Next month is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so this post makes a good segue from our April series to the May series: Fact & Fiction about Skin Cancer. We’ll go more in depth on many related topics next month, but today we’ll quickly touch on the most common misconceptions about this disease.
There are quite a lot of common misconceptions about acne, so in this post we will just touch on a few ones that I find especially important.
Our lives can be so busy and hectic that certain habits get pushed to the side. Somehow, these also tend to be the habits associated with health, such as eating right, exercise…and skin care! What skincare practices should you absolutely not skimp on?
Eczema and dry skin often get confused and are often spoken of interchangeably because the results – dry, itchy, irritated skin- are similar, but they are actually different conditions. What are the key differences?
A burning or stinging sensation, redness or dryness after applying a given product does not necessarily mean that you have “sensitive skin.” This is a common misconception that has many people believing that they have a sensitive skin condition that they may or may not actually have. The reaction may be due to the nature of the ingredients or other external factors. So, what’s the difference between sensitive skin and skin sensitivity?
Many of you have older, college-aged children. A growing concern for this age group is tanning, especially indoor tanning. A recent investigation found that more than half of the US’s top colleges had tanning beds on campus or in off-campus housing facilities. Several of these colleges allowed students to purchase tanning services using their college cards. This is highly concerning for a few reasons:
Ranging in severity from mild (just a few pimples, blackheads or whiteheads) to severe (large areas of blemishes), acne is the most common skin condition in the US. While it is very common, it can still have a strong psychological mark on teens that leaves lasting scars, both figuratively and physically. Let’s touch on the tips and treatments to get clearer skin for teens (& adults, too!).
When kids start wearing jewelry, make-up, different clothing materials and new skin care products, it is not uncommon for itchy & rashy skin to appear. It can take time to learn what specific ingredients and substances cause a reaction an individual person.
We know that rashes and itchy skin are very common in childhood, but what are some specific skin issues that children experience?
In our early years, skin tends to be more sensitive in general because it is thinner and more delicate. It has yet to develop the heartier protective barrier we develop with age. You likely know this because skin care products for babies and toddlers so often says “sensitive” and “formulated without…” a few common ingredients in adult products, but here are a few tips for young children’s sensitive skin:
Since its “Back-to-School” season, our August blog series will focus on skincare topics that concern children’s (including teens & “grown-up” children) skin care. To start us off, we would like to highlight why parents should be getting their kids involved & interested in their own skin care.
This is the season when people start transitioning their workouts from the indoor gym to the great outdoors. Who doesn’t love a nice morning run (or walk) by the beach in the summer? For the most part, outdoor workouts have the same skin care recommendations as indoor workouts, but here are two that become particularly important in the warmer months.
While we cannot stress the importance of Sun Safe Practices enough (needed 365 days per year!), if you get a sunburn, let’s talk about what you should do.
Most of the time when we talk about acne we are referring to the face, but acne can show up on other areas of the body as well. It often appears on the chest and on the back (often referred to as “bacne). What can you do to keep your body clear?
We always get a lot of questions about sunscreens: What’s the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens? Are the ingredients safe or harmful? Should I get the highest SPF available? Are spray sunscreens OK? Is sunscreen waterproof? In this article, we will touch on the most common questions!
Another common skin disease that kids often get, especially in the fall, is pityriasis rosea. Chances are you have never heard of this rash, so let’s dive right into what it is!
Nail care for kids is basically the same as for adults, but here are just a few notes & tips tailored for children:
*Use toenail clippers for toe nails. They are specifically designed in shape and form for toe nails (vs. just any pair of nail clippers), so they are best at cutting evenly and straight across. This reduces the risk of ingrown toe nails, which can be painful and become infected.
If your school was like mine, for several years in elementary school, every now and then everyone would wait in a line at the school nurse’s office to be checked with lice. They would part your hair with those thick popsicle stick-like things as they searched your hair for lice.
In a previous post earlier this month, we noted that sometimes schools prohibit bringing sunscreen on campus due to allergy concerns. So, are there other ways to protect your kids? Yes -- with clothing! Ideally, it is recommended to use sun protective clothing AND sunscreen, but clothing alone can also offer protection to your children’s skin.
Did you know that about 1 in 10 kids develop eczema? As you can tell by the statistic, eczema is very common children, often appearing before age 5 (this is true for about 90% of all eczema sufferers). Eczema goes away by adulthood in about half of all people who had it in childhood.
Making the switch from plastic, kiddie “dress-up” jewelry to regular jewelry? Here are just a few things to keep in mind:
Are there any skin care products that your child should bring with them to school?
School will be starting back up soon, as you know, so we thought we’d talk a bit about common skin care concerns for kids! Many blog entries will also link to a website by the AAD with information in more basic language written for kids to learn more about skin (these will by noted by “(For Kids!)” before the link), so that your kids can have a bigger role in their own skin care & to develop healthy habits for life!