures frequently fluctuate above and below freezing point—that is, mainly alpine and periglacial areas. Another less common process is Frost action, sometimes known as ice crystal growth, ice wedging, frost wedging or freeze-thaw occurs when water in cracks and joints of rocks freeze and expand. Repeated freeze-thaw action weakens the rocks which, over time, break up along the joints into angular pieces. The angular rock fragments gather at the foot of the slope to form a talus slope (or scree slope).

  21. QUESTION:
    My husband has theses small growths on the inside of his leg that look like giant skin tags. What could they b?
    They look like huge flesh colored skin tags or moles. They are starting to have an sour odor. They are not warts. What could they be? They are not huge but I am concerned a little.

    • ANSWER:
      They are skin tags, the location is common for these. The sour smell is mainly due to bacteria, an unrelated problem but he needs to make sure and wash his crotch and inside of his legs with antibacterial soap. If your husband is overweight, please get him checked for type 2 diabetes. Skin tags are often a tell tale sign of this condition. Also look on the base of his neck and under his arms for skin tags and darker colored skin. If he does have a dark mark on the back of his neck or at the base of his neck, waste no time getting him an appt. with the Dr. for a test called Hba1c which will test for diabetes.

  22. QUESTION:
    What exactly is a microdermabrasion treatment?
    Im 20, and I have this coupon for a skin care place for a free 15 minute microdermabrasion.. what exactly does the microderm. do?

    • ANSWER:
      Microdermabrasion (often referred to as Microderm) is a cosmetic procedure popular in day spas, doctors' practices, and medical spas in which the stratum corneum (dead outermost surface of the skin) is partially or completely removed by light abrasion. Different methods include mechanical abrasion from jets of zinc oxide or aluminum oxide crystals, fine organic particles, or a roughened surface. Particles are removed off through the wand/handpiece through which the abrasive particles come [1] The term dermabrasion itself refers to the more severe medical procedure carried out under general or light anesthesia.

      Microdermabrasion is used to remove sun-damaged skin and to remove or lessen scars and dark spots on the skin. The procedure is not very painful and requires no anaesthetic. Microdermabrasion can be used medically for scar removal when the scar is raised above the surrounding skin, but is less effective with sunken scars. There is very little, if any, evidence that microdermabrasion stimulates collagen formation. Microdermabrasion can also be used for treatment of acne, but must be repeated periodically to be effective. Microdermabrasion should not be used on patients who have taken the medication Accutane (Isotretinion) in the previous twelve months.

      In the past, microdermabrasion was carried out using abrasive crystals. However, in the last decade, it has become more common to use a wand with a roughened surface. This procedure requires no medical oversight and is commonly used in conjunction with facial spa treatments. These days there are a multiplicity of machines available for microdermabrasion.

      The growth of the microdermabrasion treatment industry has led to innovations and there are currently a few different microdermabrasion systems available. In terms of professional microdermabrasion systems there are two choices:

      1. Crystal microdermabrasion Crystal microdermabrasion systems are the traditional treatment of choice and rely on tiny crystals that are blasted onto the skin to perform the exfoliating process. Although the crystal microdermabrasion system is still widely used, the introduction of alternatives has led to a trend away from this treatment system.

      2. Diamond microdermabrasion Diamond microdermabrasion systems operate without the need for crystals. The exfoliation process occurs when a diamond tipped head makes contact with the skin and abrades against it. In both crystals and diamond microdermabrasion systems the dead skin cells are sucked away from the face.

      3. Home Microdermabrasion Home microdermabrasion systems are an increasingly popular alternative to professional treatments. These are cheap and very easy to perform, and although not as powerful as professional systems, can produce good results over time. There is a great deal of competition in the home microdermabrasion systems market with most of the big cosmetics and skin care brands launching their own home systems.

      Microdermabrasion is a procedure where tiny particles "sand" or "polish" the skin and gradually remove scarred or discolored epidermal tissue. When you use a home microdermbrasion system the surface skin cell turnover will be enhanced and the skin will be visibly fresher. Home microdermabrasion creams with active ingredients, are focused on skin renewal and accelerate rebuilding of healthy collagen skin cells after microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing or harsh peels. For depressed scars, such as pitted acne scars, subcision with needles is often used by estheticians to break up the deeply buried scar tissue, and a home microdermabrision system then speeds up new healthy skin remodeling: the orderly process of laying out new collagen and elastin fibers.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the proper way to treat acne scars?
    Back in my junior year of highschool I had pretty bad CYSTIC acne on my face cheeks, and along jawline. I made the dumb mistake of picking them now I have scars on my cheeks that appear dark red and under the skin.. I heard lemon juice works is this true? If not how can I get rid of these?

    • ANSWER:
      There is some truth/common consensus on lemon juice but not by rubbing it on the skin. There are also many other natural ways to diminish acne scars:

      Drink lots of water: Water has amazing cleansing and rejuvenating properties. Some experts believe that the best way to treat acne scars naturally is to drink lots of water. Dead skin cells are shed off easier when your body is hydrated with enough water. New skin also grows faster and smoother when you have lots of water in your body.

      Eat fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables contain lots of vitamins and minerals that can help your skin restore its former beauty. They also contain juices which keep your body hydrated every day. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to make your skin grow healthier and heal acne scars.

      Load up on lemon juice: Lemon juice is a kind of citric acid that's very effective in reducing or getting rid of acne scars. Drink several glasses of lemon juice each day to help your dead skin cells shed faster. New skin cells will also grow healthier and add elasticity to your skin if you load up on lemon juice.

      Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet: You can't simply get rid of acne scars by applying natural substances on your skin. A large part of the healing process consists of maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet that aids in the growth of new, healthy skin. Also, eating a healthy diet gives you the essential nutrients that you need to fight against infections and other types of diseases that might complicate your acne scars. Make sure to include tofu, chicken, soy, and fish in your diet as these foods are rich in protein which aids in the healing of your skin.

      Try rosehip seed oil: Another amazing home remedy against acne scars is rosehip seed oil. The oil has anti-aging properties that reduce wrinkles, rejuvenate the skin, and bring back its original color. Rosehip seed oil is widely used in commercial cosmetic products that are used to treat burn marks, premature aging, sun damage, surgical scars, facial scars and acne scars. Purchase rosehip seed oil from a department store near you and massage it twice a day on areas of your face that have acne scars.

      Apply Aloe vera gel or juice: Aloe vera gel or juice helps get rid of acne scars and makes your facial skin healthier. There are many brands of aloe vera gel or juice available on the market today. Read product reviews of each brand on the Internet to find out which one is the best. Read the instructions on the label carefully before applying on affected areas of your skin.
      Treat your scars with tomato: Tomato is rich in vitamin A, making it effective in stopping the overproduction of sebum that causes acne and acne scars. Tomato also has antioxidant properties that rejuvenate damaged skin. Slice up a tomato every day and place it over your face to quickly reduce your scars.

      Heal them with olive oil: Olive oil is truly a miracle substance. It does not only make your food taste better, it also improves the condition of your skin and reduces your acne scars. Massage the oil on affected parts of your skin every day. It has moisturizing properties that soften the texture of your skin and reduce the prominence of your acne scars.

      Use honey: Honey is a sweet substance that brightens up your day but it can also brighten up your face. Massage honey on affected parts of your skin or take it orally to reduce your acne scars and make your skin look younger.

      Lather with lavender oil: Lavender oil is another natural substance that is widely used in many commercial cosmetic products. Apply lavender oil on your acne scars and gently massage your skin. The oil has regenerative properties that will make your skin look cleaner, fresher and younger.

      Rose water and sandalwood: Make a paste of rose water and sandalwood and gently apply it on your acne scars. Leave the paste on your skin overnight then wash it with cold water the next morning. Do this regularly together with other natural treatments for acne scars to get rid of the scars as quickly as possible.

      Rub them with ice cubes: Lots of people use ice cubes to get rid of their acne scars at home. Wrap an ice cube in a piece of cloth and rub it on affected areas for 10 to 15 minutes every day. This should lessen the inflammation on your skin, making it look smoother.

      Make your own face mask: Mix one tablespoon of sour cream with one tablespoon of oatmeal and yogurt, then add a few drops of lemon juice. Apply the mixture on your acne scars and leave it there for about 10 minutes. Thoroughly rinse it off and pat it dry.

      Multani Mitti paste: Mix some garlic cloves, carrot juice, honey and Multani Mitti powder and turn the mixture into a paste. Apply it on your acne scars for 20 minutes every day to reduce the redness and swelling. You may combine this home remedy together with other natural treatments to get rid of the scars faster.

  24. QUESTION:
    If skin diesand peels away, then how can you get skin cancer later in life?
    I was just wondering because I was wondering how the skin can have skin cancer from a sunburn from 30 years before if skin dies or peels off every year or even jsut in the winter when you become pale again? Can anyone explain this because I just thought about it today and I find it sort of fascinating.

    • ANSWER:
      Your epidermis is composed of five layers.

      The top layer of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum. This is the part that peels away. They are just skin cells that have lost their nucleus and become filled with keratin.

      The very first layer (bottom) of your skin is called the stratum germinativum. These are the cells that reproduce and as they grow more cells, the cells push up through the layers. Sun damage can accumulate in this layer and cause a serious of mutations leading to disordered growth. This is what is known as "Basal cell carcinoma".

      Another type of skin cancer is called "Squamous cell Carcinoma" . While your epidermal cells move up through the layers, they are supposed to mature into the nucleolus-free, keratin filled cells. When this process goes awry, you get squamous cell carcinoma.

      The last type of common skin cancers is known as Melanoma. Aside from the basal cells in your stratum germinativum, there are also melanin cells. Theses are responsible for producing the pigment melanin, which gives color to your skin, and when you stay in the sun, your melanin production increases to give you a tan. When these cells begin to growth uncontrollably, you get melanoma.

      So you see, it is the cells below the dead layer that are responsible for skin cancer, and not the dead cells that flake off.

      edit: your dermis and your subcutaneous layers are associated with other cancer types, but are not sites for melanoma or bcc to arise. However, invasive melanoma and BCC can invade these layers causing serious problems.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of cherry angiomas myself?
    I don't want to pay a dermatologist. I removed some skin tags myself with no problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Cherry angiomas are benign, fairly common skin growths that vary in size. They can occur almost anywhere on the body but usually develop on the trunk.

      They are most common after age 40. The cause is unknown. Although painless and harmless, cherry angiomas may bleed profusely if injured.
      Cherry angiomas generally do not need to be treated. If they are cosmetically displeasing or prone to bleeding, angiomas may be removed by surgery, freezing (cryotherapy), burning (electrosurgery/cautery), or laser.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to permenently remove hair other then a laser?
    I would think there has to be a way to use some type of cream to destroy follicles? Why hasn't anyone come up with one? It's kind of like the cure for the common cold in my opinion. It seems so easy, yet there is no way to do it.

    • ANSWER:
      sorry there is actually nothing that can permanently remove hair. :( (i hate mine!)

      There are prescription pills that help diminish hair growth such as Spironolactone and Tagamet. Spironolactone, is a diuretic. But it is effective and can help cut down on acne due to excessive testosterone levels as well. Tagamet, a drug used for ulcers, also helps cut down on hair growth. Both are prescription drugs and you need to discuss these options with your dermatologist. Neither medication makes the hair fall out, so you do have to remove the hair until you start to see results.

      A new prescription drug called Vaniqa helps prevent hair growth in the first place. It’s FDA approved for unwanted facial hair in women and takes a good 8 weeks to work. That’s the time frame it takes all of the hair follicles to rotate through their growth cycle. Remember, Vaniqa stops unwanted hair growth, it does not remove the hair that is present. You still need to perform your favorite method of hair removal during this time frame. Eventually you will notice that you need to remove hair less frequently until the hair growth has stopped completely. If you stop your Vaniqa, the hair will start regrowing in about 8 weeks. While it’s only meant to be used for areas on the face, I have no doubt that it will find its way into “off label” uses on other areas of the body.

      Smooth skin is always in and so is your dermatologist! If you are experiencing problems with excessive hair growth, you shouldn’t hesitate to discuss this with your physician. There are definitely steps you can take to improve the situation.

      And lastly, hair removal creams containing eflornithine are available in some countries.

  27. QUESTION:
    What would happen if I cut off my skin tags?
    I have like 7-9 of them in my armpits and they are embarrassing.I can't really do the 3 day thread thing since I move my arms a lot. Can I just soak the scissors in hydrogen peroxide and numb my skin with ice, for cutting it off? Are there any consequences and what are they.

    oh yeah what is the grayish area on your underarm, I shave and i see dark colors.
    um I really don't care about bleeding since I get cuts on a daily basic

    • ANSWER:
      your way dose work but it might bleed so here are others!!

      1. Get rid of skin tags by freezing them off with liquid nitrogen (cyrotherapy). Liquid nitrogen is a common treatment for skin growths. When applied to a skin tag, liquid nitrogen will destroy the cell tissue quickly and efficiently. Getting rid of skin tags with cyrotherapy may cause some minor pain and scarring, and the liquid nitrogen should not be applied to the same area of skin more than once a week.

      2. Electrosurgery, or electrolysis, is an effective way to get rid of skin tags. This procedure is usually performed by a professional, who will use an electric needle to destroy the skin tag growth, as well as any additional growth beneath the skin. Electrolysis is usually fast and permanent, with minor scarring.

      3. Get rid of skin tags by cutting off their blood supply. Use thread or string to tie off the skin tag close to the healthy skin to cut off the blood supply, which will eventually cause the skin tag to fall off (usually after a day or two) (I know, this is gross). Depending on the location of the skin tag, you may either need help tying the string tight enough to be effective, or be unable to use this method (unless you don’t mind having a piece of string hanging from your nose) to get rid of skin tags.

      TIP!

      Cover skin tags in certain areas with a band aid to avoid further irritation before treatment, or to avoid treatment. Skin tags in areas like the armpits, the groin, the chest, and the back (basically any area that rubs against clothing or other skin on a frequent basis) are prone to irritation, which can cause skin tags to worsen, and in turn cause getting rid of skin tags to become more difficult or painful.

      Oh your grayish part is: Dark armpits/underarms is a problem that affects many women and men (though it seems to bother women more because they get very conscious about it if they want to wear sleeveless tops, blouses, dresses, etc.). This problem is even more acute for women with dark skin.

      Hope It Helps
      :)

  28. QUESTION:
    What should I do about the growth on my parakeet's cere?
    It looks like skin, and it hurts her when I try to clip it off. She doesn't bleed, and it just grows right back. It is starting to move toward her eyes, and she has been sleeping a lot. Other than the excessive sleeping, she seems very healthy; she breathes normally, she isn't too hot or cold, and she is eating and flying just as much as usual. I am only worried that this growth will cover her eyes or nostrils. What can I do to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamin A Deficiency:
      This is frequently unrecognized in its subclinical forms in pet birds. White plaques (hyperkeratosis) in and around the mouth, eyes, and sinuses are typical. Blunting or absence of the choanal papilla is common. Chronic epithelial conditions, eg, pododermatitis, sinusitis, and conjunctivitis, that have been refractory or recurrent often have vitamin A deficiency as the primary etiology. Parenteral vitamin A can be given IM at 100,000 U/kg. Vitamin A precursors, such as spirolina, sprinkled daily over the food are a way to supplement birds deficient in vitamin A. The diets of all caged birds should be evaluated for vitamin A content.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can you get skin cancer on unexposed skin?
    I have a red growth on a place that gets absolutely NO sun exposure. Can you get skin cancer in places like these? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. "Melanoma is a cancer that begins in melanocytes, the cells that produce the pigment melanin that colors the skin, hair, and eyes, as well as forms moles. Since most of these pigment cells are found in the skin, melanoma of the skin (cutaneous melanoma) is the most common form of melanoma. However, melanoma can develop in the eye, digestive tract, brain or spinal cord, or other areas where melanocytes are found." (http://www.melanoma.org/learn-more/melanoma-101/facts-and-information-about-melanoma-melanoma-101) It can form in places that are never exposed to the sun. If you think something looks different, go to a dermatologist and get it checked out.

  30. QUESTION:
    How much did your hair grow your 1st month of taking prenatals?
    I am starting prenatal vitamins and was wondering how much hair growth to expect. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      prenatal vitamins are not the reason that your hair will grow faster and thicker, that is a common misconception. while vitamins in general will cause better hair skin and nails when you are pregnant the hormones your body starts making is what causes all of the extra hair and nail growth. everybody is different tho. my hair already grew fairly quickly so i don't think that it grows much faster than before which sucks because i was counting on pregnancy to help me grow out my hair.

  31. QUESTION:
    How common is melanoma in rats?
    And how do they get it?

    A few months ago, my rat had a growth that started out much like any other skin cancer I've seen. A small black dot, the size of a pin prick, and it just kept growing and becoming darker. The vet thought it might be a cyst, but it was a dark, fleshy mass that her and her father diagnosed as melanoma.

    Just curious how often that happens. I've heard of mammary tumors and whatnot, but never melanoma on a rat.

    • ANSWER:
      Mammary tumors are very common, but melanoma is unheard of. Her father was probably misdiagnosed, he probably just had a fatty tumor, also very common in rats.

  32. QUESTION:
    What exactly are "moles" and why do some people get them on their bodies and others do not?
    Just FYI: I asked this question and Yahoo Answers suggested it be placed here, and then also under "Beauty & Style > Skin & Body > General - Skin & Body" so I am not sure if "moles" are considered a medical skin condition, but I just let Yahoo categorize it.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably in the best spot. Here under skin.

      The high concentration of the body’s pigmenting agent, melanin, is responsible for the dark color of moles. Moles are a member of the family of skin lesions known as nevi.
      Genes can have an influence on a person's moles.

      Moles probably are determined before a person is born. Most appear during the first 20 years of life, although some may not appear until later. Sun exposure increases the number of moles, and they may darken. During the teen years and pregnancy, moles also get darker and larger and new ones may appear.

      Each mole has its own growth pattern. The typical life cycle of the common mole takes about 50 years. At first, moles are flat and tan like a freckle, or they can be pink, brown or black in color, Over time, they usually enlarge and some develop hairs. As the years pass, moles can change slowly, becoming more raised and lighter in color. Some will not change at all. Some moles will slowly disappear, seeming to fade away.

      Any mole that suddenly appears, changes shape, color or bleeds needs medical attention to ensure it is not melanoma.
      A deadly form of skin cancer. A changing (or new) mole is an early indication of this.

  33. QUESTION:
    what is the best thing to use for vaginal itching?
    Ive tried monistat and vagisil, but it doesn't really work during the nights, I stay up because the itching is so harsh that I give in and end up breaking the skin in the area. I heard that Alka seltzer works, but I don't know if it does. Anyone know a effective home remedy that would work for at least a few days?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal itching can be caused by many different reasons. The most common of them all is infection specifically infection that is caused by the fungus candida albicans. In candida infection, one of its cardinal symptoms is vaginal itching. This kind of itchiness can cause a lot of discomfort thus prompting sufferers to look for immediate cure such as those home remedies to stop vaginal itching.

      Vaginal itching can be relieved through a number of different ways. A household item commonly used for this is garlic. Itching can even be relieved through consumption of Alka-Seltzer. The problem with this though is that it will only relieve the itching temporarily. It will come back again and again since the source of the itching is still not solved. Since this is the case, the best way to stop vaginal itching is through eliminating the cause which is the candida infection.

      Home remedies to stop vaginal itching [http://stop-candida.blogspot.com/2007/09/how-to-cure-candida-yeast-infection.html] through eliminating candida infection can be done through dabbing apple cider vinegar mixed with garlic and water. In this concoction, the vinegar part will try to control the growth of the infection while the garlic temporarily stops the vaginal itching. It would also be better to use organic apple cider vinegar. With this home remedy, both infection and itching are given focus. This method is one of the best home remedies to stop vaginal itching as well as its infectious source.

  34. QUESTION:
    10 points hurry please answer What are the 2 bumps in my throat?
    Ok so i know girls have adam apples but i have another bump in my throat, not on my skin but inside my throat and its been there a while, do you guys know what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Hard to say, not knowing the location. If you open your mouth really wide and see 2 lumps in the back on the sides of your throat, your tonsils are infected and you need to see a doctor. He'll per-scribe you antibiotics to get rid of the infection. This is VERY common. If the lumps are under your chin, something is irritating your glands, a viral infection, or cold of some kind? If you wear earrings and the metal is cheap, or you don't clean them enough, it can also cause your glands to swell. If you're in pain or the lump is there for over 3 days, see a doctor, it could be cyst (a that has a distinct membrane and division on the nearby tissue. It can contain air, fluids, or semi-solid material.) Or a polyp ( an abnormal growth of tissue.) and needs to be removed. Good luck, hope it's not serious! :)

  35. QUESTION:
    What colors are dwarf seahorses normally?
    I am working on a seahorse tessellation for Science and I need accurate seahorse colors. My seahorses are small, so I thought Dwarf Seahorses were appropriate. I need the most common colors for this kind of seahorse. Please help. Thanks. (:

    • ANSWER:
      It is most often white in color but can range from tan, brown, yellow and green. In the wild, it often has small skin growths called cirri that resemble algae

  36. QUESTION:
    How to convince an anorexic person to eat?
    A very good friend of mine, who's now 24, has been hospitalized at the age of 14 because of her anorexia. Now she thinks she's fat again, she lost 44lbs in a short period of time from 163 to 119lbs. She claims she feels physically fine and that she looks good, however she looks awful compared to her original weight, you can see the bones through her skin very clearly.
    How can I convince her that this is not healthy and that she needs to pick up the eating again? What are the facts about anorexia?

    • ANSWER:
      Anorexic is not something that can be cured all of the sudden, she needs to see doctors and take medicine.
      What Is Anorexia?

      Anorexia is an eating disorder where people starve themselves. Anorexia usually begins in young people around the onset of puberty. Individuals suffering from anorexia have extreme weight loss. Weight loss is usually 15% below the person's normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny but are convinced that they are overweight. Weight loss is obtained by many ways. Some of the common techniques used are excessive exercise, intake of laxatives and not eating.

      Anorexics have an intense fear of becoming fat. Their dieting habits develop from this fear. Anorexia mainly affects adolescent girls.

      People with anorexia continue to think they are overweight even after they become extremely thin, are very ill or near death. Often they will develop strange eating habits such as refusing to eat in front of other people. Sometimes the individuals will prepare big meals for others while refusing to eat any of it.

      The disorder is thought to be most common among people of higher socioeconomic classes and people involved in activities where thinness is especially looked upon, such as dancing, theater, and distance running.

      A personal story about struggling with anorexia.

      A Family Member has an Eating Disorder

      If you have a family member that with an Eating Disorder, they need a lot of support. Suggest that your family member see an eating disorder expert. Be prepared for denial, resistance, and even anger. A doctor and/or a counselor can help them battle their eating disorder.

      Symptoms of Anorexia

      There are many symptoms for anorexia, some individuals may not experience all of they symptoms. The symptoms include: Body weight that is inconsistent with age, build and height (usually 15% below normal weight).

      Some other symptoms of anorexia are:

      Loss of at least 3 consecutive menstrual periods (in women).
      Not wanting or refusing to eat in public
      Anxiety
      Weakness
      Brittle skin
      Shortness of breath
      Obsessiveness about calorie intake
      Medical Consequences of anorexia

      There are many medical risks associated with anorexia. They include: shrunken bones, mineral loss, low body temperature, irregular heartbeat, permanent failure of normal growth, development of osteoporosis and bulimia nervosa.

      Continued use of laxatives is harmful to the body. It wears out the bowel muscle and causes it to decrease in function. Some laxatives contain harsh substances that may be reabsorbed into your system.

      Anorexia and Pregnancy

      In order to have a healthy child, the average pregnant woman should gain between 25 and 35 pounds. Telling this to a person with anorexia is like telling a normal person to gain 100 pounds. If you are anorexic, you may have trouble conceiving a baby and carrying it to term. Irregular menstrual cycles and weak bones make it more difficult to conceive. If you are underweight and do not eat the proper variety of foods, you and your baby could be in danger.

      Women with eating disorders have higher rates of miscarriages and your baby might be born prematurely which puts them at risk for many medical problems.

      All pregnant women should receive proper prenatal care. Those recovering from anorexia or bulimia need special care. You should always take your prenatal vitamins and have regular prenatal visits. You should not exercise unless your doctor says it is okay and it is a good idea to enroll in a prenatal exercise class to be sure you are not overexerting yourself.

      Anorexia in the News

      Anorexia and Aging. Anorexia may be a serious disease for old men. Read more

      Good news about Anorexia

      Anorexia can be overcome.
      With proper care, you can overcome your eating disorder and have a healthy child.
      Anorexia Statistics

      One percent of teenage girls in the U.S. develop anorexia nervosa and up to 10% of those may die as a result.
      Difference between anorexia and bulimia

      The biggest difference between anorexia and bulimia is that people suffering from bulimia eat large amounts of food and then throw up. This is called binge and purge. Anorexics do not eat large amounts and throw up. Bulimics do.

      Information about Bulimia

  37. QUESTION:
    Is there anything most effective and best way to have long and thick eyelashes naturally?
    If so please tell me;) I'd like to ask about the VASELINE thingy,does it really work or just a myth? Please explain it to me on how it helps the eyelash growth and on the eyelids.Thank you ver much.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural lash growth home secrets…

      Improve Your Diet:

      If you want to grow eyelashes longer, naturally, then you definitely need to improve your diet. Without proper nutrition, your body will cease to grow hair, fingernails and even eyelashes. Likewise, anything that makes your hair grow will also help your lashes grow. That’s why you should adopt a healthy lifestyle, eat better and supplement with a good multivitamin.

      Apply Moisturizing Oils:

      You can really go a long way to improving the strength and length of your eyelashes, as well as the shimmering beauty of them, by using good moisturizers. This not only protects your eyelashes from the elements, but the coating makes them look longer. Olive oil, grape seed oil, castor oil are among the best moisturizers I’ve used and most people recommend.

      Put a little of the oil your eyelashes at night and wipe away some of the excess. You should only apply enough for the moisturizer to soak into your eyelid skin and eyelashes.

      Try Vitamin E Oil:

      You may be able to grow eyelashes longer by applying vitamin E oil. This vitamin is known to cause hair growth and sooth scalp irritations, so if you have eyelash loss due to irritation, this may reverse it. Apply the oil to your eyelashes with a clean eyelash brush. I recommend consuming a good vitamin E capsule to get the best results.

      Trimming Your Eyelashes:

      Some people recommend trimming your lashes for growth but I advice against this practice. Trimming the ends of your lashes won’t necessarily stimulate the growth or lengthening of the trimmed lashes.

