acne

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. However, not just teens have acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.  

Combination therapies are best and most effective at combating acne. Combination therapies include but are not limited to

Cortisone Injections, Extractions, 

Microdermabrasion, Hydrafacial, 

Microneedling- RF/Dermapen

 FxCo2 Laser and V-Beam. One or all therapies might be appropriate for therapy. A consultation and assessment of the severity of acne is essential in understanding which therapies will be most appropriate for each client.

Allergic Rash  is a reaction that appears when the skin comes in contact with an irritant or an allergen. Symptoms can include a rash, blisters, itching and burning.

 

SKIN CYSTS

Cysts may develop as a result of trauma or blocked glands in the skin.

Cysts rarely cause pain or other symptoms. They're most commonly found on the face, neck, and trunk.

Cysts often don't need treatment. They 

can remove a cyst if it's painful or infected, or if the appearance is a concern.

 

DANDRUF

Dandruff  can have several causes, including dry skin, seborrhoeic dermatitis, not cleaning/scrubbing often enough, shampooing too often, scalp psoriasis, eczema, sensitivity to hair care products, or a yeast-like fungus. Dry skin is the most common cause of flaking.

 

ECZEMA

Eczema or atopic dermatitis  is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It's common in children but can occur at any age. Atopic dermatitis is long lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. It may be accompanied by asthma or hay fever. No cure has been found for atopic dermatitis but symptoms can be controlled with oral and external medications.

 

PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is thought to be an immune system problem. Triggers include infections, stress, and cold.

The most common symptom is a rash on the skin, but sometimes the rash involves the nails or joints.

Treatment aims to remove scales and stop skin cells from growing so quickly. Topical ointments, light therapy, and medications can offer relief.

 

MELASMA

Melasma is brown or gray-brown patches that appear most often on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin affecting more women then men. This condition can be due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and/or from sun exposure. 

In women, melasma often fades on its own after pregnancy or after an affected woman goes off birth control pills. Skin lightening creams, strong facial peels, and lasers or a combination can help lasting melasma.

 

ROSACEA

Rosacea most commonly affects middle-aged women with fair skin. It can be mistaken for acne or other skin conditions. Key symptoms are facial redness with swollen red bumps and small visible blood vessels. Treatments such as antibiotics, topical medications, and laser treatments  can control and reduce symptoms. Left untreated, it will most likely worsen over time.

 

KELOIDS

A keloid is caused by an excess protein (collagen) in the skin during healing. Keloids often are lumpy or ridged. The scar rises after an injury or condition has healed, such as a surgical incision or acne. Keloids aren't harmful and don't necessarily require treatment. However, cosmetically they can be unattractive. Combination therapy to treat a keloid scar is the most effective way in decreasing the appearance. Combination therapy includes laser and steriod therapy.

 

WART REMOVAL

Warts are caused by various strains of human papillomaviruses. Different strains may cause warts in different parts of the body. Warts can be spread from one location on the body to another or from person to person by contact with the wart. The main symptom is a fleshy, painless growth on the skin. Common areas affected include the hands, feet, and genitals. Treatment/removal may include a combination of both topical medications and several medical procedures.

 

ANGIOMA

Red moles or "cherry" Angiomas are benign tumors derived from cells of the vascular or lymphatic vessel walls (endothelium) or derived from cells of the tissues surrounding these vessels. Angiomas are a frequent occurrence as patients age. These common skin growths can develop on most areas of your body. They're also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots. They're usually found on people aged 30 and older. The collection of small blood vessels inside a cherry angioma give them a reddish appearance. Angiomas are not harmful to a persons health but can be cosmetically unapeeling. These can be treated/removed in office.

 

LIPOMA

Lipomas are just under the skin and move easily when pressure is applied. Lipomas are usually slow growing and harmless.  In extremely rare circumstances, they can be cancerous. Some people have more than one.They commonly occur in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, arms, and thighs. Treatment generally isn't necessary, but if the lipoma is bothersome, painful, or growing, surgical removal may be needed.

 

mulluscum contagiosum

Mulluscum Contagiosum is skin disease caused by the molluscumcontagiosum virus (MCV).  It is a condition that spreads through contact with an infected person or a contaminated object. It was once a disease primarily of children, but it has evolved to become a sexually transmitted disease in adults. Though painless, the small bumps might itch. Scratched bumps can spread infection to surrounding skin.The bumps usually disappear on their own however, to prevent the spread of the bumps or to eliminate the appearance  the bumps can be removed using medications or other procedures.

 

SKIN CANCER

Skin Cancer - The abnormal growth of skin cells. There are three major kinds:

Basal cell cancer is a type of skin cancer that beings in the basal cells. 

Basal cells produce new skin cells as old ones die. This cancer typically appears as a white waxy lump or a brown scaly patch on sun-exposed areas, such as the face and neck. Limiting sun exposure can help prevent these cells from becoming cancerous. Treatments include prescription creams or surgery to remove the cancer. A biopsy is required for diagnoses. 

Squamous cell cancer is a type of skin cancer caused by an uncontrolled growth of abnormal squamous cells.  SCCs often look like scaly red patches, open sores, warts or elevated growths with a central depression; they may crust or bleed.  Limiting sun exposure can help prevent these cells from becoming cancerous. Treatments include prescription creams or surgery to remove the cancer. A biopsy is required for diagnoses. 

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.  Melanoma occurs when the pigment-producing cells that give color to the skin become cancerous.Symptoms might include a new, unusual growth or a change in an existing mole. Melanomas can occur anywhere on the body even areas that have not been sun exposed.  Treatment may involve surgery, radiation, medications, or in some cases chemotherapy.  A biopsy is required for diagnoses.

 

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