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Caring for tattooed skin

February 2012

Have you ever wondered whether tattooed skin has different skin care needs? This month you can find out.

Caring for tattooed skin
Tips that dermatologists give their patients who have tattooed skin.

Caring for piercings and tattoos
Tips to help you avoid infection and other problems immediately after getting a tattoo or piercing.

Removing piercings and tattoos
What you should know before removing a tattoo or piercing.



What dermatologists tell their patients

Think before you get a permanent tattoo or piercing. Removal is often more involved, painful, and costly than getting the tattoo or piercing.


In the news

Customers of indoor tanning salons often get misleading information
An investigation conducted by the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee uncovered some startling findings. During this investigation, employees at tanning salons were asked direct, simple questions. Their answers often included false health claims, such as tanning is good for a young person’s health. Such claims disregard the scientific evidence that shows indoor tanning increases the risk of getting melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, by 75 percent.

For more information, visit American Academy of Dermatology Association urges policy makers to act on U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee's investigation of false claims made by indoor tanning salons, adopt federal legislation to protect young people.


Academy news

Advances make laser tattoo removal more appealing
There is no ideal laser that can remove all tattoo colors. Thanks to new approaches, lasers are producing better results with fewer treatment sessions. For more information, read Lasers lighting the way for enhanced treatment of melasma and tattoo removal.


Anti-aging treatments offer faster results, less downtime
Advances in fillers and lasers are giving dermatologists more options to correct the most notable signs of aging. To learn more, read New anti-aging treatments make it easier to turn back the clock.


Non-invasive fat removal treatments available
Non-invasive fat removal technologies are opening the door for more people to remove stubborn fat, safely and effectively. To learn more, read New non-invasive fat removal technologies offer alternative to liposuction for removing stubborn fat.


2012 Camp Discovery application available
For many kids living with a chronic skin condition, the idea of attending summer camp is unrealistic. Camp Discovery changes that.

The Academy is now accepting applications for the 2012 summer camps. There is no cost to attend, but to get an application, you must contact a dermatologist.

For more information about this unique summer camp, visit Camp Discovery.


Next month: Listen to Your Skin™

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