Category Archives for Skin Care

What Causes Red Moles?

Common skin lesions include moles, freckles, benign lentigines, seborrheic keratoses and skin tags. These lesions are usually benign and therefore are not considered as health threats. Moles are defined as small congenital pigmented growths on the human skin, which are usually dark, slightly raised and dark and sometimes hairy. Moles can be seen in any area of the skin and will appear in different sizes, shapes and colors. They are usually benign but there are some types that can be dangerous. Brown...

What Causes a Boil?

A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle (sac from which hair grows) or oil gland. The infected area becomes red, tender and appears as a hard lump. After several days the lump will become softer, bigger and more painful, as white as white blood cells, liquefied tissue and cellular debris accumulate under the skin forming a thick whitish-yellow fluid known as pus. An infection that invades the deeper skin tissues may have a collection of pus sites known as abscess. Boils commonly...

Dandruff Remedy

Dandruff is an irritation, resulting in the flaking and itching of the scalp. Those afflicted with dandruff will experience flaky, small white scales falling into their faces and onto their shoulders and eyebrows. Dandruff can stem from multiple sources, the most common being the over growth of the naturally occurring malassezia furfur fungus. Other contributors include Read more

What Causes Skin Tags?

What are skin tags Skin tags are small, benign growths that are composed of a core of fibers and ducts, nerve cells, fat cells, and a covering or epidermis. Additional names for skin tags include acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma, and Templeton skin tag. They are often seen raised from the skin on a stalk called a peduncle. Skin tags can occur almost anywhere there is skin. However, favorite areas...

What Causes Itchy Red Bumps?

A rash is a change of the skin which affects its color, appearance or texture. A rash may be localized in one part of the body, or it can be widespread. Rashes may cause the skin to change color, itch, become warm, bumpy, dry, cracked or blistered, swell and may be painful. The causes, and therefore treatments for rashes, vary widely. Diagnosis must take into account such things as the appearance of the rash, other symptoms, what the patient may have been exposed to, occupation, and occurrence in...

What Causes Canker Sores?

What are Canker Sores Canker sores are small sores that appear on the inside of the mouth, especially the cheeks, the inside of the lips, and the tongue. A canker sore appears as a round white spot with a red border. They’re also called aphthous ulcers. Rarely, they may develop on the gums or on the roof of the mouth. Small ones are about 1 to 2 millimeters across and often come in groups. Large ones have an irregular shape Small canker sores disappear within 14 days and don’t scar. Large...

Remedies for Boils

Boils are an affliction characterised by a localised infection, deep in the skin. It starts out as a tender, reddened area and develops, with time, into an area that is firm and hard. Eventually the centre of the hardened area will soften and become filled with white blood cells that the body sends to the site and fight the infection. The collection of white blood cells, bacteria and proteins is commonly referred to as pus; this pus forms a head, which can be surgically opened or spontaneously drained...

What Causes Strawberry Birthmarks?

The Strawberry birthmark also known as Strawberry Hemangioma is a common type of birthmark. It occurs as a tumor of cells called endothelial cells which line the blood vessels, are benign and multiply abnormally fast. Strawberry birthmarks usually occur at birth, a few weeks after birth, or they may be congenital; and will completely regress by the time a child gets to age ten leaving little sign of prior existence. The birthmark is generally more common in fair-skinned females, and in Caucasians,...