      These are just a few of the common ways that people attempt to grow eyelashes long from home. These ideas are cheap and free so give them a try.

      http://www.afshispeaks.com/

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what the symptoms of thyroid problems are?
    My sister told me see was having blood work done because her doctor thinks her symptoms may be explained by a thyroid problem. What are some common symptoms? She says one of her symptoms is her hair falling out. I can't find anything about that symptom as related to thyroid problems!

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid gland, which is in your neck, sets the rate at which you produce energy from your body's stores by the release of thyroid hormones.

      Hyperthyroid
      If you're producing too much hormone, and the gland is overactive, you're said to be hyperthyroid. You'll have too much energy, lose weight, feel warm and may have symptoms such as palpitations.

      There are many causes of an overactive thyroid and you may need blood tests and scans to find out what's responsible.

      The most common reason is when your body's defences falsely recognise your own tissue as an invader and begin to attack it. This is called autoimmune disease and it stimulates the thyroid to produce more hormones.

      If you have a cyst or growth in the thyroid, it may also produce too much hormone.

      Hyperthyroidism symptoms may include:

      weight loss
      rapid heartbeat
      tremor
      excessive sweating
      heat intolerance
      anxiety
      muscle weakness
      goitre
      irregular periods

      Hypothyroid
      If your thyroid is underactive - not producing enough hormone - you'll have too little energy and will feel slow, tired and lethargic. You'll become hypothyroid.

      Again, there are many causes, but for some it seems to be part of the ageing process. Hypothyroidism is especially common in women after the menopause. Look for the following symptoms:

      exhaustion, tiredness, sleep problems
      difficulty concentrating or remembering
      weight gain
      dry hair, skin and nails
      depression or anxiety
      constipation
      poor libido
      breathlessness and swelling of feet
      hoarseness
      cold intolerance
      face swelling and puffy eyes
      in women, heavy periods

      How many people are affected?
      Hyperthyroidism affects up to one in 50 people and is ten times more common in women than in men. It can occur at any age but is most common between the ages of 20 and 50.

      Hypothyroidism is ten times more common in women than in men and usually occurs over the age of 40.

      What's the treatment?
      It's difficult to prevent thyroid illness. Hypothyroidism is treated with thyroid hormone medication. Treatment of hyperthyroidism may involve medication to reduce the production of thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine therapy or a thyroidectomy (removal of part of the thyroid gland).

      This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks in July 2006

  39. QUESTION:
    How do you help a 16 year old girl, deal with a bad acne face that nothing helps?
    I am a mother of a 16 year old that has a very bad acne problem.
    We have tried every skin care product that is out there. Nothing helps. She is haveing a very hard time dealing with her face. She
    does not want to go to school or go out. She does not want anyone to see her. She does not want to take medication because of the side affects. Lazer treatment we can not afford.
    Any herbs or natural way we can treat her acne we are open.
    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      Most people who suffer from acne go out and spend good money on common over-the-counter acne treatment products. The truth is, most of these products are full of chemicals that can actually slow down the healing of acne, and irritate your skin, causing farther breakouts.

      When an acne product has 20 ingredients listed on it, it can be hard to know if one of those ingredients is actually stopping you from having success. It can be even harder when you can't pronounce the ingredient, much less know what it is and how it is going to affect your skin. Most mainstream acne treatments are not only much more expensive than common household items, but they also don't always work as well either. With that in mind, I will list some basic household items that can work wonders on clearing up your skin.

      Baking soda ? A very cheap cooking ingredient that most people have in their homes already, baking soda can be used as a great scrub. The purpose of a scrub is to exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin that can eventually clog pores and lead to acne spots. To start off, you'll want to mix a small amount of baking soda with some water for form a paste. Baking soda is very effective as a scrub, so you want to be sure to be extra careful when applying it to your face. Gently massage the paste into your skin for ten to fifteen seconds. Then rinse the baking soda off, and pat your face dry with a clean towel.

      Apple Cider Vinegar ? Though most people that use vinegar to treat acne use the apple cider form of vinegar, you can also use plain old regular vinegar. Regardless of which type you use, vinegar can be very helpful with it comes to clearing up acne. It can kill off acne causing bacteria, balance your skin's pH, and absorb extra oil on your skin.

      Starting with clean, dry skin, apply diluted vinegar (eight parts water to one part vinegar) directly to your skin with a cotton ball, and leave it on. If you want, you can also use a stronger vinegar solution (say, 2 or 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar), and apply it directly to problem areas, rinsing it off after ten minutes.

      Lemon or lime juice can also be substituted for vinegar. Both of these juices are rich in citric acid, and can exfoliate your skin very well, halting the growth of acne spots, as well as fading previous, non-active acne quicker.

      Egg Whites ? Rich in protein, egg whites can be used as a mask to heal and rebuild your skin. It can also help to absorb excess oil from your skin. To start off, crack an egg, removing the yolk so that just the egg whites are left behind. Beat these egg whites, and apply them directly to your face. Let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then rinse the egg off.

      Oatmeal ? As odd as it may seem, oatmeal can absorb unwanted oil and draw out impurities which reside deep in your skin. Cook some plain oatmeal like you would for consumption. Let it cool off, and rub it over your clean skin. Let it sit for a while, like you would a mask, and then rinse off. If you do this on a regular basis, you should begin to start noticing results soon.

      Tea Tree Oil ? TTO is a commonly used all-natural household antiseptic, which you can pick up at most drugstores or supermarkets. You can apply TTO directly to acne spots to kill bacteria, or, if you strongly dilute it with another oil (such as jojoba oil), over your entire face. Tea tree gel can be easier to apply than the oil, and many are made for applying over large areas of skin, so they aren't quite as strong as straight TTO and do not need to be diluted.

      Pantothenic Acid (Also known as Vit. B5) ? Pantothenic acid can be taken in large quantities for the benefit of acne reduction. B5 works by helping your body to metabolize fats which would otherwise be later turned into sebum (oil) and excreted through the skin. Small amounts of B5 won't help though, and it has to be taken several times a day.

      To help with acne, you will need to take 2.5 grams of pantothenic acid (the powder form is much easier to take), 4 times per day, for a total of 10 grams per day.

      Aloe Vera ? Aloe Vera has been used for many years in kitchens for topical application to burns. Another benefit of aloe is that it can prevent scaring, fade marks and help heal acne spots.

      You now have an idea of some basic household items you can use on your skin, that work better than many OTC acne products, and are much cheaper to use. Since we have only really covered basic acne treatments, you can always take this to another level and take all natural, internal acne treatments.

      This sums up our basic list of natural alternatives for chemical based acne treatment products. You can take this a step farther by attacking your acne from the inside out. Acne has been shown numerous times to be very closely affected by the digestive system, so keeping your entire digestive system working as smooth as possible can help reduce acne. I will help give you a basic idea of some all natural products you can take to help clear up acne.

      Cucumber, lemon and carrot juice, brewer's yeast, and active charcoal pills are all capable of helping the digestive system function normally. Since the digestive system is closely related with the health of the skin, they should help reduce acne breakouts. Flax seed can also be wonderful for helping your skin heal faster.

      http://withoutacne.com

  40. QUESTION:
    What are some effective ways to treat acne?
    Well, my acne's not horrible, but it could be better. It just recently got worse as I started playing lacrosse again, any clue as to why it happened? I'm going on a date soon and would rather have clear skin haha. Any suggestions will be gladly taken. By the way, I'm using some product I got at my pharmacy, but I'm not seeing that much improvement

    • ANSWER:
      Acne is a hideous rash-like growth found on top of your skin. It can appear on your neck, chest hands, armpits, buttocks, back, face and other oily skin surfaces. Teenagers are the common age group afflicted with the condition. Once they have reached their pubertal age, oil fabrication is increased thus, pimple formation boosts. There is no definite cause for acne aside from excessive oil production.

      any clue as to why it happened?

      Bacteria Buildup
      Most of the time, you blame the food you eat for your pimple breakout. Your food choices are not actually the main reason for your emerging acne. The main reason why your pimples keep on reappearing is because of the bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes. This bacterium worsens your pimples by dissolving the sebum and cause irritation to your skin.

      Hormones
      The hormones responsible for the development of face acne are the androgen and estrogen. These two hormones can be found in both genders, but male genders have more androgen than females while females have more estrogen than males. Androgen surges when you reach puberty. It puffs out your pores and increases sebum discharge on your skin. The excess sebum will give food to the bacteria that will later cause more inflammation. Estrogen, on the other hand, helps decrease pimple formation and normalizes sebum production in women.

      Genetics
      Your parents are responsible for your whole existence, and yes, that includes your pimples too. If you can't see pimples on their faces today, try to ask for their teenage pictures or some of the problems they have experienced while they where growing up. Because what you see in their faces will probably be seen in your face also.

      Stress
      Apart from the unchangeable DNA composition you acquire, stress also contributes to pimple formation. When you go through a lot of stress, everything is increased. Your blood pressure and weight augment together with your harsh, painful and reddish acne. Studies cannot really pinpoint the main cause of stress over acne but they are sure of one thing, inflammation has something to do about it.

      What are some effective ways to treat acne?
      Honey has lots of curing as well as cleansing properties. Open pores in face by applying warm water or mild steam and then apply honey. Wait for few minutes before washing it first using warm water. Cold water can then be splashed on face to close open pores.

      Wash your face at least twice a day (first time in morning and second before moving to bed). Wash more often in summers to prevent oils from getting accumulated and keep face clean. Remember to splash warm water before applying soap as that opens the pores in skin allowing deep penetration of skin by soap. People with oily skin must use water-based soap. Don't use body soaps on face as that may clog pores causing acne pimples. Soap must be rinsed off using cold water so that pores are closed.

      Try coconut oil. It moisturizes your body cells and helps your body to fight off yeast and bacteria and keep acne under check. Apply it on and around the acne and you will see appreciable results in a couple of days.

      I got an amazing resource that can help you understand what i am talking about in a lot more precise detail. I leave the link to this resource below if you are interested.

      Have a nice day and wish you the best Steezy

  41. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for my chalazion and swelling from cortisone steroid injection?
    Two days ago i received another treatment for the chalazion , that i developed on the corner of my lower right eyelid about two months ago.I wanted to know will the swelling around where my Dr injected go down in the next few days/weeks?How effective is this treatment?Prior to this i did the surgery where i scraped it.This was a disappointment so i decided to take another approach. Also i am bi-racial so how likely will i be prone to discoloration where the injections we're made?

    P.S I had false eyelashes installed a few weeks ago and pulled them out prematurely because they were becoming yucky and clumped so will the eyelash growth serum i bought interfere with the healing process of the chalazion its L'OREAL
    Any ideas other than the ointment prescribed would help with the healing?

    • ANSWER:
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      Cortisone steroid injections are a common treatment for a variety of conditions in which inflammation causes pain, swelling and other problems.
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  42. QUESTION:
    What can i do to prevent razor burn?
    I have very sensitive skin, and I sometimes get razor burns on my legs but no matter what when I shave my vaginal/bikini area I get red bumps ALWAYS. They eventually turn into little pimples that absolutely annoy me. What can I do to prevent the irritation from happening? I always use a fresh razor, but it doesn't ever prevent it. SO tips please!!

    • ANSWER:
      In order to get a good shave that lasts you need the right tools, the right products, and to use the right technique.

      First I’ll tell you about what products I think are best. Even though I’m female, I use a men’s razor because I’ve tried them all and I've found that the men's “Gillette Fusion Power” blades are the best. They’re expensive, but they last a long time and it’s worth it. If you want a good shave, you can’t buy cheap blades—that’s simple. If you shop at a “membership warehouse” such as Sam’s Club, Costco or BJ’s you may find the best deal there. I have tried the Gillette razor that vibrates but I didn’t like. Not only do I think there is no advantage to it, but I believe the vibration interferes with your ability to feel what you are doing. As far as electric shavers go I do not recommend them—ever. First of all electric razors won’t give you a smooth shave, and contrary to popular belief, they are not necessarily “safer” or more comfortable than a razor blade. Regular razor blades are easy to rinse and keep clean; electric razors have hundreds of little blades that are very difficult to clean, therefore they are unsanitary. Every time I have tried them, I have had terrible skin irritation, and you can cut yourself with an electric razor too, trust me.

      Now onto shaving products. I believe it is very important to use bath/shower oil as well as a shave gel. I like Neutrogena’s body oil. It come in unscented and light sesame formula. It helps the blade glide more smoothly over your skin and reduces that annoying tugging feeling on your hair follicles. I have sensitive skin so I use Gillette shave gel “Pure & Sensitive” because it is fragrance-free and dye-free. If you don’t have sensitive skin or allergies to products you can use whatever you want, but I recommend products that are for sensitive skin because you’ll have less of a risk of having razor burn or irritation. I don’t like shaving cream at all, but if you do—of course go with what works best for you. If you have problems with any rash or itching, aftershave can help because it has antiseptic in it. Some people falsely believe that you shouldn’t use aftershave when you have a rash or a cut, but that is actually the best time to use it to clean the area and prevent infection. If you’ve cut yourself, you can use a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding.

      Regardless of your gender or what part of your body you are shaving, it is very important to let your skin soften before you shave. So shaving in the shower or right after your shower is best. I think shaving in the shower is best because it is also important to use plenty of water. I like to use an exfoliating scrub before shaving because it cleanses your skin, and helps prevent ingrown hairs. Apply the oil to your skin before you apply the shave gel, rubbing in a circular motion to mix them together on your skin. You don’t need a lot of oil, just enough to make your skin slippery. Allow it to soak in for at least a minute before shaving. I suggest using the hottest water that is still comfortable for you. Wet the blade with hot water before using it. Keep in mind that the more strokes you make, the more risk you have of irritating your skin. At the beginning of each stroke, ease into the pressure and ease off at the end of each stroke. Press gently enough so that it is comfortable, but firmly enough to get a close shave with fewer strokes. The amount of pressure you want to use will vary from spot to spot. Never apply shave gel to dry skin and never use cold water; these are some of the most common mistakes people make which often leads to razor rash and ingrown hairs. Of course always be careful and take your time.

      For your legs, I also recommend cleansing your skin first. You can use an exfoliating scrub, or whatever soap you like with a disposable exfoliating pad. I haven’t found much of an advantage to going in the direction of the hair growth first, but I have fine hair, so some women with thicker hair may need to shave in the direction of the hair growth first (especially below the knee where the hair is coarser and grows faster). Also shaving in different directions around your thighs helps because your hair grows in all different directions on the upper part of your legs. Make sure you keep applying more oil, gel and water as you shave and rinse the blade with hot water often. Shave gently over bony areas, and more firmly on soft, smooth areas.

      As far as your bikini area goes, I don't recommend shaving, especially since you have such sensitive skin. Trimming is easier, faster and you are much less likely to hurt yourself. I recommend buying some clippers, (the kind that are made to cut men's head hair).

      I hope that helps.

  43. QUESTION:
    At what age do boys usually have growth spurts?
    I am a 5'5 14 year old male.
    I have only grown an inch on the last year.
    Am I a good height for my age?
    Will I grow taller?
    Are rhey any signs a growth spurt is about to happen?
    My mum is 5'0
    Dad now 5'7-8
    My 16 year old brother is 5'10
    How tall do you think I will get?
    Am i a good height for my age?
    When should I have a growth spurt and get taller?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Different Phases of Male Puberty

      Stage #1
      This is generally known as prepubertal stage - it marks the beginning of adolescence.
      •During this phase, a boy may be 9 - 11 years old.
      •Here, the size of the testes may remain less than 2.5 cm.
      •Only villus hair may be present.
      •Growth may occur at the rate of 5 - 6 cm a year.

      Stage #2
      Normally, at 11 - 11.9 years of age, this phase begins.
      •Here, the testicles begin their maturation process with an initial growth spurt.
      •The skin of the scrotum may change in its texture, may become thinner, and redder.
      •A boy may continue to grow taller (5 - 6 cm a year), and fine growth of hair may be noticed in the pubic area.
      •At this stage, there is reduction of total body fat too.

      Stage #3
      The third stage of puberty in boys, usually begins at the age of 13 - 14. It may also initiate as early as 11 or as late as 16.
      •There is a growth in the penis lengthwise, and the pubic hair becomes darker and fuller than before.
      •Usually, the pubic hair starts spreading to the area just above the genitals.
      •Height keeps increasing gradually (7 - 8 cm a year), and erections occur more frequently, accompanied by the continued growth of the testicles (3.3 cm - 4 cm).
      •At this stage, it is common for most boys to experience what is known as nocturnal emissions. Also known as wet dream, it refers to involuntary ejaculation of semen during sleep. It may occur with or without an erection.
      •This stage is also characterized by a voice change from a lighter to a deeper tone. The voice may begin to break or crack. This occurs as a result of the growth of the larynx, and lengthening of the vocal cords.
      •Also, most boys may experience a slight swelling of their breasts. This is, however, temporary, and completely normal.
      •Increase in muscle mass is also evident in this stage of puberty.

      Stage #4
      The 4th stage generally kicks off at 14.
      •Here, hair starts growing in the armpits and on the face, along with a coarser growth of the pubic hair.
      •Hair growth might be evident in the anal area, as well.
      •The testicles will keep on growing, and the penis starts growing in width and continues to lengthen.
      •The scrotum now will appear darker than before. The penis gradually begins to take a mature look.
      •Voice will get even and deeper, and change permanently.
      •This stage is also marked by an overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands, because of which, acne outbreak may occur frequently.
      •Faster growth could also be evident in this stage (about 10 cm a year).

      Stage #5
      Here comes the final stage, wherein, boys ideally achieve most of his height. This however, might not occur for all. Generally, at this stage they are 15.
      •Shoulders begin to broaden, muscles develop, and arms, legs and chest appear more masculine. This results due to the development of new muscle fibers, which get thicker overtime.
      •The inner thighs and stomach will be covered by the growing pubic hair, which will be denser than before.
      •Facial hair will start getting prominent as they grow, and will require shaving.
      •The sex organs will be fully developed, and bear the appearance of those of an adult male's.
      •Size of the testes will generally be greater than 4.5 cm.
      •Although, most boys achieve their full height, and their body type will be complete like that of an adult, some may continue to grow till their 20s.

      All such major changes in growth and development may be a source of worries, anxiety, and overwhelming feeling for some. While for others, they may be taken as a simple process of nature. So, it is always advisable to have a conversation with someone older, about what are you feeling regarding the physical and emotional changes you are going through. This will help you become more familiar with all such changes, and help you cope with the same.

      Take care! Mama Bear
      Source(s):
      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/male-pube…

  44. QUESTION:
    What are skin tags and can I remove them?
    I recently noticed a few skin tags on my arms.. where do they come from, what are they and can I get them removed or remove them myself ?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin tags are common, acquired, benign skin growths that look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. Skin tags are harmless growths. Some individuals may be more prone to tags (greater than 50-100 tags) either through increased weight, part combined with heredity, or other unknown causes. Males and females are equally prone to developing skin tags. Obesity and being moderately overweight (even temporary increases) dramatically increase the chances of having skin tags. Normal weight individuals with larger breasts are also more prone to skin tags under their breasts. Some small tags spontaneously rub or fall off painlessly and the person may not even know they had a skin tag. Most tags do not fall off on their own and stay around once formed. The medical name for skin tag is acrochordon.
      Also you can remove them by freezing it off. Just get a can of air and turn it upside down and spray it on there until it is frozen, it will then come off. Just put a bandage on it and it's gone!

  45. QUESTION:
    Is my definition of evolution accurate and correct?
    Someone asked about evolution today, and I said the following in response. The question was "what is evolution." I wrote:

    "Evolution is gradual change that takes place over millions of years. According to evolution, humans and apes evolved from a common ancestor. But evolution is much more involved, because it includes many other life forms on Earth. Evolution is how animals adapt, change, and it is said that one species can even change into others if given enough time."

    Is this answer correct?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, this is what evolutionists generally believe. That is their religion. It does not make your answer any less correct that you did not state "genetic" change.
      My mom and my dad are both genetically different from me. I represent genetic change, yet such change is not said to be the result of evolution.
      The religion of evolution states that it must be a random mutation that happened by chance and not God or a miracle causing such change to occur. In reality, all random mutations that have ever been observed have either been non-informational or destructive, but have never improved upon an organism.
      Natural selection is the religious belief that only the well adapted creatures will survive. Such a belief is used to explain why people living near the equator have dark skin while people living toward the north have pale skin. Natural selection fails to explain why people with pale skin are surviving just fine in South Africa. Apparently the theory that light skinned people will all die of cancer just does not correlate with the fact that people often will procreate and multiply before they get skin cancer.

      It is well known that parents both having brown hair can have a baby with blonde hair when the grandfather of the baby also has blonde hair. Such alleles for blond hair are routinely passed down, yet have never been considered to be evolution. So you know you cannot accept those other definitions attempted for evolution. Yours is correct.

      The notion of evolution itself is incorrect, as is the notion of natural selection. It has been observed that owls preying on mice will target and prefer the fat healthy mice and will ignore the diseased mice. Now how is a diseased mouse supposed to get eaten into none-existence if predators just won't cooperate with the theory?

      Evolution is man's notion that nature follows man's concept of order and growth. If an evolutionist walked into a library, he might conclude that the origin of the diversity of books was the preponderance of errors in a printing press. He would believe than a pamphlet evolved into a larger book, and so on. He would believe that a phone book and a math primer shared a common ancestor. The concept that each book was individually written by an author would be rejected by the evolutionist and called silly.
      The original meaning of the word "evolution" was the opening of a scroll or book. The original name for Darwin's book describing his theory is "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life."
      Social Darwinism maintains that certain groups of people are poorer than others and more likely to be used as slave labor because they're "less evolved" and therefore inferior.
      "[Darwin] argued that members of the aristocracy looked prettier than the rest because they could pick out better-looking spouses from all the other classes. Like other Victorian men, he considered his own society superior to others, and considered men superior to women — all the while he relied on his daughter Henrietta to edit his manuscripts."

      So you see, evolution is just one of man's many ideas which he uses to self justify or excuse sin and/or horrible acts against his fellow man.. Such excuses will never work with God, so they necessarily choose to become Atheists and deny the existence of their own creator. This is nothing more than self delusion.

  46. QUESTION:
    What exactly is hydroquinone in cosmetics?
    I need to do a report about this. I was told it was used in a lot of cosmetic products and what are the side effects. So does cause cancer, stun growth, etc...? Sources would be nice.
    Okay now does it stun growth?

    • ANSWER:
      its sumthin common in acne creams and lotions to lightten skin tone, from acne scars/dark spots and such. its the main ingredient in my sisters acne free fade&erase creamm
      uhm i dont thnk it does anything extreme like thatt..?

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the optimum conditions for the growth of the bacteria Staphylococcus albus?
    I'm doing a biology investigation at school and was just wondering what its optimum temperature, pH etc. are.

    • ANSWER:
      Staphylococcus albus is a very old (not used anymore) name for Staphylococcus epidermidis, a common skin bacterium.

      Growth conditions are very similar for those of Staphylococcus aureus, so 37 degrees celcius, pH 7.0, aerobic (with oxygen).

      It will grow on most agar plates or growth media, it is easy to grow.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I remove my skin tag?
    How do I remove this enormous skin tag that is covering my anus? I've had it for years and it's only getting bigger?

    Lindsay Hanna
    Huntsville, AL

    • ANSWER:
      Cutaneous skin tag

      A cutaneous skin tag is a common skin growth that is usually harmless (benign).

      Causes, incidence, and risk factors

      A cutaneous tag usually occurs in older adults. They are more common in people who are overweight or who have diabetes. They are thought to occur from skin rubbing against skin.

      Symptoms

      The tag sticks out of the skin and may have a short, narrow stalk connecting it to the surface of the skin. It is usually small, but may be a half-inch long. The tag is usually the same color as skin, or a little darker.

      It is usually painless and does not grow or change. However, it may be irritated from rubbing by clothing or other materials.

      A skin tag may occur on the

      Neck

      Underarms

      Middle of the body, or under folds of skin

      Eyelids

      Other body areas

      Signs and tests

      Your doctor can diagnose this condition by looking at your skin. Sometimes, a skin biopsy is done.

      Treatment

      Treatment is usually not needed. Your doctor may recommend treatment if the skin tag is irritating, or you don't like how it looks. Treatment may include:

      Surgery to remove it

      Freezing it (cryotherapy)

      Burning it off (cauterization)

      Expectations (prognosis)

      A skin tag is usually harmless. It may become irritated if clothing rubs against it. The growth usually does not grow back after it is removed. However, new skin tags may form on other parts of the body.

      Calling your health care provider

      Call your doctor or nurse if the skin tag changes, or if you want it removed. Do not cut it yourself, because it can bleed a lot.

  49. QUESTION:
    There are strips of skin hanging off my pet turtle, is this ok?
    My turtle is an African side necked turtle. I see what looks like strips of skin hanging off of his neck and arms. Is this a problem? Is it actually skin or is it like an algae or something because he is dirty? What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, you don't have anything to worry about.

      Many aquatic turtles regularly shed the outer layer of their skin and their shells. This is perfectly normal. Your turtle is not in danger, and you shouldn't worry about it.

      Snakes and lizards shed their skin regularly, however turtles have a slower growth rate and do not shed in the same way. Some small amount of visible shedding is not alarming, but any skin shedding that is prolonged or extensive is not really normal.

      If you notice your turtle has been shedding for a while, I would recommend taking him/her to a vet. Excessive shedding can be caused by overfeeding or overheating. Since the problem of over shedding is common, many people mistakenly think that it is fine. Excessive shedding is not usually a serious problem, but still should not be considered "normal." If you think this is the case, take your turtle to the vet BEFORE you change how often you feed your pet or adjust the temperature.


common skin growths

Non Cancerous Skin Growth

Non-cancerous gynecologic abnormalities are defects in the reproductive system of women. These defects in the vagina, cervix, uterus, or ovaries are benign or not virulent. They are the following conditions:

Cysts like Bartholin's glands cyst, Skene's duct cyst, endomitriomas of the vulva, vulvar inclusion cyst, epidermal cyst, and ovarian cyst
Polyps like cervical polyps
Myomas or tumors like uterine fibroids and ovarian tumorsEndomitriosis
Adnexal torsion
Cervical stenosis

All about Cysts

Cysts are closed sacs containing liquid and semisolid substances that are not part of the nearby tissues. Gynecologic cysts may be the result when a certain part of the reproductive system of a woman is blocked. When a duct, for example, is blocked, an area gets filled with mucus and enlarges. Cysts may be as small as the size of a pea or as large as that of an orange or even larger. Some gynecologic cysts cause no symptoms, but some are painful and may affect intercourse.

