why people see a dermatologist

There are many reasons people opt to see a dermatologist. If you have a skin condition that is not responding to an over-the-counter treatment, your next step should be to schedule a visit with a dermatologist. Dermatologists are medical practitioners specialised in the area of skin, hair and nails. They combine science with proven medical, surgical and laser treatments, to provide treatment success.

There’s a myriad of skin, hair and nail disorders however here are the top 5 reasons people opt to see their dermatologist:

Acne:
Acne is the most common skin condition and is the number one complaint seen by dermatologists. Acne includes whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and cysts. These usually form due to an over-production of oil in the skin resulting in sebum which can clog the pores causing acne. Acne begins during puberty and usually resides once a person reaches adulthood, however today more and more people are experiencing acne long into their adult years. Acne can sometimes be a sign of a more sinister condition such as PCOS, hence why it is important you see a dermatologist when over-the-counter treatments don’t work.

Skin Cancer:acne treatment services
Skin cancer is another common issue seen by the dermatologist and is a life threatening one. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, however if diagnosed early enough It’s also the easiest cancer to cure. Any changes to skin growths and moles such as in size, shape, colour and thickness, spots that crust, bleed itch, hurt or scab should prompt a visit to the dermatologist.

A dermatologist should examine your skin at least once a year for signs of skin cancer and every 6 months for those with a history of skin cancer or genetic predisposition.

Eczema
Eczema or dermatitis presents as pink-red, scaly skin which is itchy and can become infected if not treated.
Most children with atopic dermatitis grow out of the condition when their skin matures, however about 10% will continue to suffer with eczema late into adulthood.3
The condition generally appears in the first 6 months to 5 years of a child’s life. It usually develops on the baby’s face (particularly the cheeks and chin), and then can spread anywhere on the body (usually the folds of the elbows and knees). 4

Adults can experience eczema, even if they never suffered symptoms as a child. It’s important to know that eczema is not contagious. The best way to find out your type of eczema and its triggers is to see a Dermatologist. Dermatologists can provide unique treatment options that are unavailable through your GP or over the counter!

Eczema dermatitis skin

Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an unpleasant itchy or painful chronic skin disorder that stems from a problem with the immune system. The skin cells form too quickly, build-up on the surface of the skin forming ‘plaques.’ In severe cases they can be thick, red and have silvery scales. They usually appear on the elbows, knees, legs, face and scalp. Sometimes they’re on the bottom of the feet. Dermatologists often prescribe topical creams or oral medication to help suppress the overactive immune system.

Pigmentation
Aged skin, and skin exposed to the UVA is often affected by pigmentation (discolouration spots, brown or age spots). Many people seek the help from a dermatologist to help clear-up these unfavourable spots.Common treatments recommended include chemical peels, laser therapy and active skincare,

Rosacea
Rosacea starts as a facial redness that may resemble a sunburn or unexplained blush on the cheeks, nose or chin that comes and goes. As time goes on, the colour intensifies and becomes ruddier in appearance. Eventually visible blood vessels may appear. Without appropriate treatment, bumps and pimples often develop, worsening over time, in severe cases, typically in men, the nose may become swollen and enlarged.

According to dermatologist Dr Erin Mullan from [SCA] “There are many over the counter products that claim to treat rosacea, however these are of little help past the initial phases of rosacea.” Rosacea is a chronic and often progressive medical disorder, so if you are experiencing the below warning signs you should see a dermatologist. There’s no cure for rosacea. However, medication, laser therapy and lifestyle changes can help control symptoms.

Warning signs of rosacea:
• The sensation of heat or burning of the face particularly with exposure to emotional stress, environmental extremes (heat, sun and wind), certain facial products, spicy food or certain liquids (alcohol, hot drinks).
• Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.
• Small visible blood vessels on the face.
• Bumps or pimples on the face.
• Irritated eyes.

A dermatologist can evaluate the stage of your condition and provide a management program that works best for you. The plan may include a combination of skincare products, triggers to avoid, prescription medications and laser treatments.

rosacea skin condition

Infection
Skin or nail infections are caused by either fungus, viruses, yeast or bacteria. infections left untreated can lead to itchy , inflamed skin like athlete’s foot. Viruses can cause warts and herpes. Bacterial infections of the skin can become deadly if not treated with antibiotics. A dermatologist can diagnose the source of the infection and determine how best to treat it.

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