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The miasma of melasma

Several months ago I started developing melisma (darkening of the skin on my upper lip). As I am a female who does not necessarily wish to be doing a Charlie Chaplin impersonation at all times, what, if anything, can be done about this? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jul 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Skin care for a man who does not really like lotiony things

I am nearing 40, but my skin is in pretty good condition. My regimen to date: wash face in shower daily, and also wash with bar soap as needed. I'd like to make sure I take good care of my face in my coming fifth decade and beyond, perhaps with unguents, emollients, and tinctures! Do you have recommendations? Need not be overly manly, but preferably not particularly greasy. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 17, 2014 - 20 answers

What are these facial nodules and how can I get rid of them?

What is the rough pebbly texture that has shown up on my face in the last couple years, and can it be treated? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jun 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Adventures in the skin trade

I have a rash I have been dealing with unsuccessfully for the last four months, and need deciding how to proceed. General interest (well, if you're interested in rashes and bug bites and other matters dermatological), but people who know the Baltimore medical scene are particularly invited to read on. Red, blotchy snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on May 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Smelly soaps that don't smell ...fake?

What are some soaps that have a strong smell that isn't so ....artificial-smelling (like whatever's in Irish Spring)? [more inside]
posted by PearlRose on May 8, 2014 - 29 answers

Another "name that gruesome childhood short story" question.

What is the name and who is the author of a story wherein a woman has a second skin? [more inside]
posted by adipocere on Apr 28, 2014 - 2 answers

plastic surgery after weightloss recommendations

I lost a lot of weight, and am looking for a plastic surgeon recommendation in the Alexandria, VA/DC area to help with some skin removal and breast reconstruction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2014 - 3 answers

What is the best liquid-based foundation for combination/oily Asian skin

I'm southeast Asian (Filipino), with deep yellow undertones and a very shiny T-zone. I need help finding a liquid-based foundation that both matches my skin tone, and helps control oil. I do not like using BareMinerals, because the powder gets all over the place, and I have no patience for cleaning brushes. What are the brands that I should be looking at? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Mar 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Why does my neck get splotchy when I'm hot or excited?

Whenever I have an animated conversation, whether in person or on the phone, my neck flushes bright splotchy red and feels super hot. [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Jan 28, 2014 - 11 answers

YANMD but please help me identify this mark on my skin (Pics included)

I woke up with two marks on the inside on my arm three days ago, which I originally thought was a bruise. The marks haven't faded or changed colours, and now I am wondering if it's some kind of burn? They aren't raised at all. I don't remember hurting my arm (it doesn't hurt when I touch them) and I haven't changed my soap or anything. I do have eczema but my rash doesn't look anything like this. Here are a couple of photos - one, two. They are slightly browner than they appear.
posted by tegna56 on Jan 4, 2014 - 13 answers

What kind of skin treatment should I get?

I have good skin, but for the past 15 years I have had a single dime-sized discoloration on my cheek-- a faded red color but not itchy, scaly or raised. I think it is leftover from when I had an irritated dry patch there that I picked at when I was a teen. Anyway I'd like to do something about it, and my husband gave me a gift card to a medi-spa that offers a variety of different kinds of peels, microdermabrasion, etc. I'd like to know what type of treatment is best for helping get rid of this type of spot. Not interested in a long recovery time (a day or two is ok) or having to go back for multiple visits unless absolutely necessary. I'm overwhelmed by the options but would like to use this gift certificate towards a treatment that will minimize this discoloration, without having to consult a dermatologist first. (YANMD) thanks!
posted by egeanin on Dec 29, 2013 - 5 answers

dealing with dry skin and being active outdoors

I like running in the cold, but it’s majorly screwing up my skin and drying out my already dry skin much more than usual. Please help me! [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 29, 2013 - 7 answers

I am a 53 year old woman. What should I be using on my face?