The gynecologic cysts are Bartholin's glands cyst, Skene's duct cyst, endomitriomas of the vulva, vulvar inclusion cyst, epidermal cyst, and ovarian cyst.
Bartholin's gland cysts are located in the Bartholin's glands, the glands on the sides of the vagina that produces lubricants during intercourse.
Skene's glands are located in the opening of the urethra, and Skene's duct cyst occurs when a duct of these glands is blocked.
Endomitriomas of the vulva occurs when patches of the tissues coming from the lining of the uterus protrude from the vulva forming a sac filled with blood and causing pain especially during intercourse.
Vulvar inclusion and epidermal cysts are located on the surface of the vulva, while ovarian cysts are found in either or both of the ovaries.

All about Polyps

Polyps are non-cancerous growths composed of sacs of tissues protruding so as to look like fingers. Non-cancerous cervical polyps are located in the duct through the cervix.

All about Myomas

Myomas are non-cancerous tumors made, in part, of muscle tissue. Cervical myomas are located in the cervix. Some myomas are asymptomatic, but some, especially cervical myomas, cause heavy or mild bleeding and pain during intercourse.

Fibroids are the most common non-cancerous tumor among women. Uterine fibroids are fibroids located in the muscle layer and connective tissues of the uterus while ovarian tumors are myomas located in the ovaries.

All about Endomitriosis

Endomitriosis is a gynecologic disorder that occurs when endometrial tissues appear and grow in parts outside the lining of the uterus. Endometriosis is a noncancerous but chronic and painful illness. It commonly appears during reproductive years and is suspected to be genetically acquired.

All about Adnexal Torsion

In adnexal torsion condition, the ovary and sometimes the fallopian tube may be twisted, causing blood flow to and from these parts to be restricted. It also causes sudden and severe pain in the pelvic area which may be accompanied by vomiting.

All about Cervical Stenosis

Cervical stenosis is a condition where the duct through the cervix is narrow or closed that may result in the gathering of blood in the uterus. It may cause menstrual defects and infertility since the sperm cannot reach the egg. Although some cervical stenosis are inborn others are caused by surgery, radiation therapy, and menopause.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting a cancerous tumor after getting a non-cancerous one?
    I just found out that a seemingly ordinary pimple-like growth on my boyfriend's arm that stuck around for over a year was a non-cancerous tumor. He got it removed, but I'm really worried that there may be a chance of a cancerous tumor emerging now. There's a history of cancer in his family. It's very possible I'm just being the overly concerned girlfriend, but I need to know: what are the chances of him getting another tumor, cancerous or non-cancerous?

    • ANSWER:
      Ur beloved boy-friend and anybody for that matter can as well prevent another benign tumor from becoming malignant with the following instructions. Do's and Don't's.

      Why are more and more young people falling victims to the demon- “CANCER”? What are Prime Causes* & Preventive/Curative Measures?
      1. Chronic & severe constipation [+ heavy quantum of accumulated feces in the rectum & the large intestine] with a displaced solar plexus. Bad diet with McDonald’s pizzas, burgers, KFC-deep freeze and deep fried chicken, pork, hot dogs, high rich calorie diets-obesity, etc. As a result, most of the Americans/Europeans are cancer victims due to chronic constipation issues.
      3. Hormonal imbalance.
      4. Heavy exposure to asbestos, pollution from industrial wastes, tobacco consumption and or smoking..
      5. Chronic & Unhealed wounds/injuries caused by bacterial/viral/metabolic syndromes/diseases with blocked energy + toxins in any internal organ.
      6. Sexual promiscuity, Perverted anal/oral sex, hetero-sex, lesbians, homosex amongst transgenders, bad personal hygiene [not washing gonads after coitus] & indiscriminate consumption of birth control pills 'with no' medical supervision by endocrinologist/gynecologist/physician.
      7. Chronic Stress & Strain.
      8. Lack of exercise & ever increasing obese bodies.
      9. Smoking and tobacco/gutka chewing. 90% lung-cancer victims are smokers, an American study reveals; as per Web Med News.
      10. Regular consumption of ‘colas’ with heavy doses of insecticides, freely available in India. Regular & excessive alcohol consumption.
      11. Skin Cancer Exposure to Sun’s rays @ odd hours [90 minutes after sunrise, beyond 60 minutes before sunset and anytime during strong winds] and excessive exposure to radiation emanating from cell phones, transmission towers, etc.,
      . 12. 24/7-- wearing of bra by the modern woman and avoiding breast feeding the child—breast cancer.
      13. Heavy genetic dispositions with more ‘cancer-stricken ancestors’
      14. Facts on Lung Cancer vis-à-vis Smoking:
      Prudent to stop smoking forthwith permanently------Because, out of every 10 lung cancer patients-9 are smokers-An American Research Study published in WebMD.com.

      CANCER/HIV PREVENTION & Cure:--
      1. Beware of Cancer Symptoms: Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, hemoptysis, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].
      2.. Good liquid Diet, green leaf juices + honey, like aloe vera juice, Noni juice, wheat grass powder, fresh fruit [seasonal fruit only] juices sprouted seeds like green gram, horse gram, ground nuts, boiled- after soaking in water for 15 hours-soya beans, etc., raw coconut, raw dates, watermelon, cabbage, yogurt, spinach, helped many a no. of Health conscious people all over the globe.
      3. Acupressure techniques a MUST to ensure faster recovery.
      4. No salt, no baking soda, no cooked food, No chocolates, No Pizzas, No burgers ----to boost-up immunity power to produce antibodies. Say no to Deep freeze and deep fried products from KFC and McDonald, Diet sodas with aspartame and colas made in India, etc.
      5. How to prevent Sunburn*: Expose Ur body and or the affected parts within 90 minutes from sunrise & within 60 minutes before sunset. During strong winds, no exposure please. Any extra exposure shall be @ Ur own peril.
      CURE:
      TARGET THERAPY* It is the God-given therapy communicated to the mankind through THE RIGVEDA, one of the Hindu scriptures.
      Target Therapy---Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue. Source:
      'Health in Ur Hands' Vol. I & II available in all Indian languages all over the globe- by Dr.Devendra Vora,DSc.,MD.,FRCP, an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Dr.Vora, the world renowned Acupressurist, an octogenarian and the Bhishma Pithamaha of acupressure in India--- treated and caused to treat more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between benign and malignant neoplasms?
    I know that benign is non cancerous and malignant is cancerous. Are there any other differences between the two?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no difference other than one being cancerous and other malignant. The tumors may present themselves structurally differently but you have used the terms correctly.

      By structurally you may consider skin cancerous growths that present as moles on the skin. A dermatologist will the difference in color, shape and texture of the mole. A malignant skin neoplasm looks quite different than a normal benign neoplasm.

      The word neoplasm is a medical term which is defined as a new growth or tumour. A neoplasm may either be benign or malignant. It is an abnormal and uncontrolled mass of tissue which results from the excessive division of cells. These tissues are not required for the repair of organs. The growth of these tissues is uncoordinated with and exceeds that of the normal tissues. Benign neoplasms are not cancerous, but malignant neoplasms are cancerous.

      It starts from a single cell which has been altered. Cancer is a malignant neoplasm. A neoplasm is a tumour or a new growth of tissue which serves no physiological function. The multiplication of cell is localised. It generally designates a collection of cells which have undergone genetic transformation. A combination of these modified cells form a tumour. Neoplasmic cells differ in their structure and function form the original type of cells.

      Compare a lipoma neoplasm and a lymphoma neoplasm. Lipomas are benign fatty soft tissue tumors. I had one one on my back several years ago and had it removed surgically. Lymphomas on the other hand are malignant and have to do with the lymph system. Only a biopsy distinguished the difference.

  3. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies to get rid of moles or make them smaller or faded?
    I have two moles that are so distracting and ugly... Whenever I am in pictures I turn one way because I have Dark moles on the other side. They are soo ugly. I dont want to buy anything or go to the doctors or have surgery. They are small and dark (non-cancerous) and they are such adistraction. Plzz Help

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some tips to try:

      http://www.natural-homeremedies.com/homeremedies_moles.htm

      The 1st suggestion says to try VASELINE, but DO NOT EVER PUT VASELINE ANYWHERE ON YOUR BODY.

      MOST beauty products on the market have harmful chemicals in them; do your favorite beauty products contain any of these things?:

      * Mineral Oil, Paraffin & Petrolatum – Petroleum products coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatological issues, like slowing cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging, and vitamin deficiency. Suspected cause of cancer & disruptive of hormonal activity. Mineral oils contain hydrocarbons, a real danger to the stomach and especially the lungs.

      * PARABENS – Such as methyl- propyl- butyl- & ethyl- parabens: Widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have hormone-disrupting qualities – mimicking estrogen – and interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

      * Propylene Glycol – Used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, may inhibit skin cell growth, and is a skin irritant and sensitizer.

      * ALCOHOLS – Such as Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40, Ethyl Alcohol: Alcohols dissolve the body’s natural moisturizers and strip the skin of its protection, leaving it vulnerable to infection. Alcohols destroy skin’s pH balance, and since they absorb water, they speed up wrinkling.

      * Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) – Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners… and in OVER 90% of personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a “nitrosamine”, a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling “comes from coconut” or “coconut-derived" - and is found in many popular body washes and toothpastes!

      * Toluene – Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.

      * WAXES – Such as Paraffin, Candelilla Wax, Carnuba Wax: Waxes are widely used in cleansing creams, eye creams, and moisturizers. Waxes clog pores, creating blackheads and whiteheads. They also smother the skin, which over time creates an enlarged pore problem.

      * FD&C – When this abbreviation precedes the name of a color, it means that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has certified it as safe for use in drugs and cosmetics, but not food. D&C colors are usually synthetic, coal tar colors. They’re toxic and should be avoided when at all possible.

      * PHTHALATES – These chemicals rarely find their way onto an ingredients list, but they are present in many health and beauty products just the same. Wherever you see “perfume” or “fragrance,” phthalates are present, because they are used to preserve these synthetic scents. Recent studies have shown that phthalates may be mutagenic, carcinogenic, and adversely affect male sperm, that they increase levels of testosterone and estrogen in humans, and are central to breast cancer risk. They are an ingredient in nail polish and other lacquers, and in soft plastics (e.g., infant chew toys).

      * Lanolin – A yellow, semi-solid, fatty secretion from sheep’s wool is widely used in skin and beauty care products. It can cause an allergic reaction in some people, as well as enlarged pores.

      * Acetone – Used in nail polish and nail polish removers, this colorless, volatile liquid is often used in astringents, fresheners, or clarifying lotions. It is extremely toxic and will dehydrate the skin, while speeding up the aging process.

      * Acrylamide – Found in many hand and face creams. Linked to mammary tumors in lab research.

      * Phenol carbolic acid – Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.

      * Dioxane – Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Common in a wide range of personal care products. The compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin. Dioxane’s carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by “vacuum stripping”. Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut. Watch for hidden language on labels, such as “comes from coconut”.

      IF SO, you should throw them away IMMEDIATELY and Tell ALL your friends and family!!! (Extra-virgin olive and/or coconut oils are great alternative moisturizers, and they contain natural sunscreens, until you find something else without these toxins) Hope this helps!!! Good Luck!!!!!

  4. QUESTION:
    What foods are good for you skin and immunity?
    I have bad skin and always getting colds ect.

    • ANSWER:
      Boost your body’s immune system with

      1) Broccoli is chock-full of the phytochemical sulforaphane, which makes headlines because of its potent anti-cancer properties. It’s also a rich source of beta-carotene (good for the eyes and immune system, among other things), fibre and vitamin C.
      2) Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities (the ability to combat cell-damaging free radicals that can lead to heart disease and cancer). And, like cranberries, blueberries appear to fight off urinary-tract infections by preventing E. coli bacteria from sticking to cells in the urinary tract.
      3) Flax is a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre (which makes it a natural laxative) as well as plant lignans which may reduce the risk of developing hormone-sensitive cancers, such as prostate and breast cancer. Flaxseed is also high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to protect against heart disease.
      4) Garlic contains allicin, a phytochemical that may lower cholesterol and make blood platelets less sticky, cutting the risk of clots.
      5) Green tea is loaded with powerful antioxidants, which may protect against cell damage that leads to aging and help prevent heart disease and cancer. Green tea contains a polyphenol known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), which in animal tests has been shown to prevent the formation of tumors. Researchers at Purdue University found in laboratory tests that EGCg killed human breast cancer cells but did not kill non-cancerous human breast cells.
      6) Skim milk - studies have found that increasing your calcium intake can also help relieve the symptoms of PMS.
      7) Fresh or canned salmon is one of the best sources of the celebrated Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent heart attacks. Studies have also shown that Omega-3 may have the ability to offset depression as well as protect against inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
      8) Soy is perfect source of protein since it’s a plant-based protein that’s low in saturated fat.
      9) Spinach is loaded with energy-promoting iron and folate, a B vitamin that prevents neural-tube defects in the fetus. It is important in red blood cell formation, protein metabolism, growth and cell division. The leafy green is also one of the best sources of lutein, an antioxidant that benefits eye, skin and cardiovascular health.
      10) Research has found that tomatoes, especially cooked or processed ones, can lower the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

      Good food, Good Skin

      Perhaps the simplest way to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and ensure the skin is getting optimal nutrition from the foods we eat is to follow the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Daily Food Guide, commonly referred to as the food pyramid.

      These include:

      * Choosing and eating at least three ounces of whole grain breads, cereals, rice, crackers or pasta.
      * Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including more dark green and orange vegetables.
      * Consuming calcium-rich foods, such as fat-free or low-fat milk and other dairy products.
      * Opting for a variety of low-fat or lean meats, poultry and fish.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do chemotherapy drugs interact chemically with cancer cells to get rid of the cancerous cells?
    I have to give a chemistry project tomorrow in class and I need to have a basic understanding of what goes on chemically between chemotherapy drugs and the cancerous cells. Like what element interacts with what and how the chemo drugs stop the cancer cells from replicating. If anyone even has a most basic chemical explanation as to what occurs I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Chemotherapy works by destroying cancer cells; unfortunately, it cannot tell the difference between a cancer cell and some healthy cells. So chemotherapy eliminates not only the fast-growing cancer cells but also other fast-growing cells in your body, including, hair and blood cells.

      Some cancer cells grow slowly while others grow rapidly. As a result, different types of chemotherapy drugs target the growth patterns of specific types of cancer cells. Each drug has a different way of working and is effective at a specific time in the life cycle of the cell it targets.

      So, the chemicals are designed to go after specific cells that have a particular metabolic rate.

      Chemotherapy has NOT been very effective and the 5 year survival rate is very poor. It is expensive; a cancer patient is worth about 0,000 to the medical community.

      In 1972, according to the American Cancer Societies own figures, 33% of cancers had a five year survival rate. We should also point out that at that same time 33% of cancers went away on their own. Today, according to the ACS, the five year survival rate for cancer has risen to 40%. However, what they do not tell you is that:

      1.The statistics are invalid because they combine data of both local and metastasized cancers; and that the comparisons are not randomized [Ulrich Abel, Advanced Epithelial Cancer", 1990 (no longer in print) ]
      2.Cancers not factored into the original statistics are now factored in, such as skin cancers, many of which are not fatal and that the statistics are purposely inflated by including people with benign cancers.
      3.Technology has helped us to find cancers earlier, thus the survival time from diagnosis to eventual death has lengthened.
      4.They are now including in their stats non deadly skin cancers.

      By shrinking tumors, chemotherapy encourages stronger cancer cells to grow and multiply and become chemo resistant. Then there are the new cancers caused by chemotherapy, or secondary cancers. This quaint side effect is often overlooked in the lists of side effects in a drug's accompanying literature, though you can find this information quite easily at the National Cancer Institute. We pride ourselves in America for being technologically advanced and that our technology is rooted in a foundation of good science.

      Wrong.

      When it comes to medicine, little at all is based upon science. Again we shall point to the Office of Technological Assessment’s paper: Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies in which we are told that fewer than 20% of all medical procedures have been tested, and that of those tested, half were tested badly.

      Medicine in America is not about healing.

      Most telling, according to Ralph Moss in his book Questioning Chemotherapy, is that in a good number of surveys, chemotherapists have responded that they would neither recommend chemotherapy for their families nor would they use it themselves. In an unpublished cohort study in which it was revealed that only 9% of oncologists took chemotherapy for their cancers.

      "Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy.

      Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon, or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade, yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumors,” Allen Levin, MD UCSF The Healing of Cancer.

      Additionally, Irwin Bross, a biostatistician for the National Cancer Institute, discovered that many cancers that are benign (though thought to be malignant) and will not metastasize until they are hit with chemotherapy. In other words, he's found that many people who've been diagnosed with metastatic cancer did not have metastatic cancer until they got their chemotherapy.

      For many cancers, chemotherapy just does not improve your survival rate. Some of these are colorectal, gastric, pancreatic, bladder, breast, ovarian, cervical and corpus uteri, head and neck. Knowing this, oncologists still recommend a regimen of chemotherapy, why?

      The answer you will get from oncologists that are honest is this: “We give it to patients so they won't give up hope and fall into the hands of quacks.” Quacks? Implicit in the definition of quackery is the sale of worthless or dangerous nostrums for profit. Who exactly are the quacks? Just because someone is wearing a white smock, has a title, and works in a nice air conditioned office, does NOT take away what he is. Con men don't look like crooks or they would never get anyone to buy into what they are selling. Looking credible does NOT mean they are.

      Dr Ulrich Abel, who poured over thousands and thousands of cancer studies, published his shocking report in 1990 stating quite succinctly that chemotherapy has done nothing for 80% of all cancers; that 80% of chemotherapy administered was absolutely worthless.

      To give a fair and accurate assessment of chemotherapy in your report, you should also tell people how it is NOT very effective and only a smal

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between cancer and a tumour?
    Sounds daft but what exactly is the difference?
    I know you get lumps and growths with both.

    • ANSWER:
      A tumor is basically an abnormal growth or swelling of something. Tumors can be benign, that is, non-cancerous. An example of this would be a lipoma, which often manifest as fatty encapsulated lumps beneath the skin of the arms, neck or back. They are unsightly, but do no harm.

      A cancer is a malignant growth, and this can be distinguished by whether or not it grows in an 'aggressive' manner, invades surrounding tissues and metastasizes to other areas of the body. cancer is literally runaway cell growth, the cellular replication machinery is unable to shut down.
      Some benign tumors can compromise health, if they grow large enough to compress or obstruct other organs, like adrenal gland tumors, pituitary tumors and uterine fibromas.

  7. QUESTION:
    For how long can a person live with unchecked skin cancer?
    My friend's mom will not see a doctor, and we've been watching these crusty, black-red things grow on her face (she picks them off but they grow right back) for 2 years. She's developing more growths, which started on one temple, on her neck, cheeks, and now hands.

    She hasn't been given a diagnosis of skin cancer, but I've seen enough of it to know it on sight.

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of skin cancer. Some types like melanoma can be aggressive and deadly while other types like Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell are more of a nuisance and can be periodically removed. Patients can live 30 or more years with a less aggressive skin cancer.

      Your friends mom should be seen by a doctor as it is impossible for anyone here to know if what you describe is benign or cancerous. Although it does sound like Squamous Cell or even Actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous). . . again no one knows and the best thing to do is be clinically examined for a diagnosis.

      Types of skin cancer (non-melanoma)
      http://www.cancer.net/patient/Cancer+Types/Skin+Cancer+%28Non-Melanoma%29

      Squamous Cell Carcinoma: What it Looks Like
      http://www.skincarephysicians.com/skincancernet/squamous_cell_carcinoma.html

      Basal Cell Carcinoma: What it Looks Like
      http://www.skincarephysicians.com/skincancernet/basal_cell_carcinoma.html

      What Do AKs Look Like? (pre-cancerous)
      http://www.skincarephysicians.com/actinickeratosesnet/looklike.html

  8. QUESTION:
    Cancer often involves excessive and uncontrolled mitosis resulting in a tumor.?
    Some of the chemotherapeutic agents used in cancer inhibit DNA replication. While this is somtimes successful in stopping tumor growth, there are side effects. What are they?

    • ANSWER:
      the chemotherapeutic agents inhibit DNA in any dividing cell and not specifically in only cancerous cells. therefore, the side effects include the non-division of normally dividing cells like skin, hair cells, liver etc that are nearby. thus u see such patients undergoing chemotherapy with hair loss and pale skin sometimes with scabs, sometimes also with some organ failures.

      scientists are still working with studying the surface molecules especially receptors on cancer cells (which have many more receptors than normal cells). they will then identify some antigens specific only to cancer cells and can thus synthesize antibodies specific only to cancer cells and then fuse them with the chemotherupatic agents so that these agents can specifically localize only at cancerous cells and greatly reduce the side effects ie the action on non cancerous cells

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get breast cancer as young as 14?
    My cousin keeps telling me about this lump she found. She said it feels hard under the skin. Could it be cancerous?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, but it is not the same type of breast cancer that affects older women or men. Breast cancer in children and teens is rare, but it can and does happen.

      In the case of your cousin, however, it is far more likely that her breasts are still developing and she has 'breast buds', but she should be examined by a doctor just to be sure:
      http://life.familyeducation.com/puberty/growth-and-development/40471.html

      And, here is information about childhood breast cancer.

      The American Pediatric Surgical Association has information concerning this:
      http://www.eapsa.org/parents/resources/breast_disorders.cfm

      "Breast Cancer in Children:
      Breast Cancer is unusual in a young girl and most lumps or masses that are seen will be benign (non-cancerous). As mentioned earlier less than 0.1% of all breast cancer occurs in children.

      Juvenile Secretory Carcinoma is a rare form of breast cancer in children. These are usually small, poorly defined masses that merge with the surrounding breast tissue. They are usually slow growing and less aggressive than adult cancers. Local excision with close follow-up is usually sufficient to remove the tumor.

      Cystosarcoma Phylloides is a rare tumor of the breast that can occur in children. It is a rapidly growing tumor which stretches the breast and the overlying skin. About 25 percent of these tumors are cancerous so primary treatment is to resect the tumor mass.

      There are other types of cancer that may spread to the breast tissue. This includes lymphoma, a disease of the lymphatic system since there is a significant number of lymph nodes within the breast and the area of the axilla (armpit).

      Other tumors of childhood may occasionally spread to the breast area and are treated according to the primary mass. All girls should be taught breast self-examination once their breasts are developing and they are going through their menstrual cycles. This should be the beginning of a life long habit."

      And, report of a 12 year old girl with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
      http://www.ibcresearch.org/research/ibcwhatweknow_1814_1979.htm#1972_12yrold

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a basal cell carcinoma?
    Is it possible that you could have one for a year without any change in size?

    Also how likely is it that someone in their early 20's could get one. (i.e. does it require excessive sun exposure?)

    I am looking at google, but I would also like some input from you people.

    • ANSWER:
      The risk of skin cancer is related to the amount of sun exposure and pigmentation in the skin. The longer the exposure to the sun and the lighter the skin, the greater the risk of skin cancer. It occurs most frequently in people over 45 years of age, and almost twice as often in men as in women, but if you're in the sun very often with little or no protection, it is possible for you to get skin cancer even in your early 20's.

      Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma:

      -The five most typical characteristics of basal cell carcinoma are quite different from each other. Frequently, two or more features are present in one tumor. In addition, basal cell carcinoma sometimes resembles non-cancerous skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. Only a trained physician, usually a dermatologist, can diagnose this cancer.
      It is advisable to learn the signs of basal cell carcinoma and examine the body regularly, as often as once a month, if at high risk. A full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror can be very useful for the less visible parts of the body. The five warning signs of basal cell carcinoma are:

      -An open sore that bleeds, oozes or crusts, and remains open for three or more weeks. A persistent, non-healing sore is a very common early manifestation.
      -A reddish patch or an irritated area, frequently occurring on the chest, shoulders, arms or legs. Sometimes the patch crusts. It may also itch or hurt. At other times, it persists with no noticeable discomfort.
      -A smooth growth with an elevated, rolled border and an indentation in the center. As the growth slowly enlarges, tiny blood vessels may develop on the surface.
      -A shiny bump (or nodule) that is pearly or translucent and is often pink, red or white. The bump can also be tan, black or brown, especially in dark-haired people, and can be confused with a mole.
      -A scar-like area (white, yellow, or waxy in appearance) which often has poorly defined borders. The skin itself appears shiny or taut. -Although a less frequent sign, it can indicate the presence of an aggressive tumor.

      http://www.healthscout.com/ency/1/199/main.html

  11. QUESTION:
    Hello this is Joy,I wanna ask one Question. what is skin cancer?How can coffe be an antidote for skin cancer?
    what ingredients do coffe have that act as an antidote?
    excess of coffe ,how it harms?
    beside, skin cancer which dieases could be cured by coffe?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin cancer is a malignant growth on the skin which can have many causes. Skin cancer generally develops in the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin), so a tumor is usually clearly visible. This makes most skin cancers detectable in the early stages. There are three common types of skin cancer, each of which is named after the type of skin cell from which it arises. Cancers caused by UV exposure may be prevented by avoiding exposure to sunlight or other UV sources, wearing sun-protective clothes, and using a broad-spectrum sun screen.

      Skin cancers are the fastest growing type of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer represents the most commonly diagnosed malignancy, surpassing lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. More than 1 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2007.

      Skin cancer is most closely associated with chronic inflammation of the skin. This includes:

      1. Sunburn or excessive sun damage, especially early in life. UVA & UVB have both been implicated in causing DNA damage resulting in cancer. Sun exposure between 10AM and 4PM is thought to be most harmful. Natural (sun) & artificial UV exposure (tanning salons) are associated with skin cancer.
      2. Chronic non-healing wounds, especially burns. These are called Marjolin's ulcers based on their appearance and can develop into squamous cell carcinomaand.
      3. Genetic predisposition, including "Congenital Melanocytic Nevi Syndrome". CMNS is characterized by the presence of "nevi" or moles of varying size that either appear at or within 6 months of birth. Nevi larger than 20 mm (3/4") in size are at higher risk for becoming cancerous.

      Skin can be protected by avoiding sunlight entirely, or wearing protective clothing while outdoors. Skin cancer is usually caused by exposing skin to UV rays excessively.

      Honey coffee may not be a cure to skin cancer, however coffee is a cure to baldness and also a good source of atioxidants.

  12. QUESTION:
    what is the causes of lipoma and any medicine or remedies for lipoma?
    i have 6 small size lipomas in my hands.i want to know the causes and remedies for it.

