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Skin, Hair & Nails

Can I Prevent Acne?
Although there is no surefire way to prevent acne, there are several ways to help reduce the number and severity of your breakouts. Read this article to find out more.

Can Acne Scars Be Removed?
Scars from acne can seem like double punishment - first you had to suffer through the pimples, now you have marks to remind you. Is there anything you can do?

Hair Loss
Baldness or hair loss may seem like something only adults need to worry about. But when teens lose more than the usual amount of hair, it may mean that something is going on.

Athlete's Foot
Although the name athlete's foot sounds funny, if you have this skin infection, you're probably not laughing. The good news is that it is generally easy to treat.

Ringworm
Ringworm isn't a worm at all - it's the name for a type of fungal skin infection. The good news is that ringworm is easy to treat.

Jock Itch
Jock itch is a pretty common fungal infection of the groin and upper thighs. It is generally easy to treat - and avoid - by following a few simple steps.

Myths About Acne
You may be surprised that some of the things you've heard about acne - like what causes it and how to deal with it - aren't true.

Why Do I Get Acne?
Almost every teen gets acne at some point. This article addresses common questions and concerns about acne and tells you what you can do about it.

Bruises
This article is all about bruises, including why they happen, how to make them go away faster, and why they turn all those funny colors.

Alopecia: Kayla's Story
Kayla lost her hair, but that didn't stop her from winning beauty pageants. Read how the winner of the Miss Delaware crown relied on confidence and leadership to stand above the crowd.

Ingrown Toenails
A toenail is ingrown when it begins to break through and grow into the soft skin of the toe. Find out more about ingrown toenails.

Vitiligo
Vitiligo is a loss of skin pigment that causes white spots or patches to appear on the skin. It's not medically dangerous, but it can affect a person's appearance. Find out more.

Acanthosis Nigricans
Acanthosis nigricans, or AN, is a darkening and thickening of the skin that can be a sign of certain other medical conditions. Find out more.

Molluscum Contagiosum
The name sounds dramatic, like a Harry Potter spell. Luckily, molluscum contagiosum isn't a big deal. Find out what to do about it in this article for teens.

What Can I Do About the Rough Skin on My Arms?
Find out what the experts have to say.

Dandruff
If you're worried about dandruff, you're not alone. Dandruff can start during puberty, and lots of teens and adults live with it. Find out how to control it in this article for teens.

Hives (Urticaria)
Hives cause raised red bumps or welts on the skin. They're pretty common and usually not serious. Find out what to do about hives in this article for teens.

I Got Blisters From a Sunburn. What Should I Do?
Find out what the experts have to say.

Blisters, Calluses, and Corns
Blisters, calluses, and corns can be uncomfortable, but they're also pretty common and easy to prevent. Find out what to do in this article for teens.

Pityriasis Rosea
Pityriasis rosea is a pink or gray skin rash that's common in teens and young adults. It may itch, but it's harmless. Find out what to do about it in this article for teens.

Wound Healing and Care
How well a wound heals depends on where it is on the body and what caused it – as well as how well someone cares for the wound at home. Find out what to do in this article for teens.

Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes
Most small cuts, scrapes, or abrasions heal on their own. Here are tips for teens on how to treat cuts at home - and when to get medical help.

Psoriasis
Psoriasis causes skin cells to build up on the surface of the skin where they form itchy, red patches and thick scales. Find out how to deal with psoriasis, and what causes it, in this article for teens.

Paronychia
Paronychia is an infection of the skin around a fingernail or toenail. Most of the time, it's not serious. Find out what causes it, what to do, and how to prevent it.

Shingles
Shingles is rare in teens with healthy immune systems, and mostly affects older adults. But it's good to know the basics about this skin rash, which is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.

Erythema Multiforme
Erythema multiforme is a rash that appears as red, target-shaped ("bulls-eye") patches or sores on the skin. Find out what causes it - and what to do - in this article for teens.

Abscess
People can get abscesses on the skin, under the skin, in a tooth, or even inside the body. Most abscesses are caused by infection, so it can help to know what to do. Find out in this article for teens.

Head Lice
Lice aren't dangerous, but they do spread from person to person easily. They can also be hard to get rid of. Find out how to prevent lice -- and what to do if someone you know has them.