Dr. Cynthia Bailey's Health & Beauty Blog

Dr. Cynthia Bailey writes one of the longest running health blogs in the world offering practical advice for you on all skin care related topics.

Sun Protection Advice Posts

Why You Want a Full Skin Exam Right Now

I always see many more skin cancers in the late summer and fall. It happens...

Red Hair Genes and Melanoma

Did you know if you have red hair in your family you may be at higher risk for...

Why is a Sunburn Bad?

Did you or someone you love get a sunburn this summer? Do you know the...

Dermatologist’s Favorite Summer Products

Dermatologist and Skin Care Expert’s Favorite Summer Products The...

Khloe Kardashian’s Skin Cancer: What It Means for You

Pop celebrity Khloe Kardashian just announced that she had a skin cancer on...

The Tragic Side of Sun Exposure

Can summer childhood sun exposure really be that bad? The answer is...

Does Sunscreen Expire?

Many sunscreens are labeled with an expiration date but can you trust the...

Best Money Saving Tips For Moms

I had a conversation recently that I just had to share about money saving...

Sun Protection Sun Up to Sun Down

Everyone needs sun protection all day, everyday, year round.  In many...

Healthy Habits We Teach our Kids

As a mom I taught my kids to put on sunscreen every morning, 365 days a year....

5 Ways to Tell if a Sunscreen Product is a Scam

By far the most important lifestyle measure I encourage in my patients here in...

Ask Dr. Bailey:  Six Tips for Safer Sun Exposure

Tracy sent her question about safer sun exposure via the blog. This was...

Free Skin Cancer Screening and Melanoma Monday

May 2nd is Melanoma Monday!  To kick it off, we are doing a FREE skin...

Ask Dr. Bailey: The Best Way to Treat Hyperpigmentation

I'm often asked how to treat hyperpigmentation of facial skin. I received...

Dr. Bailey’s Hand Care & Sun Protection Tips for Gardeners

Spring is here! This is the time of year those with a green thumb have been...

How Often Should You Change Your Skin Care Regimen?

The question of when to change your skin care regimen can be complex. The...

How to Tell a Sunspot from Melanoma

A solar lentigo (also known as a sunspot, liver spot or age spot) is seen in...

Get Your Skin Ready for Summer Checklist

Are you ready to be done with the dry winter weather? Spring is almost here, and...

5 Random Facts about Skin Care You Didn’t Know But Should

With so much true and false information about skin care available, it can be...

Autoimmune Disease and Your Skin (Part 2)

As a dermatologist, I see autoimmune diseases on a regular basis. There are...

4 Must-Haves for a Flawless Complexion

  As a dermatologist, I am obsessed with finding the absolute best...

Autoimmune Disease and Your Skin (Part 1)

When the immune system works the way it supposed to, immune cells attack things...

Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Second Most Common Type of Skin Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer,...

What Causes Dark Circles under the Eye? Explanation & Cure Here

Almost everyone at a some point in their life will have dark circles under the...

Do You Need to Protect Your Skin from the Sun in Fall and Winter?

Yes, Yes, Yes! UVA is out all year – fall and winter included. It’s...

From the Aesthetician: Makeup Tips for Any Age

It doesn’t matter who you are, or what type of skin you have, if your skin...

The Most Common Form of Skin Cancer & What You Can Do about It

As unfortunate as it is, you likely know someone who currently has or has had...

The Truth about Laser Treatment and Acne

Do you suffer from embarrassing acne scars? Almost everyone gets acne at some...

Understanding Skin Cancer: Melanoma

Have you noticed any new spots such as moles, freckles or other discoloring on...

Men: Embarrassing Grooming Questions Answered

As a dermatologist, I treat a lot of male patients here at Advanced Skin Care...

How Often Should You Reapply Mineral Zinc Oxide Sunscreen?

  Hello Dr. Bailey, You have the BEST information on your website, and I...

3 Biggest Myths about Sunscreen

When it comes to sunscreen, there is a lot of conflicting information available....

Healthy Habits to Teach Kids

It's that time of year again where your kids are heading back to school or...

Get Your Summer Skin Care Fixes with Our Big Sale!

How does your skin look now that summer is in full swing? Do you feel like your...