    • ANSWER:
      Lipomas are benign (not cancerous), slow-growing tumours that arise from fat cells. They are usually round, moveable, flattened lumps under the skin. They feel soft and doughy or rubbery. Lipomas usually grow in the neck, shoulders, back, or arms. Lipomas are the most common non-cancerous tumour in adults. They can occur at any age, but they often appear when you're between 40 and 60 years of age. Sometimes they run in families. Sometimes they are caused by an injury. Most lipomas do not hurt unless they are squeezed or bruised.

      Because lipomas are almost always benign, they usually do not need treatment. If they are painful or are growing quickly, you may want to have treatment. Treatment options include steroid shots, liposuction, or surgery. Lipomas are normally removed by simple excision. However, liposuction is another option if the lipoma is soft and has a small connective tissue component. Liposuction often results in less scarring; however it has a greater tendency to fail to remove the entire lipoma, often resulting in re-growth.

      There are new methods being developed that are supposed to remove the lipomas without scarring. One of them is removal by the use of injection of various substances. Another method being developed is the use of ultrasound waves to destroy the lipoma. This can be compared with the removal of kidney stones where ultrasound is used to pulverize the stones.

  13. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about this bump type thing on my neck?
    on the right side of my neck is a bump. its the same colour as my skin and it doesn't feel as though its on my skin, but rather under it.
    It doesn't hurt and isn't irritating in any way. But I only noticed it a few days ago and I don't know if I should be concerned about it or not. What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.
      Prudent to be aware of
      Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., —Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, prudent* to see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is this small painless lump in my neck?
    For about 3 weeks now I have had this small painless lump in the left of my neck just above my shoulder muscle. I have had a chest infection in the last 2 weeks so I don't know if it's anything to do with that, but I'm worried it might be something much worse than it is? Should I go to the doctor ? What are your opinions about what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.
      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, prudent* to see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to treat and what is Hyperthyroidism?
    .I was wondering what can happen if I don't get this treated? I've had it for a long time. It runs in my family.
    My conditions are that I never gain weight, I eat all the time, my heart beats faster when I'm sitting down. I'm also underweight.
    Are there anyone out there that has this treated or have this? What can I do to get it treated?
    Also what is it?
    Thanks for all you answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Definition

      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by an overactive thyroid gland. The gland makes too much T4 and T3 hormones. Hormones are substances that affect and control many important functions in the body.

      Alternative Names
      Thyrotoxicosis; Overactive thyroid

      Causes, incidence, and risk factors

      The thyroid gland is located in the neck. It produces several hormones which control the way that every cell in the body uses energy (metabolism). The thyroid is part of the endocrine system.

      Hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis occurs when the thyroid releases too many of its hormones over a short (acute) or long (chronic) period of time. Many diseases and conditions can cause this problem, including:

      Graves disease
      Non-cancerous growths of the thyroid gland or pituitary gland
      Tumors of the testes or ovaries
      Inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the thyroid due to viral infections or other causes
      Ingestion (taking in through the mouth, such as in eating) of large amounts of thyroid hormone
      Ingestion of excessive iodineGraves disease accounts for 85% of all cases of hyperthyroidism.

      Related topics:

      Painless (silent thyroiditis
      Factitious hyperthyroidism
      Hypothyroidism
      Graves disease

      Symptoms

      Weight loss
      Increased appetite
      Nervousness
      Restlessness
      Heat intolerance
      Increased sweating
      Fatigue
      Frequent bowel movements
      Menstrual irregularities in women
      Goiter (visibly enlarged thyroid) may be present
      Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
      Weakness
      Sleeping difficulty
      Clammy skin
      Skin blushing or flushing
      Bounding pulse
      Nausea and vomiting
      Lack of menstruation
      Itching - overall
      Heartbeat sensations
      Hand tremor
      Hair loss
      Diarrhea
      Breast development in men
      High blood pressure
      Protruding eyes (exophthalmos)

      Signs and tests

      Physical examination may reveal thyroid enlargement or goiter. Vital signs (temperature, pulse, rate of breathing, blood pressure) show increased heart rate. Systolic blood pressure (the first number in a blood pressure reading) may be high.

      Laboratory tests that evaluate thyroid function:

      Serum TSH is usually low
      T3 and free T4 are usually high
      This disease may also alter the results of the following tests:
      Vitamin B-12
      TSI
      Triglycerides
      RT3U
      Radioactive iodine uptake
      Glucose test
      Cholesterol test
      Antithyroglobulin antibody

      Treatment

      Treatment varies depending on the cause of the condition and the severity of symptoms. Hyperthyroidism is usually treated with antithyroid medications, radioactive iodine (which destroys the thyroid and stops the excess production of hormones), or surgery to remove the thyroid.

      If the thyroid must be removed with radiation or surgery, replacement thyroid hormones must be taken for the rest of the person's life.

      Beta-blockers like propranolol are used to treat some of the symptoms including rapid heart rate, sweating, and anxiety until the hyperthyroidism can be controlled.

      Expectations (prognosis)

      Hyperthyroidism caused by Graves disease is usually progressive and has many associated complications, some of which are severe and affect quality of life.

      These include complications caused by treatment such as use of radioactive iodine, surgery, and medications to replace thyroid hormones. However, hyperthyroidism is generally treatable and rarely fatal.

      Complications

      Heart-related complications include rapid heart rate, congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.

      Thyroid crisis or storm is an acute worsening of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism that may occur with infection or stress. Fever, decreased mental alertness, and abdominal pain may occur, and immediate hospitalization is needed.

      Hyperthyroidism increases the risk for osteoporosis.
      There may be complications related to surgery, including visible scarring of the neck, hoarseness due to nerve damage to the voice box, and a low calcium level because of damage to the parathyroid glands.

      Complications may be related to replacement of thyroid hormones. If too little hormone is given, symptoms of under-active thyroid can occur including fatigue, increased cholesterol levels, mild weight gain, depression, and slowing of mental and physical activity. If too much hormone is given, the symptoms of hyperthyroidism will come back.

      Calling your health care provider

      Call your health care provider if you have symptoms which could be caused by excessive thyroid hormone production. If the symptoms are associated with a rapid, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, or change in consciousness, go to the emergency room or call the local emergency number (such as 911).

      Call your health care provider if treatment for hyperthyroidism induces symptoms of under-active thyroid, including mental and physical sluggishness, weight gain, and depression.

      Prevention

      There are no general prevention measures to prevent hyperthyroidism.

  16. QUESTION:
    What exactly is a colonostamy, and why does a person have to have one?
    I have read what they say a colonostamy is but still would like more info on it and also why would a person need to have one.

    • ANSWER:
      The word is , Colonoscopy.Colonoscopy is the endoscopic examination of the large colon and the distal part of the small bowel with a CCD camera or a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus. It may provide a visual diagnosis (e.g. ulceration, polyps) and grants the opportunity for biopsy or removal of suspected lesions. Virtual colonoscopy, which uses 2D and 3D imagery reconstructed from computed tomography (CT) scans or from nuclear magnetic resonance (MR) scans, is also possible, as a totally non-invasive medical test, although it is not standard and still under investigation regarding its diagnostic abilities. Furthermore, virtual colonoscopy does not allow for therapeutic maneuvers such as polyp/tumor removal or biopsy nor visualization of lesions smaller than 5 millimeters. If a growth or polyp is detected using CT colonography, a standard colonoscopy would still need to be performed. Colonoscopy can remove polyps as small as one millimeter or less. Once polyps are removed, they can be studied with the aid of a microscope to determine if they are precancerous or not. Colonoscopy is similar to but not the same as sigmoidoscopy. The difference between colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy is related to which parts of the colon each can examine. Sigmoidoscopy allows doctors to view only the final two feet of the colon, while colonoscopy allows an examination of the entire colon, which measures four to five feet in length. Often a sigmoidoscopy is used as a screening procedure for a full colonoscopy. In many instances a sigmoidoscopy is performed in conjunction with a fecal occult blood test (FOBT), which can detect the formation of cancerous cells throughout the colon. Other times, a sigmoidoscopy is preferred to a full colonoscopy in patients having an active flare of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease to avoid perforation of the colon. Additionally, surgeons have lately been using the term pouchoscopy to refer to a colonoscopy of the ileo-anal pouch.

      A colostomy is a surgical procedure that involves connecting a part of the colon onto the anterior abdominal wall, leaving the patient with an opening on the abdomen called a stoma. In a colostomy, the stoma is formed from the end of the large intestine, which is drawn out through the incision and sutured to the skin. After a colostomy, feces leave the patient's body through the abdomen. A colostomy may be permanent or temporary, depending on the reasons for its use.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if this lump I have is a calcified lymph node, or a tumor?
    It's a half inch to the left of the C6 vertebrae( Spinal Cord ) , I was wondering if there are even lymph nodes around there, or if it's a tumor in my back.
    It's 2:40, doctor isn't available atm.

    • ANSWER:
      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.
      Prudent to be aware of
      Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., —Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, prudent* to see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does tanning in the sun lead to cancer or not?
    Is there any way to get a safe, natural tan without having a risk of getting cancer?
    If I have really pale skin is it even a better chance that the sun will do damage to my skin? Do I need to wear a ton of sunblock?

    • ANSWER:
      YES!

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      Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer
      Many people love the warm sun. The sun's rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good. But our love affair isn't a two way street: Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces. Consider this: One woman at age 40 who has protected her skin from the sun actually has the skin of a 30-year-old!

      We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin color obtained from being in the sun – or in a tanning booth – actually accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

      Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers breakdown, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily -- taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you're young, it will definitely show later in life.

      How Does the Sun Change My Skin?
      Exposure to the sun causes:

      Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions - caused by loss of the skin's immune function
      Benign tumors
      Fine and coarse wrinkles
      Freckles
      Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation;
      Sallowness -- a yellow discoloration of the skin;
      Telangiectasias -- the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin;
      Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic tissue causing lines and wrinkles.
      What Causes Skin Cancer?
      Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of all cancers in the U.S. and the number of cases continues to rise. It is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This rapid growth results in tumors, which are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

      There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are less serious types and make up 95% of all skin cancers. Also referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers, they are highly curable when treated early. Melanoma, made up of abnormal skin pigment cells called melanocytes, is the most serious form of skin cancer and causes 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Left untreated, it can spread to other organs and is difficult to control.

      Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer, but UV light from tanning beds is just as harmful. Exposure to sunlight during the winter months puts you at the same risk as exposure during the summertime.

      Cumulative sun exposure causes mainly basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, while episodes of severe sunburns, usually before age 18, can cause melanoma later in life. Other less common causes are repeated X-ray exposure and occupational exposure to certain chemicals.

      Go read more!

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Basil Cell Carcinoma?
    I have a bump on my nose that my doctor thinks is growing and she says it might be basil cell carcinoma. I am looking for a dermatologist to consult with but am wondering if anyone out there knows about these things and also have you ever heard of the morhs (? spelling) treatment? Thank you for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma
      The five most typical characteristics of basal cell carcinoma are quite different from each other. Frequently, two or more features are present in one tumor. In addition, basal cell carcinoma sometimes resembles non-cancerous skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. Only a trained physician, usually a dermatologist, can diagnose this cancer.
      It is advisable to learn the signs of basal cell carcinoma and examine the body regularly, as often as once a month, if at high risk. A full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror can be very useful for the less visible parts of the body. The five warning signs of basal cell carcinoma are:
      •An open sore that bleeds, oozes or crusts, and remains open for three or more weeks. A persistent, non-healing sore is a very common early manifestation.
      •A reddish patch or an irritated area, frequently occurring on the chest, shoulders, arms or legs. Sometimes the patch crusts. It may also itch or hurt. At other times, it persists with no noticeable discomfort.
      •A smooth growth with an elevated, rolled border and an indentation in the center. As the growth slowly enlarges, tiny blood vessels may develop on the surface.
      •A shiny bump (or nodule) that is pearly or translucent and is often pink, red or white. The bump can also be tan, black or brown, especially in dark-haired people, and can be confused with a mole.
      •A scar-like area (white, yellow, or waxy in appearance) which often has poorly defined borders. The skin itself appears shiny or taut. Although a less frequent sign, it can indicate the presence of an aggressive tumor.
      Di

      TARGET THERAPY* for any incurable disease including cancer of any organ[s], post-surgical recurrence of tumors, HIV/AIDS, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, Tinnitus, all brain & spinal cord disorders, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses[females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
      • 2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.


      • Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
      • Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
      4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days to have total cure.

      PS:If satisfied/benefited with, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the differences you look for to distinguish between warts and skin tags?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin tags are smooth in touch.
      warts are rough.
      skin tags are not multicolored.
      warts are multicolored.
      Warts biopsy will show HPV.
      skin tags will show nothing.

      More-

      Your Guide to Skin Tags

      As we grow older, different growths and spots start coming out of skin. Skin tags are one such product of aging. The exact cause of skin tags is not known. They are also known as Acrochordons.

      How Do They Look?
      Skin tags look like small growths hanging with a stalk. These fleshy bumps are ugly in appearance and cause more of mental discomfort than physical.

      Where Do They Appear?
      Skin tags appear at different places such as neckline, below the breasts, underarms, and groin. They may also appear at different sites on the body.

      Size:
      They normally form in cluster of small tags of about 0.1 cm to big ones measuring up to 1 cm.

      Warts-

      All About Warts

      Warts are skin growths that appear on any part of the body. This growth is non-cancerous and caused by a family of virus known as human papilloma virus (HPV). Despite common belief, warts do not have a root. They grow on the epidermis. Warts are skin-colored most of the times and rough in feel. Some warts may be dark in color and smooth to touch. Warts may grow individually or in a bunch. The virus spreads from one area of the skin to another and also from one person to another. Although warts may be left alone and may disappear after some months or years, most of the people get them treated because they affect the appearance. Also if they are not treated, instead of disappearing, sometimes they may grow in number. Let us discuss about the types of warts and their treatments.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can pineal cysts go away on their own or with natural remedies?
    I was diagnosed with a pineal cyst this morning after being in the E.R. all night. It is about 6.8 MM in size. I had the worst migraine ever along with blurred vision suddenly yesterday and this was the first time I ever had any symptom. I have read that there are usually no symptoms for those smaller than 5 MM. Any chances of this shrinking or going away completely?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please, don’t be panicky. Study it carefully and discuss with Ur family members/friends and implement it for a month. By His grace, let us wish, U shall be fine in a few weeks.

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a boil, abscess, cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      Everyone MUST be aware of--------Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., — Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, severe hair loss [with excessive accumulated heat in the body], FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*—Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      3. Fibroids: Benign Tumours are also called fibroids.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      any ways, U may see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  22. QUESTION:
    Could my daughter have a swollen lymph node?
    I have a daughter who is 12 months old, and about two weeks ago I noticed a lump on the back of her neck. It feels like it is slightly larger than a pea. It has not gone down in size at all. It is not visible by just looking at her neck. Could this be a swollen lymph node? If it is a swollen lymph node is there anything I can do about it? She seems like she is in pain anytime something is around her neck. Should I take her to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please, don’t be panicky. Study it carefully and discuss with Ur family members/friends and implement it for a month. By His grace, let us wish, U shall be fine in a few weeks.

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      Everyone MUST be aware of--------Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., —Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, severe hair loss [with excessive accumulated heat in the body], FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 1 grain t.d.s.-sub-lingual.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, U may see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  23. QUESTION:
    How serious are swollen neck lymph nodes?
    My neck hurts Soo bad under my jaw back by my ears, after reading up on it I'm pretty sure it's my lymph nodes. I don't have a fever, I don't have a sore throat. A few days before the sore and pain in my neck started happening a few small chicken pox like dots appeared (Ive had chicken pox before though so its not that). Anybody have any information? My neck hurts when I turn it, and when I touch it in those areas.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please, don’t be panicky. Study it carefully and discuss with Ur family members/friends and implement it for a month. By His grace, let us wish, U shall be fine in a few weeks.

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      Everyone MUST be aware of--------Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., — Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, severe hair loss [with excessive accumulated heat in the body], FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, U may see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  24. QUESTION:
    How might abnormalities in each of the following contribute to cancer?
    How might abnormalities in each of the following contribute to cancer?
    a.Cellular adhesion
    b.Signal transduction
    c.Balance between mitosis and apoptosis
    d.Cell cycle control
    e.Telomerase activity

    • ANSWER:
      a. Cellular adhesion allows cells to stick to each other. There are anchoring proteins imbedded in cell membranes that are specific to sticking to cells of the same type, and different type. For example, Protein X of skin cells stick to other skin cells and Protein Y sticks to the underlying basement membrane. Abnormalities in the proteins may result in the loosening of these cells. The cells may either migrate to other parts of the organ or enter the bloodstream. If the cell is also cancerous, it may spread the cancer to other organs through the bloodstream. But abnormalities in cellular adhesion itself in the absence of a cancerous cell, are not harmful. The cells will usually die when outside their normal environment.

      b. Signal transduction basically tells cells what to do. Abnormalities can include - too much signalling of growth signals - deactivation of growth inhibiting signals. Both of which lead to excessive cell growth and proliferation, which is one of the contributing factors to cancer.

      c. This one is straightforward.

      d. The cell cycle has several phases. In adulthood, most cells are in a static G0 phase, meaning they do not replicate. This includes: brain, heart, muscle, nerve cells. These cells typically do not replicate throughout your life. They grow bigger, smaller, but don't multiply. An abnormality may include a trigger that places a G0 cell into a G1 phase. This means cells that normally don't replicate suddenly begin to replicate.

      e. Telomerase produces telomeres. Telomeres are non-coding DNA nucleotides located at the end of a DNA strand. Every time a cell replicates, the daughter cells actually lose a small fragment of DNA at the tip of each strand. Telomeres are created at the tips of DNA strands as a buffer against this DNA loss. Since the telomeres are non-coding, valuable DNA info is not lost. However, if telomerase is abormal, the telomeres aren't created. Hence, every subsequent cell division, important nucleotides are lost from coding DNA. This can cause abnormalities in DNA which codes for: cellular adhesion proteins, signal transduction pathways, apoptosis signals, mitosis signals...etc.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about hamsters and their diseases ?
    We have a hamster which is 2 years old and in the last two weeks we're facing a problem... We noticed that it has something like a tumor between its (upper) hands and under its head ! This "thing" is big and is internal of its skin... Despite this problem the hamster is really in good temper and keeps eating every two hours ! If anyone knows what it really has , please answer us ! Thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way to tell if the growth is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) without a biopsy. A malignant tumor has a good chance of spreading to other organs and significantly shortening the hamsters life. A benign tumor in that location, while not cancerous, may cause other problems by compressing the esophagus and/or the trachea (windpipe). A vet could remove the tumor though it may not be advised at your hamster's age. Hamsters have a lifespan of 2-2.5 years. The only way to know for sure is to talk to a vet.

      If your hamster seems to be doing fine than enjoy him! Watch for any difficulties eating or breathing. If it gets to that point you will need to consider euthanizing him. Euthanasia is a better option than starving or suffocating.

      Of course he could continue to live with it and it never effect him in any other way other than appearance.

      I have never had the experience of having a hamster with a tumor and I've owned hundreds. I have over a hundred at any given time. It seems to be something that the animals are genetically prone to.

      -Janice
      http://www.holmdenhillhaven.com

  26. QUESTION:
    Is radiation treatment used to treat anything other than cancer?
    If so, what?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many instances where radiation is used to treat things other than cancer.

      As the above answer states radiation is used to break down a patient's immune system proir to a bone marrow transplant, ultimately that is because of cancer.

      Other non-cancer radiation treatments include:

      Keloid Scars: These are those big lumpy scars people can get following an injury or surgery, that often continue to grow after the wound has healed. The scar is surgically removed then the area is irradiated to prevent a scar reforming at the site.

      Mycosis Fungoides: This is another non-cancerous skin condition that appears as a blotchy red rash all over the body (not to dissimilar to port wine birth marks) that is treated by treating the patient's whole body to help destroy the growths.
      Any internet search should turn up some pretty graphic pictures of this condition.

      Over active Salivary glands: Radiation is also used to treat over active salivary glands that can be caused by a variety of other medical conditions. The radiation 'damages' part of the salivary gland leading to decreased function therefore less saliva.

      I'm sure there are a few others, but these are just ones of the top of my head.

      Hope that helps.

  27. QUESTION:
    Any causes of breast lumps besides cancer?
    What would they be and what is done about other kinds of lumps? Are there other common causes for breast lumps?

    • ANSWER:
      Types of Breast Lumps
      Findings in women seeking evaluation of apparent breast lump [2]
      Fibrocystic breast changes 40%
      No disease 30%
      Fibroadenoma 7%
      Other benign mammary dysplasias and neoplasms 13%
      Breast cancer 10%
      Cysts and Abscess Lumps

      A breast cyst is a non-cancerous, fluid-filled sac in the breast. They generally feel smooth or rubbery under the skin and can be quite painful or cause no pain at all. Cysts are caused by the hormones that control the menstrual cycle and, as such, are rare in women older than 50.

      A sebaceous cyst is a non-cancerous, closed sac or cyst below the skin that is caused by plugged ducts at the site of a hair follicle. Hormone stimulation or injury may cause them to enlarge but if no symptoms are present, medical treatment is not required.

      Abscesses are non-cancerous pockets of infection within the breast. They can be quite painful and cause the skin over the breast to turn red or feel hot or solid. Abscesses of the breast are most common in women who are breast-feeding
      Growths

      Adenomas are non-cancerous abnormal growths of the glandular tissue in the breast. The most common form of these growths, fibroadenomas, occur most frequently in women between the ages of 15 and 30 and in women of African descent. They usually feel round and firm and have smooth borders. Adenomas are not related to breast cancer.

      Intraductal papillomas are wart-like growths in the ducts of the breast. These lumps are usually felt just under the nipple and can cause a bloody discharge from the nipple. Women close to menopause may have only one growth, while younger women are more likely to have multiple growths in one or both breasts.

      Breast cancer usually feels like a hard or firm lump that is generally irregular in shape and may feel like it is attached to skin or tissue deep inside the breast. Breast cancer is rarely painful and can occur anywhere in the breast or nipple.
      Fatty Lumps

      Fat necrosis is a condition in which the normal fat cells of the breast become round lumps. Symptoms can include pain, firmness, redness, and/or bruising. Fat necrosis usually goes away without treatment but can form permanent scar tissue that may show up as an abnormality on a mammogram.

      A Lipoma is a non-cancerous lump of fatty tissue that is soft to the touch, usually movable, and is generally painless.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about an infant who has breast tissue?
    My nine month old daughter has had some breast tissue since she was about three months old. And I'm worried that it may be something serious.

    • ANSWER:
      After researching the web. This is what I found. I hope it helps if it does not let me know. Good luck.
      Breast Problems
      Pediatric breast problems can be categorized to those that arise in infancy and those later in childhood. They may manifest as nipple discharge, masses or lumps, with redness or swelling of the breast area. It is not uncommon for some children to have extra breast tissue or extra nipple tissue. This extra tissue rarely causes any physical symptoms but can be removed if it leads to emotional or psychological problems.

      In the pediatric population breast cancer is extremely uncommon. Most breast problems are benign and many resolve without specific treatment. Operations on the breast of prepubertal girls should be carefully undertaken because of the risk of adverse effects upon future breast development.

      Swelling or discharge in infants:
      Many infants will have a normal fluid or discharge from one or both nipples which is usually clear or even milky. It has been referred to as “witch’s” milk and is seen both in males and females. Sometimes the breast bud underneath the nipple is enlarged and may stay enlarged for several months after birth as if the baby was developing early small breasts. This is normal and does not indicate anything wrong with the baby. It is not caused by abnormal care or feeding of the child.

      Nipple discharge is a result of hormonal stimulation of the infant breast tissue by hormones that a mother normally makes during the last trimester of pregnancy. Some of these will cross into the infants circulation across the placenta. From there they travel to the baby’s breast tissue and stimulate the breast tissue to increase in size. Once the stimulation is no longer present the breast tissue will stop making fluid and usually shrink back down to normal over several weeks although this may persist over a few months.

      Some infants will have a palpable lump right beneath the nipple up to 2 or 3cm. across. This lump may be felt for weeks or even months and in some baby’s may be palpable throughout the childhood years. For most babies the breast bud is not palpable.

      The presence of nipple discharge in the infant is not a reason to stop breast feeding. Occasionally stimulation of the nipple by manipulation or squeezing may prolong the production of fluid. Some babies will have redness and swelling around the nipples and most times this will resolve spontaneously. Occasionally the tissue becomes infected and requires antibiotics.

      A child with fever, swelling or tenderness of one breast more than the other may have a breast infection called mastitis. Antibiotics usually clear up the infection although on occasion the infection progresses to an abscess that may require aspiration or surgical incision and drainage. Bloody discharge from the nipple is rare and is usually benign.

      In the adult, where bloody discharge warrants immediate attention and can indicate abnormal growth in the breast, in a child it is usually the result of transient growth of ducts beneath the nipple. Usually the discharge resolves spontaneously. If the drainage lasts for months sometimes surgery is indicated to remove the abnormal duct. However, it is not always simple to isolate the duct and since most cases of bloody discharge are not cancerous, surgery is recommended only for those cases in which the drainage lasts for a prolonged time.

      Occasionally an adolescent who has gone through or is undergoing puberty will have clear nipple discharge. This is rarely a cause for concern and is the result of drainage from the gland just beneath the nipple. This drainage usually stops spontaneously in three to five weeks.

      Small glands beneath the nipple that help lubricate the nipple are called Montgomery glands. These are sebaceous or sweat type glands and are a normal part of a woman’s nipple. Sometimes a lump can be felt in the skin at the nipple. Thin nipple discharge in a healthy non-pregnant girl should resolve spontaneously and is usually not treated with medication. Surgery or biopsy should be avoided.

      Occasionally a young girl or adolescent will suffer a traumatic blow or fall on her breast. She may then develop a bruise or a hematoma and injury to the underlying fatty tissue that may break down to necrosis or death of the tissue. This can develop into an abscess especially if the skin overlying the injury is cut or scraped. A red tender area that was injured but now appears to be fluid filled, may indicate an abscess that requires drainage.

      Normal breast development first appears shortly after birth and then again at the beginning of puberty. Boys as well as girls will have a small breast bud that can be felt for a few weeks after they are born. Thelarche is the term for mature breast development and may begin in girls as early as eight or nine years of age. The timing of breast development varies greatly from one person to another and in some girls may not occur until well into the teenage years.
      http://www.eapsa.org/parents/resources/breast_disorders.cfm

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there any way I can get rid of paiful internal scar tissue?
    I had a cyst on my ovary and had it removed...but since then on the line of the scar there is a slight rise in my stomach (like a hernia but soft and squidgy) ...but i aslo get pain intenally from all the scarring......
    Is there a way I can relive the symptoms or break down the internal scar tissue?????

