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Hair styling without damage

July 2013

When you dry your hair, do you rub it with a towel? Do you frequently use a styling product that offers long-lasting hold or wear your hair tightly pulled back? Over time, these hair-care habits can damage your hair.

By making some simple changes, you can have great-looking hair without the damage. To find out what dermatologists recommend, watch this month’s video.

Hair styling without damage (2:49)

What dermatologists tell their patients

When shampooing, focus on cleansing your scalp rather than the entire length of your hair. This helps avoid flyaway hair.

Related resources

How to stop damaging your hair

Tips for healthy hair (2:49)

In the news

Mercury found in skin care products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges everyone to check their skin care products to see where they were made. Several people have developed mercury poisoning after using foreign-made skin care products.

Foreign-made products found to contain mercury include:

  • Skin lighteners.
  • Acne treatments.
  • Anti-aging products that can erase age spots, freckles, blemishes, and wrinkles.

If you find a foreign-made skin care product, be sure to follow the advice given in this FDA alert: Mercury poisoning linked to skin products.


Before applying sunscreen, think fire risk
Some sunscreens can be flammable. To prevent this fire risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that anyone who will be around a flame use a “non-flammable sunscreen that does not contain alcohol.”

For more information, read this FDA alert: Use Sunscreen Spray? Avoid Open Flame.


Skin cancer caucus focuses on Prevent, Detect, Live
Dermatologists treat more than two million cases of skin cancer each year. Data analyzed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show that this number continues to rise. The NIH also found that a person’s lifetime risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, is now 1 in 50.

These sobering facts led to the creation of the Congressional Skin Cancer Caucus, which will we be co-chaired by Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.). The goals of this caucus include increasing awareness of skin cancer and improving access to care and treatment.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association is proud to support this caucus. To learn more, go to Congress unites on skin cancer.

Academy news

Free app delivers dermatologists’ expertise anywhere
You can now get dermatologists’ expertise wherever you go. A new app from the Academy allows you to:

  • Find the sun’s UV index exactly where you are.
  • Get location-specific tips to help you protect your skin from the sun.
  • Access information about skin diseases and treatments.
  • Pull up dermatologists’ health and beauty tips.

Board-certified dermatologists carefully reviewed all the information. This ensures that you get medically accurate information you can trust.

Apple’s App Store and Google Play both carry this app. To find it, search for Dermatology A to Z or download it at Dermatology A to Z mobile app.


Skin cancer often preventable
Taking a few simple precautions can greatly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. One of the easiest ways to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin with clothing. You will find other simple solutions at Quick and simple ways to prevent the most common form of cancer.


Academy’s summer camp celebrates 20 years
For a child who has a life-altering skin disease, attending summer camp can seem impossible. This summer marks the 20th year that the Academy has made this impossible feat possible. To find out how this free summer camp, Camp Discovery, has improved the lives of so many children, read Changing children’s lives one summer at a time for 20 years.


Indoor tanning: Texas joins states banning minors
Preventing minors from indoor tanning is important. Stopping this behavior before it can become a habit reduces a person’s risk of developing skin cancer. For this reason, the American Academy of Dermatology Association supports legislation that bans indoor tanning and commends the state of Texas. For more information, including when this ban begins in Texas, read Texas becomes fifth state to ban indoor tanning for minors under 18.


Next month – Psoriasis skin care

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