John Barrymore

John Barrymore has written over 100 articles for HowStuffWorks on topics ranging from volunteer burnout to real estate property taxes.

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A tax shelter sounds like a nice idea. It helps you reduce your tax burden to the IRS. There are many legitimate tax shelters, but some can be used for wrongdoing.

By John Barrymore

You've probably heard the phrase "tax deductions" a hundred times. But what does it mean? And how can you be sure you're taking all the tax deductions you're entitled to?

By John Barrymore

Aftershaves soothe and tone the skin, but they can also include scents and ingredients that some men find overwhelming. What are some simple, household items they can use instead?

By John Barrymore

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You get a letter in the mail, a letter emblazoned with the gut-wrenching acronym, IRS. You say to yourself: "But I filed on time! I paid all my taxes!"" How does the IRS decide who to audit?

By John Barrymore

You might be on your last dollar, but it's not always a reason to sing the blues. In fact, in the strange world of taxation, your last dollar could actually put you in a higher tax bracket. So what does that mean for you and your money?

By John Barrymore & Kathryn Whitbourne

One good thing about Christmas is that it gets many of us thinking about others and how we can help those in need. Even with COVID19 restrictions in place, there are still many ways to volunteer.

By John Barrymore & Melanie Radzicki McManus

Body art, such as a tattoo, is a terrific way to express your individuality, but it's permanent, and there are some risks -- especially for your skin.

By John Barrymore & Brion O'Connor

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Stress can trigger a host of physical ailments, including blemishes on our skin. But there are ways to win the battle against high anxiety.

By John Barrymore & Brion O'Connor

Crow's feet are one of the inevitable byproducts of aging. But it is possible to keep them at bay for a while. Here's how to prevent of them.

By John Barrymore & Brion O'Connor

Get fast facts on tattoos, and learn how tattoos are created and how they can affect skin.

By John Barrymore

Get fast facts on acne remedies, including what options a dermatologist can offer and what you can do at home for acne relief.

By John Barrymore

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Get fast facts on skin regimens, and learn what to include in your daily routine to benefit your skin's health and appearance.

By John Barrymore

Wearing sunscreen is a well-known way to block UV rays, but it isn't the final word on sun protection anymore. In what other ways can sun-lovers ward off skin damage?

By John Barrymore

Sunscreen protects your skin from sun damage, but what makes it work? And what's the difference between sunscreen and sunblock?

By John Barrymore

Do you find the idea of holding a vibrating razor blade near your face intriguing -- or scary? Companies claim the innovation gives you a closer shave by raising hairs on the skin, but do sharp vibrations equal good vibrations?

By John Barrymore

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Contrary to popular belief, warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They're generally harmless, but they can be a nuisance if left untreated.

By John Barrymore

Sunscreen is generally considered a good thing -- after all, we all need protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. What kind of sunscreen can you use on babies? Can you use it on infants at all?

By John Barrymore

If you're trying to find a cleanser that doesn't use animal products, check the ingredients for sodium cocoyl isethionate -- it's a common alternative to animal-based substances.

By John Barrymore

For many men, it seems less hair is more. Thirteen percent of men shave their chest hair, according to research by Philips Electronics, but can shaving chest hair damage the skin?

By John Barrymore

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Laser hair removal is a popular and effective way to get rid of unwanted body hair. That said, how much should you pay for it? How much does price matter -- if at all?

By John Barrymore

Stubble can begin appearing on your face just a few hours after shaving. You may have a five o'clock shadow -- or a 12 o'clock shadow -- but how often should you shave your beard?

By John Barrymore

You can minimize the risk of nicks, cuts and razor burn if you always shave with a clean, sharp blade, but how often should you replace your razor blade?

By John Barrymore

Periungual warts pop up near the nail bed on your hands and feet. Left untreated, these warts can have lasting effects on the health of your nails. We've got a few ways to avoid and cure these unsightly growths.

By John Barrymore

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That red, itchy circle of skin can mean one of many things, including eczema, psoriasis or ringworm. If it turns out to be pityriasis rosea, however, you won't have much to worry about after a few weeks.

By John Barrymore

More than 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, according to the National Institutes of Health, making it one of the most prevalent autoimmune diseases in the country. But what causes the disease, and is there a cure?

By John Barrymore