There are a few versions of an ancient Laotian legend about the origins of Centella asiatica out there, but this is our basic understanding: A young man, in love with the beautiful daughter of a wealthy landowner, has been slashed in the stomach by the girl's father, who deems him an unworthy suitor. Probably, but according to dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, the antioxidant-rich herb does work wonders (within reason) on burns, psoriasis, dermatitis, and generally itchy/dry/red/irritated/sensitive/blah skin, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and highly moisturizing properties.
Back then, it went something like this: After lunch (almost always a menu of macaroni and cheese or Ellio's pizza), I'd change into my bathing suit, collect all the pool toys I could find, and then wait for my grandmother on the pool deck. Like what you see?
Lois Hines, co-founder of Tropic Isle Living, has played a significant role in helping Jamaican black castor oil gain the international recognition it deserves.
Celebs of all ages embrace the summer heat by skipping makeup and going au naturel.
About 30 percent of people in the U.S., mostly children or teens, have eczema, and according to research, there is a definite link between eczema and mental health issues.
A teenager with a rare skin condition preventing her from going outside braved the sunlight for one day to attend her high school graduation ceremony. Riley McCoy stepped out in the daylight wearing a special protective hood so she could receive her diploma alongside peers at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, southern California. The 18-year-old was born with xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) - a rare genetic skin condition that leaves suffers extremely sensitive to ultraviolet light.
People with various skin conditions answer uncomfortable questions — "What's on your face? Did it hurt? Are you a ghost?" — in a powerful photo series by New York City photographer Peter DeVito.
Half the things you're told are "safe for sensitive skin" aren't at all, and the more you touch your skin or load it up with products, the worse it gets — because if there's one thing reactive skin doesn't like, it's being bothered. "Quite simply, when the skin is thinner, to the point of being almost translucent, any flushing or dilated blood vessels are just so much more visible, hence the redness," explains dermatologist Justine Kluk. "If you google it, you're going to get graphic photos of people with extreme redness, rough and broken skin, that sort of thing — but there are much subtler, less pervasive forms of rosacea, and it's possible to have it without any textural changes to the skin." Rosacea can affect any part of the face, and it's a relapsing condition, which means you can go through extended periods of not being bothered by it before it strikes again.
When you check your skin for suspicious moles, you probably look at your arms, chest, stomach, back, and legs. But those aren't the only places melanoma can show up.
Tracy Callahan, a mom of two, has faced multiple bouts of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. She hopes to motivate others to be sun smart so they won't have to face what she's been through.
The actress didn't let her struggle with cystic acne stop her from showing off an all-natural look — and a new hair color.
"Being in this industry for so many years, you build a character and can kind of hide behind that shield," said Paris Hilton.
Denise Chamberlain is now showing off the heart-shaped patch that frames her face after a lifetime of covering her skin with heavy makeup.