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  1. Talking About Your Psoriasis to Others

    One of the challenges of psoriasis is having to explain your skin condition to others. Most people don't know much about psoriasis, and many fear it's contagious. "That can make the job of explaining why your skin looks the way it does especially difficult," says Julie Nelligan, PhD, a Portland-base

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  2. What Causes Psoriasis?

    Psoriasis turns your skin cells into Type A overachievers: They mature about five times faster than cells in normal skin. And unlike normal skin cells, which naturally slough off, these cells pile up on the skin's surface almost faster than snow on a snowdrift. Why does this happen? What makes these

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  3. Advances in Psoriasis Treatment

    Psoriasis treatment has come a long way in the past 10 years. That's welcome news for the 7.5 million people with this complex skin disease.    "Every year, we've had either a new medication or a new use for one of these medications," says Michael P. Heffernan, MD, a dermatologist with Central Derma

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  4. Dandruff and Thinning Hair

    If you're a guy with thinning hair and dandruff, you've got a lot of company. Men often have both. Thinning hair and dandruff don't share the same cause. Thinning hair is about your hair. Dandruff is about the skin on your scalp. The way some guys treat hair loss can make their dandruff worse, says

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  5. What Can Make Your Scalp Dry

    Your dandruff may be a bummer, but it's harmless to your health. Dandruff is a "cosmetic" problem, says New York dermatologist Michele Green, MD. "It will not cause anything bad."   No one knows precisely what causes dandruff, though a fungus called malassezia may play a role. It's normal to have ma

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  6. Natural Remedies for Dandruff

    If you have dandruff, you're probably looking for ways to stop those white or yellow flakes of skin, which also may make your ears and face red and itchy.  Natural remedies that may help include: Tea tree oil. Apply a small amount of this strong-smelling oil to especially scaly patches on your scalp

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  7. Food and Dandruff: What's the Link?

    Is your dandruff related to your diet? Some experts say it might be, though studies haven't proven that. "I think research is lagging a bit," says Alicia Zalka, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. "While there's no compelling data from m

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  8. Eczema in Adults: Dealing With Itching

    The itching of eczema can sometimes feel unbearable. And yet, the more you scratch, the itchier your skin becomes. To stop the cycle of eczema, here are six tips to soothe the itch. 1. Moisturize skin affected by eczema often. In most cases, moisturizers are the first step in itch control. Applying

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  9. 10 Tips for Living With Eczema

    If you have eczema, you know how itchy and painful it is. But simple lifestyle changes can go a long way toward treating the condition. Try these 10 tips to help keep your skin feeling soft and comfortable. 1. Know your eczema triggers. Many things can trigger a flare-up of eczema, from scented soap

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  10. Eczema: Tips for Soothing Your Skin

    Think of eczema as a skin allergy, one where your skin's barrier is weak or damaged from environmental or genetic factors. Symptoms include intense itching, often at night, plus inflammation, dry skin, and rash. About 1 in 10 children have eczema. Fortunately most kids outgrow it, though there is a

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