Acne affects more than 80% of the population at any one time. It is an inflammatory condition of the sebaceous (or oil) glands that leads to acne bumps and potential scarring. Acne typically occurs on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back. Standard treatments include topical and oral prescription medications. In addition, laser and light treatments and chemical peels can be effective. Summit Dermatology, Laser Surgery & Aesthetic Center can customize a treatment plan.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. The scalp, neck, ears, chest, back, and/or eyes may also be affected. Symptoms range from red pimples, diffuse blood vessels to dry, burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Many people find that the emotional effects of rosacea – low self-confidence and avoidance of social situations – are more difficult to handle than the physical ones. Although it can affect anyone, rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50. It is not yet known what causes rosacea and the disease is not curable.
Eczema is a term used to describe a group of inflamed skin conditions that result in chronic, relapsing and very itchy rashes. There is no known cause for the condition, but it appears to involve an overactive immune system in the presence of certain materials and often occurs in people susceptible to allergies.
- Moisturizing lotions and creams
- Cool compresses
- Prescription corticosteroid creams and ointments
- Oral antibiotics to combat infection, if present
- Oral immunosuppressants, if severe
In the US, more than 7 million men, women and children have psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder in which skin cells replace themselves every 3 to 4 days, rather than the usual 30, creating a buildup of cells on the skin’s surface. Red, raised, dry and cracked scaly patches occur on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitalia. Although there is no cure, there are several treatments available to effectively relieve symptoms.
- Topical and oral prescription medications
- Light therapy
Skin cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma (affecting cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis) and squamous cell carcinomas (affecting cells in the middle layer of the epidermis). A rarer but more dangerous skin cancer is melanoma, the leading cause of death from skin disease. Risk factors for developing skin cancer include the following: fair skin, family history of melanoma, age over 40, and regular sun exposure. Skin cancers vary in shape, color, size and texture, so any new, changed, or otherwise suspicious growths or rashes should be examined immediately by a dermatologist. Early intervention is essential to preventing the cancer from spreading.
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