    • ANSWER:
      coould try castor oil packs for relief
      Conditions Responding to Castor Oil Packs

      Obviously, conditions known to be related to poor drainage of the lymphatic system will tend to benefit from this type of therapy. These would include complaints such as:

      1. chronic fluid retention with swollen joints and pain
      2. arthritis
      3. upper respiratory infections involving the sinuses,
      tonsils and inner ear
      4. colon problems like Crohn's disease or colitis
      5. gallbladder disease
      6. boils
      7. liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, enlargement or congestion
      8. menstrual-related congestion
      9. appendicitis
      10. hyperactivity
      11. constipation, bowel impaction or adhesions
      12. swollen lymph nodes
      13. bladder and vaginal infections

      Neurological Problems

      Several neurological problems have also been responsive to castor oil.
      These include:

      1. nerve inflammations such as sciatica, shingles, etc.
      2. Parkinson's disease
      3. multiple sclerosis
      4. migraine headaches
      5. cerebral palsy

      castor oil was Applied to many areas especially around the stomach area

      Ricinoleic acid or sometimes ca;lled castor oil and has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. (J Am Oil Chem Soc 61;37.323-325.) This would explain the high degree of success in the topical use of the oil for treating such ailments as ringworm, keratoses (non-cancerous, wart-like skin growths), skin inflammation, abrasions, fungal-infected finger- and toenails, acne and chronic pruritus (itching).

      Generally, for these conditions the area involved is simply wrapped in cloth soaked with castor oil each
      night, or if the area is small enough, a castor oil soaked Band-Aid can be used. (For persistent infections and those finger- and toenails that have discolored and hardened, a good 10 to 20 minute soak in
      Epsom salts, prior to applying the castor oil, usually speeds up the healing process.)

      See http://www.edgarcaycehouston.org/Research.htm

      How to Make a Castor Oil Pack
      MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A CASTOR OIL PACK:

      White wool flannel (3 to 4 thicknesses of unbleached wool flannel, make wide enough to cover lower abdomen from 3 finger widths left of navel extending around the right side to cover the liver and about 10
      inches long).
      Plastic sheet—medium thickness.
      Hot Water Bottle, Heat Lamp or Electric Heating Pad.
      Bath towel & two large safety pins.
      Instructions for use:
      A Castor Oil Pack is made by soaking the flannel in cold-pressed castor oil (heat processed oil doesn't have the same healing qualities) until it is evenly saturated with oil but not dripping.

      Additional oil will have to be added after each use to keep it saturated. It is a good idea to pre-warm the pack in a oven on a medium setting for 1 minute or by placing the pack on a heating
      pad on high until it is warm.

      Place the Castor Oil Pack on the area to be treated next to the skin and a sheet of plastic over the Pack to keep the oil from soiling other things. Next, wrap a towel over the Pack and keep it in place
      with the safety pins. The usual time for a pack is I hour. It is a good idea to use a safe source of heat over the pack to drive the oil into the skin. Use a hot water bottle or a heat lamp for this purpose (a heating pad is not recommended because of the electromagnetic field it generates). Sometimes it is also necessary to keep the pack on all night, but do not use heat when using the pack this way.

      Cleanse the skin after using a Pack with warm water and baking soda. This is important because toxins can be pulled to the surface by the Pack and will be reabsorbed if not washed off. If the Pack shows dark
      stains after a use, discard it and use a fresh Pack the next time. Do not share Packs.
      A book on this is
      The Oil That Heals: A Physician's Successes With Castor Oil Treatments by William A., M.D. McGarey

  30. QUESTION:
    A man in his late 50s came to the doctor with a hard spot under is breastbone.?
    An x-ray revels nothing abnormal, although the man insists the spot wasn't there until the past few years.

    What is the explanation?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number skin conditions that cause lumps and bumps to appear on the surface of the skin or just below the skin. This article covers some of the most common ones, and includes the following:

      * Skin cysts
      * Cherry angioma
      * Dermatofibromas
      * Epidermoid cysts
      * Folliculitis
      * Keratoacanthoma
      * Keratosis pilaris
      * Lipomas
      * Neurofibromas

      Skin Cysts

      Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material.

      Cysts are common on the skin and can appear anywhere. They feel like small peas under the surface of the skin. Cysts can develop as a result of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands (oil glands), or around foreign bodies, such as earrings.
      What Are the Symptoms of Skin Cysts?

      Skin cysts usually are:

      * Slow-growing
      * Painless
      * Smooth to the touch when they are rolled under the skin

      Cherry Angioma

      A cherry angioma is a smooth, cherry-red bump on the skin.

      Although cherry angiomas usually appear on the trunk of the body, they can occur nearly anywhere. The cause of cherry angiomas is not known and the growths usually appear on people over the age of 40.

      Dermatofibromas

      Dermatofibromas are harmless round, red-brownish skin growths that are most commonly found on the arms and legs. Dermatofibromas contains scar tissue and feel like hard lumps in the skin.

      The cause of dermatofibromas is not known.
      What Are the Symptoms of Dermatofibromas?

      The symptoms of dermatofibromas include:

      * A red, brown or purple growth that can change colors over time
      * A growth that is as small as a BB pellet
      * Tenderness, pain and itching; however, growths also can be painless
      * A dimple that appears when the growth is pinched

      Epidermoid Cysts

      Epidermoid cysts, also called sebaceous cysts, are benign (non-cancerous) skin cysts formed from blocked oil glands in the skin. Most commonly, epidermoid cysts are found on the genitals, trunk and back; but, they also can occur in other areas of the skin.
      What Are the Symptoms of Epidermoid Cysts?

      In general, epidermoid cysts have a round appearance. A dark portion of the cyst is visible on the skin. If the cysts become infected, they will become red and tender. When the cysts are squeezed, they can produce a cheesy white discharge.

      Folliculitis

      Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles. It can be caused by an infection in the hair follicles, by chemical irritation or by physical irritation (for example, shaving or friction from clothing). Typical body sites that are involved in folliculitis include the face, thighs and scalp.

      Folliculitis is more common in people who have diabetes mellitus. It also is more common in people who are obese or have compromised immune systems.
      What Are the Symptoms of Folliculitis?

      The main lesion in folliculitis is a papule or pustule with a central hair. The hair shaft in the middle of the lesion may not be seen.

      Other symptoms include:

      * Multiple red pimples and/or pustules on hair-bearing areas of the body
      * A rash
      * Itching skin

      Keratoacanthoma

      A keratoancanthoma occurs when cells in a hair follicle do not grow normally. The growth apparently is triggered by a minor skin injury in an area that previously had suffered sun damage. Ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure is the biggest risk factor in keratoacanthomas.

      A keratoacanthoma usually will appear on sun-damaged skin as a thick growth that has a central crusted plug.

      Keratoacanthomas appear most often in people who are over the age of 60.
      What Are the Symptoms of a Keratoacanthoma?

      Keratoacanthomas are rapidly growing, red, dome-shaped bumps with central craters. Some keratoacanthomas can grow to extremely large sizes, occasionally 3 to 6 inches in diameter.

      Keratosis Pilaris

      Keratosis pilaris (commonly called KP) appears as "chicken skin bumps" on the skin. These bumps usually appear on the upper arms and thighs. They also can appear on the cheeks, back and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris, while unattractive, is harmless.
      What Are the Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris?

      This disorder appears as small, rough bumps. The bumps are usually white or red, but do not itch or hurt. Keratosis pilaris is usually worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin becomes dry. It also may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.

      Lipomas

      Lipomas are subcutaneous soft tissue tumors or nodules that usually are slow-growing and are considered benign (not harmful). They have a firm, rubbery consistency. Lipomas tend to form on the trunk, shoulders, neck, but can appear elsewhere on the body.
      What Are the Symptoms of Lipomas?

      Lipomas can appear as solitary nodules or in groups. Most lipomas are less than 5 cm in diameter and are asymptomatic, but they can cause pain when they compress nerves.

      Neurofibromas

      Neurofibromas are soft, fleshy

  31. QUESTION:
    Lump on Back of Neck Below Hairline on the Right Side?
    I am 14 years old. I went to the doctors yesterday, but I didn't know about it. But I remember her feeling my neck so I think she would have caught it. But anyway, it is about hairline, on the right side, and it is under the skin. it may stick out more if I lean my head forward. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, prudent* to see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some common genetic mutations?
    I know red hair is one, but what else?

    • ANSWER:
      i don't think red hair is. i'm pretty sure it's just a variation on brown, like how green eyes are a version of brown eyes (a common dominant trait). which if it is a variation on brown hair it would explain why i am a brunette yet i have serious orange undertones (like i look like a redhead in bright sunlight).

      some common mutations:
      not a specific one, but in the BRCA1/2 genes -- they can cause various cancers (breast, ovarian, endometrial, pancreatic, male breast cancer, prostate cancer, a couple others that i can't think of at the moment).
      polydactyly -- extra digits. not very harmful, and not really a problem (some doctors will tell parents an extra digit doesn't need to be removed because it's just chillin' and isn't causing any problems so why go through surgery if you don't need to?)
      a polymorphism is a location on a chromosome where a mutation is likely to occur, but doesn't cause any known phenotypic change/problem. (genotypically, the cell is mutated, but phenotypically there is no disease caused, no appearance changes, etc.)
      cancer of any sort -- some cancers are caused by telomerase being activated so the cells live forever and just keep dividing uncontrollably.
      thymidine dimers -- UV radiation causes thymine nucleotides next to each other in the DNA strand to fuse together. if they are not excised and fixed, they cause a problem during DNA replication leading to some problem or another (depending on where the mutation is located) and then skin cancer develops.
      melanoma is a specific skin cancer, which (if i remember correctly), is where the thymidine dimer is in the gene for melanin (the skin pigment), and when the dimer isn't fixed then too much melanin is produced (which is why you get tan), but in just the wrong place you also get the uncontrolled cell growth, which is the cause of the growth of moles on people in various places (armpits, legs, ears, neck, back, arms, etc.) moles are often normal and benign (i have a really small one actually), but they can sometimes (and not too uncommonly) be malignant and cancerous (one of my dad's cousins had to have a mole removed because it was actually a skin cancer tumor)
      a certain mutation renders an individual incapable of digesting a certain amino acid (phenylketoneuria is the name) and so foods containing it must be avoided.
      there is a certain gene called follstatin that has a mutation of sorts in it which is considered a main cause of polycystic ovaries syndrome (not the specific cause of the disease, but it is a key component of the condition). it prevents normal maturation of the egg follicle in the ovary and causes a cyst to develop (rather than an egg being released), and so the ovary becomes quite calloused from much scar tissue.
      i don't know the specific mutations themselves, but some diseases caused by mutations:
      fragile X
      angelman's
      beckwith syndrome
      cri-du-chat
      coffin-sirus
      duchenne muscular dystrophy (mutation in the dystrophin gene leads to lack of dystrophin production which is critical in muscle regeneration)
      cystic fibrosis
      neurofibromatosis
      prader-willi syndrome
      tay-sachs
      sickle-cell
      achondroplasia (aka dwarfism)
      primordial dwarfism (the people are only up to about 2'6")
      albinoism
      HNPCC (a type of hereditary colon cancer--hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer)
      crohn's disease
      some forms of deafness are genetic
      huntington's
      alzheimer's may be genetic
      marfan syndrome
      microcephaly
      progeria (severe and fast aging disease)
      retinoblastoma (a type of childhood eye cancer)
      xeroderma pigmentosum (lack exonucleases, so can't do DNA repair, so can't go out in the sun because cancer is much easier and much more likely to develop...the thymidine dimers can't be repaired)
      severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)

      NOT mutations:
      down syndrome -- caused by an entire extra chromosome, not just a change in one
      red hair -- again, i'm pretty sure it's just a variation of brown.

      google it and see what you find. you might want to try looking at the genome map at the NIH website. it tells you all the genes they know about so far and what the gene product is. because i'm sure you've had enough of my answer by now. :)

  33. QUESTION:
    Can a benign cyst be painful or are just cancerous cysts painful?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.
      OR

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days,

      Prudent* to see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  34. QUESTION:
    What does this mean, there is an anterior fundal adenomyosis lesion?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - 'anterior' means 'in front of'.

      You have a benign (non cancerous) growth in the front of your womb (towards the skin of your tummy).

      Could be a fibroid; very common.

      Speak to your doctor, if you are worried.

      Links below.

      Good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    skin tags what is the cause and why do we get them?
    I seem to be getting skin tags appearing on my neck and chest and i have no idea why. They just seem to appear from no where and i know they can be removed but how do they appear? they arent that sightly and fed up that they keep popping up all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      Although it is not yet established exactly what causes skin tags, the following factors seem to play a role:

      -- High levels of growth - particularly during pregnancy (where the hormones are affected) or in cases of acrogmegaly (known as gigantism).

      -- Insulan resistance caused by diabetes.

      -- The wart virus (human papilloma virus). Although this virus does not cause skin tags, it can be a contributing factor.

      -- Body builders and other athletes who use illegal steroids can actually cause the skin tags through the pills or drugs they are ingesting. Taking steroids interferes with the body and muscles, which in turn can affect the skin causing the collagen fibers to bond in such a way that skin tags are formed.

      The skin tag is a tumor in the sense that it is a growth. However, you can take comfort in the fact that it is a benign non-cancerous raised skin tumor. Benign means that it is harmless and not malignant. But if you are not confident that what you see are skin tags, then it is wise to have them checked out by your doctor for your own peace of mind.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the main difference between tumor and cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      A tumor is basically an abnormal growth or swelling of something. Tumors can be benign, that is, non-cancerous. An example of this would be a lipoma, which often manifest as fatty encapsulated lumps beneath the skin of the arms, neck or back. They are unsightly, but do no harm.

      A cancer is a malignant growth, and this can be distinguished by whether or not it grows in an 'aggressive' manner, invades surrounding tissues and metastasizes to other areas of the body. cancer is literally runaway cell growth, the cellular replication machinery is unable to shut down.
      Some benign tumors can compromise health, if they grow large enough to compress or obstruct other organs, like adrenal gland tumors, pituitary tumors and uterine fibromas.

  37. QUESTION:
    views on medical marijuana as a cancer patient/caregiver?
    I'm just wondering where everyone stands. When I was first diagnosed I had so many friends and family (many very conservative) offering to 'hunt' some down for me and I don't understand what the benefits would actually be. What could it possibly offer in terms of treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      New research is beginning to show a myriad of benefits in various cancers. Aside from the usual claims of helping combat chemo's side effects, lack of appetite and insomnia, it is now becoming known that cannabinoids may play a role in actually preventing and/or curing various cancers.
      Here's a recent study from New Zealand:
      Dunedin, New Zealand: Cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell survival and "could be useful in the treatment of cancer," according to a forthcoming review to be published in the journal Cancer Letters.

      Investigators at the University of Otago (New Zealand), Department of Pharmacology, reported, "[C]annabinoids have been shown to have anti-proliferative, anti-mestatic, anti-angiogenic and pro-apoptotic effects in various cancer types (lung, glioma, thyroid, lymphoma, skin, pancreas, uterus, breast, and prostate carcinoma) using both in vitro and in vivo models.

      Previous trials have reported that cannabinoids can selectively target and kill malignant cancer cells while ignoring healthy cells, as well as reduce the growth of new blood vessels to cancerous tumors.

      A 2008 review by investigators at the University of Wisconsin concluded, "[T]here is overwhelming evidence to suggest that cannabinoids can be explored as chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of cancer."

      Commenting on the forthcoming review, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: "Cannabinoids may one day represent a new class of non-toxic anti-cancer drugs that can halt the spread of the disease without inducing the painful and life-threatening side effects of chemotherapy. It is shameful that politics and US government propaganda have halted the research and exploration of these compounds as anti-cancer agents."

  38. QUESTION:
    Can i take the medication tetraciclina for a seollen lymph node?

    • ANSWER:
      Self-medication, in the absence of medical supervision by a qualified doctor [with allopathic drugs] is most unsafe.

      ***Many of the questioners on this ‘most benevolent Yahoo Answers site’ don't react. If every questioner is benefited and reacts, there shall be more and more enlightened & benevolent souls to help mass visitors.***

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      Everyone MUST be aware of--------Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., —Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, prudent* to see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  39. QUESTION:
    Are you more likely to get swollen lymph nodes if you're skinny?
    I used to get swollen lymph nodes quite often as a child and the doctor said it was because I was very skinny. I found some lumps on my neck the other day and my mum says they are probably swollen lymph nodes. They are mobile but they hurt to touch. They're about the size of a marble. Is it true that you are more likely to get them when you're skinny? I have been diagnosed with anorexia but I really don't think I am skinny. I think I am quite the opposite. I'm 15 and I haven't been sick recently. Help please?

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing like that.

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a boil, abscess, cyst, tumor [benign/malignant], fibroid mass. If possible identify it properly.

      Lymphatic System is ‘nothing’ but scavenging system collecting blocked energy with toxins, dead cells, pus, etc., from each and every organ and putting the debris into 5 excretory channels, feces, urine, skin, lungs and menses[ladies]1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      • 2. Tumor*—Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      3. Fibroid: Benign Tumours are also called fibroids.

      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      Anyways, U may see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.

      Target therapy can address such issues.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health

  40. QUESTION:
    what would happen if you picked a hanging mole off?
    ive got loads of themand imsick of them,i know the hospital dont take themoff for cosmetic reasons,but if yiu picked one does it bleed a lot?does it heal up?thanks for answers

    • ANSWER:
      The actual term for them is skin tags or the medical term acrochordons. These are non-cancerous growths that are not painful but you are right, they can be ugly and usually, there are a lot of them. If you pull them off, expect pain and bleeding and since you will probably not have it "rip" right at the base, expect a little take to remain. If you have that many and they are bothering you, then finding a dermatologist, wound care specialist or surgeon who can easily remove all that you have in one sitting. Once removed, they do not come back though you may have others develop.

  41. QUESTION:
    Weird Spots On My Leg What Could They Be?
    This morning i woke up and saw i had 3 spots on my leg two of them are red but one is yellow im quite worried about this because im only 13 they are on my left leg help

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible (dermatologist or primary care), for consultation. This is a harmless dermatofibroma. Those knot or spots of benign fibrous tissue commonly appear on the legs where the skin has been mildly inflamed, by an insect bite or splinter, for example. Though often confused with moles, those nodules are harder, may itch, and are sometimes purple or red. And unlike potentially cancerous skin growths, they don't change shape or color, are uniformly colored, have clearly defined edges, and generally don't bleed. Removal is not only unnecessary but can also leave a scar larger than the original bump.

      Skin spots (non cancerous). Those spots are the hallmark of vitiligo, a relatively common disorder that destroys pigment cells in the skin. In addition to skin dyes, there are treatments that aim to restore some of the skin's color by stimulating any remaining pigment cells. The usual technique uses topical drugs called psoralens followed by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. This may not be your case but probably just a simple rash or irritating bumps.
      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    Hard pea sized swollen lymph node above right collarbone?
    Hi. I am 17 years old female.1 week before i got this Hard pea sized swollen lymph node above right collarbone and i immediately consulted a doctor. But his medicines didnt worked at all. With this i have cough and running nose and i feel pain in left kidney sometimes, and even i feel fatigue, tiredness without doing any work. These things are very unusual to me. But I don't have lymph nodes on any other part of body. What is it? I am really confused?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please, don’t be panicky. Study it carefully and discuss with Ur family members/friends and implement it for a month. By His grace, let us wish, U shall be fine in a few weeks.

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      Everyone MUST be aware of--------Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., —Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, severe hair loss [with excessive accumulated heat in the body], FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, U may see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  43. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about ovary cyst?
    I have been going through a lot of pain recently. I went for a scan and it turns out I have a 10cm cyst on one of my ovaries. I am going for an operation on Friday. I'm not really worried at all, but my mum seems pretty worried. I'm 15 btw. Also they hope to remove it by keyhole surgery. The thing is I have concert tickets for the following tuesday, do you think I would be okay to go? And should I be worried about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello
      my mum has Ovarian cysts and also polops. She went and had tests done and everything was ok. Many people have them. A polop is the same as an Ovarian cyst, but it is in other places, not on the ovary. She had a polop removed and tested and it was normal. She has others which have been left. As yours is quite large, they are removing it as it is probably giving you pain or other symptoms. Do not worry as keyhole surgery heals fast and is less risky than open surgery and keyhole has less risks. You maybe ok for your concert and I hope you are. But just remember your health comes first and is more important than a concert. There will be other concerts and your recovery is the top priority.

      An ovarian cyst is a sac of tissue that develops inside an ovary. It is very common, usually painless and will often go away without treatment.
      Ovarian cysts can affect women of any age.
      Most ovarian cysts are small, although some may reach a large size. There are two main types:

      * Functional ovarian cysts (the most common type). These are harmless cysts that are short-lived and formed as part of the menstrual cycle.
      * Pathological cysts. These are growths in the ovaries that are either benign (harmless) or malignant (cancerous).

      What are cysts?
      Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can grow in any part of the body. They can vary in size and content.
      Some cysts are solid and may be called tumours (pathological cysts). This does not mean they are cancerous (tumour is just the medical name for a swelling).

      Do they cause problems?
      Most ovarian cysts are small, benign and do not produce any symptoms.
      Larger cysts may cause problems, such as pain and swelling in your abdomen.

      What is the treatment?
      Most ovarian cysts disappear after a few weeks without treatment.
      If the cyst is large or is causing symptoms, it will probably be removed.

      Cancer
      Very occasionally, an ovarian cyst is an early form of ovarian cancer. However, ovarian cysts are very common and about 95% are non-cancerous. So do not worry as the chance it is cancer is very very very slim indeed.

      Treatment.
      Laparoscopy

      Smaller cysts can sometimes be removed using a surgical technique called laparoscopy. This is a type of keyhole surgery in which two small cuts are made in the lower abdomen and gas is blown into the pelvis to lift the wall of the abdomen away from the organs inside.

      A laparoscope (a small, tube-shaped microscope with a light on the end) is then passed into the abdomen so the surgeon can see the internal organs. Using tiny surgical tools, the surgeon can remove the cyst through the small skin cuts. Sometimes the surgeon just take a sample of the cyst to see what type it is.

      The cuts are then closed using dissolvable stitches. This operation takes about half an hour, depending on the size and type of cyst. Most women are able to go home the same day.
      This type of operation is the preferred approach, because it causes less pain, helps to preserve fertility and allows you to return to normal activity sooner.

      Laparotomy
      If there is a risk that the cyst is cancerous, you may be advised to have a more serious operation called a laparotomy.
      For this operation, a larger cut is made across the top of the pubic hairline to give the surgeon better access to the cyst. The whole cyst is taken out and sent to a laboratory to check that it is not cancerous. The skin is closed using stitches. You may have to stay in hospital overnight or for a few days.

      I am sure you will be ok and try not to worry. Hope my answer calms you and I bet you will have the keyhole type, Take care

  44. QUESTION:
    should i be worried about a lymph node the size of a pea in groin area?
    should i be worried? also i'm just starting to get a cold would that be the cause of it? thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please, don’t be panicky. Study it carefully and discuss with Ur family members/friends and implement it for a month. By His grace, let us wish, U shall be fine in a few weeks.

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      Everyone MUST be aware of--------Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., —Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, severe hair loss [with excessive accumulated heat in the body], FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, U may see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why are lasers useful in surgery?
    Why are lasers useful in many kinds of surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Laser stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers work by producing an intense beam of bright light that travels in one direction. The laser beam can cut, seal or vaporize skin tissue and blood vessels. The laser has the unique ability to produce one specific color (wavelength) of light that can be varied in its intensity and pulse duration. Ordinary light from non-laser sources is composed of many different colors and appears white. This broad spectrum of light can also be pulsed to a specific duration and varied in intensity as well as the exact range of wavelengths. This allows broad spectrum Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) the ability to specifically treat blood vessels and pigmentation. The wavelength and power output of a particular laser or IPL typically determines its medical application. When the laser or IPL light is directed at skin tissue, its light energy is absorbed by water or pigments found in the skin. Water is found in large amounts in all living cells. Pigments of the skin include hemoglobin, a protein that makes blood red, and melanin, the tan or brown-colored pigment. All three targets absorb laser light of different colors.
      Lasers are used to treat many kinds of cancer. In the intestines or large bowel, lasers are used to remove colon polyps, small growths that may become cancer. The CO2 laser can be used to treat pre-cancerous tissue and very early cancers.
      Lasers are also used to remove tumors blocking the swallowing tube (esophagus) and large intestine (colon). Although this procedure does not cure the cancer, it relieves some symptoms, such as trouble swallowing.

  46. QUESTION:
    A 25-year old undergoes radiotherapy for a cancerous growth in her neck. The?
    radiotherapy destroys the endocrine glands in her neck. what symptoms or problems might result from the radiotherapy? What treatment will she need?

    • ANSWER:
      Radiation therapy (also radiotherapy or radiation oncology, sometimes abbreviated to XRT) is the medical use of ionizing radiation as part of cancer treatment to control malignant cells (not to be confused with radiology, the use of radiation in medical imaging and diagnosis). Radiotherapy may be used for curative or adjuvant cancer treatment. It is used as palliative treatment (where cure is not possible and the aim is for local disease control or symptomatic relief) or as therapeutic treatment (where the therapy has survival benefit and it can be curative). Total body irradiation (TBI) is a radiotherapy technique used to prepare the body to receive a bone marrow transplant. Radiotherapy has several applications in non-malignant conditions, such as the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, severe thyroid eye disease, pterygium, pigmented villonodular synovitis, prevention of keloid scar growth, and prevention of heterotopic ossification. The use of radiotherapy in non-malignant conditions is limited partly by worries about the risk of radiation-induced cancers.

      Radiotherapy is used for the treatment of malignant tumors (cancer), and may be used as the primary therapy. It is also common to combine radiotherapy with surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or some mixture of the three. Most common cancer types can be treated with radiotherapy in some way. The precise treatment intent (curative, adjuvant, neoadjuvant, therapeutic, or palliative) will depend on the tumour type, location, and stage, as well as the general health of the patient.

      Radiation therapy is commonly applied to the cancerous tumour. The radiation fields may also include the draining lymph nodes if they are clinically or radiologically involved with tumour, or if there is thought to be a risk of subclinical malignant spread. It is necessary to include a margin of normal tissue around the tumour to allow for uncertainties in daily set-up and internal tumor motion. These uncertainties can be caused by internal movement (for example, respiration and bladder filling) and movement of external skin marks relative to the tumour position.