Dr. Bailey’s Top 5 Beauty Picks for that Warm, Summer Glow

Summer skin care should have your skin looking smooth and sun-kissed, but...

Why Fruit Infusions Make Your Skin Happy

Summer is here with its sun-drenched days and longer daylight hours. Kids have...

The 5 Best Natural Sunblocks for Protecting Your Skin

  Today, many people are looking for natural sunscreens. Here in Northern...

The Pros and Cons of Lip Balms

  Do you need lip balm? Can you get addicted to lip balm? The answers are...

The Best Sun Protection for Girls This Year

  Sunny weather is here. Is your tween or teen girl ready to have fun in...

Does Mineral Makeup Really Protect Your Skin from the Sun?

    I was recently asked by one of our web customers about the SPF in...

From the Aesthetician: How to Have Clear Skin - Even as a Teen (Yes, Really!)

Remember how old you were when you discovered your first pimple? There was...

What Really Happens When Your Skin Gets A Sunburn

Summer draws closer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and the days...

The Skin Cancer Selfie Seen Around the World

Though doctors have been voicing warnings related to tanning beds for some...

When to See Your Dermatologist for Melanoma

The month of May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Bailey and our team at...

How to Get Dermatologist-Approved Natural Skin Care

Do you want the Holy Grail of skin care: professional skin care results AND...

How to Make Monday Your Best Skin Day

  For anyone who has watched Office Space, the infamous line "Sounds like...

The Myth of Getting a "Base Tan" from a Tanning Bed

To tan or not to tan, that is the question... Should you get a “base...

Find The Perfect Sun Hat For You!

Your sun hat is the magic convergence between your love of healthy and...

Gloves & Skin Protection: They Just Fit

As the saying goes, if you want to know a woman’s real age, look at her...

Should You Apply Sunscreen to Your Face & Ears Even If You Wear a Hat?

Another way to look at this question is: how dangerous is reflected UV light?...

The Best of Hypoallergenic Beauty: Product Picks for Sensitive Skin Users

I have created and curated a line of skin care products for the sensitive skin...

Debunking Misconceptions of Skin Care

Ever had a friend share a skin care tip and wondered if it was true? Have you...

How to Know Which Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Is Right for You

The single biggest thing you can do to keep your skin looking young is to keep...

Fashion & Skin Care Protection – Yes, It’s Possible

Skin care protection usually brings up images of...well...something less than...

The Truth About Tanning Beds

Do you use tanning beds? Are you aware of the impact on your health from...

Secrets of Staying Healthy in Your 50s and Beyond

The older you are the higher the probability that you will suffer a health...

Healthy, Vegan, and Green Skin Care Holiday Gift Ideas

Do you want to give green skin care gifts that are as generously caring to the...

Why You Need to Wear a Sunscreen in Winter

Do You Need to Wear Sunscreen in Winter? UV rays cause skin aging and they...

Skin Tips: How to Solve Rosacea & Facial Dandruff in Both Men & Women

The need for a healthy complexion is universal. Both men and women share some of...

Helpful Summer to Fall Skin Care Transition Guide

As the seasons change, you need to make a summer to fall skin care transition....

What’s the Best Skin Care to Fade Sunspots?

  There are three main types of skin care products to control,...

Fall Skin Care Tips and Changes

As summer comes to a close, it's time to switch to your fall skin care...

How Can You Get Rid of Skin Sun Spots?

  Skin sun spots, also called solar lentigines (solar lentigo if it is...

What Causes Sunspots on Skin?

Sunspots on skin, called solar lentigines, are due to sun exposure. They are...

Dr. Bailey Featured on How to be a Redhead Blog

Dr. Bailey was recently featured on one of her favorite blogs: How to be a...

Best Retinol Skin Care Products for Sensitive Skin

Retinoids are quite possibly the best “fountain of youth” skin...

Best Facial Skin Care Products for Summer

Your skin care needs to change with the seasons.  In the summer, you need...

Last Days of Our Summer Sun Protection Challenge – Don’t Miss Out!

    Today (July 17, 2014) is the last day of Dr. Bailey’s...

Zinc Oxide: End-of-Summer Skin Care Tips

Have glowing, moist, soft skin as you enjoy the last of the languid, balmy days...

Sun Protection Hats: How to Find the Best

A proper sun protection hat is one of your most important tools to sun protect...

