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Do other people notice my blemishes as much as I do?

Finding breakouts on your skin might make you feel self-conscious. But do other people really notice them as much as you do?


I Got Tattooed With a Protostar … For Science!

A tattoo artist created 18 pieces of art inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope. Our Fw:Thinking host Jonathan Strickland now sports one of them on his back. See more »

Disappearing Tattoos for the Commitment Phobes

A startup is developing a nonpermanent tattoo that can be applied with the same technique and equipment that traditional tattoo artists use. You could snag one in 2017. See more »

Blackout Tattoos: Now That's Some Serious Ink

Blackout tattoos were once reserved for things like covering up the name of your short-lived (but very passionate) crush you had inscribed on your body. No longer. See more »

Tattoos May Be Good for Your Health

A new study indicates having lots of tats might mean a healthy immune system. See more »

Tattoos: Telling a Story of Self-esteem?

A recent study of U.S. college students found that women with four or more tattoos had higher self-esteem than female participants with fewer or no tattoos. Who knew? See more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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 »