      To spare normal tissues (such as skin or organs which radiation must pass through in order to treat the tumour), shaped radiation beams are aimed from several angles of exposure to intersect at the tumour, providing a much larger absorbed dose there than in the surrounding, healthy tissue.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a lump growing in my armpit?
    ANyone know why I might have a sore lump in my armpit?
    37 year old male.
    Slightly over weight.
    Depressed (but who isn't.)
    Also I have no medical insurance and don't have a way to pay for a doctor. Oh I love working for a temp service :)

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please, don’t be panicky. Study it carefully and discuss with Ur family members/friends and implement it for a month. By His grace, let us wish, U shall be fine in a few weeks.

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      Everyone MUST be aware of--------Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., — Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, severe hair loss [with excessive accumulated heat in the body], FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, U may see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I tell if its a tumor?
    I have a little bump behind my ear and it does not seem normal to me! My mom had a tumor the same place when she was my age and its really freaking me out! can anyone tell me how I can find out what it is without going to the doctors? and If it is a tumor what the procedure to get rid of it would be like? PLEASE, THANKS!!

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, please, don’t be panicky. Study it carefully and discuss with Ur family members/friends and implement it for a month. By His grace, let us wish, U shall be fine in a few weeks.

      Any lump*/lymph node enlargement*, in any part of the body on the skin, is a sign of blocked energy + toxins in the lymphatic system. It may be a cyst, tumor [benign/malignant]. If possible identify it properly or U may use both medicines alternatively mentioned hereunder, for the best possible cure in 45 days.

      Everyone MUST be aware of--------Any Cancer, lupus, HIV/AIDS, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, etc., —Common Symptoms:
      Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, severe hair loss [with excessive accumulated heat in the body], FATIGUE-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].

      1. Cyst*— Cyst. A cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material. A cyst can form in any part of the body, including bones, organs and soft tissues. Most cysts are non-cancerous (benign). Some common examples of cysts include sebaceous cysts, small bumps that form just beneath the skin, and ovarian cysts. It's important to note, however, that nearly all cancers are capable of producing cysts. (A sac containing liquid secretion or pus).
      •2. Tumor*— Tumor. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue. Like a cyst, a tumor can form in any part of the body. A tumor can be benign or cancerous (malignant).
      To determine whether a cyst or tumor is benign or malignant, a sample of the affected tissue — or, in some cases, the entire suspicious area — is removed and studied under a microscope. This is known as a biopsy. A swelling on any of the cutaneous, mucous or serous surface of any part of the body of independent growth.
      •1. Cure for Cyst-----------—Mixture of CF 3.x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, NM 3x and S 12x.

      2.Cure for Tumor----—Mature of CF 12x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, KM 3x, KP 3x, KS 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x and S 12x. For small children's bloody tumour-CF 3x is useful

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      U may try both medicines alternatively. If not curable in 45 days, then
      anyways, U may see a general surgeon/local homeopath/dermatologist for physical examination, relevant investigations, accurate diagnosis and permanent cure by medication and or surgical interference.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  49. QUESTION:
    Do chemical peels really work? Is it worth it?
    I have terrible skin..
    I seen that a local spa does chemical peels and I'm thinking about getting one..
    I'm only 20 though... does that matter?
    And does it hurt... can it turn out bad? and how long would it take to heel?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are 3 different types of peels, using 3 different kinds of chemicals - Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and Phenol. The AHA peel is the mildest one of the 3, only helping you with the first few layers of the skin - this one is recommended for acne, and unusual pigmentation. The second one, using TCA, is a little bit deeper peel than the first one, and is recommended for wrinkles, deeper pigmentation, and blemishes. The third one, using Phenol, is the deepest of the 3 and is recommended for deep wrinkles, areas of blotchy or damaged skin due to sun exposure, and pre-cancerous growths. All 3 treatments can cause scarring or infection - but it is unlikely. Since the AHA peel is the mildest, you won't require a lot of recovery time, the most it causes is redness and iritation. You will have to stay out of the sun for a bit after getting the TCA treatment though and it might cause some discoloration. If you decide to get the Phenol peel, however, not only will you come out looking paler but you will also have to stay out of the sun for months because it affects the layer of skin that is responsible for pigmentation.

      It is safe no matter what age and you typically won't see bad results. I haven't seen anything regarding pain, so I'm assuming it's either bearable or non-existant.


non cancerous skin growth

Keratosis Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long does it take a cancerous actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?
    10% of actinic keratosis may be pre-cancerous. How long would it take one to turn into cancerous spot?

    • ANSWER:
      For the 10% that does become cancer, the time it takes depends on a lot of things. It depends on the individual, their general state of health (immunocompromised people can't fight off cancer as well as others), and the other things they might do to increase their chances of getting cancer in general (like smoking, not exercising, not eating the right foods, exposing their skin to too much sun, etc).
      There are actuarial tables that estimate mortality when you take some of these things into account. Also, treatment makes a big difference.

  2. QUESTION:
    How fast can skin cancer spread and grow? does it take days, weeks, or months?
    I see all of these things that say... you need to catch skin cancer early. But nothing says what early means, does this mean every time i see an abnormal thing on my skin i should run to the doctor? Or should I wait a day, or a week, or a month?

    When people go to the doctor and the cancer is in it's late stages, were they an hour too late, a day too late, a week too late, 10 years to late?

    Seriously... cancer sites need to put more information out there about rate of growth and timing.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several degrees of 'skin cancer' ... malignant melanoma (a mole with an uneven shape, raised, dark color or mixed color) is the very worst and you should see a doctor within two weeks of noticing a new mole that isn't perfectly round or is slightly raised. There is also keratosis ... skin cancer that older people get, especially when they have been sunburned when young. This looks like a freckle, but if you touch it there is some tenderness, as if it's a 'scab' ... show those to your doctor at your annual check up, or your next check up ... the doctor will 'watch' them for you, and if they turn to an 'active' cancer you will be advised you need surgical removal. Many people get these taken off in the office (outpatient surgery) and are just fine ... but a few go on to develop serious skin cancer or malignant melanoma later in the same spot.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does tanning in the sun lead to cancer or not?
    Is there any way to get a safe, natural tan without having a risk of getting cancer?
    If I have really pale skin is it even a better chance that the sun will do damage to my skin? Do I need to wear a ton of sunblock?

    • ANSWER:
      YES!

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      Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer
      Many people love the warm sun. The sun's rays make us feel good, and in the short term, make us look good. But our love affair isn't a two way street: Exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and age spots on our faces. Consider this: One woman at age 40 who has protected her skin from the sun actually has the skin of a 30-year-old!

      We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin color obtained from being in the sun – or in a tanning booth – actually accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.

      Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers breakdown, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily -- taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you're young, it will definitely show later in life.

      How Does the Sun Change My Skin?
      Exposure to the sun causes:

      Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions - caused by loss of the skin's immune function
      Benign tumors
      Fine and coarse wrinkles
      Freckles
      Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation;
      Sallowness -- a yellow discoloration of the skin;
      Telangiectasias -- the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin;
      Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic tissue causing lines and wrinkles.
      What Causes Skin Cancer?
      Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of all cancers in the U.S. and the number of cases continues to rise. It is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This rapid growth results in tumors, which are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

      There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are less serious types and make up 95% of all skin cancers. Also referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers, they are highly curable when treated early. Melanoma, made up of abnormal skin pigment cells called melanocytes, is the most serious form of skin cancer and causes 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Left untreated, it can spread to other organs and is difficult to control.

      Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer, but UV light from tanning beds is just as harmful. Exposure to sunlight during the winter months puts you at the same risk as exposure during the summertime.

      Cumulative sun exposure causes mainly basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, while episodes of severe sunburns, usually before age 18, can cause melanoma later in life. Other less common causes are repeated X-ray exposure and occupational exposure to certain chemicals.

      Go read more!

  4. QUESTION:
    Does every skin cancer start with a mole?
    i was just wondering if every skin cancer had to begin in a mole.

    • ANSWER:
      No, Skin cancers are of 3 major types: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.
      Skin cancer is the most common of all human cancers.
      Cancer occurs when normal cells undergo a transformation during which they grow and multiply without normal controls.

      Medical professionals often refer to these changes as dysplasia. Some specific dysplastic changes that occur in skin are as follows:

      * Actinic keratosis is a patch of red or brown, scaly, rough skin, which can develop into squamous cell carcinoma.

      * A nevus is a mole, and dysplastic nevi are abnormal moles. These can develop into melanoma over time.

      Moles are simply growths on the skin. They are very common. Very few moles become cancer.

      An individual's moles usually look pretty much alike. A mole that looks different from the others should be examined by your health care provider.

      Dysplastic nevi are not cancer, but they can become cancer.

  5. QUESTION:
    Seborrheic Keratosis - Is there a correlation between this and exposure to ionizing radiation in WWII?
    Is there a correlation between skin cancer and exposure to ionizing radiation in WWII? I am talking about exposure to the radiation in Nagasaki approximately 2 - 3 weeks after the bomb was dropped.

    • ANSWER:
      no, that radiation would likely promote skin cancers right away not this far out. this is likely sun damage on fair skin color, watch if it changes, then have it seen right away, good luck

  6. QUESTION:
    Does acnitic keratosis always turn into squamous cell carcinoma or can it also turn into basal cell carcinoma?
    Prior to 3 areas developing on my chin that will not go away, for several years I had an area on my chin that was wart-like, it was small and skin colored and from the research I have done it is called acnitic keratosis(pre-cancer). It would come and go. But now I have the sores on my chin that won't go away for 2 months now. I do have an appointment at the end of this month with the dermatologist and I am on the cancellation list. Unfortunately I am one that loves the sun, I just returned from an Island and prior to going I did use the tanning bed like I do every year. I also have a Hx of CA in my family , my mother had breast CA and alot of my aunts and uncles on my mothers side has had some type of CA. I know with my Hx of CA and sun exposure you are probably saying how stupid could you be?? You just never think it will happen to you until it does. Maybe I'm overdiagnosing but I have to wait a month to find out.

    • ANSWER:
      An actinic keratosis is sometimes a precurser to squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinomas are also caused by excess UVA damage but in a different type skin cell. The ratio of AKs that convert into SCC varies but is around 2-15%. My own estimate is about one in six if the AK is given enough time to keep growing. Here is a new article from PUBMED discussing this same question.

      Eur J Dermatol. 2006 Sep;16(4):335-9. Links
      Actinic keratosis: how to differentiate the good from the bad ones?Quaedvlieg PJ, Tirsi E, Thissen MR, Krekels GA.
      Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Maastricht, P.Debyelaan 25, Postbox 5800 6202 AZ Maastricht, The Netherlands. pqua@home.nl

      Our objective was to obtain practical clinical parameters to indicate those actinic keratoses (AK) that are at risk of becoming invasive. A systematic review of the literature, with focus on randomized trials, retrospective studies and reviews was undertaken. The main outcome measure was the rates and clinical features of AK that transformed into SCC. This study reviewed randomized and retrospective studies and reviews of AK and their risk of becoming SCC. We reviewed a total of 875 studies and identified 62 useful prospective, retrospective studies and reviews. Finally 15 studies covering percentage and/or clinical parameters of malignant transformation were found to be useful: a total of 9 reviews, 4 randomized controlled trials and 2 retrospective studies. Only 1 study (meta-analysis) examined the percentage of malignant transformation and found a rate between 0.025% and 20% per year/per lesion. Clinical parameters found were: induration (3 studies), bleeding (3 studies), enlargement in diameter (3 studies), erythema (2 studies) and ulceration (2 studies). Other minor clinical criteria were pain, palpability, hyperkeratoses, pruritic lesions and pigmentation. The amount of quality research on the most common premalignant lesion in humans is disappointing. The only longitudinal study looking at the incidence of malignant transformation of AK to SCC dates from 1988.Besides the known risk factors (skin type, photodamage, immunosuppression etc), based on this review we found clinical features that provide a practical guide to practitioners in the treatment of AK. Although not prospectively studied, clinical parameters indicating those AK with an increased risk of malignancy are IDRBEU. I (Induration /Inflammation), D (Diameter > 1 cm), R (Rapid Enlargement), B (Bleeding), E (Erythema) and U (Ulceration). In future prospective studies, these parameters should be included.
      PMID: 16935787 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

      Your family history of breast cancer does not influence your own chances of developing skin cancer but your history of tanning and sun exposure certainly does. You can reverse the development of many AKs with the prescription medicine Solaraze (topical diclofenac) if you apply it twice daily for three months or so. AKs that do not respond to Solaraze either need cryosurgery (freezing) or surgical removal. Solaraze will not effectively treat a SCC so if the Dr suspects you have a SCC it is better to treat the suspected SCC first with biopsy and excision and then treat any remaining non threatening AKs with Solaraze. Solaraze will not help if you continue tanning or sun exposure.

      http://www.bradpharm.com/products/Doak/prescription/Solaraze.htm

      If you do end up being diagnosed with SCC then you need to realize that your tanning and heavy sun exposure days are over because once you have one SCC of the skin the chances of you developing a second SCC are increased and will not decrease. Chances are about 40-70% that a person with one biopsy proven SCC will develop another one within five years.

      http://www.aad.org/public/Publications/pamphlets/SquamousCellCarcinoma.htm

      There is some preliminary research that indicates drinking green tea daily might reduce a person's chances of developing skin cancers due to excess sun exposure and possibly help in the DNA repair of UVA damage of the skin. So far the research is not completely convincing but if you like drinking tea it certainly won't hurt any to add tea to your daily diet.

      Skin cancer chemoprevention: strategies to save our skin.Einspahr JG, Bowden GT, Alberts DS.
      Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 245024, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA.

      There are over 1 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the United States. The majority of these are nonmelanoma (NMSCs) and are associated with chronic exposure to ultraviolet light (UV). Actinic keratosis (AK) has been identified as a precursor for SCC, but not for BCC. AKs are far more common than SCC, making them excellent targets for chemoprevention. Cancer chemoprevention can prevent or delay the occurrence of cancer in high-risk populations using dietary or chemical interventions. We have developed strategies that have rational mechanisms of action and demonstrate activity in preclinical models of skin cancer. Promising agents proceed to phase I-III trials in subjects at high risk of skin cancer. UV light induces molecular signaling pathways and results in specific genetic alterations (i.e., mutation of p53) that are likely critical to skin cancer development. UVB-induced changes serve as a basis for the development of novel agents. Targets include inhibition of polyamine or prostaglandin synthesis, specific retinoid receptors, and components of the Ras and MAP kinase signaling pathways. Agents under study include: epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a green tea catechin with antioxidant and sunscreen activity, as well as UVB signal transduction blocking activity; perillyl alcohol, a monoterpene derived from citrus peel that inhibits Ras farnesylation; difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), an inhibitor of ornithine decarboxylase and polyamines; retinoids that target retinoid X receptors and AP-1 activity; and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents that inhibit cylooxygenase and prostaglandin synthesis. We performed a series of Phase I-II trials in subjects with multiple AK. For example, a phase II randomized trial of topical DFMO reduced AK number, suppressed polyamines, and reduced p53 protein. Our goal is to develop agents for use in combination and/or incorporation into sunscreens to improve chemoprevention efficacy and reduce skin cancer incidence.
      PMID: 12903851 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  7. QUESTION:
    how many people detect skin cancer on time to treat?
    this is for an important essay so i need ur help!
    if u cannot find it then could u tell me an interesting hypotheses concerning skin cancer? i would really appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      The vast majority of people with skin carcinomas find them early enough to cure with surgery alone - especially the non-melanoma skin cancer types which are the large majority of cases. Here's some data for your essay from http://www.skincancer.org/Skin-Cancer-Facts/

      * Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.1

      * Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.2

      * One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.3

      * Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.4

      * Nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma and 13 million are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, typically diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.5

      * Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.6 Approximately 65 percent of all squamous cell carcinomas arise in lesions that previously were diagnosed as actinic keratoses. In patients with a history of two or more skin cancers, 36 percent of basal cell carcinomas arise in lesions previously diagnosed as actinic keratoses.7

      * Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US.8 BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.

      * Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer.9 An estimated 700,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the US,10 resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.2

      * Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.11

      * About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.12

      * Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.13

  8. QUESTION:
    My doctor has told me i might be able to have Cryotherapy/Cryosurgery for my stage 3 cervical cancer?
    My cells are in progression to cancer but are not currently. im confused, First she said i have stage III cancer and then she says they have not reached full completion ?????

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Baby_amy.
      I am sorry you are going through this honey. Doctors are nut cases? Kaitlyn that is the most negative statement I've ever heard. My doctors are the sanest people I know.
      Found this at the National Cancer Institute;
      1. What is cryosurgery?

      Cryosurgery (also called cryotherapy) is the use of extreme cold produced by liquid nitrogen (or argon gas) to destroy abnormal tissue. Cryosurgery is used to treat external tumors, such as those on the skin. For external tumors, liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the cancer cells with a cotton swab or spraying device.

      Cryosurgery is also used to treat tumors inside the body (internal tumors and tumors in the bone). For internal tumors, liquid nitrogen or argon gas is circulated through a hollow instrument called a cryoprobe, which is placed in contact with the tumor. The doctor uses ultrasound or MRI to guide the cryoprobe and monitor the freezing of the cells, thus limiting damage to nearby healthy tissue. (In ultrasound, sound waves are bounced off organs and other tissues to create a picture called a sonogram.) A ball of ice crystals forms around the probe, freezing nearby cells. Sometimes more than one probe is used to deliver the liquid nitrogen to various parts of the tumor. The probes may be put into the tumor during surgery or through the skin (percutaneously). After cryosurgery, the frozen tissue thaws and is either naturally absorbed by the body (for internal tumors), or it dissolves and forms a scab (for external tumors).
      2. What types of cancer can be treated with cryosurgery?

      Cryosurgery is used to treat several types of cancer, and some precancerous or noncancerous conditions. In addition to prostate and liver tumors, cryosurgery can be an effective treatment for the following:
      * Retinoblastoma (a childhood cancer that affects the retina of the eye). Doctors have found that cryosurgery is most effective when the tumor is small and only in certain parts of the retina.
      * Early-stage skin cancers (both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas).
      * Precancerous skin growths known as actinic keratosis.
      * Precancerous conditions of the cervix known as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (abnormal cell changes in the cervix that can develop into cervical cancer).

      Cryosurgery is also used to treat some types of low-grade cancerous and noncancerous tumors of the bone. It may reduce the risk of joint damage when compared with more extensive surgery, and help lessen the need for amputation. The treatment is also used to treat AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma when the skin lesions are small and localized.

      Researchers are evaluating cryosurgery as a treatment for a number of cancers, including breast, colon, and kidney cancer. They are also exploring cryotherapy in combination with other cancer treatments, such as hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery.
      3. In what situations can cryosurgery be used to treat prostate cancer? What are the side effects?

      Cryosurgery can be used to treat men who have early-stage prostate cancer that is confined to the prostate gland. It is less well established than standard prostatectomy and various types of radiation therapy. Long-term outcomes are not known. Because it is effective only in small areas, cryosurgery is not used to treat prostate cancer that has spread outside the gland, or to distant parts of the body.

      Some advantages of cryosurgery are that the procedure can be repeated, and it can be used to treat men who cannot have surgery or radiation therapy because of their age or other medical problems.

      Cryosurgery for the prostate gland can cause side effects. These side effects may occur more often in men who have had radiation to the prostate.
      * Cryosurgery may obstruct urine flow or cause incontinence (lack of control over urine flow); often, these side effects are temporary.
      * Many men become impotent (loss of sexual function).
      * In some cases, the surgery has caused injury to the rectum.

      4. In what situations can cryosurgery be used to treat primary liver cancer or liver metastases (cancer that has spread to the liver from another part of the body)? What are the side effects?

      Cryosurgery may be used to treat primary liver cancer that has not spread. It is used especially if surgery is not possible due to factors such as other medical conditions. The treatment also may be used for cancer that has spread to the liver from another site (such as the colon or rectum). In some cases, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy may be given before or after cryosurgery. Cryosurgery in the liver may cause damage to the bile ducts and/or major blood vessels, which can lead to hemorrhage (heavy bleeding) or infection.
      5. Does cryosurgery have any complications or side effects?

      Cryosurgery does have side effects, although th

  9. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know a Good treatment for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have keratosis Pilaris on my legs and I'm looking for a way to treat it. I know there is no cure, I just want to improve the appearance of it.

    • ANSWER:
      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris; however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a dermatologist or family doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the its potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation) .............. ll

  10. QUESTION:
    Best Product For Getting Rid Of Keratosis?
    I have a little keratosis on my forehead and I need to get rid of it! What are the best products?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of keratosis. Actinic keratosis is an early sign of skin cancer. For an accurate diagnosis to know specifically which type you have you should consult a cetified dermatologist.

      Generally speaking, keratosis is the build up of keratin on the skin and can be due to many causes. These areas usually become sore and inflamed.

      With that being said, I would recommend Bioskincare Cream.
      - http://www.healthyskincream.com/

      Depending on the severity of your keratosis, Bioskincare Cream is highly effective to use in conjunction with the oral and/or surgical treatments that dermatologists and medical professionals practice.

      Bioskincare Cream:
      - hypoallergenic
      - softens the tissues
      - supplies the necessary amino acids that are the building blocks of all proteins, especially copper peptides vital for the construction of collagen and elastin which are the support structures of the skin.
      - helps to hydrate dry, damaged skin
      - helps the skin to defend itself against the free radicals that can cause skin cancer thanks to the low molecular weight antioxidants it contains and the copper peptides which stimulate collagen synthesis and have an antioxidant effect

  11. QUESTION:
    What does it look like nonmelanoma cancer look like?
    I have had these to spots on my arm for 3 years they look like they are scars, but they are not. About a week and a half ago one of them starting growing really quickly into a pink bump. Right now it's bigger then a pencil earser. It is getting bigger by the day. And a few days ago it started to hurt. I have pre cancerous melanoma for the last eight years so I know what to look for with that but this is not mole. Thank you for your help

    • ANSWER:
      Anytime any lesion begins to grow and change shape, is an indication that it is time to go to a doctor.

      No one can diagnose a lesion/mole/whateve without actually seeing it. And if you have a hx of melanoma (there is no such thing as pre-cancerous melanoma - melanoma by defination is cancer - do you mean actinic keratosis - that is pre-cancerous changes) then you are at increased risk for more - you really need to see a doctor.

      Although it sounds more like you have an infection or an abcess (growing fast is not good for anything)

  12. QUESTION:
    why is my skin peeling one year after getting the sunburn?
    i went on holiday a year ago i burnt a bit on the top of my arm the area peeled and healed normally but the past few months i have noticed that the area has thick white dry skin and peels off i try moisturising but the dry skin just keeps coming back . The area goes red and blotchy when im warm . Could it be skin cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a condition called solar keratosis. This is pre-malignant. For a proper diagnosis seek local medical advice!

  13. QUESTION:
    could i have skin cancer or what is this?
    okay so i have this spot in the middle of my boobs, and idk what it is. i at first i just thought it was like dry skin but now its like white. its like half a circle and then a couple dots around it, its not very big like smaller than a dime but idk what it is. i lay out alot and i used to go tanning and thats when it got worse. could it be like skin cancer or something? please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like solar keratosis. Benign changes caused by sun exposure. Best to get a doctor to remove it as there is a small chance of developing skin cancer.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does Skin cancer always start on the skin?
    is it possible for it to say develop on the lymph nodes (is that what they are called) first, or does it always begin on the skin and then work its way inwards ?

    sorry if the question is dumb, just curious about this .

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      These small, scaly patches are caused by too much sun, and commonly occur on the head, neck, or hands, but can be found elsewhere. They can be an early warning sign of skin cancer, but it’s hard to tell whether a particular patch will continue to change over time and become cancerous. Most do not, but doctors recommend early treatment to prevent the development of squamous cell skin cancer. Fair-skinned, blond, or red-haired people with blue or green eyes are most at risk.
      Related to actinic keratosis, actinic cheilitis is a precancerous condition that usually appears on the lower lips. Scaly patches or persistent roughness of the lips may be present. Less common symptoms include swelling of the lip, loss of the sharp border between the lip and skin, and prominent lip lines. Actinic cheilitis may evolve into invasive squamous cell carcinoma if not treated.

      WebMD.com

      Beware of Cancer Symptoms: Sudden loss of weight/stamina, anemia, unbearable pains in any organ despite medication, neuralgia, fatigue-getting extremely tired for a little or no work, loss of appetite, unhealed wound in any part of the body for years together, chronic constipation, chronic hemorrhages, hemoptysis. etc. Cancer may affect from any organ to any organ[s]/system[s].
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  15. QUESTION:
    How do you treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have the condition KP (chicken skin) on my legs, upper arms and on the sides of my face. It's a condition where you get bumpy skin but is not itchy or irritated. Also wondering if I got it from the sun because it stops at my ankles and upper thigh. How do I get rid of it? Is there a type of cream or something? Please suggest products! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

      1. How to prevent Sunburn* & scope for consequential skin cancer, Melanoma, etc: Expose Ur body and or the affected parts within 90 minutes from sunrise & within 60 minutes before sunset. Timely exposure of body ensures safe and sufficient production of Vitamin D by Ur body. During strong winds, no exposure to sunlight, please. Any extra exposure shall be @ Ur own risk for skin cancer/melanoma

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  16. QUESTION:
    What do you need to become a cosmetic dermatologist?
    I would like to become one in the future and i was just wondering, what would you need to major in for college and what do you need to learn
    what i would like to be is a true dermatologist...yes.
    but what i need to know is, when im at a regular 4yr college, what would i have to major in and what type of classes would i have to take?

    • ANSWER:
      so what are the things you would like to cover?

      are you talking about becoming an esthetician or a true dermatologist?

      estheticians go to a beauty school.

      dermatologists go to medical school and are not considered "cosmetic"
      if you want to do cosmetic dermatology like plastic surgery, or botox, then you still need to go to medical school. obviously

      if you want to be a true dermatologist, you need to go to medical school. and its not just cosmetics that you deal with.
      youll be dealing with skin cancers, rashes, acne, keratosis pilaris, etc.

      estheticians give facials, pluck eyebrows, etc

  17. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to remove skin tags?
    I'm trying to get rid of one by tying a string around it, (well about to) and i was wondering how long it would take to remove it. Thanks if you help any.

    • ANSWER:
      Skin Tag
      http://www.medicinenet.com/skin_tag/page2.htm How are skin tags treated?

      There are several effective medical ways to remove a skin tag, including removing with scissors, freezing (using liquid nitrogen), and burning (using medical electric cautery at the physician's office).