Best Summer Skin Care Products for Smooth Skin

Your summer wardrobe will leave more of your skin exposed, so you're going...

Dermatologist’s Tips for Hot Weather Skin Care

Warm weather means skin-baring fashions and sun exposure. Relative humidity...

Shade Sun Protection, Is It Good Enough?

I'm asked this question all the time by patients.  If you are in the...

Treating Sun Damage on the Back of Your Hands

Chances are, when you are out in the sun, your hands are exposed. The skin on...

Beat the Summer Sun with the Best Sunscreen for You

      Do you stand at the wall of sunscreen in the store and...

Are Zinc Oxide Sunscreens Better?

  In my opinion, they are. Seeing patient after patient in my dermatology...

Join Dr. Bailey’s Sun Protection Challenge and You Could Win!

  Here's Your Chance to Win $100's Worth of Sun and Skin Care...

What Sunscreens Do Dermatologists Use Themselves?

 I'm often asked by patients, friends, and family members what...

Which Is Safer: Zinc Sunscreen or a Tanning Bed? Find It Again Friday

  Are you confused about all of the (often-conflicting) information on...

Vitamin D and Sun Exposure

  Exposing your skin to the sun can turn it into a vitamin D factory - but...

Sun Protection: A Dermatologist’s 5 Best Tips

Skin Cancer Awareness Month Series Naming the month of May as Skin Cancer...

Indoor Tanning: How Many People Do It?

Indoor tanning is common in Western countries and it’s mostly done by...

Brown Spots - Treatment and Prevention Tips: Find it Again Friday

Do you have dark brown spots that don't seem to fade with time? Have you...

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: Do You Need to Wear it Every Day?

As the weather warms up it’s tempting to go outside to soak up the...

Helpful Tips for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

  Skin Cancer Awareness Month takes place each May, and it’s...

Melanoma Monday Is Today, May 5th

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and today is Melanoma Monday.  ...

Common Skin Problems for Moms and Families With Sensitive Skin

  // If your family has sensitive skin, you need to be especially careful...

Best Under Eye Treatments including Retinol: Find It Again Friday

Have you tried countless skin care products to fix the dark circles or bags...

Skin Complexion: Top 3 Tips

  // What choices should you make that will have the biggest impact on...

Skin Care Creams and Serums: How Do You Layer?

How Do You Layer Skin Care Creams and Serums?   // Dear Dr. Bailey, I...

Sunscreen for Teens: How Do You Get Teens to Wear Sunscreen?

What’s the most motivating information you can discuss with the teenagers...

Natural Skin Care: Best Products for Busy Moms

Multitasking natural skin care products are big time savers for busy moms....

Anti-Aging Skin Care Valentine’s Day Special

  Valentine's Day Special Save Up to 20% Off Each Anti-Aging Skin...

How to Treat Flaky Facial Skin: Find it Again Friday

Recently, we had a valued reader ask about the correct order you should use...

BB Cream: Which is Best? “Find it Again Friday”

  What Is BB Cream? BB Cream has been all the rage for the...

Winter Skin Care Tips: 3 Simple Steps

Winter is the “perfect storm” for drying out your skin and you will...

Do You Need Sunscreen in the Winter? “Find it Again Friday”

Do You Need Sunscreen in the Winter?  The short answer: YES!!! Sunscreen...

Holiday Skin Care Specials: Best Thoughtful Holiday Gift for a Busy Woman

I’ve been a busy woman all my life and I know that mornings are usually a...

Exciting Holiday Skin Care Special Sale Now Open

For the first time ever, my team and I here at Dr. Cynthia Bailey Skin...

“Find It Again Friday” - Post-Summer Face Care Treatment Trends

This Friday, we are following our last feature, "Dermatologist's...

“Find it Again Friday” - Dermatologist’s Best Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Our readers and patients frequently ask which anti-aging skin care...

“Find It Again Friday” - Poikiloderma of Civatte

"Find it Again Friday" is the start of a new series. Whether you...

What Is the Best Sunscreen for Endurance Athletes?

Endurance athletes have a real challenge sun protecting their skin because...

Summer Garden Love and Gardening Skin Care Tips from The Dermatologist

This time of year, when I'm not working in the office I'm in my garden....

