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Acne

By Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center West End / January 20, 2020

Acne: Overview Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Although it’s common, accurate information about acne can be scarce. This can make it difficult to get clearer skin. The information on this site can help you understand acne and how to successfully treat it. Acne The number of adults who have…

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Doctor showing sign with isoretinoin fir severe acne

Isotretinoin

By Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center Albemarle / January 13, 2020

Isotretinoin: Overview Brand names for isotretinoin include Absorica®, Accutane®, Amnesteem®, Claravis®, Myorisan®, Sotret®, and Zenatane™. Isotretinoin (eye-soh-tret-in-OH-in) is a prescription medicine for severe acne. This type of acne causes deep, painful cysts and nodules. These can be the size of a pencil eraser or larger. As this acne clears, scars often appear. Severe acne can…

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Hives

By Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center Thomasville / January 5, 2020

Hives: Overview What are hives? Hives are welts on the skin that often itch. These welts can appear on any part of the skin. Hives vary in size from as small as a pen tip to as large as a dinner plate. They may connect to form even larger welts. Hives An allergy to a…

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Prevent hand-foot-and-mouth disease

By Asheboro Dermatology / December 15, 2019

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease: Overview What exactly is hand-foot-and-mouth disease? Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) is a contagious disease caused by a virus. While one of several viruses can cause it, the signs are usually the same: An itchy rash on the hands, feet, or both Mouth sores You can catch HFMD from having close contact with a person…

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Tattoos: 7 unexpected skin reactions and what to do about them

By Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center Albemarle / December 10, 2019

Even if you get inked by a licensed tattoo artist and follow the aftercare, your skin can react in weird and unexpected ways. Some reactions happen immediately. Others take weeks or years to appear. If you’re having a reaction, here’s what may be happening and what you can do. Infection When it’s likely to appear:…

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5 common sunscreen mistakes — and how to avoid them

By Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center West End / December 6, 2019

How to avoid common sunscreen mistakes Sunscreen is a vital tool in the fight against skin cancer. However, it needs to be applied correctly in order to protect you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. To reduce your risk of skin cancer, follow these tips from dermatologists to avoid common sunscreen mistakes and to protect…

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Skin lightener containing mercury can cause serious health problems

By Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center Thomasville / November 26, 2019

A skin lightener can fade — or even clear — dark spots and patches on your skin, but some come with serious health risks. If your skin lightener contains mercury, it could be damaging your kidneys without you knowing it. Mercury can also injure your nerves, leading to permanent numbness or tingling in your hands,…

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Melasma

By Asheboro Dermatology / November 26, 2019

Melasma: Overview What is melasma? Melasma is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such…

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Acne: 5 ways to help your teenager survive acne

By Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center West End / November 19, 2019

Just when our appearance grows in social importance and we want to look our best, acne can begin. Some teens seem unfazed by acne. For most teenagers, however, this especially visible skin problem can be upsetting. If your teenager seems upset by acne, here’s how you can help. 1. Take acne seriously Telling your teen…

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How to heal warts more quickly and prevent new ones

By Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center Albemarle / November 12, 2019

Warts: Overview What are warts? Warts are benign (not cancerous) skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). You are more likely to get one of these viruses if you cut or damage your skin in some way. Wart viruses…

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