Skin Problems and Treatments News & Features
- Spotlight On: Vitiligo in Darker Skin Tones
December 30, 2022 — A skin of color expert explains how a new treatment for vitiligo benefits those with the autoimmune condition, especially people with darker skin.
- Self-Esteem and Vitiligo: It’s Possible to Have Both
October 26, 2022 — It's possible to have vitiligo and self-esteem. Read one person's account.
- Cream May Restore Skin Pigmentation in People With Vitiligo
October 24, 2022 — For the millions of people who live with vitiligo, a disease that robs the skin of its natural color, a newly approved cream called ruxolitinib (Opzelura) is quickly becoming a game changer.
- Is It Time to Try a Biologic for CSU?
October 19, 2022 — Find out if a biologic is a good option for treating chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), also called chronic hives.
- CSU: What to Wear and What to Avoid
October 19, 2022 — With chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), also called chronic hives, some clothes are better than others. Get tips on what to wear and what to avoid.
- Vitiligo Is More Than a Cosmetic Condition
October 10, 2022 — Vitiligo causes patches of skin with lost pigment, but it can also raise your risk of eye and skin damage from UV rays. Find out how new and old treatments may work for your vitiligo.
- Facing the Doubt of Vitiligo
October 10, 2022 — People who live with vitiligo often doubt themselves. But the support and encouragement of others can help. Here’s one woman’s story of self-acceptance.
- Does Skin Tone Affect Skin Care?
September 21, 2022 — Should your skin tone affect your daily skin care routine? Find out what dermatologists say.
- Tape Test Can Predict Pediatric Eczema, Study Says
September 13, 2022 — Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have used a simple tape test to help predict whether a newborn is likely to develop severe eczema. Newborns found to be at high risk could be given skin cream early to prevent getting painful flare-ups later, the BBC reported.
- FDA Warns Amazon, Others, About Unapproved Skin Tag Products
August 10, 2022 — The FDA has sent warning letters to three companies, including Amazon, for selling mole and skin tag removal products that the agency has not approved..
- Widespread 'Superbug' in Pigs Can Jump to Humans
June 29, 2022 — A strain of the superbug MRSA has emerged in pigs that is highly resistant to antibiotics and is a growing cause of human infections.
- Products to Remove Moles, Skin Tags Can Be Harmful
June 20, 2022 — Dermatologists and the FDA warn about dangers of using unregulated do-it-yourself products to remove moles, skin tags and another type of growth known as seborrheic keratoses.
- Robot Finger With Living Skin Points To A New Future
June 16, 2022 — Self-healing “biohybrid” finger is the first of its kind
- Are Your Meds Making the Sun Extra Harsh on Your Skin?
May 31, 2022 — Some medications make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Find out how to take care of it.
- Diversifying Medical Illustrations for Skin of Color
March 30, 2022 — Some skin conditions -- like eczema, psoriasis, and others -- may look different on different skin colors. Doctors, medical students, and medical illustrators are working to diversify images to reflect that.
- Innovations in Treating Vitiligo
February 4, 2022 — Vitiligo causes white patches on your skin. Treatments include steroid creams, immune-suppressing drugs, light therapy, and cell transplant surgery.
- Challenges for the Newly Diagnosed With Vitiligo
February 4, 2022 — When you’re diagnosed with vitiligo, you may wonder if it will spread, how to camouflage skin patches, and your risk for skin cancer.
- Life With Vitiligo
February 4, 2022 — Learn about one man’s journey to accept and live -- and ultimately thrive -- with vitiligo.
- Living With Vitiligo Is Life Altering
February 4, 2022 — Life with vitiligo can be tough but also rewarding. Here’s how to rise to the challenge.
- Find Others Who Share Your Vitiligo Journey
February 4, 2022 — Living with vitiligo can be tough, but finding a community of others can make a difficult journey much more bearable.
- Survey Finds Support for Using Marijuana for Skin Disorders
January 20, 2022 — A majority of adults support the use of medical marijuana to treat skin conditions, but relatively few have actually tried it, according to a recent survey.
- Treating Hidradenitis Suppurativa With Biologics
October 22, 2021 — Learn more about treating hidradenitis suppurativa with biologics.
- A Look at the Challenges of Hidradenitis Suppurativa in Women
October 22, 2021 — There are ways to manage this inflammatory condition that affects more women than men.
- Japanese Scientists Discover New Disease Carried by Ticks
October 7, 2021 — The Yezo virus is transmitted by tick bites, and triggers fever and a reduction in blood platelets and white blood cells.
- New Virus Causing 'Alaskapox' Detected in Two More Cases
September 23, 2021 — Two people with fever and distinctive sores on their bodies received medical care for an illness that health officials say might be transmitted by small, mouse-like voles.