I've always had radiant skin, according to family members and complete strangers, and am only recently beginning to notice a few extra ... laugh lines. I had read somewhere that I should no longer be washing my face with soap. What would be good products to clean and moisturize with that wouldn't be too terribly expensive? Up until just a few years ago I used Neutrogena bar soap (oily skin formula in the summer and regular the rest of the year) and loved it. I was an oily T zone type. I'm not a girly girl and don't want to take a great deal of time with this. Thanks.
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Dec 14, 2013 - 22 answers

Evidently, I'd rather have mangled cuticles than sticky hands.

I live in a cold, dry climate and have cold, dry hands. I dislike stopping work to apply lotion, because then I have to sit and wait for my hands to dry enough that I don't gunk up my laptop. A trivial problem for sure, but does anyone have any ideas for particular products or methods for moisturizing hands in a way that doesn't make them sticky and lotiony?
posted by fartbutt on Dec 10, 2013 - 35 answers

It rubs the lotion on its skin...

I'm looking to find / make / adapt a costume for a fine art photoshoot that I'm currently planning. The character in the picture is one from myth, who is said to have a skirt made from flayed human skin. Short of sending Ramsay Snow's a raven or becoming Buffalo Bill, how can I put together a costume that will look as creepy-beautiful as I need? [more inside]
posted by gmb on Nov 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Sensitive Skin -- What are the possible causes?

Hi, I am hoping to get to the bottom of something that has been driving my nuts ever since I was a kid. I have hypersensitive skin to touch. It turns red (or sorta faded yellow/white) the second it is pressed. If I poke my arm with a finger I can see a circle that fades from red, yellowish to white and then it goes back to normal. All within 10-15 seconds. I noticed it being annoying whenever I went for a haircut and scissors glided along my forehead. It would leave a red mark for the next 5-10 minutes. Secondly whenever I went in for a massage, the therapist would joke that I bruise easily and turn red within a second of being touched. Could my blood type be the reasoning behind this? I am ' A- ' and I am just taking a wild shot at dark here. Was hoping someone with experience could clue me in to why my skin acts the way it does. My roots are predominantly southern-european with some distant Turkish/Ottoman ancestry. Green eyes and moderately white skin complexion. I'm not Irish-white by any means but white like most southern Europeans. Thank You for your insight!
posted by bostonhill on Nov 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Good skin moisturizer for men?

I'm in Canada, and I was wondering if there is a good skin moisturizer for men. I cannot stand scents (I have asthma). I used to use something ten years ago called "Face Protector" from the Body Shop, and it was perfect. I find that many moisturizers out there are either scented, or have a waxy residue (Skin Protector melted in after about 2 minutes and was great). The Body Shop's newer products are too "watery" and also burn my skin (!) I have sensitive skin and also suffer from ingrown hairs after shaving or when my skin is dry.
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 30, 2013 - 33 answers

My hands and feet are peeling and I have no idea what to do about it.

My hands and feet are peeling, and I am at a loss for what to try, and my dermatologist can't see me for weeks. Halp! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2013 - 21 answers

Clothing-related skin irritation

Wearing anything that touches my midsection irritates my skin like crazy. Since there are very few things that I can wear in the winter that do not touch my middle, this is becoming a problem. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Oct 23, 2013 - 19 answers

How to fix large patches of scar tissue?

I have large patches of raised scars and broken blood vessels across huge areas of my body. (I'm an adult in my twenties.) None of this was ever self-inflicted, nor desired in any way at any time. Can any of this be fixed medically/surgically if I save up the money? What about the purple/red marks crisscrossing my flesh? I know that laser surgery is possible for single scars, and to remove tattoos, but as for improving skin quality, I have no idea. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by quiet earth on Oct 20, 2013 - 12 answers

agh, my faaaaace....

