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Every woman knows the terrors of birth control: emotional roller-coasters, skincare nightmares, unexpectedly heavy periods, cramps—the list goes on and on.
One reader wonders specifically if the IUD (intrauterine device) can help with melasma (darkening birthmark-like patterns on the skin), which has been worsening with her hormonal pill birth control. Read more
The delicate systems of your body are affected by your hormones, your diet, and so much more—and all that affects the acid mantle on the outside of your skin, which, when altered, can cause inflammation and breakouts. Read more
Hormones are a generic term for the body’s chemical messengers. They’re large, complex molecules produced in specialized glands, and they travel through the bloodstream to regulate the body’s tissues and organs. Read more
Having suffered many nodular acne issues throughout my life, I’m no stranger to cortisone shots. They do work really well, and your painful cyst has largely deflated within 24 hours. Read more