Aside from being important from a normal appearance standpoint, earlobes serve as a popular location for jewelry. Often, earlobes are pierced to fit various forms of adornments, ranging from little studs to larger and heavier items. Earlobes are comprised of a small amount of fatty tissue covered by soft skin. Excessive weight or trauma can… Read more »

Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

A common cosmetic concern for both men and women, spider veins are characterized by clusters of dark red or purple veins that branch out in a spider leg appearance on the face, legs or ankles. Varicose veins are caused by a disruption in the natural flow of blood through the veins, causing them to bulge… Read more »


Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is contagious, so it is easy to contract this virus. Many will get a wart when they have skin-to-skin contact with someone with a wart. You can also contract a wart by touching something that touched a person’s wart, such as a towel or the floor… Read more »


This is an unusual skin disease that is characterized by loss of pigment in certain areas. The result is patches of discolored skin, often pale in color, and much lighter than surrounding skin. While vitiligo most commonly affects the skin, it may affect any part of the body where there is pigment, including the inside… Read more »

Skin Cancer

Of all cancer types, skin cancer is by far the most prevalent. This cancer type affects more than two million people in the United States alone every year. When caught and treated early on, skin cancer is very curable. The Types of Skin Cancer There are five primary types of skin cancer: Actinic keratosis Basal… Read more »


This condition is most commonly characterized as flushing of the skin on the face. There are four different subtypes of rosacea, all with slightly different symptoms. These include: Ocular rosacea – In ocular rosacea, the skin surrounding the eyes becomes red and swollen. The eyelids may look very irritated. Phymatous rosacea – In this type of rosacea, the… Read more »

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

While psoriasis is not a dangerous skin condition, it is one that can be extremely embarrassing to live with, often causing extreme self-consciousness for an individual who is suffering from psoriasis. Many people who have psoriasis will avoid certain activities—like swimming—to try to hide their psoriasis. If you’re suffering from psoriasis, here’s what you need… Read more »

Poison Ivy

Poison sumac, poison ivy, and poison oak all contain an oil called urushiol. If this oil penetrates the skin, most develop an itchy rash due to an allergic reaction. The rash appears over time and usually not immediately after coming in contact with the oil. In fact, the skin reaction may not appear for 12-21… Read more »

Molluscum Contagiosum

This is a type of skin virus that, while not dangerous, is easily transferable. The virus creates a series of skin-colored bumps on the top of the skin. The Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum The symptoms of molluscum contagiosum are characterized by the development of these bumps that are usually smaller than a pencil’s eraser, cause no pain,… Read more »