As a curious child, you might remember staring at an older relative's thick stockings at the blue, gnarled veins lying under the skin like bumpy snakes. Known as varicose veins, these blood vessels, which return blood from the legs to the heart, are actually a more superficial system. The real, work
It's pronounced row-ZAY-shuh. A National Rosacea Rosacea Society poll shows that three out of four Americans never heard about this common skin problem. Yet it affects 14 million U.S. men and women. Left untreated, rosacea can become disfiguring. W.C. Fields' bulbous nose was due to severe rosacea.
Laurie began to feel self-conscious about her fine "see-through" hair during high school. By 30, she was having hair extensions sewn into her natural hair. That worked for awhile, but the pressure on existing strands eventually led to bald spots. "I knew what was in store for me," says Laurie (not h
Tracy Pittin was just 17 when she discovered that her thick, brown hair was gradually falling out. One day a friend cutting her hair remarked that it was noticeably thinner. Tracy couldn't believe it -- she thought her hair was her best feature, and to begin to lose it at such an early age was devas
It's a common belief that only teenagers suffer from acne, and that once a teen becomes a twenty-something, the embarrassing spots will fade away and leave a clear complexion in their wake. That's not how it worked for Carmen Specter. At the age of 26, both Specter's life and skin remain marred by a
If you're a man who is seeing more of your scalp than you'd like, you're not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, two out of three men in this country develop some form of balding. While some cutting-edge treatments in the world of hair renewal are still things of the somewhat di
Male-pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) is a genetic condition with no known cure. In the past there have been no legitimate treatment options, but now, with the introduction of Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia, there's some hope. Rogaine, an over-the-counter lotion that is rubbed on the scal
Though generally harmless, hair-thin blemishes, known as spider veins, can cause some to want to cover up even in the heat. Treating spider veins is rarely a medical necessity (though some seek treatment to relieve the aching the veins can cause), but for those who want it, spider vein-free skin is