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What is a malar rash?

What is a malar rash?

A malar rash is a skin outbreak or eruption on the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. The rash is red or purple and may be either blotchy or solid in appearance. It is commonly known as a “butterfly rash” due to its distinctive butterfly shape. A malar rash may be flat or slightly […]

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Blocking melanoma’s ‘escape route’

Blocking melanoma’s ‘escape route’

In order to escape treatment, melanoma sometimes reverts to a previous stage of cell differentiation. New research investigates this process more closely and finds a potential way to block this skin cancer’s escape route. Melanoma is an aggresive form of skin cancer that often manages to evade treatment. Although rare, melanoma is a very aggressive […]

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Arthritis supplement may drive skin cancer

Arthritis supplement may drive skin cancer

A new study suggests that chondroitin sulfate, which is a dietary supplement approved for use in osteoarthritis, may promote the growth of tumor cells in a type of melanoma that accounts for around half of all cases of the dangerous skin cancer. A certain arthritis supplement may drive tumor growth in melanoma. The researchers stress […]

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Common skin bacteria may prevent skin cancer

Common skin bacteria may prevent skin cancer

New research published in the journal Science Advances finds a strain of bacteria that may protect against skin cancer. A beneficial skin bacterium may provide much-needed protection against skin cancer, suggests a new study. The new research was carried out by scientists at the University of California (UC) San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Richard […]

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Spitz nevi vs. cancer: What you need to know

Spitz nevi vs. cancer: What you need to know

A Spitz nevus is a type of rare, non-cancerous skin growth that typically impacts people under 35 years old. Spitz nevus growths, or Spitz nevi, were once considered a type of skin cancer. They have since been shown to be benign, or non-cancerous, and relatively harmless. Spitz nevi were also initially thought to only develop […]

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How to prevent and improve crepey skin

How to prevent and improve crepey skin

The term crepey skin refers to when the skin looks thin and wrinkled and similar in appearance to crepe paper. Although it is similar to wrinkles in many ways, crepey skin is not necessarily linked to old age. However, as people age, their skin can become more loose and flaccid. Crepey skin typically affects large […]

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What does it mean if I have a mole that itches?

What does it mean if I have a mole that itches?

Skin moles are normal and the result of skin growing in clusters, rather than spreading out. Most moles are harmless, but sometimes they become cancerous. Moles are brown or black and can appear anywhere on the skin. Most develop in early childhood and through early adulthood. A person can have up to 40 moles by […]

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Amelanotic melanoma: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Amelanotic melanoma: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Amelanotic melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Unlike most forms of melanoma, a person with amelanotic melanoma will develop a mole or similar growth that does not contain melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin cells and moles their color. Because it does not have this pigment, amelanotic melanoma can be hard to […]

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Can a mole disappear?

Can a mole disappear?

When a new mole appears, or a previously stable mole begins changing, this could be an early warning sign of cancer. What about when a mole disappears? Moles can and do disappear, and a disappearing mole is not often a cause for concern. However, cancerous moles can also suddenly disappear. If the cancer has spread […]

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Which Fitzpatrick skin type are you?

Which Fitzpatrick skin type are you?

Fitzpatrick skin typing is a way of classifying different types of skin. What does a person’s Fitzpatrick skin type tell us about their skin? Making up nearly 16 percent of a person’s body mass, the skin is the body’s biggest organ. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage a person’s skin and may lead to signs […]