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Tips for healthier summer skin

July 2012

Just when we want our skin to look its best, summer exposes us to all kinds of things that can make our skin look less than flawless. Below you’ll find dermatologists’ tips to help you see healthier skin — and hair — this summer.

Acne: Tips for managing
Find out what dermatologists recommend to help clear your acne, instead of tanning.

Caring for tattooed skin
If you have a tattoo, it's important to protect it from the sun.

Hives: Signs and symptoms
Is that several bug bites or hives on your skin?

Melasma: Tips for managing
How to prevent melasma from becoming more noticeable during the summer.

Tinea versicolor: Tips for managing
This fungal skin infection tends to flare when it's hot and humid.


What dermatologists tell their patients

Summer can take a toll on your hair, too. Swimming in a pool can be especially hard on your hair. But there are things you can do to maintain smooth, shiny hair. This video shows you how to protect your hair from the damaging effects of the pool.

You'll also find other dermatologists' tips that you can use year-round to keep your hair healthy looking. Be sure to watch:

Tips for healthy hair (2:49)


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Academy news

Tips for choosing sunscreen
If you feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of sunscreens on the market and uncertain about which one to use, you're not alone. A recent survey found many people feel that way. To find out what to look for when shopping for sunscreen, visit this page:

Safeguard your skin and make the smart choice to use sunscreen this summer


Academy applauds bans on indoor tanning
Indoor tanning is undeniably linked to an increased risk of developing melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. The Academy applauds the state of Rhode Island and the City of Chicago for taking steps to protect minors.

City of Chicago passes ordinance prohibiting indoor tanning for those under 18

Rhode Island prohibits indoor tanning for minors

In the news

FDA says sunscreen not for infants
Sun protection is essential for everyone, including infants. But if your baby is less than 6 months of age, you should rarely apply sunscreen to your baby’s skin. This advice comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA, which regulates sunscreens, recommends that you protect an infant’s skin by keeping the baby out of the sun. It’s equally important to make sure that an infant does not become overheated.

To learn what the FDA recommends for protecting an infant from the sun and other hazards like overheating, read Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually


Next month: What causes hair loss?

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