Dog Days of Summer Sunscreen Giveaway

I want your skin sun protected while you while away time in the warm languid...

What’s the Best Dermatologist-Recommended Sunscreen for Oily Skin?

Have you been searching far and wide for a pure, physical and mineral sunscreen...

Conclusive Scientific Proof That Daily Use of Sunscreen Prevents Skin Aging

There’s no more wondering or hoping that you’ll get away with NOT...

How to Fake a Tan in 3 Simple Steps

Everyone knows that the sun is bad for your skin. (It causes wrinkles, increased...

May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

As you emerge from winter eager for languid days in the sun, the organizations...

The Best Sun Protection for Your Skin and Eyes

It's simple; you need to wear a hat when you're in the sun. Combine your...

What’s the Right Amount of Beauty Products You Should Use?

Are you wasting beauty and personal care products? Do you know how much product...

New Information Connecting Redheads and Melanoma Skin Cancer

A new scientific study published in the journal Nature has shown that redheads...

Gorgeous Healthy Skin: 3 Top Tips For the New Year

The holiday rush is over.  Now it's time to get back to doing the...

Give the gift of dermatologist recommended Sunscreen and Sun Protection Products

Dr. Bailey has made it a little easier for you to give the gift of great skin to...

What Sunscreen Is Best after Summer?

I received a really important and straightforward question about post-summer sun...

The 3 Best Skin Care Tips for Personal Care

If you asked me to pick the absolute highest "return-on-investment" steps for...

The 8 Best End-of-Summer Skin Care Tips

Get Your Skin in Shape for Fall The last day of summer isn’t officially...

What Is a BB Cream?

BB Creams have made their Western migration and they're dazzling us ... so...

Just for fun….. The Facekini!

Have you seen this latest sun protection fashion fad?  If not, you've...

Can Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Cause Skin Damage?

That light bulb that’s supposed to be good for the planet and your...

The Best Skin Care for Breast Cancer Treatment and Chemotherapy

Hello Dr. Bailey, I have been following your blog for awhile now and have...

Summer Sun Hat Giveaway!

We’re giving away an ETSIS hat on our Facebook page. This is an amazing...

Best Natural Sunburn Treatment Remedies

A combination of common kitchen ingredients and some TLC will help soothe the...

What is Poikiloderma of Civatte?

On the Rosacea Forum, "Ghost" asked me a question about Poikiloderma of...

Sun Protection Umbrellas and Parasols

It’s the middle of a hot summer and I want to put one of my favorite sun...

Just for fun…..

A reader sent me this.  It's cute and made me chuckle. Of course,...

Can Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cause Cancer?

Dear Dr. Bailey, I really like your skin care blog! I've also noticed that...

Win A Free UPF 50 Sun Hat From Coolibar

The folks at Coolibar and I want you and your loved ones sun protected. ...

Find me in US News and World Report today

US News and World Report's online Health Section just posted an excellent...

Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month

It's May and, most likely, you’re being drawn outside by beautiful...

Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Products

Chances are your skin needs sun protection to stay healthy and attractive. I can...

Best Skin Care for Your 20’s, 30s and 40s

A 40-year-old patient with beautiful skin said to me: Everyone I know that has...

How to Get a Healthy Tan

It's spring and we social media crusaders for healthy skin are busy getting...

Best Men’s Anti Aging Skin Care Products

There are a few simple skin care products that can make a huge difference to how...

The Benefits of Mineral Makeup

The best mineral makeup is designed to: provide complete, long-lasting...

The Best Diet for Healthy Skin In 2012

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to eat better in 2012?  I'm...

Does Sunscreen Prevent Skin Cancer?

Hot off the press! The answer is.... NOT ENTIRELY, and the reason applies...

Do You Need Sunscreen in Winter, Or In The Morning and After 4pm?

You know that you should protect your skin from the summer sun, but what about...

Does using a daily moisturizer with SPF 15 give you enough sun protection?

Patients ask me this all the time. If you're not out in the sun at all...

A Close and Intimate Encounter With A Whale

This 8 minute video is amazing, moving and worth a look.  I know it's...

Do UV Sun Rays Go Through Windows?

The answer is yes, usually some important UV rays do come through window glass....

What’s The Best Sun Protection for Swimming, Hiking, Gardening, and Outdoor Sports?

