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Removing gum from your hair

October 2013

When chewing gum gets in your hair, you can remove it without cutting it out. Most people have everything they need to do this in their kitchens. Be sure to watch this month’s video to see what dermatologists recommend for safely removing gum from the hair.

Tips for removing gum without cutting hair (1:08)

What dermatologists tell their patients

If you dry your hair by rubbing it with a towel, you’re likely damaging your hair. Try wrapping wet hair in a towel instead. This will absorb much of the water without damaging your hair.

Related resources:

Teaching your child healthy hair care habits

How often do children need to wash their hair?

Teaching your child healthy nail care

In the news

Rosacea breakthrough: Medicine to treat redness
Dermatologists have been prescribing medicine to treat the acne-like breakouts of rosacea for years. Now they have a medicine that they can prescribe to treat the redness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a medicine that reduces redness by constricting blood vessels. Patients apply this medicine to their skin.

You’ll find more information about this new medicine at FDA approves 1st topical gel to ease redness of rosacea.


Researchers combining drugs to treat advanced melanoma
A few years ago, we saw breakthrough in treatment for advanced melanoma. A drug known as ipilimumab was found to shrink tumors. This drug is effective for about 10% of patients who have advanced melanoma.

Researchers have been working hard to increase the percentage of patients who respond. They are finding that it may be possible to “reset” a patient’s immune system to fight the cancer with a new generation of drugs.

To learn more read Immune drugs hold hope of clinical cure for deadly skin cancer.

Academy news

Combination therapy: An option for severe psoriasis
When psoriasis becomes severe, using 2 or more treatments can lead to clearer skin. Combining some treatments, however, can cause serious side effects. To give patients safe and effective options, dermatologists study drug combinations.

One safe and effective combination was just reported*. In this study, dermatologists combined a biologic medicine, etanercept, with a medicine applied to the skin, clobetasol propionate foam. All patients had severe psoriasis. The patients who used both treatments saw a 75% improvement. Those using only the biologic saw a 65.2% improvement. Patients using only the foam had a 48.3% improvement.

You can learn more about psoriasis treatments at Psoriasis: Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome.

*Research published in the September 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Hyperhidrosis can cause sweating year round
For many people, fall brings relief from feeling hot and sweaty. If you find yourself sweating in cool weather, you may have hyperhidrosis. This treatable medical condition causes people to sweat for no apparent reason.

You can learn more about this condition and treatment options at Hyperhidrosis.


Proper skin care helps calm eczema
The National Eczema Association designates October as National Eczema Awareness Month. This is the perfect month to think about eczema. When the air becomes drier, eczema tends to flare. You can reduce flare-ups with good skin care.

You’ll find dermatologists’ tips that can help relieve eczema at Atopic dermatitis: Tips for managing.


Next month – November is National Healthy Skin Month

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