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Doctor insights on: Under Eye Skin Folds

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Skin Folds (Definition)

Skin folds are the parts of the body where skin overlaps and traps skin oils and skin moisture, increasing the likelihood of rashes and odors. Skin folds areas include the neck (sometimes), the armpits, under the breasts (sometimes), and between ...Read more


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Would a thread lift be effective at my age? I am 50 and am seeking a way to get rid of the ugly skin folds on my neck. I would rather avoid a lengthy recovery process if there is an alternative..

Would a thread lift be effective at my age? I am 50 and am seeking a way to get rid of the ugly skin folds on my neck. I would rather avoid a lengthy recovery process if there is an alternative..

Not recommended.: This procedure uses a barbed thread that is placed in the sub cutaneous (under the skin) plane to to pull the skin. The problem is that pulling skin will not correct that situation because the problem is with the under lying muscle-fibrous layer of the neck and face.
It will create un-nateral pulling, and will not last because the skin stretches. ...Read more

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How can itching in skin folds be prevented?

How can itching in skin folds be prevented?

Hygeine: Regular good hygeine with soap and water and application of talcum powder or baby powder after drying can help relieve the itching. ...Read more

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I have a circular lump at the top of my ear where the skin folds, what could it be?

I have a circular lump at the top of my ear where the skin folds, what could it be?

Hard to say: Could be a benign cyst. The ears are very cystic structures in general. If it is tender it could be a condition called chondrodermatitis nodularis helicus. However, to be sure have it checked out by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby is having a neck rashes in her skin folds. What's the best treatment for it?

My 6 month old baby is having a neck rashes in her skin folds. What's the best treatment for it?

Irritation: This sounds like an irritant contact dermatitis. It is likely from the irritation caused by sweat. Do your best to keep the area dry and it will probably improve. If not then you should have your pediatrician have a look. ...Read more

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Been experiencing reddish rash in skin folds, inner part of arms and thigh areas. Slight elevation in rash. My neck have a rash as well with bumps in?

Been experiencing reddish rash in skin folds, inner part of arms and thigh areas. Slight elevation in rash. My neck have a rash as well with bumps in?

Dermatologist: See a dermatologist. Your eruption occurs in areas of friction. Yeast infections occur in these intertriginous areas, but neck involvement is usually not seen with yeast infections. Since you have such scattered involvement you should be examined for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can cutaneous non albican candidiasis affecting skin folds (foreskin) cause epididymo-orchitis/prostatitis symptoms? Chronic pain, pelvic region too

Can cutaneous non albican candidiasis affecting skin folds (foreskin) cause epididymo-orchitis/prostatitis symptoms? Chronic pain, pelvic region too

Yeast infection: If confined to cutaneous areas it will not produce the symptoms you are describing. Suggest you see a urologist and be fully evaluated soon. ...Read more

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What can be done about itching in skin folds? The itching is more intense when bathing in warm water. Medicated talcum powder gives only temporary relief. Antibiotic ointments only seem to make it worse. Cortisone cream has no effect one way or the other.

What can be done about itching in skin folds? The itching is more intense when bathing in warm water. Medicated talcum powder gives only temporary relief. Antibiotic ointments only seem to make it worse. Cortisone cream has no effect one way or the other.

If: If there is no skin breakdown or rash, keeping a skin fold dry and as free of moisture as you can is a good start. If there is skin breakdown you may have a secondary infection or fungal rash and may need to see a physician. ...Read more

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A light brown shiny bump smooth surface in groin where skin folds btwn thigh and abdomen. Is it likely to be genital wart?

A light brown shiny bump smooth surface in groin where skin folds btwn thigh and abdomen. Is it likely to be genital wart?

Probably not a wart: This is not the usual location of genital warts, and warts are generally not smooth or shiny. There are any number of more likely explanations. You'll need to see a doctor know. ...Read more

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How can be under eye skin sagging cured?

How can be under eye skin sagging cured?

Surgery: An oculoplastic surgeon can easily correct this with outpatient surgery. ...Read more

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I have dark under eye circle and skin of my face is dull please suggest some medicine?

I have dark under eye circle and skin of my face is dull please suggest some medicine?

Facial symptoms: Dark circle under the eye is not a symptom of any disease per se, and therefore, no medication can be suggested.
Dull skin sensation on the face is not enough to diagnose a problem. It could be nerve irritation, anxiety, dental issue, etc. More info is needed. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish whether I have dark under eye circles or hyperpigmented skin under my eyes?  

How can I distinguish whether I have dark under eye circles or hyperpigmented skin under my eyes?  

Watch for changes: "dark circles under eyes" just means the coloring of the lower eyelids and skin below the lower lids is darker than other parts of the face. Dark circles can be from increased pigment in the skin, more blood in the skin, thinner skin so the blood in the skin shows up more easily, and any combination of the three. The coloring that changes from hour to hour, or day to day, is probably not pigment. ...Read more

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What is the best procedure for tightening skin under eyes? I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin so I'm worried about scarring.

What is the best procedure for tightening skin under eyes? I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin so I'm worried about scarring.

Plastic surgery: Is commonly done for this. Removal of extra skin or paradoxically putting chemical implants in. I do not know why diagnosis isn't done on them since:
fat deposit changes, FLUID, wrinkling can do this but have very very different physiology and presumably different best treatments.

But first, excercize a heck of a lot til sweating profusely and see if the bags disappear. Then, it's lymphatic fluid ...Read more

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What's really dark under eye circles? It's clear to me that it's not a problem in the skin beneath the eyes so what is it?

