When people think about visiting the dermatologist, they may consider some of the most common skin problems. These include things like wrinkles, redness, rashes or itchy patches. And it is true that all of these things do mean that you should visit a dermatologist. But our dermatologist and her team do so much more than just address cosmetic issues. They specialize in taking care of your skin, your hair and your nails. Some of the most common medical dermatology services address conditions like acne, eczema and skin cancer.
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that affect people in the United States. It leads to a variety of blemishes on your face. It ranges from minor whiteheads and blackheads to more serious deep cysts.
Acne usually occurs because your oil glands are overproducing and clog your pores. Or bacteria can accumulate in your pores, leading to an acne outbreak. Acne is often seen in teenagers, but it is something that people of any age can be affected by. Acne can affect the face, the chest, the shoulders and even the back.
Although acne isn’t life-threatening, it can definitely upset the balance of your life. If it is not treated correctly and early on, you could be left with scars that will last the rest of your life. The emotional damage that people endure as a result of having acne can affect their self-esteem for decades. Most cases of acne can be addressed by our board-certified dermatologist and her team.
Eczema is a catchall term that is used to describe a bunch of chronic skin conditions. These conditions may cause your skin to become inflamed and leave you feeling uncomfortable. Since eczema affects the way that your skin looks, it can have an emotional impact on you. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. This is mostly seen in children and in babies. Only a dermatologist can accurately diagnose eczema and then provide the treatment needed to ease the symptoms.
Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. It is also the easiest cancer to cure. If it is diagnosed early, skin cancer can be addressed with very little side effects. The only individuals qualified to accurately diagnose skin cancer are those with dermatology training.
Some of the things that our professional dermatologist will look at are changes in the size, shape or color of skin growths. When skin cancer is not addressed quickly, it can lead to skin deformities, and the cancer can progress to the point that it is life-threatening.