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Manicures and pedicures: Safety first

April 2013

At the first sign of spring, do you make an appointment for a pedicure? Whether you wait for spring to pamper your nails or do so year round, you’ll want to watch the Academy’s latest video.

In just a few minutes, you’ll learn:

  • Tips to reduce your risk of getting an infection during a manicure or pedicure.
  • Why buying your own nail care kit can be a wise investment, even if you get your nails done at a salon.
  • Dermatologist's tips to help you keep your nails looking their best.

Manicure and pedicure safety (2:53)

What dermatologists tell their patients

Before seeing your dermatologist, be sure to remove your nail polish. Your nails say a lot about your health, and your dermatologist will want to check them.

Conditions that can also affect your nails

Alopecia areata: Signs and symptoms

Psoriatic arthritis: Signs and symptoms

Lichen planus: Signs and symptoms

Hidden melanomas

In the news

Henna tattoos have risks
Many people mistakenly believe that temporary henna tattoos are harmless. Getting a temporary henna tattoo can cause an allergic reaction. This can happen immediately after getting the tattoo or weeks later. Reactions include skin redness, blisters, and even permanent scarring. A reaction can be so serious that it requires a trip to the emergency room.

Before getting a temporary henna tattoo, be sure to read this Consumer Update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Temporary tattoos may put you at risk.


Alopecia areata guide offers beauty tips
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. Most people are otherwise healthy, but the hair loss can leave one feeling devastated.

To help people hide their hair loss, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation created a guide. Within, you’ll find tips to help you tackle cosmetic concerns like a pro. This guide covers everything from caring for hairpieces to using spray-on hair color and scalp makeup. You’ll also find information to help you create fabulous-looking eyelashes and eyebrows.

You can download this guide at Alopecia areata cosmetic guide (pdf).

Academy news

Help people find skin cancer early: Wear orange
When caught early and treated, skin cancer can often be cured. You can make more people aware of this life-saving fact by wearing orange on Monday, May 6. The Academy designates the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday®, a day to raise awareness of melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

To learn more, visit Melanoma Monday®.


New Jersey law bans minors from indoor tanning
New Jersey joins the growing list of states that have laws to prohibit minors from indoor tanning. A law recently passed in New Jersey bans anyone under 17 years of age from using indoor tanning devices. This law is based on significant scientific evidence that links indoor tanning to increased risk of developing melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.

To find out when this law goes into effect, read New Jersey prohibits indoor tanning for minors under 17.


Academy’s pinboard offers beauty and skin care tips
Are you looking for tips to help keep your skin, hair, and nails healthy?

Follow the Academy on Pinterest.


Camp Discovery accepting applications
Do you know a child between 8 and 16 years of age who has a skin condition? Does that skin condition require daily care or reduce the child’s quality of life? Camp Discovery offers children who have a chronic skin condition the chance to attend summer camp. While at camp, children receive expert care from dermatologists and other health care professionals. Past campers say they look forward to camp all year.

To learn more about this free summer camp, visit Camp Discovery, FAQs.


Next month – Sunscreen: What you’ll want to know

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