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The prevailing wisdom over the last few decades is that itchy and dry scalps are caused by fungal overgrowth that feeds off skin sebum (you may have heard of Malassezia as the infamous fungal offender). The thought for treatment, therefore, is typically to attack either the sebum or the fungus, or both.  Trouble is that sebum is important for skin health, and despite antifungals of every kind — from ketoconazole to vinegar — far too many of us still go crazy scratching o...
An itchy scalp is like back pain; until now, no one seemed to know just what to do. It is pervasive, dreadfully annoying, and yet not taken particularly seriously by the professional community. We do know that there are many culprits at the root of an itchy scalp, from stress to environmental irritants, but the inflammatory nature of the condition is the common denominator. This isn’t new and it’s the reason steroids, the problematic workhorse of medical anti-inflammatory dr...
So we want to look young, protect our skin from sun damage, and try to prevent the way-more-common-than-you-think experience with skin cancer.  Right?  Who wouldn’t? As you try to figure out what to do and how to spend your hard-earned money, though, good luck.  Advertisements and hyped articles are everywhere, and oh, yes, this treatment or that one probably only cost somewhere between $300 and several thousand.  Even for medical experts, the research literature is dizzying for ...
Life is full of little surprises and secrets, and herein lays yet one more.  Nearly half a century into the massive dissemination of sunscreen products to protect us from harmful ultraviolet rays, there is virtually NO evidence of a reduction in skin cancer rates.  In fact, some studies suggest that the incidence of such maladies is increasing.  Ugh. Now, no one likes an all doom and gloom article, so hang in there.  While sunscreens may be disappointing, alas, there is some good news....
You’ve probably already heard about the health benefits from eating foods packed with Vitamin B3 such as several well known fish (tuna and salmon), but what about the health benefits of applying Vitamin B3 on your skin (scientific name - niacinamide)? When evaluating the effectiveness of a cosmetic ingredient, the Kligman Test is the highest benchmark to follow.  What is the Kligman test? Great question. Really glad you asked. In short, the Kligman test consists of the following three...
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