Hi, Tareq, It is normal for the skin to get darker with time. This is a result of childhood sun exposure. The only way to minimize it is to wear sun block constantly. You may also consider getting a series of chemical peels. Eventually this can lighten the skin. Good luck.View Thread
I wouldn't waste your money. You don't know who's been posting rave reviews-it's probably Suzanne Sommers' people. The fact that it's not promoted to or by dermatologists should tell you something!View Thread
Dear 1temp, The least expensive thing to use is 2% hydroquinone which is available over-the-counter as Ambi. You need to use it twice a day for 3 or 4 months. You should make sure that your sunblock contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. One brand is Neutrogena for sensitive skin. One warning is that if the brown spot has multiple colors in it or keeps growing, please see a dermatologist to make sure that it's not melanoma. Hope this helps!View Thread
Dear Anonymous, There is a medication that I give my patients who have excessive sweating. It is called glycopyrrolate, and it has changed people's lives. Go to see a dermatologist to get an evaluation. Also see the website SweatHelp.org. Good luck.View Thread
Dear wishingitaway, You have brought up a good example of how false claims become viral on the internet. I did my own internet research and found 2 studies that show that high doses of minoxidil applied to rat cells in culture (not actual live rats) decreases collagen production. I also found hundreds of people in chat rooms claiming that they have gotten wrinkles from minoxidil because it "degrades collagen". There is no study showing that minoxidil degrades collagen. (I smell a class action suit on the horizon.) You mention that you have noticed these changes over the past couple of years. At the age of 38, these are probably normal changes. It's not sun exposure at the present time that causes aging, it's sun exposure you got as a child. Fair skinned people will age more quickly, and people with a genetic tendency towards dark circles and puffy eyes will be more likely to have these. Don't stop your Rogaine based on internet rumors. There is at present no association between Rogaine and aging.View Thread
MzAllee, You've already treated the most common cause of itch (dry skin) by using moisturizers. Now it's time to see a dermatologist. You could have a skin problem, like scabies or atopic dermatitis. Sometimes itching without a rash can be the result of an illness. So please get checked out.View Thread
Dear Anon, Neither of these are known to prevent a cold sore in someone who has never had one. Lysine seems to decrease the frequency of recurrences in some people who have outbreaks of cold sores, and Abreva is used to shorten the duration of an outbreak once it occurs. For your information, most people who have cold sores were exposed to the virus in childhood by their parents. That being said, the best way to prevent a cold sore is to avoid kissing people with sores on the lips.View Thread
Dear An_244279, Have you tried a mineral sunblock that contains only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide? Neutrogena makes one called Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion, SPF 30. This is sufficient protection. If you react to this, it may be that you actually have a sun allergy. Let us know what happens.View Thread
Dear toffeefriday, Don't despair. Something is causing this pigmentation. Because of the scaling that is there when it starts, I think that something is causing inflammation in the skin, the end result of which is the pigmentation. If you have a university hospital near you, go to the dermatology clinic there. You need a skin biopsy to determine the exact nature of the problem. Once that is determined, a treatment plan can be made. Good luck.View Thread
Dear deb6583, I sympathize with you, having 2 conditions that restrict your diet. With rosacea, there are no foods that help it, only foods that aggravate it. Look on the website rosacea.org for the most common triggers. Not everyone will be triggered by the same foods, so you have to be a detective to determine what your triggers are. You may even want to keep a food diary. If your skin becomes red within minutes of eating a certain food or drink, that is a trigger. If you have a break out, it could be something that you ate in the past day. Also notice, that environmental conditions are the most common triggers, especially sun exposure, so wear your sunblock and walk on the shady side of the street. I hope this helps. Good luck!View Thread
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