WHAT IS ACNE?
Acne develops when pores in our skin become clogged with sebum, an oil in our skin. Acne lesions are split into categories depending on type and severity. Different types of acne lesions include blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, fungal acne, nodules and cysts being the most severe.
Treating acne depends on the acne type and severity. Minor acne lesions can be treated with topicals and facials. While more severe acne like nodules and cysts must be treated by a Dermatologist. Most Dermatologists will treat more severe acne with a combination of topicals and oral medication. If acne persists a more aggressive approach will be considered like Accutane.
WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a common skin disease that often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people do. With time, people who have rosacea may see permanent redness in the center of their face. Redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead, chin, neck and chest. In addition to redness, rosacea can cause acne-like breakouts, visible blood vessels on the face, and dry, irritated eyes.
Rosacea can be a lifelong condition. Proper treatment and skin care may ease signs and symptoms. Treating rosacea may consist of topicals, oral medication, or cosmetic treatments like BBL/IPL Laser.
WHAT IS ECZEMA (ATOPIC DERMATITIS)?
Atopic Dermatitis is an itchy inflammation of the skin. Atopic dermatitis usually develops in early childhood and is more common in people who have a family history of the condition. There are many types of eczema, but atopic dermatitis being the most common. This skin condition typically presents on the arms and behind the knees, but can also appear anywhere on the body.
Treatment of Eczema varies between each individual. Most Dermatologists will rule out environmental allergies before treatment. The most common treatments for eczema are topical creams and ointments to reduce itching and inflammation. More moderate to severe eczema will be treated with oral medication. If symptoms are not well controlled with topicals or orals medication most times long term injectable medication will be introduced as treatment.
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
A condition in which skin cells build up too quickly and form scales and itchy, dry patches.
Psoriasis is considered an immune system problem. Psoriasis flare factors include infections, stress, and cold. The most common symptom is a rash on the skin located on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp, but sometimes the rash involves the nails or joints.
Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis. However, there are many treatment options that can clear psoriasis for a period of time. Treatment options range from topical, orals and long term injectable medication. The most common treatment options consist of a combination of all three to keep psoriasis well controlled. As psoriasis is a life-long condition, it is important to take an active role in managing it. Learn more about psoriasis by seeing a dermatologist to discuss treatment options.
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