Dermatologists are board certified medical physicians trained to diagnose, treat and prevent skin conditions in patients of all ages with benign and malignant disorders of the skin, mouth, external genitalia, hair and nails. We have extensive knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of common conditions such as skin cancer, melanomas, moles, contact dermatitis, allergic and non-allergic disorders, and infectious diseases. Conditions common among children are moles, birthmarks, acne, ringworm, impetigo, and vitiligo. In adults, we have therapies for a range of conditions such as cancers, pre-cancers, rosacea, psoriasis and shingles. We also treat other disorders that are seen throughout the age groups such as eczema and allergies and carefully examine moles and other lesions to determine their cancer potential. http://www.aad.org/
Acne is the term for blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that can appear typically on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. While it affects mostly teenagers, and almost all teenagers have some degree of acne, adults of any age can have it as well. Despite misconceptions that acne is caused by diet or personal hygiene, there are two known causes for the formation of acne. One cause is due to an elevation in Testosterone levels seen in both men and women that stimulates an increase in production of oil from hair follicles, thereby plugging follicular pores. In addition, the presence of P. acnes bacteria in hair follicles causes further plugging and inflammation of hair follicles.
Treatment for acne varies depending on the type and severities of lesions, skin type and the patient's age and lifestyle, but on average results are visible in six to eight weeks. Options that a board certified dermatologist can offer include:
Acne is not life threatening, but it can cause physical disfigurement (scarring). Acne scarring is caused by either a localized elevation or depression in soft tissue. Effective cosmetic therapies include Smooth Beam laser therapy, dermabrasion, chemical peels to flatten scars and collagen or fat-filling products for elevation.
BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy is a simple, safe and painless alternative to medications and antibiotics to help treat moderate inflammatory acne. Approved by the FDA, the BLU-U treatment shines gentle waves of narrow-band blue light on the skin to kill the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. During the procedure, patients sit with their face close to the blue light for approximately 16 minutes. Treatments are administered once or twice a week, with the length of treatment varying depending on the severity of each patient’s individual condition.
For more information about Acne and Acne Scarring, contact us at (909) 949-7500.
Acrochordons, or skin tags, are small benign tumors that form in skin creases such as neck, armpits, and groin. They range in size from as small as 2mm to 5mm, but larger ones have been observed. Acrochordons are completely benign, but can cause discomfort as they may be irritated by clothing or jewelry. A board certified dermatologist can treat skin tags that are unsightly or cause discomfort by excision or electrical cauterization.
Eczema is a term used to describe a group of inflamed skin conditions that result in chronic, relapsing and usually itchy rashes. Dry skin is due to a lack of water or oil, but most dermatologic treatments are aimed at replacing water in the skin. In some cases of very dry skin, it can cause inflammation of the skin and require a board certified dermatologist. About 15 million people in the United States suffer from some form of eczema, including 10 to 20 percent of all infants. 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. Symptoms vary from person to person but often include blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, red, itchy or thickened patches on the skin which, when scratched, tend to break out in rashes. Objects and conditions that trigger itchy eczema outbreaks may include rough or coarse materials touching the skin, excessive heat or sweating, soaps, detergents, disinfectants, fruit and meat juices, dust mites, animal saliva and dander, upper respiratory infections and stress. Avoidance of those triggers is the simplest way to minimize flare-ups. A board certified dermatologist can provide advice to avoid irritating factors and prescribe medications such as steroids, immune modifying creams, and antihistamines to alleviate symptoms.