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Meet the Doc Who Pops Pimples for the Internet's Enjoyment

Millions of 'popaholics' want to watch Dr. Lee do her thing

(Newser) - Warning: This story is not for the squeamish. We mean it. New York Magazine has a fascinating—if occasionally far too descriptive—profile on Dr. Sandra Lee, better known among so-called "popaholics" on the Internet as Dr. Pimple Popper. Lee, an otherwise typical Southern California dermatologist, accidentally stumbled upon... More »

Surgeon General: Quit Tanning Now

Country's top doctor says skin cancer is 'major public health problem'

(Newser) - Your doctor, your mom, and your shade-obsessed friends have probably all told you already about the dangers of suntanning—and now the surgeon general is jumping on the anti-bronzing bandwagon for the first time. Boris Lushniak today called skin cancer a “major public health problem,” and pointed a... More »

Nail Salon Lamps Linked to Skin Cancer Risk

But it takes many uses to damage skin, study finds

(Newser) - Frequent users of the lamp dryers in nail salons should consider using sunscreen or wearing gloves to minimize the risk of skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers say the machines, which use ultraviolet light to dry nail polishes, emit enough radiation to cause the kind of skin damage... More »

Breakthrough Is Big News for the Bald

But chance of new follicles still years away

(Newser) - Some extremely unimpressive hairs sprouting from the back of a mouse represent one of the biggest advances against baldness in years, NPR finds. The experiment, which involved grafting human skin onto the animal, was the first time scientists have ever been able to get skin from our species to produce... More »

Tainted Cocaine Rotting Flesh

Dealers cutting coke with dangerous livestock deworming drug

(Newser) - A horrifying side effect is emerging among people who use cocaine cut with a drug that deworms livestock. Users who suffer a bad reaction to the drug levamisole are developing large patches of dead, blackened skin on their faces and bodies as the additive damages blood vessels and causes skin... More »

Coroner Grills Jacko Dermatologist

(Newser) - Investigators probing Michael Jackson's death have quizzed his dermatologist and subpoenaed records from his office, ABC News reports. Arnold Klein's lawyer says his client—a personal friend of Jackson's and his dermatologist for more than 20 years—is cooperating fully with the investigation. Klein denies prescribing the singer any of... More »

Cancer Fears Drive Fitness Buffs Indoors

Dermatologists warn on workouts in the sun

(Newser) - Health experts warn us to keep fit while also pestering us to beware of the sun's damaging rays. The solution, for many: indoor workouts. “I refuse to exercise outdoors,” one avid stationary cyclist tells the Boston Globe. She said she considers the sun a harbinger of cancer, not... More »

Super-Acne Resists Drugs

Resistant bacteria strain increasingly defies antibiotics

(Newser) - As if regular old zits weren't bad enough, awkward teens now have a new worst nightmare: antibiotic-resistant super-acne. Dermatologists say the bacteria that causes pimples is increasingly immune to common treatments, reports MSNBC. And while acne may not be a life-threatening condition, the frequent prescription of antibiotics to treat it... More »

Cell Phones Also Annoy Your Skin

'Mobile phone dermatitis' could explain mysterious facial rashes

(Newser) - Cell phones won’t melt your brain, but they do cause “mobile phone dermatitis,” Reuters reports. A British dermatological organization is cautioning doctors to consider allergy-causing nickel found on many phones in cases of “a rash on the cheek or ear that cannot otherwise be explained.”... More »

Celebs Make 'Baby Fat' Chic

Madonna is the poster girl for newest youth-restoring procedures

(Newser) - Following the lead of Madonna and Demi Moore, women in their 50s and 60s are trading the tight pull of traditional facelifts for techniques that push out the face to resemble the baby fat plumpness of teenage definition, reports New York. The magazine dubs the sought-after look the “New... More »

For Skin Doctors, Cosmetics Trumps Medicine

Vanity clients trump medical patients at dermatologist's office

(Newser) - These days, dermatologists offer luxurious treatment rooms and personalized services for high-paying cosmetic clients seeking a Botox injection. But for those suffering medical conditions, the experience can be far less personal—increasingly, skin doctors are hiring assistants and nurse practitioners to handle everything from psoriasis to skin cancer. The New ... More »

8 Secrets to Healthy Skin

Quit smoking, get some sleep, and don't go crazy with the beauty aids

(Newser) - You can't fight getting older, but you can keep the signs of wear and tear, not to speak of stress, off your face with these tips from the New York Times beauty expert:
  1. Get rid of old beauty products after a year—pots and tubes can develop micro-organism communities
  2. Quit
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Dermatologist Says Marxism Is Only Skin-Deep

Karl Marx's skin disease contributed to theory of communism, says doc

(Newser) - A specter is haunting the history of communism: the specter of skin disease. In the latest post-mortem assessment of the health of great historical figures, a British dermatologist has concluded that Karl Marx suffered from hidradenitis suppurativa, an ailment afflicting the sweat glands that results in blackheads and boils. It... More »

Cancer Can Wait; Botox Doesn't

New study says medical patients wait longer than cosmetic patients

(Newser) - Patients have a better chance of seeing their dermatologists if they want Botox than if they want a potentially cancerous mole examined, a new study finds. Researchers, posing as patients in a dozen cities, faced a typical wait of eight days for cosmetic procedures and 26 days to test a... More »

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