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Keratosis Pilaris: Rough and Bumpy Skin - Kat Leverette

Keratosis Pilaris

How-To Manage Keratosis Pilaris

What does KP look like? This annoying skin disorder, called keratosis pilaris (KP), is characterized by thousands of hard, non-inflammatory keratin plugs that cover the hair follicles, making the skin rough and pebbled, in appearance and to the touch. And, it worsens dramatically if picked and scratched. Skin tampering invites secondary [more…]

Are You Practicing Safe Sun?

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Ethnic Skin & Sun Damage

Darker and olive skin, including black skin, is just as vulnerable as lighter skin tones to the “ravages” of sun damage. Sun damage produces many “looks” including chronic sunburn, redness and spider veins, deep wrinkles and fine lines, sagging skin, a rough, leathery skin, hyperpigmentation (uneven skin tone, dark spots [more…]

Tinea Versicolor: Fungus Among Us

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Tinea Versicolor Fungal Infection

The non-contagious fungal rash of tinea versicolor is a chronic, asymptomatic superficial infection characterized by light scaly, macular patches. These patches range in color from light pink to deep tan to a darker brown. Although the name suggests a variety of colors, the hue of all patches is about the same [more…]

Allergy & Acne-free Clothes

Laundry Products Must Be Free of Perfumes and Dyes

Problem: Laundry detergents, additives and fabric softeners can leave harmful residues that can irritate sensitive skin, cause a severe case of contact dermatitis, and worsen your acne or eczema.

What to look for: Acne or dermatitis on one side of your face, neck and body where [more…]

Acne Keloidalis

Those Painful, Scarring “Back-of-the-Neck” and Scalp Bumps

Acne keloidalis nuchae (deep pockets of inflammation buried under keloid scars), also called acne keloiditis (sore, pustular bumps) or AKN, affects the occipital scalp area, back of the neck, and in some cases, the entire scalp. This condition usually first appears and then flares up when black men [more…]