- Treatment Plan for Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria
August 31, 2021 — CSU and the hives that come with it require careful management. Medications, avoiding triggers, and making lifestyle changes can all help.
- When Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria Doesn’t Go Away on Its Own
August 31, 2021 — The hives that come with CSU don’t always go away on their own. Learn about new treatments that can ease your symptoms.
- How Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria Is Different
August 31, 2021 — Chronic spontaneous urticaria can be persistent, unpredictable, and hard to treat. Here’s a look at how this form of hives differs from other types.
- What You Should Know About Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria
August 31, 2021 — Learn about chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), from spotting symptoms, to identifying triggers, and where to find treatment.
- Can You Pinpoint Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria Triggers?
August 31, 2021 — You may be able to figure out exactly what triggers the hives of chronic spontaneous urticaria. And if you can ID your triggers, you can take steps to avoid them.
- Learning to Expect the Unexpected With CSU
August 31, 2021 — A man who’s had chronic spontaneous urticaria for 10 years shares the things that help him manage day-to-day life and avoid flare-ups.
- World's First Face Transplant in a Black Patient a Success
March 17, 2021 — First successful face transplant in a Black patient proves successful and highlights the need to expand organ donation efforts.
- What Causes Herpes Cold Sores? New Research
February 17, 2021 — Scientists may have discovered why cold sores caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) are triggered by stress, illness and sunburn.
- Risky Ink: Tattoos May Lead to Body's Overheating
September 30, 2020 — The study found that tattooed skin on arms "has reduced sweat rates, and thus potential heat loss capacity, during [whole-body heating], compared to adjacent skin without tattoos."
- 4 New Advances for Treating Skin and Body Issues
January 24, 2020 — In dermatology, advances in technology have the potential to simplify some of the most complicated treatments.
- FDA Sunscreen Report Raises Concern Over Chemicals
January 21, 2020 — It shows that the six active ingredients tested were absorbed into the body. Some continued to be elevated beyond the FDA’s threshold of concern for 3 weeks after the people in the study stopped putting them on their skin.
- Clean Slate: What to Know About Tattoo Removal
December 2, 2019 — Elizabeth Geddes-Bruce, MD, a dermatologist in Austin, TX, answers some common questions about tattoo removal.
- Mosquito-Borne Brain Infection Found in Florida
July 29, 2019 — Only about seven human cases of the EEE virus reported in the US each year. However, about one-third of people who contract it die.
- Flying Insects in Hospitals Carry 'Superbug' Germs
June 21, 2019 — Researchers collected nearly 20,000 flies, aphids, ants, wasps, bees and moths at seven hospitals in England over 18 months, and found that almost 9 in 10 insects had potentially harmful bacteria on or in their bodies.
- 'Flesh-Eating' Bacteria On Rise With Climate Change
June 18, 2019 — Five cases of the devastating bacteria were reported in 2017 and 2018 along the Delaware Bay, compared with one infection in the previous eight years.
- Summer of Mosquito Swarms a Possibility This Year
May 24, 2019 — Mosquitoes could wreck your summer if you're not prepared and a warm, wet spring means the blood-suckers will be out in force.
- Tattoo Inks Recalled Over Bacterial Contamination
May 15, 2019 — Consumers should ask their tattoo artist or studio about the inks they use and avoid the recalled inks, the FDA said.
- Is a New Remedy for Body Odor on the Horizon?
April 15, 2019 — The researchers took samples of the study participants' underarm bacteria and caused small wounds in the area. Participants were asked if they detected a difference in scent between their left and right armpit and, if so, which smelled better.
- Longer Grass Won't Attract Ticks, Study Finds
April 5, 2019 — Leaving your lawn longer helps bees, and, it turns out, doesn’t increase the risk of ticks.
- Climate Change May Mean More Risky Mosquitoes
March 28, 2019 — In the United States, where Zika cases have occurred in warmer areas in the last several years, dengue and chikungunya could also become wider threats, the study suggests.
- Staph Infections Drop, but Officials Still Worry
March 5, 2019 — The opioid epidemic might be one reason why Staphylococcus aureus (staph) infections have increased in the community, even as they have declined in hospitals, the CDC researchers added.
- FDA Proposes Major Changes to Sunscreen Rules
February 21, 2019 — According to the FDA, 12 sunscreen ingredients lack sufficient data to support whether they are generally safe and effective. They are cinoxate, dioxybenzone, ensulizole, homosalate, meradimate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, padimate O, sulisobenzone, oxybenzone and avobenzone.
- Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help
October 17, 2018 — New research appears to challenge longstanding wisdom that those who struggle with rosacea should avoid both caffeine and hot drinks of any kind.
- Some New, Natural Pesticides Beat Mosquitoes
August 20, 2018 — A new class of mosquito repellents based on naturally occurring compounds is effective and poses less environmental risk, according to research presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.