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Shaving tips for smooth skin

January 2013

When we think about seeing a dermatologist, we often think of seeing this doctor to get a diagnosis or treatment for skin disease. Many people are surprised to learn that dermatologists also give tips to help us take better care of our skin, hair, and nails.

This month, we share dermatologists’ tips that can help you get a close, comfortable shave.

How to shave (1:21)

What dermatologists tell their patients

Some people who get razor bumps from shaving find relief from using an electric razor that is set on high. You won’t get a really close shave, but you will reduce skin irritation.

More information about removing hair

Laser hair removal

Treating excess body hair could remedy a hairy situation

Waxing and isotretinoin

In the news

Hair straightening at salon may be health hazard
Getting a keratin hair-straightening treatment at a salon may not be as safe as you think. These treatments that promise to give you smooth and manageable hair for about three months can expose you to formaldehyde, which can cause cancer.

Investigators have found that even if the label says the product is formaldehyde-free, the claim could be untrue. Customers and salon workers using these products have experienced health problems, ranging from nosebleeds to hair loss. To learn more about the risks, read Congressman Ed Markey and colleagues ask FDA to investigate the Brazilian Blowout and other hair straightening products.


Stop hepatitis C medicine if rash develops
If you are taking medicine to treat hepatitis C and develop a rash, you should contact your doctor immediately. One medicine, telaprevir, can cause a potentially serious skin rash. If you are taking telaprevir, you will see a new warning accompanying this medicine. For more information about this read FDA Drug Safety Communication: Serious skin reactions after combination treatment with the Hepatitis C drugs Incivek (telaprevir), peginterferon alfa, and ribavirin.

Academy news

Applications for shade structure grants due Feb. 1
Shade plays an important role in preventing skin cancer. To help protect children from the sun’s harmful rays, the Academy offers grants for shade structures. Non-profit organizations and public schools that serve children between the ages of 4 and 18 are eligible to apply for this grant.

You can learn more about the grant program and download an application by going to Shade Structure Grant Program.


Camp Discovery dates announced
Camp Discovery offers kids living with long-term skin conditions the chance to connect with other young people who face similar challenges. In this environment, they can just relax and enjoy summer camp experiences like swimming and boating.

While having fun, the campers are under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses. There is no fee to attend this camp.

You’ll find the dates for these summer camps at 2013 camp schedule.


Let SPOT help you keep your 2013 resolutions
If your New Year’s resolution is to be more active or contribute to a great cause, the Academy has got you covered.

When you hit the gym this New Year, why not sport a SPOT Skin Cancer® t-shirt and hydrate with a BPA-free SPOT water bottle? When you buy these SPOT products, you help raise awareness about skin cancer. This, in turn, helps to improve the health of others.

The net proceeds from sales of these products benefit the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer® initiative, which educates people about skin cancer and motivates individuals to make positive lifestyle changes that can prevent and detect skin cancer.

SPOT products are available at the AAD store.


Next month: How to treat head lice

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