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Expert tips for prom-ready skin

Although wardrobe, hair and accessories are important considerations for prom preparations, teenagers should not disregard a healthy skin care regimen, which can ensure they look their best in the scores of professional and candid shots snapped and chatted about over the course of prom festivities. Even with the bevy of photo filters and social media apps that can hide blemishes and other minor photo faux pas, it helps to have healthy and beautiful skin. Here's how to achieve great results.

Determine skin type

Selecting the right products involves understanding the type of skin on your face and body. If you are prone to shiny spots or makeup tends to slide off after a few hours, you likely have oily skin. Red patches and flakes may be indicative of dry skin. Many people fall in between, where areas on their cheeks may be dry and spots in the T-zone are oily.
If you are unsure about your skin type, consult with a dermatologist or an esthetician at a beauty counter or cosmetics store.

Control uneven skin pigmentation

Uneven skin tone is a common, relatively harmless condition that affects millions of people. Hyperpigmentation (darkened areas) and hypopigmentation (lightened areas) are examples of uneven skin tone conditions that people often hope to alleviate.

Changes in skin tone can affect people of all ages and races. Some of the more widely known skin tone changes are the formation of freckles and age spots. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology advises that lightened or darkened patches of the skin can occur anywhere on the body and are usually the result of exposure to the sun. Melanin is produced by the skin as a protective agent. When skin is exposed to UV radiation, melanin absorbs the sun’s rays and darkens the skin to reduce instances of burns and other damage. Excessive melanin can produce darkened areas that are disproportionate to other parts of the skin. In cases where skin tone already is uneven, sun exposure can exacerbate the situation.

When moles are worrisome

Skin cancer is one of the most pervasive types of cancer, and just about everyone is at risk of getting it. The American Cancer Society says that, over the past 30 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

Melanoma, while not the most common form of skin cancer, is the deadliest form of the disease. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, if melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable. One way to detect melanoma early is to be aware of moles and new growths on the skin.

Brown spots, growths and moles on the body are often harmless, but they may be indicative of skin cancer. Experts say that anyone who has more than 100 moles is at greater risk for melanoma than others. Knowing one's skin and being aware of any changes is key to detecting skin cancer much more promptly.

Understanding the ABCDE's of detecting melanoma and the"Ugly Duckling" sign are important strategies for detecting skin cancer. Here's what a person should know.

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