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Adult acne is very common and usually affects women women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Adult acne is very common and usually affects women women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. alri/Shutterstock

Health Check: why do I still get zits?

You may have battled blemishes in your teens, or made it through puberty and early adulthood with relatively clear skin, but it always feels particularly unlucky contending with zits in adulthood. Adult…
Mad Men actor Jon Hamm claims to be diagnosed with the skin condition vitiligo – but what is it, exactly? Mad Men actor Jon Hamm claims to be diagnosed with the skin condition vitiligo – but what is it, exactly? EPA/Gus Ruelas

Explainer: what is vitiligo?

Vitiligo, a human skin condition that turns patches of skin and hair white, it is not a disease we hear much about, although it affects approximately 1% of the population. Most famously, Michael Jackson…
“Give me some skin! No, really.” “Give me some skin! No, really.” saikofish

Explainer: what is electronic skin?

Once a topic explored exclusively in science fiction, the notion of restoring sensory feelings to humans and to machines is now approaching reality. Scientists around the world are developing artificial…

VIDEO: How laser tattoo removal works

Professor Rodney Sinclair explains how advances in laser tattoo removal technology have enabled the relatively safe and easy removal of tattoos. But it is a medical procedure, and as laser dermatologist…
Lasers remove different coloured ink by generating a different frequency of light. Lasers remove different coloured ink by generating a different frequency of light. Sheila Blige

Explainer: how are tattoos removed?

You’re probably familiar with how tattooing works: coloured ink is deposited via needles into the dermal layer of skin. But you’re probably less familiar with the process for having it removed: laser therapy…
Clinics advertise the most popular laser treatments from A$100 but they can involve a lot more financial pain. Clinics advertise the most popular laser treatments from A$100 but they can involve a lot more financial pain. Matt Baran

Invisible ink: the rise of the tattoo removal industry

Tattoo removal is a lucrative business. According to one estimate, about a quarter of Australians under 30 have a tattoo. And approximately a quarter of these people are planning to have it removed. Tattoo…
Skin lightening products promise a new and improved image. Skin lightening products promise a new and improved image. pedrosimoes

Time for a reality check on skin lightening creams

Western society’s obsession with skin tanning is well recognised but we’re often less aware of the aggressive pursuit of fair skin by those with darker skin. In communities where light skin is associated…
There’s no evidence to show chocolate causes acne but milk may play a role. There’s no evidence to show chocolate causes acne but milk may play a role. anjuli ayer

Monday’s medical myth: chocolate causes acne

Outbreaks of pimples, blackheads and cysts are a cause of enormous anxiety and embarrassment among teens and young adults. If you’re part of the 20% of Australians who have experienced severe acne, you’ve…

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Synthetic skin heals itself

A synthetic material both sensitive to touch and able to heal itself quickly has been created for the first time. Engineers…