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Taking good care of your skin

November 2012

Good skin care does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. During National Healthy Skin Month, we share simple skin care tips from dermatologists. The new skin care video, Face washing 101, gives you six tips you can start doing today.

Face washing 101 (video, 1:26)

This month, you'll find links to other simple tips to help your skin and hair look their best.

What dermatologists tell their patients

Moisturizing immediately after washing can help prevent dry skin. To lock in moisture after taking a bath or shower, towel dry and immediately apply a moisturizer.

More tips

How to get the most from your skin care products
(video, 1:13)

Tips for healthy hair (video, 2:49)

Caring for tattooed skin

Dermatologists’ top 10 tips for relieving dry skin

Academy news

Your holiday cards can help send a child to camp
Your holiday cards can make a difference in a child’s life. When you order your cards from the Academy, the proceeds help to send a child to Camp Discovery.

Camp Discovery is a summer camp exclusively for children living with a chronic (long-term) skin disease. Many children who attend this camp participate in activities that they would otherwise not have the opportunity to enjoy because of their skin condition.

When you order your holiday cards from the Academy, you receive:

  • 25 quality cards per box.
  • 2 lines of free imprinting.
  • Matching foil-lined envelopes.
  • Message on each card communicating your support.

To view and order cards, visit Greeting cards spread cheer, support Camp Discovery.

In the news

Banana Boat recalls spray-on sunscreens
Many people were shocked by news this summer of a man who applied a spray-on sunscreen and then caught fire when a flame from his grill traveled up his arm. After a few such reports, Banana Boat is recalling its continuous spray sun care products. Anyone who has one of these sunscreens is asked not to use it.

To learn more about this recall, read:


Pain relievers applied to the skin can cause blisters, swelling
A few people are getting chemical burns from non-prescription products that they apply to their skin to relieve sore muscles and joints. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says burns range from minor to serious enough to require hospitalization. You can reduce your risk of burns by following a few tips. After applying a pain reliever to your skin, do not tightly bandage the area. Never apply a heating pad to skin coated with pain reliever.

To learn more, read Burn risk seen with topical pain relievers.


Smoking may increase risk for skin cancer
If you smoke, you now have one more good reason to quit. Findings from recent studies suggest that smoking also increases your risk for skin cancers. Researchers looking at recent studies discovered the following findings:

  • Smoking was associated with a 52% increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma (a common form of skin cancer).
  • Women diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma were twice as likely to have smoked.
  • Men who were long-term smokers were at slightly higher risk for basal cell carcinomas (the most common type of skin cancer).

To find out more about these studies, read Smoking might raise your odds for skin cancer.


Next month: Caring for a child who has eczema

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