User's Manual: Skin

Fix Your Top Skin Complexion Problems

No need to put up with dark spots, red patches, and breakouts. Health's beauty pros reveal simple new ways to fix the most common skin troubles.
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Complexion corrections

by Francesca Castagnoli

Nobody wants to put up with skin weirdness. You know, those dry flakes, large pores, oil slicks, hormonal breakouts, random splotches, dark circles, and eye bags that become way more prominent after a certain age.

They're all normal wear and tear, says David Bank, MD, director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York. Skin becomes less elastic, and the effects of sun, smiles, nutrition, smoking, and gravity show up.

Don't blame Mom, either. Heredity isn't always destiny when it comes to skin. With this troubleshooting guide, you can get your skin right back where you want it to be.

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