When Should I See a Dermatologist?

Skin care is an important part of any self-care regimen and can also have an impact on your overall health. If you are having skin issues, be sure to contact the experienced board-certified dermatologists.  They can diagnose any potential skin problems and offer the appropriate treatment and advice. Below are some common skin issues that might require a visit to a dermatologist.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a fairly common skin disorder that affects many people. There are four types of rosacea, each with different symptoms. However, the most common symptoms associated with rosacea are redness in your facial area, including swollen blood vessels in the nose and cheeks; large, swollen red bumps that may resemble acne; and dryness and irritation in the eyes or area around the eyes. Because rosacea often resembles other skin conditions, be sure to consult your local dermatologist to diagnose chronic, recurring redness, inflammation, or facial bumps. Though rosacea does not have a cure, an experienced skin care doctor can offer potential treatment solutions to ease your symptoms.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that can occur at any age, but often begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. Although there are several types of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis is the most common, making up 80-90% of cases. Plaque psoriasis can be both itchy and painful; causing large, raised plaques and patches of red skin that are usually covered in whitish-silvery scales. These plaques may break open and bleed, causing further discomfort.

Psoriasis is related to rapid proliferation of skin cells and inflammation from the immune system, so there may be certain triggers that cause psoriasis to flare. If you think you may have psoriasis, be sure to consult your board-certified dermatologist. Although there is no cure, your local dermatologist has many excellent treatment options including topical treatments, UV light therapy, and injections.

Acne

Everyone experiences breakouts from time to time.  Acne vulgaris is a common chronic skin condition, causing red bumps, pustules, whiteheads and blackheads, along with various types of scars. Additionally, some people with acne vulgaris experience large, painful, or pus-filled lumps and cysts beneath the surface of the skin.

Though there are many over-the-counter products that can be used to treat acne (or lessen its severity), if you want more effective options and better results you should contact your local board-certified dermatologist. Many over-the-counter skin care products can cause further irritation of the skin. A trained dermatologist or dermatology physician assistant may be able to offer advice and treatment options including topical creams or prescription-strength medications.

Although there are more beauty and self-care products available than ever before, it is important to contact your local dermatology service if you are experiencing any type of chronic skin condition. Attempting to treat the problem yourself may cause irritation or be ineffective, especially if you have sensitive skin. 

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