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WebMD – Skin Problems & Treatments Health Center

WebMD's skin health center contains information about common skin conditions like acne, bedbugs, rosacea, poison ivy, and lice. This health center does a good job of giving introductions to dermatological issues that many readers are curious about, offering related topics, discussion boards, and more.

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Review Date: 11/16/2018

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Ease of Use

Visitors begin with a brief overview and provides a list of subtopics for more detailed reading. The problem is numerous articles, blogs, message boards, and advertisements that clutter the page and interrupt the user's journey. Additionally, those topics highlighted seem randomly chosen.

Visual Design

The pages here have too much information on them, which adds up to a disorganized jumble of often unrelated content. But most pages appear to incorporate some form of visual multimedia top engage users.

Quality

Users can will find detailed information on common as well as uncommon skin conditions. All WebMD content is referenced with credible sources and reviewed by medical professionals. Some topics are explored in more depth than others, and other websites will be needed for topics about many less common skin conditions. But overall this is a good place to get basic, reliable information on skin health topics.

Credibility

Content is routinely reviewed for accuracy by qualified medical experts. However, some topics have not been reviewed in more than five years. Regardless, the site is a credible source of information in-line with current medical practices.

Pros

  1. Detailed information about many common skin conditions
  2. Useful videos and images
  3. Content is easy to understand for general readers

Cons

  1. Topics are poorly organized, with redundancy and distracting advertisements
  2. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results
  3. Need to navigate multiple pages per topic and link to other articles for a complete picture

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: URAC (2018), HON seal (2018), TRUSTe certified privacy

Additional Features: News, blog, videos, slideshow, support services, quizzes, Q&A, message boards, dermatologist finder

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

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