Skin Care

Skin care is a broad term that refers to everything from hygiene to anti-aging regimens. Learn more about skin care at HowStuffWorks.


With all the talk about germs in the office and other public places, many of us have a bottle of antibacterial soap somewhere nearby. But is it any better?

How do sunless-tanning products work? Which is the most effective: self-tanning lotions or tanning pills?

Sunburn is dangerous and painful, but what is happening in your skin cells as they react to sunlight and UV rays?

I noticed a light brown spot emerge on my newborn son's forehead when he was about three days old. It never went away. Everyone calls it a birthmark. What is a birthmark?

Antiperspirants stop you from sweating. How do they do it, and is it safe?

What exactly is an itch? Find out what your nerves register as "itching" and why you need to scratch so badly.

Eau de toe is all too common -- we all know someone with especially bad foot odor. But why are feet so likely to become so rank that a mere whiff is horrifying?

Hair growth is a somewhat mysterious process. Find out why different hair grows to different lengths.

Anyone who's ever regretted a haircut has wondered about the pace of hair growth. Is there any way to speed it up or slow it down? And why does some people's hair grow so quickly?

There is something mysterious about the sun and skin: Why do some people tan, and others burn? What's happening, and why does sunscreen prevent it? Find out exactly what the sun does to your skin.

About 50 percent of those who get tattoos later regret them. Find out how laser tattoo removal techniques are helping people of all ages rid themselves of something that they no longer want on their bodies.

Not too long ago, tattoos were taboo in Western culture. But today, people of all ages and walks of life are sporting permanent ink.

Millions of men and women around the globe are affected by thinning hair and severe hair loss. Learn about the various medications and procedures being used to "reverse" these conditions.