Women Disproportionately Affected By the Psychological Impact of Skin Diseases

Women in treatment for skin diseases, including psoriasis, experience higher levels of non-psychotic psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression, than men.

Identifying these conditions earlier can not only improve their quality of life, but it can also reduce the dermatological impact, according to recently published research.

Even with More U.S. Dermatologists, Rural Patients May Lack Access

The number of dermatologists per capita in the U.S. has surged more than 20 percent since the mid-90s, but a new study suggests access to care may have improved more in cities than in rural areas.

Nationwide between 1995 and 2013, the number of dermatologists rose 21 percent, from 3.02 for every 100,000 people in the population to 3.65 for every 100,000 residents, researchers report in JAMA Dermatology. Over that time, however, the chasm between urban and rural America widened.

Stigma An Additional Burden for Many with Psoriasis

Though psoriasis is not contagious, many Americans shun people with the skin condition, new research indicates.

The study included a cross-section of about 400 Americans who viewed images of people with visible psoriasis. Large numbers wrongly thought psoriasis was contagious or only affects the skin, and about one-third said they wouldn’t want to invite people with the condition into their homes.

Vaccinations For Acne Could Soon Be A Reality, Thanks To New Research

While there is currently no cure for acne, there are a number of treatments that help. Unfortunately, these don’t always work for everyone and can come with some nasty side effects.

However, researchers think they are one step closer to developing a vaccination for acne. Experts from the University of California in San Diego have published the results of a study that claims to have found a way to attack acne within the body itself, rather than using harsh products on the skin.

Beware of Phytophotodermatitis, the Weird Sun Reaction That Could Definitely Ruin Your Summer

Sunburns aren’t the only thing that might hurt your skin this summer. There’s another sun-centric skin condition that’s as sneaky as it can be painful—so much so that it might interfere with the rest of your summer plans.

It’s time to get acquainted with phytophotodermatitis, a pretty wild skin reaction that happens when you touch certain types of plants then expose your skin to sunlight.

Why ‘Clean Eating’ Isn’t Going to Clear Up Your Skin

Add probiotics to your diet, cut out meat, avoid gluten, try fish oil, take biotin.

These are just a few of the many skin care recommendations circulating around the web these days.

And while diet does have a lot to do with skin health, most of the information posted on blogs and social media isn’t scientifically sound and, experts say, should be taken with a grain of salt.

Why Refined Sugar Isn’t Great for Your Skin

Thanks to diabetes research, we have now accumulated more information on how refined sugars affect the body. Besides elevating your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, or obesity, it can also negatively impair your skin.

Sugar seems to be added to everything these days and it can sometimes be hard to avoid. If you want to discover why its consumption is detrimental to the skin, and how to replace sugar in your diet with naturally sweetened alternatives, keep on reading!

In-Depth: Advances and Challenges in Digital Dermatology

If people will show their moles to a stranger at a dinner party, a stranger on the internet doesn’t seem like a big stretch.

Since the beginning of health apps, there have been products designed to tell the user if a mole is cancerous. But those apps have also served to illustrate the dangers of mobile health.

Two such apps, Mel App and Mole Detective, were the target of action by the Federal Trade Commission in 2015.

Vitamin C May Help with Capillary Skin Conditions

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is well-known for its anti-oxidant properties, effectively neutralizing the dangerous effects of free radicals.  Similarly, its ability to promote collagen synthesis makes it an important co-factor in skin damage and repair.

Scientists have also found that it can seal blood vessels and limit the deposition of pigment.  Taking all these properties into consideration, Vitamin C preparations are being looked at as treatments for capillary skin.