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Skin Condition Resource Centers

How often do you think about your skin? Not what it looks like, not what it feels like, not how smooth or youthful it may or may not be. But thinking about and appreciating the incredibly important role it plays in protecting your inner body – vital organs, muscles, skeleton, nervous system – from the outside environment. 

BedBugs. Lice. Scabies. Fleas. Spiders. Ticks. ... All can cause rashes, itching, and a lot of worry. The recent surge in bedbugs in eastern cities has everyone talking about how to find and kill bedbugs. But if you have a new rash or itchy red bumps, how do you know if bedbugs are the cause?  Maybe your skin problem is not even related to insects or bugs and is caused by something different altogether.

Your baby’s sensitive skin needs special care. A baby’s skin is soft and delicate, unlike the skin of an adult. The fragile skin of a baby is just beginning to develop when it is faced with many of the same harmful substances that adults face on a daily basis. This newly born skin is especially prone to rashes and different types of skin conditions.

It can be scary for first-time parents to see an unfamiliar skin rash and not be able to recognize what the problem may be. When your baby can’t tell you what is wrong, let the Infant Skin Resource Center be your guide to healthy baby skin. Here you can learn about common baby skin conditions and how to identify more serious problems of the skin.

Ninety percent of nonmelanoma cancers are due to sun exposure, which means more people than ever before are developing nonmelanoma skin cancer on body parts that tend to be most exposed to the sun: the face, neck, hands, and feet. Scarring and skin tissue removal are huge concerns to patients who are facing cancer surgery on these areas. Fortunately, Mohs surgery – or simply “Mohs” – offers an alternative to traditional surgery.

The most common type of cancer is skin cancer. Each year in the United States, around 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed. Many cases are non-life-threatening and can be treated if detected early. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The least common but most deadly form of skin cancer is melanoma. Approximately 8,000 deaths occur each year due to melanoma.

We human beings come in a delightful rainbow of colors, from porcelain to pink to olive and brown to darkest ebony. We are all "people of color," and we have the innate intelligence of our bodies to thank for giving each of us the perfect skin tone for our native habitat. Skin of color is now the accepted way that leading dermatologists and surgeons refer to the variation in skin tones we see in our ever-changing world. In fact, there are at least 7 different skin tones ranging from near ebony to light beige. Whether from the Mediterranean, African, Asian, South Pacific, Latin, or Native American origin, skin of color has more of the pigment called melanin.

Skin is the largest organ of the body and is almost constantly exposed to many potential irritants. Laundry soaps, wool fibers, and insect bites can all cause our skin to feel itchy or develop a rash. More serious rashes are often caused by allergic reactions, skin diseases, or infections.

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