      Usually small tags may be removed easily without anesthesia while larger growths may require some local anesthesia (injected lidocaine) prior to removal. Application of a topical anesthesia cream prior to the procedure may be desirable in areas where there are a large number of tags.

      Dermatologists (skin doctors), family physicians, and internal medicine physicians are the doctors who treat tags most often. Occasionally, an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) is needed to remove tags very close to the eyelid margin.

      There are also home remedies and self-treatments, including tying off the small tag stalk with a piece of thread or dental floss and allowing the tag to fall off over several days.

      The advantage of scissor removal is that the growth is immediately removed and there are instant results. The potential disadvantage of any kind of scissor or minor surgical procedure to remove tags is minor bleeding.

      Possible risks with freezing or burning include temporary skin discoloration, need for repeat treatment(s), and failure for the tag to fall off.

      There is no evidence that removing tags causes more tags to grow. Rather, there are some people that may be more prone to developing skin tags and may have new growths periodically. Some patients even require periodic removal of tags at annual or quarterly intervals. Do skin tags need to be sent for pathology?

      Most typical small skin tags may be removed without sending tissue for microscopic examination. However, there are some larger or atypical growths that may be removed and sent to a pathologist for examination under a microscope to make sure that the tissue is really a tag and nothing more. Additionally, skin bumps that have bled or rapidly changed may also need pathologic examination. While extremely rare, there are a few reports of skin cancers found in skin tags.
      What else could it be?

      While classic skin tags are typically very characteristic in appearance and occur in specific locations such as the underarms, necks, under breasts, eyelids and groin folds, there are tags that may occur in less obvious locations.

      Other skin growths that may look similar to a skin tag but are not tags include moles (dermal nevus), nerve and fiber-type moles (neurofibromas), warts, and "barnacles" or "Rice Krispies" (seborrheic keratosis).

      Warts tend to be rougher, with a "warty" irregular surface whereas skin tags are usually smooth. Warts tend to be flat whereas tags are more like bumps hanging from thin stalk. While warts are almost entirely caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), tags are only sometimes associated with HPV.

      Groin and genital lesions resembling skin tags may actually be genital warts or condyloma. A biopsy would help diagnose which of these growths are not skin tags. Very rarely, a basal cell skin or squamous cancer or melanoma may mimic a skin tag, but this is very uncommon.

      Is there another medical name for a skin tag?

      Medical terms your physician or dermatologist may use to describe a skin tag include fibroepithelial polyp, acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, and soft fibroma. All of these terms describe skin tags and are benign (noncancerous), painless skin growths. Some people refer to these as "skin tabs" or warts. However, a skin tag is best known as a skin tag.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/skin_tag/page2.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    Why do I have little bumps on my arm, between my elbow and my shoulder and how do I get rid of them?
    They are small un-noticeable (except to touch) bumps on my arm where the biceps are. They usually feel softer when I put moisturiser on them, except this does not get rid of them. How do I get rid of them completely?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that you are talking about Keratosis pilaris and as far as I know its genetic. Here's what I found on the internet. Hope it answers your question:

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      [edit] Treatment

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a Dermatologist or Family Doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the vitamins' potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though can lead to scarring.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation).

  19. QUESTION:
    Does the skin on a fish have any nutritional value?
    I love fish, I eat a lot of it, but always wondered if the skin that's on it has any nutritional value. Are there any added omegas in there?

    • ANSWER:
      Fish skins are healthy but I wouldn't make a diet of it.
      I did a research and I found these two types of fish skins

      1) the fish skinActinic keratosis
      Aging changes in skin
      Allergy skin prick or scratch test
      Allergy testing
      Basal cell carcinoma
      Birthmarks - red
      Cellulitis
      Circumcision
      Cutaneous skin tags
      Dry skin

      Fair skin cancer risks is healthy as it contains omegaOmega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids-3 fattyXanthoma acid.

      2) the fish skinActinic keratosis
      Aging changes in skin
      Allergy skin prick or scratch test
      Allergy testing
      Basal cell carcinoma
      Birthmarks - red
      Cellulitis
      Circumcision
      Cutaneous skin tags
      Dry skin

      Fair skin cancer risks is not healthy as it absorbs all the pollutants in the sea.

  20. QUESTION:
    Are there any good over-the-counter mole or sebborheic keratosis remover creams?
    I know that there are wart remover lliquids that are acidic and are applied over several days; but for moles and what are called sebborheic keratoses, are there any topical treatments?
    (the standard treatment is to freeze them off, I know, but most HMOs are pretty stingy in what they will do.)

    • ANSWER:
      There is a problem with taking a mole of one's self. And that is that moles can be canceres, or can cause cancer. if you've got a mole that's big enough that it's bothering you, I would go and save up the money and get it taken off proffessionally. Maybe your HMO would be more willing to help pay if you got your mole cut off, which I believe is a safer way then frozen off. I have hadc many moles and warts removed, never frozen always cut, and have been very pleased with the end result!

  21. QUESTION:
    Should the United States have universal health care?
    I think we should. To have a system similar to Canada or Great Britain would be a good thing. Who agrees/disagrees?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. I worked in the health insurance field and it is convoluted, complicated, crooked, and crappy. You got VA, TRICARE, Medicaid, Medicare, IHS, privately insured, government or industry workers with partially subsidized insurance, a few free clinics in random places, and oddball charities. And whatever our glorious lawmakers have.VA alone has a different income standard for every single county in the country. They have different levels for vets who put a foot down in Vietnam and those who got out in Guam. Everyone with insurance is to some extent aided by those without insurance, through taxes or increased product costs. Of course many of those safely covered disagree, and don't want change, fearing they will have to pay something-and screw the others!. But this itself is doubtful, with the current system so astronomically high already, and so many giveaways. If more people had access to preventative medicine, costs might well go down. For example, a person gets preventative treatment for solar keratosis, for , or terminal cancer, for ,000, or whatever, depending on how long they last. They can pop into the emergency room for free at that point, or maybe after they are bankrupt! (No, it's not really free-YOU pay!) Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy.
      I saw someone state Medicaid will pay for whatever you can't afford- that is not true. I think even their testimony bears that out. Medicaid covers some disabled people, some people 65 and over, and some of low income, if they have minor children. There are people who have children to get on Medicaid, believe it or not. I was there. edit: this practice of people living off their children is reason enough to end the current system!

      I believe Lari's argument only supports my position.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does all cases of actinic keratosis develop to SCC?
    Should they all be removed by surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the dermatologist that you talk to, generally speaking about one in (six or ) eight actinic keratosis will eventually progress to become a SCC. This process can often be reversed by regular use of a drug like Solaraze.

      http://www.bradpharm.com/products/Doak/prescription/Solaraze.htm

      Apply twice daily and over time most AKs will fade away. Those that do not will probably eventually need freezing or removing.

      Another drug option for actinic keratosis is Aldara. The good thing about Aldara is that it can also be used to treat early SCCs. Aldara is usually applied every other day. Inflammation occurs at the site of the AK or SCC. This continues for 2-4-6 weeks (depending on size of lesion) and then when no more inflammation occurs you quit treating the spot and the AK or SCC will slough off and the area will begin healing. If needed the treatment can be done a second time after a month of rest. It takes a little practice to figure out how to best use Aldara but this certainly beats having to have numerous skin lesions excised surgically.

      http://www.aldara.com/

      Aldara is currently FDA approved for treating AKs and BCC and will soon be approved for treating superficial SCCs. These new immune modifying drugs are the new direction in dermatology for treating skin cancers and other previously difficult to treat skin issues.

      You should also realize that there is much debate in the dermatology community about using these drugs to treat AKs, BCC, and SCC because much of the income of dermatologists has been derived from removing these lesions surgically. Some older Drs refuse to do anything besides cut them out because using drug therapy can really cut into their income.

      Make sure your dermatologist is treating you as a person and not an income stream in whether or not he decides whether a skin lesion needs excising or can be treated with drug therapy.

      btw - Lesions treated with Aldara can look quite inflamed and not good at all after 4-6 weeks of treatment but if you wait another month or six weeks post treatment you will have no scar and won't even be able to tell where the lesion previously was located.

  23. QUESTION:
    what are the diseases that make a person sensitive to light?
    i know migraine is one but i need more.
    kind of diseases that in which a person can't be exposed to direct light of the sun or stay long in it.

    • ANSWER:
      That is an interesting question, but perhaps you can expand on it a little. There are some medical conditions that make sun exposure dangerous because of severe skin damage, like Xeroderma Pigmentosa (XP for short), featured in the Nicole Kidman film "The Others". But there are other conditions like a very rare genetic disorder called keratosis follicularis spinulosa decalvans (KFSD for short), that cause a kind of sensitivity to light called photalgia, where light causes pain in the eyes.

      Diseases like XP cause incredible skin damage with only brief exposure to sunlight, leading to skin cancer and terrible scarring. KFSD, which is technically a genodermatosis, causes problems with even indoor light because the eyes cannot tolerate any form of light without pretty significant eye pain.

      There are other metabolic disorders that also cause an inability to be in the sun or light, but mercifully most are rare or even very rare.

      I have KFSD and have been living in the dark for six years, so I hope you understand my curiosity about your question. Do you or someone you know have this problem? Almost everyone I have ever been in contact with who has been diagnosed with one of these rare condition has been told that they are the only known case in their area - even their country - but we've quickly found out that is not always the case.

  24. QUESTION:
    My friend says she keeps fainting and her hair is falling out?
    I think it may be stress. I told her that she should go see a doctor. She says she will. But does anyone know what may be the problem. She is 17 by the way
    I dont think she has an eating disorder. she is definetly not anorexic or bulemic.

    • ANSWER:
      heat, heart problems, meds, stress, hypothyroidism,
      Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
      does she have any mood swings?

      Early symptoms of PCOS include:

      * Few or no menstrualAbnormal menstrual periods
      Breast - premenstrual tenderness and swelling
      Depression and the menstrual cycle
      Menstrual cramp relief
      Menstrual periods - heavy, prolonged, or irregular
      Painful menstrual periods
      Premenstrual bloating
      Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
      Premenstrual syndrome
      Relief of menstrual cramps
      Vaginal bleeding between periods periods.

      * Heavy, irregular vaginalAnterior vaginal wall repair
      Causes of vaginal itching
      Culture - endocervix
      Hydrocele
      Hysterectomy
      Transvaginal ultrasound
      Vaginal bleeding between periods
      Vaginal cysts
      Vaginal discharge bleedingBleeding
      Bleeding between periods
      Bleeding disorders
      Bleeding gums
      Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (dub)
      Ear discharge
      Gastrointestinal bleeding
      Hemorrhagic stroke
      Nosebleed

      * HairHair loss
      Hair transplant
      Folliculitis, decalvans on the scalp
      Head louse infestation - scalp
      Ringworm of the scalp
      Tinea capitis
      Wood's lamp test - of the scalp and hairHair loss
      Hair transplant
      Male pattern baldness growth (hirsutism) on the faceFace pain, chestAcne, cystic on the chest
      Adenocarcinoma - chest x-ray
      Bronchial cancer - chest x-ray
      Chest mri
      Chest pain
      Chest tomogram
      Chest tube insertion
      Chest tube insertion - series, backBack pain - low
      Back strain treatment, stomachAbdominal pain
      Abdominal pain diagnosis
      Esophagus and stomach anatomy
      Feeding tube insertion - gastrostomy
      Gastric cancer
      Gastric suction
      Gastric ulcer
      Ileus - x-ray of distended bowel and stomach
      Nausea and vomiting
      Roux-en-y stomach surgery for weight loss
      Stomach, thumbs, or toes. More than 70% of women with PCOS complain of these hairHair loss
      Hair transplant

      * AcneAcne
      Acne - close-up of pustular lesions
      Acne on the back
      Acne, cystic on the chest
      Acne, cystic on the face
      Multiple basal cell cancer due to x-ray therapy for acne and oily skinActinic keratosis
      Aging changes in skin
      Allergy skin prick or scratch test
      Allergy testing
      Basal cell carcinoma
      Birthmarks - red
      Cellulitis
      Circumcision
      Cutaneous skin tags
      Dry skin
      Fair skin cancer risks, caused by high androgen levels.

      * DepressionAdolescent depression
      Bipolar disorder
      Depression
      Depression - resources
      Depression among the elderly
      Depression and heart disease
      Depression and insomnia
      Depression and the menstrual cycle
      Depression in children or mood swings. Hormonal changes are a known cause of emotional symptoms.

      http://www.webmd.com/hw/womens_conditions/tw9106.asp

  25. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of Keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:
      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Most of the available treatments are purely symptomatic, the one thing they all have in common is need for repetition and ongoing commitment. Some who seek treatment with the disorder may be prescribed Tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream, often by request.

      Triamcinolone, most commonly sold under the trade name Aristocort, is a synthetic corticosteroid medically approved as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of eczema and also reduces the amount of keratin in pores. It may be of most help to those with keratosis pilaris by reducing red, inflamed bumps. Triamcinolone is typically applied three times a day.

      Tretinoin, most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by causing the outer layer of the skin to grow more rapidly, which decreases the amount of the protein keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. As keratosis pilaris is manifested through excess keratin in the skin, Tretinoin forms a more effective and core approach to treatment than Triamcinolone which forms a largely symptomatic approach. Tretinoin is typically applied once a day before bed.

      An alternative treatment is Adapalene, a retinoid medication which is a more stable compound, less sunlight sensitive and has less general side effects and may be just as effective as Retin-A. Treatment of KP with Adapalene would be considered an "off-label" use of the medication.

      As with Triamcinolone, Tretinoin or any other treatment, once therapy is discontinued, the condition reverts back to its original state. However, skin treated with Tretinoin may take several weeks or more to revert back to its pre-treatment condition, but may at the same time take several weeks or more to show optimal results with the condition commonly worsening initially as underlying keratin is brought to the surface of the skin. Tretinoin is considerably more expensive and dispensed in smaller quantities than Triamcinolone and other treatments. Although it may be the most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is not considered the first line of treatment.[citation needed]

      Unfortunately keratosis pilaris has not been clinically researched for treatment in an unbiased manner, with all claims of success or improvement being purely marketed or anecdotal. The condition is often dismissed outright by practitioners as being presently untreatable,[citation needed] giving mere moisturizing suggestions or reassurance that the condition will improve or cease with age, typically after 30. General practitioners are often unable to identify the condition.[citation needed] Ignorance accompanied with the price, availability, quantity dispensed, time taken for optimal results to be achieved, more serious side effects, adverse reactions and worsening of the condition in the initial treatment phase, coupled with the cheaper, safer and easier availability of other treatments has hindered Tretinoin from showing its potential in the treatment of this condition.[citation needed]

      Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, creams and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Beta hydroxy acids may help improve the appearance and texture of the afflicted skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Coconut oil may also be helpful if applied to afflicted areas while in the shower. Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing, such as tight fitting jeans, is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

  26. QUESTION:
    Ive been noticing hair loss for the last 7 months what should i do to try and treat this problem?
    I thought it was because of the wax hair product i was using so i stopped but after a couple of months i notice that i'm still losing hair. I'm only 20 years old and no one in my family has hair loss problem.

    • ANSWER:
      There are 6 types of hair loss
      1. Alopecia Areata
      This is an auto-immune disease, when the body works against itself, by attacking its' own hair follicles. There is no cure for this condition, but certain medications/products containing Dithranol, Retin A [Tretinoin], Topical Minoxidil, and Zinc are useful to contain the problem.

      2. Androgenetic Alopecia
      In Androgenetic Alopecia, the commonest kind of hair loss condition, individuals find they have got a receding hairline that finally leads to diminished growth at the top. This is genetic in nature, thus its name. Propecia and Minoxidil are best known to treat this condition.

      3. Anagen Effluvium
      Chemotherapy, given to cancer patients, leads to hair loss. Such patients start losing hair as early as after one week of chemotherapy. The chemicals in the radiation therapy take their toll, when such cancer patients start losing hair. The loss, however, lasts only as long as the chemotherapy in most patients, even bringing about a thicker hair growth than before, some time after the radiation therapy is over.

      4. Telogen Effluvium
      This condition happens due to stress. When some individuals face a traumatic event - be it bereavement, separation, any personal loss, failure in an exam, financial loss - they may start losing hair, a few months after the event. In some cases , the hair can grow back, but for some, it may result in permanent baldness.

      5. Scarring Alopecias
      Also called Cicatrichial Alopecias, this belongs to a rare group of diverse hair disorders, which are divided into primary and secondary alopecia. This disorder occurs when hair follicles are destroyed and replaced with a scar tissue, leading to permanent hair loss. Sometimes the hair loss can be gradual, with no symptoms present; while at other times, there can be immense pain, itching or burning. Men and women, especially young adults are prone to this condition. One such alopecia that occurs mostly in teenagers is Keratosis follicularis spinulosa decalvans. Another kind that afflicts black African women is called the Central Centrifugal Alopecia, while Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia can happen to post-menopausal women.

      6. Self-induced Hair loss
      There are two types of this kind of hair loss, when the individual's actions lead to it. One is the Traction Alopecia that is caused by excessive pulling and tightening of hair, as in braiding. This also is found more in African women, who are known to tightly braid their hair or make corn-rows, so much so that the excessive pulling results in the hair breaking and hair-loss. The second kind is Trichotillomania, which is an impulse control disorder in which a person plucks out one's own hair. This normally occurs in infants and children from the age of 9-13; it may be due to some underlying anxiety, compulsion, or stress.

      For more information: http://www.cheappropecia.info/6-general-categories-of-hair-loss.html

  27. QUESTION:
    does anyone know a way to treat and prevent hyperpigmentation?
    i have a problem with hyperpigmentation....scars not fully healing any blemish automatically becomes a HUGE dark spot. I need to figure out a way to treat and try to prevent my hyperpigmentation. Does anyone know how????

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, stay out of the sun and use plenty of sunscreen, also, another site said to use hydroquinone or seek out certain medication from a dermatologist; here is some more information:

      Definition

      Hyperpigmentation is the increase in the natural color of the skin.

      Description

      Melanin, a brown pigment manufactured by certain cells in the skin called melanocytes, is responsible for skin color. Melanin production is stimulated by a pituitary hormone called melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH). Other pigments appear in the skin much less often.

      Causes and symptoms

      Darkened spots on the skin come in several varieties. The most ominous is malignant melanoma, a very aggressive cancer that begins as an innocent mole. The majority of moles (nevus), however, are and remain benign (harmless). The average person has several dozen, and certain people with a hereditary excess may have hundreds. Freckles, age spots, and cafe au lait spots, known as ephelides, are always flat and not as dark. Cafe au lait spots are seen mostly in people with another hereditary disorder called neurofibromatosis. "Port wine stains" are congenital dark red blotches on the skin. Other common dark colorations on the skin are called keratosis and consist of locally overgrown layers of skin that are dark primarily because there is more tissue than normal. A few of these turn into skin cancers of a much less dangerous kind than melanoma.

      Darkened regions of the skin occur as a result of abnormal tanning when the skin is sensitive to sunlight. Several diseases and many drugs can cause photosensitivity. Among the common drugs responsible for this uncommon reaction are birth control pills, antibiotics (sulfonamides and tetracyclines), diuretics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), pain relievers, and some psychoactive medications. Some of the same drugs may also cause patches of discolored skin known as localized drug reactions and representing an allergy to that drug. Sunlight darkens an abnormal chemical in the skin of patients with porphyria cutanea tarda. Several endocrine diseases, some cancers, and several drugs abnormally stimulate melanocytes, usually through an overproduction of MSH. Arsenic poisoning and Addison's disease are among these causes. A condition known as acanthosis nigricans is a velvety darkening of skin in folded areas (arm pits, groin, and neck) that can signal a cancer or hormone imbalance.

      Of particular note is a condition called melasma (dark pigmentation of the skin), caused by the female hormone estrogen. Normal in pregnancy, this brownish discoloration of the face can also happen with birth control pills that contain estrogen.

      Overall darkening of the skin may be due to pigmented chemicals in the skin. Silver, gold, and iron each have a characteristic color when visible in the skin. Several drugs and body chemicals, like bilirubin, can end up as deposits in the skin and discolor it.

      There are a number of other rare entities that color the skin, each in its own peculiar way. Among these are strange syndromes that seem to be birth defects and vitamin and nutritional deficiencies.

      Diagnosis

      The pattern of discoloration is immediately visible to the trained dermatologist, a physician specializing in skin diseases, and may be all that is required to name and characterize the discoloration. Many of these pigment changes are signs of internal disease that must be identified. Pigmentation changes may also be caused by medication, and the drug responsible for the reaction must be identified and removed.

      Treatment

      Skin sensitive to sunlight must be protected by shade or sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or greater. Skin cancers must be, and unsightly benign lesions may be, surgically removed. Laser surgery is an effective removal technique for many localized lesions. Because it spreads so rapidly, melanoma should be immediately removed, as well as some of the surrounding tissue to prevent regrowth.

      Prevention

      Sunlight is the leading cause of dark spots on the skin, so shade and sunscreens are necessary preventive strategies, especially in people who burn easily.

      Key Terms

      Addison's disease
      A degenerative disease that is characterized by weight loss, low blood pressure, extreme weakness, and dark brown pigmentation of the skin.

      Dermatologist
      A physician specializing in the study of skin conditions and diseases

      Diuretic
      A cause of increased urine flow.

      Keratosis
      A skin disease characterized by an overgrowth of skin, which usually appears discolored.

      Lesion
      Any localized abnormality.

      Melasma
      Dark pigmentation of the skin.

      Neurofibromatosis
      Otherwise known as von Recklinghausen's disease, consists of pigmented skin spots and numerous soft tumors all over the body.

      Nevus
      Birthmark or mole.

      NSAID
      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs--aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and many others.

      Porphyria cutanea tarda
      An inherited disease that results in the overproduction of porphyrins.

      Syndrome
      Common features of a disease or features that appear together often enough to suggest they may represent a single, as yet unknown, disease entity.

  28. QUESTION:
    Anyone know about keratosis on the neck?
    i got a keratosis breakout on my neck and theyre really red and swollen, is there anything that could either relieve the redness or get rid of the breakout?

    • ANSWER:
      What is it?
      An actinic keratosis (AK), also known as a solar keratosis, is a scaly or crusty bump that arises on the skin surface. The base may be light or dark, tan, pink, red, or a combination of these. . . or the same color as your skin. The scale or crust is horny, dry, and rough, and is often recognized by touch rather than sight. Occasionally it itches or produces a pricking or tender sensation. It can also become inflamed and surrounded by redness. In rare instances, actinic keratoses can even bleed.

      The skin abnormality or lesion develops slowly and generally reaches a size from an eighth to a quarter of an inch. Early on, it may disappear only to reappear later. You will often see several AKs at a time.

      An AK is most likely to appear on the face, ears, scalp, neck, backs of the hands and forearms, shoulders, and lips - the parts of the body most often exposed to sunshine. The growths may be flat and pink or raised and rough.

      Why is it dangerous?
      AK can be the first step in the development of skin cancer. It is thus a precursor of cancer or a precancer.

      The most common treatment for AK, it is especially effective when a limited number of lesions exist. No cutting or anesthesia are required. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the growths with a spray device or cotton-tipped applicator to freeze them. They subsequently shrink or become crusted and fall off. Some temporary swelling may occur after treatment, and in dark-skinned patients, some pigment may be lost.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can freckles turn into skin cancer?
    One time i got a second degree burn from the sun, ever since then i have had millions of freckles on my shoulders (where i got burnt). They get worse every year, and i was wondering if that could turn into skin cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Wondering if that strange spot on your skin is a freckle, mole, or a form of skin cancer? There are ways to tell. Most people don't really pay much attention to their skin, especially those segments that we can't see easily. Those that are in a high risk group for skin cancer should consider full body photographs made at their dermatologist yearly so that they can keep track of changes in any freckle, mole, or suspicious spots. Take out your mirror and start inspecting because you'll now be able to tell if that little brown spot is a freckle, a mole, or a suspicious area that could indeed be skin cancer.
      Freckles are usually found on the face and the arms as small brown spots. They are more common in summer with sun exposure, after a sunburn, and in higher prevalence with people that are fair skinned and with light or red hair. Freckles are sometimes genetic and do not pose any type of health risk to the people that have them. Freckles don't have a real treatment other than using a sunscreen in the summer, but if you really want them removed there are laser treatments that can rid you of them, or you can cover them with makeup. There are those that believe that freckles add character and depth, especially to faces and shoulders. It is a personal opinion and they shouldn't be immediately thought to be rid of as "imperfections".

      Moles are brown or black growths on the skin. Moles can be in a single formation or in a group and appear anywhere on the body. They usually appear in childhood and cease around the mid-20s. Moles appearing after age 30 are usually suspicious and need to be monitored. The vast majority of moles are benign and don't pose a threat to those that have them

      If any mole bleeds, oozes, itches, or becomes tender and scaly then you will need to see a physician. Changes in any mole that you've had for a while, new moles that pop up, or a mole that becomes tender, should have special attention paid to. There is a simple moniker on when moles become suspicious: A, B, C, D, E.

      Asymmetry: When half of the mole does not match with the other half in size.
      Border: When the edges or borders of a mole are irregular, blurry, and jagged.
      Color: When the color of a mole is not the same, has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.
      Diameter: When the diameter of the mole in question is over the size of a normal pencil eraser.
      Elevation: When part of the mole is raised or becomes elevated from the rest of the skin on the mole.

      Melanoma
      An asymmetrical mole that has uneven borders. It usually is scalloped. They have black, brown, red, white, or blue shades and will be larger than a pencil's eraser. This can be a new mole or manifest in an already existing mole. This is the most serious form of skin cancer and it can spread throughout the body.This is a curable cancer when it caught early.

      Basal Cell Carcinoma
      These are red patches that are pink, red, or white bumps that can bleed or ooze. This can only be a new mole, and doesn't manifest in already existing moles. It is easy to treat and usually isn't fatal.

      Acitinic Keratosis
      Scaly or Crusty bumps that are tan, pink, red, or skin colored. These can also be patches. They are rough and can itch on occasion. You may find that they are tender to the touch. These usually will appear in the lips, face, ears, scalp, neck, forearms, or backs of the hands. They are precancerous, but don't always turn into cancer. Still they should be removed when they are detected.

      Squamous Cell Carcinoma
      This looks like one of three different things: A rough, thick area that looks like a wart, A scaly patch that is red with irregular borders, or an open sore that will crust or bleed. They will not manifest in already existing moles. They are common on the lower lip, face, neck, arms, scalp, backs of hands, and the ears. Another curable cancer when it is detected early.

