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Dr. Karen Han Dr. Han
Dermatology
19 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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I go swimming a lot. How can I protect my skin health?

I go swimming a lot. How can I protect my skin health?

Sun Protection: Try to avoid swimming between 10am and 4pm. Be sure to apply sunscreen 20 min before swimming, and reapply every 2 hours. If possible, use sun protective swim shirts. Cover up as much as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch Dr. Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
18 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Tomeo Dr. Tomeo
Dermatology
34 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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I don't go out very much. Is sunlight really important for your skin health?

Yes: It is healthy to have some sun-expoure (but limited). One does not need more than about 1/2 hr a day to make vitamin d but also there are psychologic benefits. If you can't get out , it might be prudent to supplement with oral vitamin d. Make sure you have your vit d levels checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Strimling Dr. Strimling
Dermatology
27 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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How does your diet affect your skin health?

How does your diet affect your skin health?

Diet and Skin: All living human cells, including skin require protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals among other various nutrients to function normally, so a healthy, well rounded diet is needed for this. A multi-vitamin may be helpful if your diet is lacking or poor. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How do you improve hair and skin health?

How do you improve hair and skin health?

Two BIG Tips:: 1. Sunscreen , shade , sun glasses & protective clothing - Prevent Solar Damage. 2. Hydrate ! ...Read more

Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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How does piercing affect my skin health?

How does piercing affect my skin health?

Doesn't: If you get the piercing done by someone skilled in proper technique, follows sterile procedure, & uses good quality metals that aren't coated with certain chemicals, then you shouldn't have problems with piercings. You need to keep the area clean, especially the first few days after piercing to avoid infection or granulation tissue. If you see any irritation or discoloration, see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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How does diabetes affect my skin health?

Skin infections: Diabetics are more prone to yeast infections in the groin, the armpit. They are also more prone to skin infections. To decrease yeast infections a dilute Acetic Acid or vinegar can acidity the skin. For recurrent bacterial infections along with antibiotics a dilute clorox bath can reduce bacteria.1 cup to whole tub of water. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathleen Cullen Dr. Cullen
Internal Medicine
5 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Does vitamin help your skin health?

Does vitamin help your skin health?

Yes: I always recommend getting your vitamins from whole fruits and veggies rather than synthetic man made vitamins. An apple has over 12, 000 phytonutrients all working in synergy to give you optimal health! no man made vitamin can do that.Topical creams only work on the top (dead layer) of skin.Therefore optimal nutrition is needed to increase antioxidants levels in the bloodstream supplying the skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Lester Thompson Dr. Thompson
Pathology
29 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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Is makeup bad for skin health in the long run?

Is makeup bad for skin health in the long run?

Possibly: Makeup covers the pores and potentially clogs them, giving the possibility of getting infections or folliculitis. However, if you have clean skin, over the long term, you are going to do better. Make-up that rubs in rather than "covering" is likely to be less damaging or clogging over the long term. ...Read more

Dr. Shalini Gupta Dr. Gupta
Dermatology
21 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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How safe are laser hair removals? Will it hurt my skin health?

Safe and effective: Laser hair removal is safe and effective in patients of all skin colors. It works well on pigmented hairs but not well on blonde or gray hairs. It is important to have the right laser and experienced person performing the procedure for safe treatment. Lasers generally help stimulate new collagen growth in the skin, so they are actually beneficial for improving skin health. ...Read more

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Dr. John Walker Dr. Walker
Surgery - Plastics
22 years in practice
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What is a good vitamin or mineral for skin health for a 23 year old male?

What is a good vitamin or mineral for skin health for a 23 year old male?

Topical vitamin A: Topical vitamin a, or retinols are good for skin health, but at your age the best thing is sunscreen. Apply judiciously. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Strimling Dr. Strimling
Dermatology
27 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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I hate having to wash my dishes because of my skin health. What should I do?

I hate having to wash my dishes because of my skin health. What should I do?

Skin Health ; Dishes: Excess washing can dry and irritate your skin. Wear rubber or other water-barrier type gloves when washing dishes or trade this chore with someone else or eat out more. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Benabio Dr. Benabio
Dermatology
14 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How does sweating affect my skin health?

How does sweating affect my skin health?

It doesn't: Sweating is normal and healthy -- in fact, sweat is antibacterial! however, excess sweating can lead to chronically damp, damaged skin. Damaged skin is vulnerable to fungus and yeast infections such as jock itch and athlete's foot. Excess sweating can be treated with topical antiperspirants and in extraordinary circumstances, with Botox injections. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly Dr. Connolly
Dermatology
25 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What should I do to i improve my skin health?

What should I do to i improve my skin health?

Skin: Since ultraviolet radiation from the sun and indoor tanning causes most of our skin damage and aging, daily sunscreen useage and sun protection is the most important . Seeing a dermatologist yearly for a skin cancer screening is important. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Is sugar bad for skin health?

Is sugar bad for skin health?

In excess: Sugar is one of the normal, natural food constituents. Refined sugar is okay in moderation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman Dr. Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How bad is botox for your skin health?

How bad is botox for your skin health?

Botox is beneficial: Botox and disport work by preventing the contraction of muscles which leads to wrinkles. When used regularly, it can help promote long term improvements in your appearance. When given by a properly trained and experienced injector, the risk of problems is very low and patient satisfaction is very high. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger Dr. Shenenberger
Dermatology
21 years in practice
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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How does certain type of fabric affect your skin health?

It depends: Some fabrics can cause irritation of the skin (wool) or even allergic reactions (man-made fabrics). Dyes in fabrics can also cause problems in some people. If you think you are having a problem with something in particular i recommend you see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau Dr. Juchau
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Dr. Luciann Hruza Dr. Hruza
Dermatology
29 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Are prenatal vitamins good for skin health?

Are prenatal vitamins good for skin health?

Vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are good in general. We don't generally eat a balanced diet with all the minerals we need. In particular prenatal vitamins have a high Folic Acid which prevents spinal cord defects in babies. You can just take centrum sivler or a similar vitamin you buy in the store that is not prescrftption and get the same benefit. ...Read more

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Dr. Traci Buxton Dr. Buxton
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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I have an eating disorder. How is my skin health related to my dietary health?

I have an eating disorder. How is my skin health related to my dietary health?

Very connected: People with eating disorders often suffer from rough, dry, flaky skin, which is caused by not eating enough protein or fat. These symptoms will improve as your diet improves and omega-3 fatty acid supplements can be helpful as well. Your doctor will also check your vitamin d and thyroid levels, as they can be abnormal in eating disorders and cause skin problems. ...Read more

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