Allergies?: A 19 year old male with really dark underye circles - can be caused by allergies. Try oral antihistamine or nasal steroid spray. See an allergist to determine specific environmental allergies and help with avoidance measures. ...Read more

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Hi, I am having this strange red circle under eye, it is very dry and sometimes skin on top of that gets white and peals off. Please help.

Hi, I am having this strange red circle under eye, it is very dry and sometimes skin on top of that gets white and peals off. Please help.

The eyelid skin: Can suffer from the same ailments common to other parts of the body and some unique ones as well due to influence from tear film at times. In this case it could be a hypertrophic lesion that would benefit from topical therapy versus inflammatory & would also benefit from the same. In uncommon cases skin carcinomas may begin the same way. Have your Ophthalmologist look at the lesion for diagnosis. ...Read more

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My boyfriends under eyes have been becoming red and puffy when he sleeps. It's progressed to almost like chapped skin. How should it b treated?

My boyfriends under eyes have been becoming red and puffy when he sleeps. It's progressed to almost like chapped skin. How should it b treated?

May be: Allergic uveitis or conjunctivitis, or simply dry eyes. Try using artificial tears four to six times a day for a couple days, and if not effective you will need to bring him to a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for using HealthTap. ...Read more

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Do facial exercises work? My under eye skin is very thin and sensitive, so I'm hoping it might help. I want my skin to stay healthy and wrinkle-free!

Keep skin moist: Keep the skin moist especially at sleep. The eyelids heat up with everyone at night. Anything that feels good will be proactive. Just don't put stuff accidentally in your eyes. ...Read more

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Can U feel wrinkles forming on face? Past week it feels like someone's slightly stretching skin on cheekbones; now see wrinkles & puffiness under eyes

Can U feel wrinkles forming on face? Past week it feels like someone's slightly stretching skin on cheekbones; now see wrinkles & puffiness under eyes

Unclear question: You cannot feel wrinkles forming. These take years and just creep up on you.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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My 15 month old kid have redish skin under eyes. He is taking less milk in these days please giide me may be I have to change milk of baby. I'm using me?

My 15 month old kid have redish skin under eyes. He is taking less milk in these days please giide me may be I have to change milk of baby. I'm using me?

Milk intake: Normal for toddlers to decrease milk intake as they eat more solid food. Redness under eyes unlikely due to milk. Follow up with doctor re eye redness. ...Read more

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I've become a lot weaker. I used to be a healhy kid. I was an excessive masturbator. Face skin became dull and dark circles came under eyes. Please guide?

I've become a lot weaker. I used to be a healhy kid. I was an excessive masturbator. Face skin became dull and dark circles came under eyes. Please guide?

Healthy kid: Stop feeling sorry for yourself and stop blaming masturbation for your condition. Your dark circles may be " allergic shiners" and allergies may be responsible for your condition. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I am only 17 but I have weird bumpy looking skin under eyes which looks really old, tired and unhealthy?

I am only 17 but I have weird bumpy looking skin under eyes which looks really old, tired and unhealthy?

Impossible: To diagnosis online based on this description. Consider getting this checked with primary care provider to start, but more specifically with dermatology or ophthalmology. ...Read more

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Yellowing of skin and bags under eyes?

Yellowing of skin and bags under eyes?

Skin yellowing: Skin yellowing can occur in hepatitis (inflammation of the liver which may be due to viruses, autoimmune diseases, medications, and other), low thyroid function, certain types of anemia and a number of other conditions. Bags under eyes can occur in a number of conditions as well. Please see your doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation and blood work. This needs a diagnosis as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Cause for red purple puffy under eye skin area?

Cause for red purple puffy under eye skin area?

Bug bite, infection: See your doctor if it doesn't resolve by tomorrow. An infection can spread into the actual orbital capsule of the eye. In the meantime, put a warm compress on the area of puffiness. Is it itchy, painful, or is there a discharge? These are things your doctor will need to know. ...Read more

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Dark wrinkley puffy itchy skin under eyes. What do I do?

Dark wrinkley puffy itchy skin under eyes. What do I do?

Allergies: Patients with allergies can develop scaly, red and itchy skin around the eyes and on the eyelids from allergies. This skin condition is called allergic dermatitis or allergic eczema. You can use a hypoallergenic cream/lotion: cetaphil or lubriderm and consider contacting your medical doctor about taking allergy pills-such as Claritin (loratadine) or allegra. ...Read more

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What is the best non surgical way to tighten skin under eyes?

Tighten skin: Proven over the counter remedies are hard to find: products with hyaluronic acid help. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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My skin under eye is purpleish and my eye hurts when I blink what is going on?

My skin under eye is purpleish and my eye hurts when I blink what is going on?

Clogged oil gland: Possibly a sty. A sty is when an oil gland of the eyelid margin gets clogged and the oil backs up and forming a pocket of stagnant oil and the eyelid becomes inflamed. A hordeolum is the acute phase or beginning stage of a stye, and a chalazion is the chronic phase (where the oil becomes more granular, thick and the skin inflammation resolves, but there is still a bump/nodule in the eyelid). ...Read more

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What procedure would be used to help crows feet and crepe like skin under eyes?

What procedure would be used to help crows feet and crepe like skin under eyes?

Crow: Surgery may be indicated to remove wrinkles around the eyes. Make an appointment with your local oculoplastics or plastics doctor to get a firsthand opinion. This might not be covered by your insurance... ...Read more