Amazing facts about your skin, hair & nails

Acne (pimples & zits)

  • Acne is a very common skin problem, affecting about 40 million to 50 million Americans.
  • Nearly 85% of people have acne at some point in their lives. It usually starts in puberty but can affect people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s.
  • Acne usually appears on the face, chest and back.
  • By the mid-teens, more than 40% of kids have acne or scars from acne that need to be treated by a dermatologist.
  • In 2004, people spent $2.2 billion to treat acne.

Skin Cancer

  • More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year.
  • 1 out of 5 Americans (17%) will have skin cancer at some point in their life.
  • Melanoma is the most serious kind of skin cancer, and one in 58 people will get melanoma at some time during their life.
  • Melanoma is the most common kind of cancer for young adults who are 25-29 years old.  It is the second most common kind of cancer for teens and young adults who are 15-29 years old.
  • One American dies of melanoma almost every hour. In 2008, about 8,420 people died from melanoma.

Tanning Beds

  • Even though they are bad for skin and can cause skin cancer, each day about 1 million Americans use tanning beds.
  • Almost 28 million people tan indoors in the U.S. every year; 2.3 million are teens.
  • Nearly 70% of tanning salon patrons are women, primarily aged 16 to 29 years.
  • Indoor tanning before the age of 35 has been associated with a significant increase in the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
  • Studies also have found that indoor tanning can make skin look old, hurt the immune system (the part of the body that helps fight infections), and damage eyes.

Hair & Nails

  • It’s normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day but anyone who notices thinning hair should see a dermatologist.
  • Hairstyles that pull the hair, like ponytails and braids, can cause hair loss.
  • Fingernails grow 0.1 millimeters each day and toenails grow 1 millimeter a month. Fingernails grow faster than toenails, and nails grow faster during the summer than the winter.

Tattoos & Piercings

  • When a group of 500 grown-ups ages 18-50 were asked about tattoos and piercings, 24% said they had tattoos and 48% had a piercing in the ears or another part of the body.
  • Almost one in five people (17%) with tattoos have thought about having them removed.
  • People with tattoos are six times more likely to have hepatitis C, a liver disease that kills 10,000 people a year.
  • Common problems with piercings include infections and allergies to metal.