Does your sun protection hold up to your toughest, most active outdoor...

The Best Sun Protection For Your Skin

A gentle reminder from the dermatologist: Your skin deserves the best sun...

The Best SunSavvy Summer Skin Care

Skimpy summer fashions put you skin on display. Are you proud of how great...

The Best Sun Savvy Skin Care for Summer

Is your skin ready for summer?  Do you know everything you need to for...

How to treat a sunburn?

The pain, redness and occasional blistering that you experience when you have a...

Dermatologist Explains the New 2011 FDA Rule Governing Sunscreens - What You Need to Know

The good news about the FDA's new sunscreen rule is that you'll find...

What is a tan?

Tanning is your skins way of trying to protect itself from ultraviolet rays,...

What is a sunburn?

A sunburn tells you that damage and inflammation have happened inside your skin...

Do Sunburns and Tanning Cause Melanoma?

One in 60 Americans will develop melanoma skin cancer in their lifetime. This...

How High of an SPF Does Your Sunscreen Need To Have?

Wearing sunscreen daily is one of the most important anti-aging and preventative...

A New Explanation for Intensely Itchy Arms

  I see many patients who suffer from an intense and seemingly inexplicable...

My Best Sun Protection Blog Posts Of 2010

As a dermatologist I see the consequences of too much sun exposure on...

Savvy Sun Protection For Your Winter Getaway-Lessons From My Polynesian Cruise

I just returned from an amazing family reunion and winter getaway trip to sunny...

Parabens in Skin Care Products and Skin Cancer

 Hello Dr Bailey, I love your blog and have changed my skin care regimen to...

Rosacea Skin Care Tips from My Dermatology Practice

Here in Part 3 I give you my supportive Rosacea skin care tips regimen that...

Sun Protective Swim Wear For Complete Sun Protection

I'm a very fair-skinned dermatologist who swims laps in an outdoor pool at...

Great Sun Hats: What Works and What Doesn’t

Sun-protecting your skin isn't just about wearing sunscreen anymore. Healthy...

Summer Skin Care…. and Repair

Each season has its special impact on your skin -- both good and bad....

Sun Protective Clothing and Hats: Inspiration From History

I love being creative and fashionable with sun protective clothing and hats and...

Stop The Summer Darkening Of Your Age Spots

Age spots on the skin really darken up from summer sun exposure. They tan better...

Improvise Sun Protection for Your Skin

The concept of sun protecting skin isn’t new, and sunscreen isn’t...

6 Tricks For Sun Protecting Your Skin In Really Hot Weather

I just returned from a fabulous 3 weeks touring the hot and humid Southern...

Tanning Addiction; Dermatologist's Personal Story

The New York Times online health blog yesterday featured a fascinating article...

Use Self-Tanners Like A Pro

When you use a self tanner, do you have soft, moist, evenly bronzed skin? Or...

Are You Really Getting Vitamin D From The Sun Or Just ‘Nuking’ Your DNA?

Vitamin D update- Almost every person that I talk to misunderstands vitamin D...

5 Steps For Smart Sun Protection

A good sun protection plan is like having that good home loan which fit your...

Are Your Summer Clothes Good Enough To Be Sun Protective Clothing?

Did you know that the sun's UV rays can go through right your clothes?...

How To Apply Sunscreen & Have Healthy, Fabulous Skin Forever

It's not an impossible promise. Sun protection is the single biggest...

How To Pick The Best Sunscreen

Warning: Most sunscreens don't protect you from all of the sun's...

If You Want A Nice Sunburn, Use Last Year’s Sunscreen

Warning: Last year's sunscreen won't help this year's sunburn!...

Facial Skin Care for Problem Skin with Rosacea, Seborrhea and Clogged Pores

Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey answers your questions about skin care and skin...

Making Sense of The Vitamin D Dilemma and Sun Exposure

Scientists and doctors are finally getting a better handle on what to tell our...

Dr. Cynthia Bailey’s Tips for Facial Seborrheic Dermatitis Control

Do You Suffer from Facial Dandruff? Good news! Simple changes in your skin...

Dermatologist’s simple trick to test your sun exposure.

I’m outdoors whenever I can be. My skin is fair, and as a dermatologist I...