      If you do find a suspicious mole on you, don't panic and call and make an appointment with a dermatologist. They will be able to tell you if it is okay or if there is further looking needed and a biopsy may be ordered. There are times when they will just excise (cut out) the spot and put in a single stitch, or they may opt to freeze it off. Either way, they will have a better knowledge of what it is and the best method of taking care of it. One way or another, you will now have a better idea to the spots on your body and what they really are.

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  30. QUESTION:
    Does leukoplakia caused by rough teeth still turn cancerous?
    Whenever I close my mouth my bottom lip and tongue ALWAYS rub against my teeth and it causes leukoplakia on my bottom lip/tongue...and I was curious if I should be worried about them turning into cancer?

    Also are there any kind of teeth covers I can put over my teeth to prevent this?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This type of white lesion is called frictional Keratosis. Everyone has this in their mouth to a degree. Most people have a white line in the inside of each cheek, at the level where your teeth bite together, called the linea alba. Many people who grind their teeth get more, as they move their jaw around more than usual.

      Keratosis from friction when looked at under a microscope shows no signs of cell dysplasia. Dysplasia is the first sign of malignant( cancerous) change in cells, so the answer is no - your keratosis from friction will not turn cancerous.
      Just be sure to get it checked, to make sure it is from rubbing against your teeth, as other types of white lesion can be dangerous.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why are there holes under my leg?
    I realised that recently, there has been few small holes under my leg. This has been strange as i observed. The formation of the hole began with a small lump that is hard, then the skin wear off and i could see a hole of in it. When i press it, it was painful.. is this a sign of cancer? or just normal lumps?
    it is small in the beginning and getting bigger all the time till its abt the circumference of a small medical pill..

    • ANSWER:
      How big are the lumps?
      From what you described, it sounds like possible keratosis pilaris, where the skin doesn't properly shed, creating a little bump, which, when removed, leaves a little hole.

  32. QUESTION:
    There should be a cure for Keratosis Pilaris by now?
    You would think that if 40% of the WORLD population, about 2.4 BILLION people, have KP, that's a good enough reason to research a cure for it am I right? Come on, it's not like we're trying to cure cancer here, KP is just a skin disorder...

    • ANSWER:
      I have found a cure that works for me!! Other people need to try it to see if it works for other people too... I've been applying pure coconut oil for a few days (the stuff you eat) and my arms are completely smooth for the first time EVER!!! So excited

  33. QUESTION:
    Will my dentist know if i dip if i have only gone through one tin, which ive had for 3 months?
    I only keep it in for 10 min max.. and i obviously dont do it alot because ive only had one tin in 3 months.. i know off ppl who go through tins a week wud a dentist be able to tell i do?

    • ANSWER:
      By "dipping," I take it you mean chewing tobacco? This can cause staining or your teeth and gums, and also something called "smokeless tobacco keratosis," which is a white patch on the inside of your cheek. White patches are common in smokers and chewers, but are also often precancerous. (96% of oral cancer patients smoke or use tobacco).

      Don't be ashamed to tell your dentist. He or she will probably tell you all the risks of dipping, but they know realistically that you are probably going to do it anyways. :) It's important for them to have a complete and honest history, because this matters a lot when diagnosing and treatment planning. Recreational drugs could interact with drugs or influence healing, and some treatments may fail completely and you could waste a lot of money on something that otherwise wouldn't have been recommended with your history.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about Keratosis Pilaris?
    That stuff that looks like acne. I only just realized that I have a mild case of this and while i read that It has only cosmetic consequences I read that one of the things that causes this is food allergies such as dairy. I used to be lactose intolerant when I was a baby and was wondering if this might be the cause? What do you guys think?

    • ANSWER:
      This from Wiki
      The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Some treatments are largely symptomatic and may need repeating. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with extreme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a dermatologist or family doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the its potential toxic effects. A more safe and effective treatment is applying coconut oil to the affected area. Use the coconut oil when in the shower; this should help eliminate the bumps and may even prevent the return of them permanently.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten and dairy being common culprits.

      Good luck !

  35. QUESTION:
    I have Sun Damaged skin on my face?
    I have sun damage on my face. I heard it leads to cancer. I am worried its the first time i got sun damage that was noticeable. Should i be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. The skin damage from the sun is accumulative. When you get older, it turns into actinic keratosis. Some progress to squamous cell carcinoma. Very nasty.

      Use sunscreen every day. Don't intentionally stay out in the sun. Never go to a tanning bed.

  36. QUESTION:
    What exactly are precancerous cells?
    What exactly is it and how do you get it?

    • ANSWER:
      this is a general laymen's term for the many types of cells that are not following thier normal life (form, divid, die) and have become abnormal. They become cancer when thier rate of division rapidly increases.

      On a pathology report you might see the word dysplastic which is the medical term for it. There are also cell types by many names such as skin cancer which I am familar with; keratosis without treatment might become squamous cell cancer; dysplastic nevus or layman's terms atypical mole, could lead to Melanoma.

  37. QUESTION:
    Does any one know a way to get rid of these bumps on my arms and legs?
    i have these little redish bumps all over my arms and legs when i touch them they get kinda more red.they bug me and i have a class trip including a lot of bikini wearing at the end of the year, please help me

    • ANSWER:
      It's more than likely Keratosis Pilaris, a really common skin condition especially among teenagers. It's harmless unless you get too aggressive treating it or trying to remedy it(aggressively picking or rubbing your skin) which can cause scarring. KP is the result of a build-up of a protein called keratin. The buildup forms a plug in the opening of hair follicles, resulting in many red, raised bumps. It tends to get better as you get older but often it's a lifelong inherited condition. Treating it very regularly (twice daily or at least whenever you shower) is usually necessary to maintain improvement. Some people improve a lot and some don't as much despite treatment though. If you visit online forums you'll also notice that people sometimes have good results with different methods. (But realize that sometimes reviewers, for any kind treatment or product, may not be using something properly or have unreasonable expectations or just have a very different kind of skintype/condition than you may have.)

      Exfoliating the dead skin buildup regularly with a course wet washcloth (or through dry brushing or a wet loofah or buffpuff)and using an acidic moisturizing lotion twice daily is usually the most recommended treatment to improve the appearance of the skin. But be careful especially if you have sensitive skin. And you don't want to use acidic solutions that will overly dry out your skin. Some acid ingredients might be AHA/Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Glycolic Acids, BHA/Salicylic Acid (though make sure its in a formula that is moisturizing) Lactic Acids, Urea, etc...

      Lac-Hydrin Five is a drugstore product that is often tried for KP. It needs to be used regularly though. If you manually over exfoliate you could cause tears in your skin and if you put on an acidic lotion it will hurt! If you haven't over exfoliated and the lotion still inflames your skin you will need to find something else because you have sensitive skin. If you think you need a stronger solution you can consider getting a prescription from your doctor.

      Some all natural remedies are using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil mixed with sugar and used as a scrub. After getting out of the shower Coconut oil rubbed into the skin is helpful too.

      Also, since you said that the class trip is at the end of the year, if you get some (careful) sun exposure to the affected areas before you go it might help a little too. KP often improves with sun exposure during the summer months, but please don't let yourself burn, and also realize that using any acidic products topically makes you more vulnerable to skin damage. Remember that sun damage is cumulative and often the extent of the damage isn't realized until a few years down the road. Carelessness in the sun can cause you to prematurely wrinkle or even worse get skin cancer. So be careful about overexposure ok? (oh any kind of ingredient in a topical product whether makeup or lotion will usually make you more vulnerable to skin damage too) I hope you find something that helps your skin condition.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why does skin wrinkle with age? What is the best way to slow or prevent this process?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal healthy skin has a nice epidermis with a smooth cornified, or outer, layer that acts as a good barrier to water and environmental injury. Skin color and tone is even and unblemished. Components such as collagen (which provides skin firmness), elastin (which supplies skin elasticity and rebound) and glycosaminoglycans or GAGs (which keep the skin hydrated) are all abundant. It is interesting to note that under a microscope a biopsy of a wrinkle exhibits no telltale signs that reveal it to be a wrinkle. So what causes the skin to look wrinkled? It is probably a multi-factorial process of intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging.

      Intrinsic aging is the natural aging process that takes place over the years regardless of outside influences. After the age of 20, a person produces about 1 percent less collagen in the skin each year. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with age. There is also diminished functioning of the sweat and oil glands, less elastin production, and less GAG formation. Wrinkle formation as a result of intrinsic aging is inevitable, but it will always be slight.
      Extrinsic aging occurs in addition to intrinsic aging as a result of sun and environmental damage (tobacco use and exposure to pollution, for example). Extrinsic aging shows up as thickening of the cornified layer, precancerous changes such as lesions called actinic keratosis, skin cancer (including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, lentigo maligna melanoma), freckle and sun spot formation, and exaggerated loss of collagen, elastin, and GAGs. Alone or in concert, these processes give the skin the appearance of roughness, uneven tone, brown patches, thin skin and deep wrinkles.

      Prevention is key to minimizing wrinkles. The most important thing is to take care of your skin before all these changes start to take place. Sun protection against both UVA and UVB rays is critical 365 days a year using an SPF of at least 35: I prefer zinc- or titanium-based products. After the age of 25 I recommend using Retin-A (a vitamin A derivative that uses the generic name tretinoin) as an antiaging cream. It is a prescription agent that has been used for more than 30 years with a safe track record and excellent results. In the first two or three months patients may experience redness, peeling and flaking, but should then noticed a marked improvement. Over time tretinoin improves fine lines, the appearance of pores, precancerous changes, and brown spots. If tretinoin treatment is not enough, then medium depth chemical peels and some non-invasive lasers can help build collagen and thus improve the skin's appearance.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is liquid nitrogen treatment enough for melanoma carsinoma?
    I have melanoma carsinoma, my dr. says. He is trying to get rid of it by using liquid nitrogen to freeze it off. He did this a couple of months ago, and it grew back. He used the 'hot ice' again, this week.
    This is dark purple,brown, pink. It is hard, with crusty features, about as big as a dime. It sticks up with the hard parts. I didn't misunderstand him.

    • ANSWER:
      Certainly, you've misunderstood him. There is no place for liquid nitrogen therapy for a melanoma. These must be cut out, often with a wide margin (depending upon the depth of the melanoma). He must have said that you have either a basal cell carcinoma or perhaps an actinic keratosis (pre-cancer).

  40. QUESTION:
    I need to know the name of this medication drug ASAP?
    It rhymes/rhymes similar with Intaterron, Interterrone, Interterro, intaperrone, I don't know what it is!!! My parents have been discussing about the medication drug that will be used on my brother who is currently in the hospital, but I don't know what the heck the drug is!!! Can anyone help me?? It definitely starts with an e or an i .....

    • ANSWER:
      the therapy might be with Interferon : Dont PANIC THIS IS GOOD WITH MINIMAL SIDE EFFECTS

      Interferon therapy
      Three vials filled with human leukocyte interferon. Diseases
      The immune effects of interferons have been exploited to treat several diseases. Agents that activate the immune system, such as small imidazoquinoline molecules that activate TLR7, can induce IFN-α. Imidazoquinoline is the main ingredient of Aldara (Imiquimod) cream, a treatment approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for actinic keratosis, superficial basal cell carcinoma, papilloma and external genital warts. Synthetic IFNs are also made, and administered as antiviral, antiseptic and anticarcinogenic drugs, and to treat some autoimmune diseases.

      Interferon beta-1a and interferon beta-1b are used to treat and control multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder. This treatment is effective for slowing disease progression and activity in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and reducing attacks in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

      Interferon therapy is used (in combination with chemotherapy and radiation) as a treatment for many cancers. This treatment is most effective for treating hematological malignancy; leukemia and lymphomas including hairy cell leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, nodular lymphoma, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Patients with recurrent melanomas receive recombinant IFN-α2b.

      Both hepatitis B and hepatitis C are treated with IFN-α, often in combination with other antiviral drugs. Some of those treated with interferon have a sustained virological response and can eliminate hepatitis virus. The most harmful strain - hepatitis C genotype I virus - can only be treated around 50% of time by the standard of care treatment of interferon-α/ribavirin . Given the treatment, biopsies show reductions in liver damage and cirrhosis. Some evidence shows giving interferon immediately following infection can prevent chronic hepatitis C, although diagnosis early in infection is difficult since physical symptoms are sparse in early hepatitis C infection. Control of chronic hepatitis C by IFN is associated with reduced hepatocellular carcinoma.

      Administered intranasally in very low doses, interferon is extensively used in Eastern Europe and Russia as a method to prevent and treat viral respiratory diseases such as cold and flu. However, mechanisms of such action of interferon are not well understood; it is thought that doses must be larger by several orders of magnitude to have any effect on the virus. Consequently, most Western scientists are skeptical of any claims of good efficacy.

      When used in the systemic therapy, IFNs are mostly administered by an intramuscular injection. The injection of IFNs in the muscle, in the vein, or under skin is generally well tolerated. The most frequent adverse effects are flu-like symptoms: increased body temperature, feeling ill, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, convulsion, dizziness, hair thinning, and depression. Erythema, pain and hardness on the spot of injection are also frequently observed. IFN therapy causes immunosuppression, in particular through neutropenia and can result in some infections manifesting in unusual ways

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  41. QUESTION:
    does it seem like i have skin cancer?
    i CONSTANTLY have new moles. and some of them itch? some hurt if rubbed. some are really light, others really dark. does it sound like i have skin cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you need to be checked out by a doctor, just in case. If the moles have to be removed, the doctor can do that quite quickly.

      the things you want too look out for are:

      Basal and squamous cell cancers

      Basal cell cancers and squamous cell cancers are most often found in areas that get exposed to a lot of sun, such as the head, neck, and arms, but they can occur elsewhere. Look for new growths, spots, bumps, patches, or sores that don't heal after 2 to 3 months.

      Basal cell carcinomas often look like flat, firm, pale areas or small, raised, pink or red, translucent, shiny, waxy areas that may bleed after a minor injury. They may have one or more abnormal blood vessels, a lower area in their center, and/or blue, brown, or black areas. Large basal cell carcinomas may have oozing or crusted areas.

      Squamous cell carcinomas may look like growing lumps, often with a rough, scaly, or crusted surface. They may also look like flat reddish patches in the skin that grow slowly.

      Both of these types of skin cancer may develop as a flat area showing only slight changes from normal skin.

      Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is a skin condition that is sometimes pre-cancerous and is caused by too much sun exposure. Actinic keratoses are usually small (less than ¼ inch), rough spots that may be pink-red or flesh-colored. Usually they develop on the face, ears, back of the hands, and arms of middle-aged or older people with fair skin, although they can occur in younger people or on other sun-exposed areas of the skin. People with one actinic keratosis usually develop many more. Some can grow into squamous cell cancers, but others may stay the same or even go away on their own. Because they can turn cancerous, such areas should be looked at by a doctor. Your doctor can then decide whether they should be treated.
      Melanomas

      The most important warning sign for melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in size, shape, or color. Another important sign is a spot that looks different from all of the other spots on your skin (known as the ugly duckling sign). If you have any of these warning signs, have your skin checked by a doctor.

      The ABCD rule is another guide to the usual signs of melanoma. Be on the lookout and tell your doctor about any spots that match the following description:

      * A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
      * B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
      * C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
      * D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch -- the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.

      Some melanomas do not fit the rules described above, so it is important to tell your doctor about any changes in skin lesions, new skin lesions, or growths that look different from the rest of your moles.

      Other warning signs are:

      * A sore that does not heal
      * Spread of pigment from the border of a spot to surrounding skin
      * Redness or a new swelling beyond the border
      * Change in sensation -- itchiness, tenderness, or pain
      * Change in the surface of a mole -- scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a bump or nodule

  42. QUESTION:
    Why humans like to create problem and at the same time solved problems?

    • ANSWER:
      What follows is an abridged list of human maladies (problem) and at the same time human too are relentlessly pursuing to solve the problem.I'm just giving you the half, so enjoy reading.

      abscesses, acne, addictions, adenitis, adenoids, AIDS, albinism, allergies, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s disease, amnesia, anemia, aneurysms, angina, anorexia nervosa, anthrax, anxiety attacks, aphasia, appendicitis, apoplexy, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asphyxia, asthma, astigmatism, athlete’s foot, attention deficit disorder (ADD), back aches, bedsores, Bell’s palsy, beriberi, bipolar disorder (manic-depression), birth defects, blackouts, bladder infections, blemishes, blindness, blisters, bloating, boils, bone cancer, bone spurs, botulism, bowlegs, breast cancer, brain cancer, breech presentations, Bright’s disease, brittle bone disease, broken bones, bronchitis, bruises, bulimia, bunions, bursitis, calcinosis, canker sores, cardiac dysrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, cataracts, cellulitis, cerebral palsy, cervical cancer, cervicitis, chapped lips, chickenpox, chlamydia, choking, cholera, cleft lips and palates, clubfoot (talipes), cold sores, colic, colitis, colon cancer, color blindness, comas, common cold, concussions, congestion, congestive heart failure, conjunctivitis, constipation, convulsions, coronary occlusions, coughs, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, cystic fibrosis, cystitis, cysts, dandruff, dangerous plants and animals, deafness, deformities, dehydration, delirium, delirium tremens, delusions, dementia, dental problems, depression, dermatitis, detached retinas, deviated septums, diabetes, diaper rash, diarrhea, diphtheria, dislocated joints, dizziness, Down’s syndrome, droughts, dysentery, dyslexia, dysphagia, dysphasia, dysuria, ear infections, earthquakes, Ebola virus, ectopic pregnancies, eczema, edema, elephantiasis, embolisms, emphysema, encephalitis, endocarditis, endometriosis, enteritis, epidemics, epididymitis, epilepsy, Epstein-Barr virus, erectile dysfunction (ED), excessive ear wax, fainting, fallen arches (flat foot), farsightedness (hyperopia), fevers, fibrillation, fibromyalgia, fibrosis, fistulas, flatulence, floods, frostbite, gallstones, ganglions, gangrene, gastrinomas, gastritis, gastroenteritis, germs, gingivitis, glaucoma, goiter, gonorrhea, gout, granuloma, Graves’ disease, halitosis, hallucinations, hay fever, headaches, heart attacks, heartburn, heart murmurs, hematomas, hemiplegia, hemophilia, hemorrhages, hemorrhagic fever, hemorrhoids, hepatitis (A,B&C), hernias, herniated and slipped disks, herpes, hiccups, high blood pressure (hypertension), HIV, hives, Hodgkin’s disease, humpbacks (kyphosis), Huntington’s chorea, hurricanes, hydrocephalus, hyperactivity, hypercholesterolemia, hyperemia, hyperglycemia, hyperthermia, hyperthyroidism, hypertonicity, hyperuricemia, hypochondria, hypoglycemia, hypothermia, hypothyroidism, impacted teeth, incontinence, indigestion (dyspepsia), infarctions, infections, infertility, infestations, inflammations, influenza, insanity, insomnia, iritis, irritable bowels, ischemia, itches, jaundice, Karposi’s sarcoma, keratitis, keratosis, kidney failure, kidney stones, knock-knees, labor pains, laryngitis, Legionnaires’ disease, leprosy, lesions, lethargy, leukemia, lice, lipidosis, lipomas, liposarcoma, liver cancer, lockjaw/tetanus, lordosis, low blood pressure (hypotension), lumbago, lung cancer, lupus, Lyme disease, lymphangitis, lymphedema, lymphocytosis, lymphomas, macular degeneration, malaria, malocclusions, manias, mastitis, measles, melancholia, melanomas, meningitis, menorrhagia, menstrual cramps, mental illnesses, mental retardation, migraines, miscarriages (spontaneous abortions), mononucleosis, monsoons, morning sickness, multiple personality disorder, multiple sclerosis, multiple system atrophy, mumps, muscle cramps and spasms, muscular dystrophy, myalgia, myasthenia gravis, myelitis, narcolepsy, nausea, nearsightedness (myopia), necrosis, nephritis, nephrosis, nervous breakdowns, nervous tics, neuralgia, neuritis, neuroses, night blindness, nosebleeds, obesity, osteitis, osteodystrophy, osteoporosis, otitis, ovarian cancer, Paget’s disease, pain, palsy, pancreatic cancer, paralysis, paranoia, parasitosis, Parkinson’s disease, pericarditis, periodontitis, peritonitis, phantom pain, pharyngitis, phlebitis, phobias, pimples, pinched nerves, plagues, pleurisy, pneumonia, poisons, polio, Pott’s disease, premature births, premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

  43. QUESTION:
    i have a zit that won't go away, and fear its cancer?
    I've had this pimple for a week or so almost two, and I've gotten pimples that have come and go, new ones already fading but for some reason, this one is still on my face. its round and bright red, probably about a couple millimeters in diameter. i fear its actinic keratosis, but i don't know, im only sixteen.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your parents, and consider going to a dermatologist. Only a doctor can diagnose you.

  44. QUESTION:
    can sun burns cause major damage to your skin after a while?
    i got a sun burn and i was wondering if it can cause major damage to your skin after you keep getting sun burn

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, multiple sun burns to the same area can cause acute and chronic damage to your skin. Repeated sun damaged areas will become all leathery and start to change the cells of the skin. Worse case scenario, your skin starts to develop cancers called squamous cell carcinomas or actinic keratosis... these can be very harmful.

      So what do you want to do? You want to wear sun block or protective clothing - like hats.
      Make sure you put the block on before you go out SPF 15 is usually pretty good at blocking most bad rays.

  45. QUESTION:
    When a person dies from arsenic poisoning what does he look like?

    • ANSWER:
      Kiki - Signs and symptoms of chronic arsenic poisoning may not occur until 2 to 8 weeks after exposure. Excessive darkening of skin (hyperpigmentation) in areas that are not exposed to sunlight
      Excessive formation of scaly skin on the palms and soles (arsenical keratosis)
      Exfoliative dermatitis
      Arsenic-induced skin cancers (especially Bowen disease)
      Changes in fingernail pigmentation may occur. When the poisoning becomes acute, symptoms may include hair loss.

  46. QUESTION:
    What sort of disease makes your skin turn yellow?

    • ANSWER:
      Yellow Skin Causes
      Skin Lesions Yellow Fever Keratosis .tweet0PrintFlag Close One of the top causes of yellow skin is jaundice. When a person is jaundiced, this means that there is something going on within the bile ducts of the liver which can be hepatitis, most commonly. Viral hepatitis, early on, doesn't;t cause jaundice necessarily;y, but in the later stages it would. Early on, it causes a headache with slight fever, vomiting, no appetite, and diarrhea. As time moves on along with yellowing skin, there is a lot of abdominal pain, dark urine, and pale feces.
      Cirrhosis of the liver can definitely cause you to have skin that is turning yellow. It also causes things such as hemorrhoids, indigestion problems, nausea with vomiting, spider-like vessels on the skin, and a lot of body swelling. It is also not uncommon for the abdomen to be very distended since there is a fluid accumulation in the body.

      Sickle cell anemia can cause jaundiced appearing skin too. This is a disease where the blood cells are a very abnormal half moon shape, and they have trouble getting through the blood vessels as a result of that. It is also symptomatic of a lot of bone pains, tiredness, and fever, rapid heart rate, and ulcers. Children that have sickle cell anemia have trouble growing and a late puberty pattern.

      If you are having a bile duct obstruction in the body, this would definitely cause yellow skin along with many other problems. People that are having a bile duct obstruction usually run a fever, have an upset stomach and no appetite. It is also not uncommon to notice very darkened urine. This is usually treated through surgery, or using an instrument such as endoscopy to undo the blockage.

      Liver cancer can cause yellow skin. Just to go off on a little story here, my cousin had liver cancer, and I recall her skin turning a very yellow color along with her eyes becoming yellow as well. Her other symptoms which were typical involved no appetite, a lot of pain since she had a very large tumor, and she couldn't keep food down. From the time of diagnosis, she had 7 months to live just barely. They tried chemotherapy, but in her case since she had a number of other medical conditions, couldn't do much with it. There are cases where a transplant of the liver may work.

      If you have Seborrheic Keratosis, (a skin condition,) that can cause yellow skin. Other symptoms that go along with this condition are skin lesions, scaling skin, and skin plaques. These lesions that are developed are not cancerous.

  47. QUESTION:
    If the doctor says you have sun damage on your face....does that mean it is skin cancer?
    I have been having a problem with a rash on my cheek and around my lips for about 3 months now. When I asked the doctor about it he looked at it and said it looked like sun damage. He has referred me to a dermatologist with a diagnosis of unspecified disorder of skin and subcutaneous tissue. My appointment is in 2 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      The two most common skin cancers are basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. They are typically red and may be bumpy or scaly or may be crusted and bleed. Usually not described as a rash, but some may be. Actinic keratosis are areas of sun damage that are red and rough or scaly and are precancerous. Melanoma is the most well known, but less common type of skin cancer. It is more dangerous and appears like a brown spot most commonly. Don't worry for now.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is my pimple a form of cancer?
    Alright, so i've had this pimple like thing on my forehead for a few month's now. The pimple never hurts, but when I squeeze it white stuff comes out just like a normal pimple, but it never goes away. My friend but acne cream on it, and it went down in size, but never went away. It's kinda freaking me out now. I'm VERY paranoid. It's the color of my skin, not red, or blue, or anything like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Pimples are small skin lesions or inflammations commonly arising from clogged or infected pores. Most pimple outbreaks are usually a sign of impending acne, but there are other causes as well, like bacterial folliculitis, keratosis pilaris and other skin problems. If left unattended, they can multiply and lead to severe acne. They can even leave annoying scars on your skin if they are not treated immediately. Pimples usually develop after blackheads or whiteheads become inflamed and infected.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do you know when you have skin cancer?
    I mean, i know it as to deal with moles and everything
    but, i'm not so sure what the moles are suppose to look like if
    you have it...
    i asked my aunt who's a nurse to look at this mole i have and she
    said oh gee you don't have it!
    and got all mad sooo..
    i need some help!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to know for sure is to get a biopsy done and have the biopsy evaluated by a pathologist. Even Drs can not tell for sure just by looking at a skin lesion.

      I had two brown skin lesions, one on my arm and one on my back, that were growing slowly. My older and very experienced dermatologist told me not to worry about them because they were harmless solar keratosis. A couple years later I happened to go to a young dermatologist who had an office much closer to my home. He took one look at those same two brown lesions, which by now were rather large, and said those look like basal cell carcinomas and they need to come off. I told him what the other Dr had said but he insisted they needed biopsying. When the pathology report came back the younger Dr was correct. Both lesions were basal cell carcinomas. You just can not tell by looking at photos or getting a visual appraisal.


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