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Is insect repellent bad for your skin?

Insect repellents work by spending hours in contact with your skin. Can these chemicals that insects find so repulsive possibly be OK for your skin?

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  • 5 Ways Birth Control Medication Can Affect Your Skin

    5 Ways Birth Control Medication Can Affect Your Skin

    Birth control prevents pregnancy and can have all kind of effects on your body. But do you know what it can do for your skin? See more »

  • All Choked Up: Smog and Your Skin Quiz

    All Choked Up: Smog and Your Skin Quiz

    The foul stench of smog may cause you to choke and cough. But in addition to damaging your lungs, smog can also damage your skin. Do you have the knowledge to protect your dermis from pollution? See more »

  • Are tattoos bad for my skin?

    Are tattoos bad for my skin?

    Tattoos, like other types of body art, are a common form of self-expression. If you've ever considered getting one, though, some concerns may have crossed your mind. That needle, for instance, pricking your skin and marking it with dye -- is it safe? See more »

  • Are there medical reasons to get a tattoo?

    Are there medical reasons to get a tattoo?

    Patients with serious medical needs typically wear bracelets to alert paramedics. But some people are replacing their bracelets with something new -- a tattoo. See more »

  • At a Glance: Parabens

    At a Glance: Parabens

    Lipstick, soda and bandages share this common ingredient. As disturbing as it may sound, toothpaste, glue and baked goods include the same helpful component, too. But, what are parabens, anyway? See more »

  • At a Glance: Tattoos and Skin Health

    At a Glance: Tattoos and Skin Health

    Body art, such as a tattoo, is a terrific way to express your individuality, but it's permanent, and there are some risks -- especially for your skin. See more »

  • At a Glance: Worrying About Your Skin

    At a Glance: Worrying About Your Skin

    Stress can trigger a host of physical ailments, including blemishes on our skin. But there are ways to win the battle against high anxiety. See more »

  • Beauty or Blemish: What do others see?

    Beauty or Blemish: What do others see?

    Pimples, zits, blackheads, whiteheads -- regardless of what you call your blemishes, they certainly can be difficult to ignore when you look in the mirror. But do other people see your blemishes before your beauty? Take our quiz to find out. See more »

  • Booze & Blemishes: Do you know how alcohol affects your skin?

    Booze & Blemishes: Do you know how alcohol affects your skin?

    Have you ever wondered why your skin lacks its natural glow after a night of drinking? Take this quiz to find out that glass of jack and coke’s affect on your skin. See more »

  • Can you get a staph infection from a tattoo?

    Can you get a staph infection from a tattoo?

    Tattoos are often colorful with vivid inks. But a red, oozing staph infection? Talk about your worst nightmare. Can a life-changing experience suddenly turn into a life-threatening one? See more »

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