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  1. Diet and Psoriasis

    The idea that a certain diet could treat your psoriasis may sound appealing. After all, the skin problem can be uncomfortable, and drugs for it may cause side effects. Some web sites suggest that diet fixes are effective for psoriasis. But this disease can go away on its own for months or even years

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  2. How to Prevent Psoriasis Flare-Ups

    Anne Jeffres, 41, an acupuncturist in New York, was in the midst of a stressful time at work when she noticed her scalp was flaking. Her fingers became inflamed; her nails were brittle and pitted. The mild psoriasis she once had as a child had returned in full force. "The flare-up was bad enough tha

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  3. Adult Acne: Why You Get It, How to Fight It

    Acne isn’t just for teens. Many people have it as adults. Temi Zeitenberg got acne in college, just as most people her age were outgrowing it. Because of her acne, "there were times I would not leave the house," says Zeitenberg, an attorney in Boca Raton, Fla.   It doesn't have to be that way. There

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  4. Top 8 Acne Treatment Mistakes

    For the nearly 50 million Americans affected by acne, the many available medications and treatments can be confusing and overwhelming. It's easy to make mistakes treating acne or even make it worse, despite the best intentions. Here, experts list the most common mistakes. In most cases, a dermatolog

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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