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    Kids are more vulnerable to sun damage. A few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer. The best sunscreen is a hat and shirt. After that, protect kids with a sunscreen that’s effective and safe.
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    AOmar H. Llaguna, MD, Oncologic Surgery, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida

    A congenital nevus is basically a mole or birthmark. They can occur anywhere on the body. The majority of these marks are benign, and do not require treatment other than for cosmesis (beauty-related reasons). But skin cancer — malignant melanoma — can develop in about 5 percent to 10 percent of cases. A change in texture, color or outline of the nevus, and/or the development of new nodules (tissue masses and knots) should be examined by a physician.

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    ADavid Pollock, , answered
    A smile changes your whole face and makes you look more radiant, distracting from areas that show your age. Along with that smile, maintain a positive attitude -- blocking negative thoughts that cause stress and wrinkles. Also, consider whitening your teeth. Coffee and other foods can stain your teeth over time, creating a dull look to your smile. Make your smile look bright and young by whitening them with an at-home kit or even visit your dentist for treatments that deliver faster results. You can always keep a spare toothbrush in your purse.
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    AYouBeauty answered
    Since moles can turn cancerous, it’s important that you’re screened yearly by a board-certified dermatologist if you have them.

    Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do at home that will safely affect change on a mole, though wearing SPF 30 on exposed skin daily will help prevent skin cancer.

    “True moles should not be removed by lasers, they should be removed surgically so they can be biopsied,” David Bank, MD, president of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, told us. This is a situation where it’s truly better to be safe than sorry.
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    The greater amount of melanin in darker skin tones can preserve the youthful look of your skin longer -- but it can't totally prevent your skin from aging. “If you take care of your darker skin, it’s an advantage to you as you age, but if you don’t wear sunscreen, you’re no better off,” Montclair, New Jersey, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD, told us.
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    While environmental and lifestyle factors no doubt play a major role in how you age, experts say that pure genetic luck is the foundation of the equation. A 2009 study of twins published in the Archives of Dermatology revealed that up to 60 percent of skin aging is due to genetics, Dr. Heidi Waldorf, director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, told us.

    But be forewarned -- this fact could work against you if the assumption that you have “good” genetic odds leads you to not care for your skin. “You can have the best genes in the world, but if you smoke or bake in the sun, you’ll look 10 to 15 years older,” says Los Angeles dermatologist, Dr. Ava Shamban. “Moral of the story: Don’t count on your genes to save you from a poor lifestyle. It’s genetics and environmental damage to genetic code that determines the speed you age.“
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    ADr. Anita Gupta, Anesthesiology, answered
    Makeup can help conceal under-eye circles. Using a cream concealer or liquid foundation that matches your skin color can cover dark circles. There are also some concealers that contain caffeine and can help your eyes look more awake. You can set the concealer with a matte finishing powder. There are also skin lightening creams that have hydroquinone or kojic acid that can hide circles. Another option (which is more expensive) is intense pulse light, which destroys pigment cells and smoothes the skin. By not smoking and applying sunscreen, moisturizers, or prescription retinoic acid, your eyes will look full of life!
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    AEllen Marmur, MD, Dermatology, answered
    What Is Cosmetic Dermatology?

    Cosmetic dermatology procedures range from Botox to removing moles to skin-rejuvenating lasers that are designed to enhance appearance. In this video, Ellen Marmur, MD, a dermatologist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, explains how the industry has advanced.

     

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    AEllen Marmur, MD, Dermatology, answered
    What Myths Are There About Dermatology?

    Comedians may occasionally deride dermatology, says Ellen Marmur, MD, a dermatologist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, but the practice is very important—especially given the rise of skin cancer. In this video, she explains more about the profession.

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    AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Why Do I Have Extra Nipples?

    Two nipples are the norm for most humans, but some people have extras. In this video, Dr. Oz interviews a woman with nine nipples and explains how and why this happens.