Acne Treatment

Understanding Acne

Acne forms on your skin when hair follicles clog with oil, dead skin cells, and other debris. Although most commonly affecting teenagers, acne occurs on people of all ages. While you can treat some acne at home with over the counter products, you may need a dermatology consult if your acne isn’t improving.

There are many different types of acne:

  • Blackheads – open pores on the skin filled with oil and bacteria.
  • Whiteheads – closed pores on the skin filled with oil and bacteria.
  • Papules – small, raised pimples that are inflamed.
  • Pustules – small pimples filled with pus.
  • Nodules – pimples located deeper in your skin.
  • Cysts – a growth filled with liquid in the skin.

Causes of Acne

Acne forms on your skin for a number of reasons. For many teens and young adults, hormonal changes cause their excessive breakouts. However, excess oil and dirt on the face also contributes to acne.

Other causes of acne:

  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Diet
  • Some medications

Treatment for Acne

If at-home treatments aren’t reducing your breakouts, it’s time to ask a healthcare professional. Your healthcare provider will then recommend a treatment plan based on your age, gender, and type/severity of your acne.

Common treatment methods include prescription medications (both topical and oral). These can help control your acne and also avoid scarring.

Skin Lesion Removal

Understanding Skin Lesions

Skin lesions are abnormal growths on your body that have differing characteristics than the skin around them. Possible differing characteristics include the size, shape, color, or texture.

The two types of skin lesions are primary and secondary. Primary skin lesions are present at birth or develop throughout your life. Secondary skin lesions develop when primary lesions are irritated.

For example, a mole is a primary skin lesion; however, if someone scratches a mole and a scab forms, this crust becomes a secondary skin lesion.

Symptoms of Skin Lesions

Each kind of skin lesion has different symptoms depending on the kind and cause.

They may include:

  • Itching
  • Flaking
  • Bleeding
  • Peeling

Causes of Skin Lesions

Some skin lesions are already developed at birth, such as, birthmarks, port-wine stains, and moles. However, some form throughout your life due to a number of reasons.

Common conditions that cause skin lesions:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Chicken Pox
  • Warts
  • Cold Sores

Most skin lesions are benign and are caused by infections on the skin.

Treatment for Skin Lesions

Treatment varies depending on the kind of skin lesion. Typically, your healthcare provider will prescribe a topical or oral medication to reduce itching and manage any infection. In some cases, your healthcare provider may have to surgically remove or drain a lesion.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Skin Diseases

Understanding Skin Diseases

Skin diseases are any skin conditions that irritate, inflame, or negatively affect your skin. They range from minor to severe. Also, they can be genetic or caused by allergens or other infections.

Common Skin Diseases:

  • Acne
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Vitiligo
  • Skin Cancer
  • Psoriasis

Symptoms of Skin Diseases

Symptoms vary depending on the kind of skin disease.

Typically, skin diseases cause:

  • Discolored skin
  • Rashes
  • Peeling
  • Sores/lesions
  • Dry skin

Causes of Skin Diseases

Skin diseases develop due to genetics, your lifestyle habits, or other health conditions.

Common causes:

  • Genetics
  • Bacteria in pores
  • Weak immune system
  • Fungus on skin
  • Viruses
  • Sun

Treatment for Skin Diseases

Depending on the type of skin condition, your healthcare provider may recommend a few different kinds of treatment. Oral medications (like antibiotics), medicated creams, or surgical procedures may help get rid of your skin condition.

Additionally, lifestyle changes like having a healthy diet, eliminating stress, and having proper hygiene can reduce symptoms caused by skin diseases.

Medical Grade Dermatology Products

Understanding Medical Grade Skin Care Products

Medical-grade skin care products contain higher concentrations of active ingredients that can improve your skin’s health and leave it looking clean and clear. In addition, they typically have better quality ingredients than products that are sold over the counter.

Medical-grade skin care products penetrate deeper into the skin rather than just sitting on top like over the counter options. Also, they can be tailored to your skin type giving you the best results possible.

Types of Medical Grade Skin Care Products

Medical-grade skin care products don’t require a prescription, so they can be bought online. However, some brands are sold exclusively at dermatology offices.

These skin-care products include cleansers, moisturizers, serums, spot treatments, and much more.

Consult your healthcare provider to discuss which products will work best for your skin type and skincare needs.

Insurances We Accept

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  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • Tricare
  • Medicare
  • TennCare

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