Melasma often referred to as the "mask of pregnancy," melasma is a skin condition marked by brown patches on areas such as the face, neck and arms that most often affects dark-skinned people and women in particular. Many dermatologists have long believed that there may be a hormonal component to melasma, and a recently published study found that there were an increased number of estrogen receptors in areas where patients developed melasma.
In a Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research article, world-leading experts identify emerging frontiers in skin cancer and pigment diseases.
The desire for unblemished, clear skin permeates all cultures and societies, making the practice of skin lightening to minimize spots and even a skin tone quite common worldwide.
Researchers at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine have found that using a black light, or Wood's light, helps dermatologists determine disease extent of melasma, a hyperpigmentation condition that causes brown and gray patches to appear on the face.
A study led by researchers at Universitat Jaume I de Castellón has identified one of the genetic causes underlying the higher rate of melanoma in men. The results have been published in Biology of Sex Differences.
On the surface, it would seem as though the skin condition melasma (commonly referred to as the "mask of pregnancy") and tattoos would have little in common. However, they both affect a person's skin, can be quite difficult to treat or remove and, now, dermatologists are discovering new laser therapies which enhance treatment for both conditions.
As the holiday song goes, "Baby, it's cold outside." And that cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center dermatologist Amy McMichael, M.D., recommends a proactive approach to winter skin care.
Hot, humid and pregnant. Many women would call that a recipe for misery. But UAB obstetrician Kim Hoover, M.D., says there are real medical conditions that pregnant women should guard against to stay safe and healthy as the temperature rises.
The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that the Asian-American population will total 40 million people by 2050. While as a whole this group is characterized by very dark hair and dark eyes, there is much diversity in Asian skin tones – from very light, pale skin to light or dark brown skin. One common thread is the pigmentation issues that Asian Americans often face as after-effects of other dermatologic problems that can be as troublesome as the original condition itself.
According to projections from the United States Census Bureau, people with skin of color will comprise approximately half of the U.S. population by 2050. This group, which includes African-Americans, Asians, Latinos and other ethnicities, are more prone to certain dermatologic problems than those with lighter skin tones due to their genetic make-up and in some cases cultural practices.
Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Lux1540™ Fractional non-ablative laser handpiece has received the first clearance by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of striae (stretch marks) using a fractional laser. This new clearance will allow aesthetic practitioners to treat the millions of women worldwide who have unwanted stretch marks.
Mitchell Group, a global manufacturer and distributor of clinically proven and locally inspired cosmetic and beauty products, puts their customer's safety above anything else.
Solta Medical, Inc. today announced the donation of a Fraxel re:store laser system to the Grossman Burn Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Grossman Burn Center, a worldwide leader in innovative treatment and care for burn patients and their families.
Obagi Medical Products, Inc., a leader in topical aesthetic and therapeutic skin health systems, today announced that it was served January 7, 2010 with a complaint from ZO Skin Health, Inc., a company affiliated with Dr. Zein Obagi, OMP’s original founder.
Premier Plastic Surgery of Kansas City, serving residents of Kansas City and beyond for 22 years, has redesigned its extensive website to include a separate section on Cosmetic Surgery for Males, a new Skin Care Centre, and a Plastic Surgery Blog that features breaking news on emerging research, techniques and products.
Solta Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: SLTM) is proud to celebrate the launch of the new Thermage CPT and Fraxel re:store Dual systems with the kick off of the illumiNATION tour (www.illumiNATIONtour.com). Starting September 14 and continuing through November, the illumiNATION tour is bringing the latest breakthroughs in Thermage(R) and Fraxel(R) systems directly to physicians in over 20 cities across the U.S. and 11 cities in Europe.
Solta Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: SLTM) today announced the launch of its new Fraxel re:store(R) Dual system, providing superior results for large body areas during a single treatment. Prior to the non-ablative Fraxel re:store Dual system, laser skin resurfacing procedures were largely limited to the face.
In the timeless quest for healthier, younger looking skin, scientists from the University of Cincinnati and Tokyo Medical University have made an important discovery toward manipulating skin tone and color.
Melanocytes are not the only cells responsible for differences in skin coloration. New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) has shown that some of the most basic cells on the skin's surface influence pigment production and help regulate skin coloration.
It did not matter how severe or what kind of blemish she had, whether it was a case of severe acne, a noticeable facial scar or pronounced dark spots covering the face.
The skin can be damaged in many different ways – some are environmental, such as sun exposure, while others are the result of conditions such as acne or melasma. While this damage affects only small areas of the skin, past skin rejuvenation procedures treated large areas of the skin whether it was damaged or not.