They're not zits, but they turn into zits. What do I do about them?? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Sep 29, 2013 - 15 answers

stupid sensitive skin

So I've looked at some previous questions, and since they're not quite what I'm looking for, I'm hoping the hive mind can help me out. I've always had somewhat sensitive skin, particularly on my shoulders and back. When it's hot out, I tend to get irritated hair follicles and something akin to cystic acne (big welts), particularly in areas where I sweat. Changing t-shirts extra often helps a bit, but only so much. Now that I'm training for a marathon, it's so much worse. Weird random (possible rub spots?) on my legs, sides, and the regular trouble spots are just a mess. Any help is sorely appreciated!
posted by canine epigram on Sep 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Just had my allergy breakout (Hives) and my face looks like a map

I have never had an allergic reaction before so I don't know what to do. I just had hives that lasted for 2 weeks. I went to the doctor and they gave me some shots and it was gone in a day, but it came back the second week - I kept taking my meds so the hives are mostly gone now. Some spots were still kind of itchy but its mostly just dark marks on my face. I was wondering if anybody knows how to remove these dark spots on my face because I really feel uncomfortable looking at the mirror and seeing myself like I'm looking at a moon. [more inside]
posted by Johnkx on Sep 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Melasma: Just how common is "common?"

Is melasma ever a symptom of something, or is it a symptom of melasma? [more inside]
posted by sock puppet of mystery! on Sep 20, 2013 - 8 answers

My upper back has turned into a delicate bruisey flower.

Lately I've been getting weird red bruise-like marks on my back, and the things that appear to be causing them aren't painful or rigorous. What's going on? And on a scale of zero to imminent death, how concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Sep 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Stopping Staph Infections

What are you supposed to do to minimize being reinfected with staph? So far the only advice I've gotten from doctors is "wash your hands more" but I do that already and it's not helping. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 24, 2013 - 15 answers

Can you recommend a face mask or other post-acne maintenance treatment?

After acne comes under control, are there face masks and other home treatments for maintaining good skin texture? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Aug 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me help my skin.

What is the best thing you've done to improve your skin? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Aug 5, 2013 - 34 answers

How to protect my feet when playing tennis?

I started playing tennis awhile back and have been having problems with skin tearing off the inside balls of both feet. I've tried a bunch of different things to stop this from happening without success....any ideas? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Aug 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you help me find a moisturizing body wash that actually moisturizes?

Looking for a body wash that accomplishes the same as a salt/oil scrub but without the exfoliating. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by hungrybruno on Jul 26, 2013 - 20 answers

Summertime skin rash

Embarrassing skin issue between my breasts and on my butt, please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2013 - 13 answers

What's up with my face?

The skin under my eyebrows and between them is gross and flaky. Occasionally the flakiness will travel a bit upward, but that is rare. What should I be doing about this? Recommendations for (mens?) facial scrub or moisturizer or whatever appreciated as well. [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns on Jul 19, 2013 - 20 answers

애교살

Is the interest in the bag directly under the eyes, aegyosal, as a beauty symbol purely a Korean phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Jul 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Toasted Skin Syndrome from laptop....what do I do?

About a month ago, I spent the day playing games on my laptop and it got really heated. I felt it get super hot on my left thigh, more so than usual, but it was still tolerable so I left it there. Now I have a huge spider-like red mark on my left thigh. I've had red marks before from my laptop, but none this "spider-vein like" and none that persisted this long. It also seems to fade and darken depending on my body temperature. If I take a warm shower, it will get SUPER dark and fade to its usual redness after a few hours. It doesn't hurt. It's not irritated. It doesn't itch. It doesn't peel. It's just odd and ugly. Can I expect it to fade over time? Is it permanent? What should I do? Is there a treatment for this? The only thing I've done is alter how I sit with my laptop. (no more lap)
posted by Telomeracer on Jul 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me get my glow on in 21 days

My boyfriend has been away for four months, and will be returning in just over three weeks, i.e. a little earlier than planned. I haven't been completely slothful while he was away but I have fallen into some bad habits: late nights watching TV, drinking too much coffee, getting stressed about work, half-assing my workouts, moping around missing him. My skin is sallow, my midsection dough-y, and I feel like my light has dimmed a little. I really want to be at my best to welcome him home. So, what can I do/eat/get done to me to get my glow back over the next 21 days? Do you have a secret eating plan that gets quick results? A magical yoga routine? A miracle cream? [more inside]
posted by rpfields on Jul 7, 2013 - 21 answers

What is this skin condition and how can I treat it?

