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Skin Health

The best way to keep skin looking healthy is to limit sun exposure. Skin will continue to look young if you wear sunscreen and protective clothing, use moisturizers, and do not smoke. The following resources can help everyone understand how to keep skin looking healthy and rejuvenated.

Internet Resources

National Institute on Aging Age Page: Skin Care and Aging
The U.S. National Institute on Aging has many resources to help you understand skin health. Included is information on skin care and aging, wrinkles, dry skin and itching, skin cancer, age spots, shingles, and bruising.

American Academy of Dermatology Public Resource Center
Includes alphabetical listing of fact sheets about most common skin conditions, a page on sun safety, a special section for parents and children, and more.

MedlinePlus: Skin Conditions
Developed by the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information. Look here for diagnosis and symptoms, treatment, prevention and screening, and selected journal articles.

MedlinePlus: Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Here you can learn about different forms of skin cancer, symptoms, prevention, and screening. Also featured are select images, health check tools, and journal articles.


  • Dermatologic complications with body art. De Cuyper. 2010
  • New science of perfect skin. Yarosh D. 2008
  • Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for brown skin: your prescription for flawless skin, hair, and nails. Taylor S. 2008
  • 100 questions and answers about melanoma and other skin cancers. McClay EF. 2004
  • ABC of dermatology. Buxton PK. 1998
  • Acne. Sheen B. 2004
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Longe JL, ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at  http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library .
  • Saving your skin: Prevention, early detection, and treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers. Kenet BJ. 1998
  • Skin: A natural history. Jablonski NG. 2006
  • Skin type solution: A revolutionary guide to your best skin ever. Baumann L. 2006
  • What you really need to know about moles and melanoma. Schofield JR. 2000
  • Younger next year for women. Crowley C. 2005

Journal Articles

  • “Aging of your skin: many changes are normal.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 28(2):7. Feb. 2010.
  • “Laser skin treatments: applications for common concerns.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 13(5): 4-5. May 2009.
  • “Skin moisturizers: choosing one that works.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 26(11):6. Nov. 2008.


  • Mini-med school: What every woman should know about healthy aging – Skin health. 90 min.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the  Health Learning Center  at 312.926.5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateJanuary 9, 2012