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  • Apr 2018

    Can avocado oil strengthen my hair?

    Oils play an important role in the health of a person’s hair. Avocado oil may have specific benefits due to its vitamin and mineral composition. When the hair’s natural oil balance is uneven, or the environment has damaged the hair, using oils on the scalp or hair may moisturize it and prevent further damage.

  • Apr 2018

    What is a malar rash?

    A malar rash is also known as a butterfly rash and appears on the face. It is usually red or purple and may be blotchy or solid. It can occur alongside many conditions, including lupus and rosacea. Treatment depends on the cause. There are lifestyle tips and tricks that can help. Learn more about the best ones here.

  • Apr 2018

    What essential oils are good for preventing stretch marks?

    Stretch marks can affect many areas of the body and are associated with changes in the body’s shape and appearance. This might be due to rapid weight gain or loss and pregnancy. Essential oils can help to stop marks appearing and improve existing ones. Learn more about the best essential oils for stretch marks here.

  • Apr 2018

    Is telogen effluvium reversible?

    Telogen effluvium is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens several months after a person experiences a traumatic event or stress. The hair usually regrows within 6 to 9 months. In this article, learn more about causes, treatments, and tips for recovery, including dietary changes and lifestyle habits.

  • Apr 2018

    Eczema during pregnancy: What to know

    Many women experience eczema for the first time during pregnancy, while those who already have eczema may experience an increase or reduction in symptoms. We look at how a woman can safely treat pregnancy eczema and what home remedies may help. We also look at postpartum eczema and how to treat it while breast-feeding.

  • Apr 2018

    Why is my eyelash growing in the wrong direction?

    Instead of becoming trapped under the skin, an ingrown eyelash may grow in the wrong direction, toward the eye. This is called trichiasis, and it can cause irritation, pain, and damage to the cornea. Injury, inflammation, or certain conditions may be responsible. Medical treatment is often necessary. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2018

    How to get rid of greasy hair naturally

    There are many ways to get rid of oily, greasy hair. These include changing how the hair is washed, the products used, and a number of natural remedies that could help. In this article, we look at 17 natural remedies that could improve the appearance of hair and make the scalp less itchy and uncomfortable.

  • Apr 2018

    Sebaceous hyperplasia: Treatment and home remedies

    When sebaceous glands become enlarged, small bumps can appear under the skin, often on the face. These bumps are harmless, but some choose to remove them for cosmetic reasons. Here, learn about medical procedures and at-home treatment options. We also look at whether sebaceous hyperplasia can be prevented.

  • Apr 2018

    Eight benefits of avocado oil for the skin

    Cooking with avocado oil has many well-known advantages, but the oil can also benefit the skin. Here, we look at the research behind its many healing properties. Learn how avocado oil can soothe burns, reduce dandruff, moisturize the face, and reduce inflammation. We also describe the best ways to apply it to the skin.

  • Apr 2018

    How do you get rid of a butt rash?

    A butt rash is common in babies, but adults can get them too. They have many causes, and sometimes the rash is accompanied by an itchy or painful feeling. Treatment depends on the type of rash, but most respond well to home remedies. Learn more about the most effective home remedies and how to prevent butt rashes here.

  • Apr 2018

    Female pattern baldness: Treatment and genetics

    While most women lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair per day, this hair is usually quickly replaced by new growth. When bald patches or thinning occurs, however, it may be a sign of female pattern baldness. In this article, learn more about the common causes and treatment of hair loss in women.

  • Apr 2018

    Does menopause cause rashes?

    Menopause causes a variety of familiar symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness — but can it cause a rash? In this article, we look at the link between menopause, estrogen, and skin health. We also discuss how women can help prevent skin changes, such as dryness and age spots, during menopause.

  • Apr 2018

    Can I get rid of a mole by myself?

    Some people use home remedies to get rid of their moles. However, these remedies have not been proven to be safe or effective. Instead, people are advised to see a dermatologist about any moles they are concerned about. In this article, we look at 14 home remedies that some say could lead to mole removal.

  • Apr 2018

    Zyrtec vs. Claritin for treating allergies

    Zyrtec and Claritin are two popular antihistamines that can reduce allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and rashes. Zyrtec contains cetirizine and Claritin contains loratadine. Their effects are very similar. We compare their effectiveness, side effects, and other antihistamines such as Allegra and Benadryl.

  • Apr 2018

    What does mottling of the skin indicate?

    The skin can become mottled and have purple or red patchy areas, which may appear in a lace-like pattern. Medically known as livedo reticularis, it can have a variety of causes including poor circulation and shock. Some very elderly or terminally ill people may experience this condition. Learn more about it here.

  • Apr 2018

    Four causes of an orange tongue

    Looking in a mirror and seeing that the tongue has turned orange may be alarming, especially when a person has eaten nothing containing food coloring recently. In this article, learn what causes an orange tongue, including infections, medications, and beta carotene. We also describe what other colors may indicate.

  • Apr 2018

    Am I allergic to my dog?

    Dog allergies are one of the most common types of pet allergy. Symptoms can include hives, itchy skin, and watery eyes after contact with a dog. Home remedies and medicines can help get rid of some symptoms, especially mild itching and redness, so a person with mild dog allergies may still be able to live with a dog.

  • Apr 2018

    How do you prevent pimples?

    Several factors can cause acne, but simple hygiene techniques and lifestyle changes can often prevent pimples from forming. Washing regularly and reducing stress are some of the best ways to ward off this common skin issue. Here, learn more about effective methods of prevention and treatment.

  • Apr 2018

    What is a pilar cyst?

    Pilar cysts are fluid-filled lumps that tend to appear on the scalp. These lumps are usually harmless and often require no treatment, though they may be removed if they are causing discomfort. Learn how to identify these lumps here with details on what they look like, along with what happens if treatment is required.

  • Apr 2018

    How to use a baking soda bath

    Baking soda baths are used for a variety of purposes, including as a skin detox and to relieve itching and irritation from eczema, yeast infections, UTIs, and more. Learn how to make a baking soda bath and whether there are any risks. We also look at additional remedies using baking soda and other types of detox baths.

  • Apr 2018

    How to manage a nickel allergy

    Many common foods and everyday objects contain trace amounts of nickel. A person may experience an allergic reaction on their skin such as a rash, a dry patch, or blistering after contact with this metal. In this article, learn how to identify a nickel allergy, which products to avoid, and additional risk factors.

  • Apr 2018

    What is an iodine intolerance?

    Iodine is essential for thyroid function but can cause an adverse reaction in some people. It is not a true allergy but rather an intolerance. Certain disinfectants or X-ray contrast material can trigger a reaction. Although shellfish may contain iodine, shellfish allergies are not related to iodine sensitivity.

  • Apr 2018

    What causes broken blood vessels on the face?

    Broken blood vessels or spider veins are enlarged blood vessels under the skin. They can occur anywhere but can appear on the face for a variety of reasons, including alcohol consumption and vomiting. In this article, learn how to get rid of broken blood vessels on the face with clinical treatments and home remedies.

  • Apr 2018

    What causes dark nipples?

    A person's nipples can change color at different times in their life. There are many different reasons why this might happen, most of which are harmless, hormone-related, and linked to pregnancy or menstruation. This article explains more about these causes of dark nipples, plus when someone might need to see a doctor.

  • Mar 2018

    Can humans have mange?

    Microscopic mites can cause mange in animals, which is called sarcoptic mange. Humans can get a different form of mange called scabies. Symptoms of scabies include a rash, intense itching, blisters, or burrow marks on the skin. Scabies can be treated using scabicide topical creams that kill the mites and their eggs.