I have what seem to be, for lack of a better descriptor, permanent whiteheads on my cheeks. What treatments might help me get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jul 4, 2013 - 17 answers

Help identify my skin issues, please? Picture included.

I've been getting open sores on my chest area that start as pimples for about five years. A few days ago, I got an especially bad one. Dermatologist says it's a "staph abscess", but I'm not so confident. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Help a bald dog out?

7 month old puppy chewing herself constantly, huge bald spots. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jun 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Calling all backpackers: help me prevent/cure hip belt rash

When I cinch down my backpack's hip belt enough so that the weight actually rests on my hips, it tends to cause some soreness and, more annoyingly, a bit of a rash after a day of hiking. The pack is not that heavy (around 20 lbs/9kg with food and water - I'm not planning to do backpacking with a tent, just hut-to-hut hiking) and fits comfortably otherwise. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Jun 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Suggestions for gentle exfoliation

I'm noticing some dead skin just hanging around on my face. It's especially obvious when applying foundation. I'd like to scrub this off, but my skin is quite sensitive and prior exfoliation attempts (St. Ives, Clean & Clear) have been irritating. Can you suggest any products or methods that would make for a really gentle exfoliation? Thanks!
posted by mossicle on May 19, 2013 - 39 answers

My eyes are up HERE

Help me cover up this big dark bump on my shoulder with makeup or other tricks! [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on May 16, 2013 - 13 answers

I don't want to be alarmist, but I also don't want to be stupid.

Suppose you've noticed a growing red skin blemish on your arm that's irregular, raised, and a little flaky towards the center. At what point do you start to worry it's skin cancer and go see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by meese on May 11, 2013 - 33 answers

What's up with my skin?

I've had a mysterious rash for the past 8 months, starting 2 weeks after my first child was born. Two different dermatologists say probably eczema, and I probably just have to live with it. Should I give up and live with it, or try to do something else? [more inside]
posted by Vampire Cat on May 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Red-faced runner

How can I prevent or shorten the time that my face is beet red after going for a jog? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 25, 2013 - 25 answers

What's up with my face?

YANAD, but what are these lines on my face?? They start from the inner corner of each eye and run in a long semi-circle under my eye to the middle of my outer cheek area. Bad phone quality pictures here and here (it's a good day so they aren't as puffy so it may be hard to tell). Limited Google results tell me they may be malar festoons/mounds??, however I can only find articles on these in older people and I'm 23. Some days they are barely noticeable and others they are very pronounced (for example, at 16 I was once asked how I got those big scars on my face). I haven't noticed any link between how pronounced they are and what time of day it is, if I am especially tired etc. It can sometimes make me quite self conscious when I catch a glimpse of my reflection in a window or mirror and see these pronounced creases cutting through my cheek fat. Any ideas??
posted by sunshine arakhan on Apr 25, 2013 - 17 answers

SCUM Manifesto

I do not think of myself as a dirty person, but when I'm in the shower and I scrape my nails over my neck/chest/back area, a grayish scum collects under my fingernails. What is this disgusting medley, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 22, 2013 - 19 answers

How do we treat this wound on our cat's ear?

Yesterday we noticed this hairless patch on The Grey Lady Jane Grey's ear. What could it be, and how do we treat it? [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Apr 13, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I soothe/remoisturizing the irritated skin on my face?

How to heal or restore moisture to this (probably) temporary chemical-sensitivity induced rash/dryness on my face? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Mar 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Everybody's free to wear sunscreen. But what kind?

I need daily sunscreen recommendations compatible with oily skin. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Mar 11, 2013 - 35 answers

Advice to lessen my dermatographic urticaria aka "skin writing"

I have dermatographic urticaria, also known as "skin writing." It's really problematic because I will scratch an itch on my forehead or rub my chin while I am working and then, without even realizing it, I will look like I am breaking out with an illness or I got into a fight. Even though my skin is going haywire, getting puffy and red from being scratched or rubbed, I don't feel anything bothersome at all so I don't know until I check in a mirror. Does anyone have any experience with this and possibly reducing the symptoms? [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 answers

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