Skin Information

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Skin problems may make you self-conscious about your looks, but some are helpful hints that a larger health problem is on the horizon. Which skin changes should raise a red flag?

By Rebecca Regan

It's no secret that sugary foods can lead to negative effects like weight gain, but can they affect your brain, too? Find out how a high sugar intake could make you look and feel older.

By Shannon Cicero

Eating healthier can improve your overall health, maybe even help you lose weight, but can it make you look and feel younger? What foods may help reverse the signs of aging?

By Gina Fisher

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Contrary to TV commercials that depict them as perpetually soft and smooth, babies can have several skin issues in their first few months of life. But which ones really need treatment?

By Mary Salisbury

Having combination skin can mean constantly fighting with different areas of your face that don't respond to same type of care. What can help bring this skin back into balance?

By Matteson Cade

In addition to affecting your body's blood sugar levels, diabetes can also lead to several skin conditions. Through preventive care, though, you may be able to protect your skin from these negative side effects.

By Christina Pander

If you're like most people, you want smooth, healthy skin, but maybe you don't want to wade through hundreds of chemically laden products to get it. That's where antioxidants can help.

By Sarah Rutland

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Bathing is great for scrubbing away dirt and grime that keep you from looking your best. But washing off too much or with the wrong products can also be harmful to your skin.

By Shannon Cicero

Curcumin, the key component of the herb turmeric, has been used for centuries as a food color and dye and as a natural treatment for certain skin problems. But does any scientific evidence back up such uses?

By Mary Salisbury

As your body's largest organ, your skin has a tough job of protecting your internal organs from harm. But it does much more than that to keep itself and the rest of your body healthy.

By Sarah Rutland

Pregnancy is a time of joy for many mothers, but sometimes it's accompanied by various skin problems. Are they anything to worry about? And will they go away after the baby is born?

By Sarah Jourdain

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Your skin can use all kinds of vitamins to stay healthy, but one -- vitamin D -- is so important that your skin actually produces it. If you aren’t getting enough vitamin D, though, it can lead to problems.

By Matteson Cade

Even if you do your best to protect your skin, you probably still encounter environmental factors that could do you harm. What are they, and how can you prepare yourself to prevent their damaging effects?

By Jackie Weaver

It's common knowledge that vitamin C strengthens your immune system, but did you know it can also prevent wrinkles and reduce sun damage to your skin?

By Susan Sentry

Vitamin E can help protect your skin from sun damage and harmful free radicals, but you don't need a dietary supplement to get your daily dose of this valuable nutrient.

By Alexander Page

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Vitamins get a lot of press, but they’re not the only nutrients that should be on your health radar. To stay healthy, your body also needs certain minerals. One of those crucial minerals, zinc, acts like a 24-hour, on-call skin mechanic.

By Matteson Cade

Dry skin can be itchy, uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but you can make it a thing of the past by understanding what causes it and how to prevent it.

By Elizabeth Whitmore

As you age, your skin doesn't just wrinkle — it sags, develops age spots, bruises easily and becomes more prone to certain diseases. So how can you slow the clock and fight the signs of aging?

By Sarah Rutland

While you may cleanse and moisturize your skin daily to keep it healthy, you can also nourish skin from the inside with vitamins. But what are the best vitamins for skin health?

By Sarah Rutland

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Your skin is one of the most important organs of your body, and it's also the largest. By acting as a barrier to the outside elements, it protects your internal organs from harm. But what is your skin actually made of?

By Sarah Rutland

Even though it's your body's largest organ, it's easy to take skin for granted. But it plays an important role as a protective barrier and temperature regulator. How does skin affect your overall health?

By Elizabeth Forester

Your genes determine all of your physical characteristics, including those for your skin. How do they affect your skin's type, color and risk of having some kind of disorder?

By Sarah Siddons

Different vitamins and minerals can be particularly good for your skin -- helping to rejuvenate it and restore a healthy glow. Which supplements will improve your skin's health?

By Sarah Rutland

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You probably know that eating vegetables keeps your body healthy, but some vegetables can especially benefit your skin. Which ones help the most?

By Alexander Page

Most people get out of the bath or pool to find the skin on their hands and feet temporarily shriveled. What causes these wrinkles, and are they any different from those that are linked to aging?

By Sarah Jourdain