A variety of common skin conditions such as contact dermatitis, hair and nail abnormalities, genetic skin disorders and irritating skin reactions happen to most of us at one point in time during our life. Here’s a quick overview of some of the more common problems you might face.
Cosmetics and skin care products are part of everyday grooming. It has been estimated that the average adult uses at least seven different skin care and hair products each day.
Reactions to skin care products are classified as irritant or allergic contact dermatitis based upon the type of immune reaction that occurs. Common causes for reactions are fragrances, preservatives, and lanolin. Be a smart consumer and check for preservatives, included conditioners and coloring agents that are added to your beauty and personal grooming products and avoid those that you are sensitive to.
Who gets skin cancer …and why?
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 500,000 new cases are reported each year—and the incidence is rising faster than any other type of cancer. While skin cancers can be found on any part of the body, about 80 percent appear on the face, head, or neck, where they can be disfiguring as well as dangerous.
The primary cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet radiation—most often from the sun, but also from artificial sources like sunlamps and tanning booths. In fact, researchers believe that our quest for the perfect tan, an increase in outdoor activities, and perhaps the thinning of the earth’s protective ozone layer are behind the alarming rise we’re now seeing in skin cancers.
The most important thing to remember is this, Get to know your skin and examine it regularly, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. (Don’t forget your back.) If you notice any unusual changes on any part of your body, have a doctor check it out.
Other skin growths you should know about…
Skin tags are soft, fleshy growths usually brown in color and can vary from a few to hundreds. They commonly develop on the neck, underarms, as well as around the eyelids and the trunk. Skin tags virtually never turn cancerous and are usually removed because they get irritated or look bad.
Moles are clusters of nevus cells, either flat or raised above the skin surface. While many pose no danger, some become cancerous and into malignant melanoma. Moles are frequently removed for cosmetic reasons, or because they’re constantly irritated by clothing or jewelry (which can sometimes cause pre-cancerous changes).
Solar or actinic keratoses are rough, red or brown, scaly patches on the skin that are precancerous. They are usually found on areas exposed to the sun such as the face, neck, ears and arms. The have the potential to develop into squamous cell cancer. Local treatments to the pre-cancerous lesions can be performed to reduce the risk of developing into a skin cancer
Seborrheic Keratoses are common benign skin growths that are usually brown, tan, or black in color with a rough crusty surface. These growths are harmless and never become malignant. They are sometimes removed because they get irritated or for cosmetic concerns.
Dermatofibromas are round, brownish to purple growth that can be found on the legs and arms. They contain scar tissue and feel like hard lumps in the skin. They are also harmless and never turn cancerous and are best ignored
KEEPING YOUR SKIN LOOKING YOUNG
A skin rejuvenation program composed of either chemical peels or laser wrinkle removal to reduce the fine wrinkles of the face, lighten areas of hyperpigmentation and produce a softer texture to the skin. Some other components of skin rejuvenation involve Botox, Soft Tissue Fillers , Microdermabrasion and Laser Facial Rejuvenation.
Chemical peels are helpful for wrinkles, light acne scarring and irregular pigmentation such as freckles and age spots. Pre-cancerous conditions such as active keratoses (thick, rough, reddish growths) also respond well to this procedure. Let the new skin shine through with this procedure.
The use of chemical peels in conjunction with Botox or soft tissue filler, can significantly improve and enhance the look and firmness of the skin. This youthful look calls for limited downtime and is more cost efficient than the traditional more invasive facial procedures.
Botox treatment is a revolutionary approach to reversing the effects of expression related facial wrinkles. Crow’s feet, worry lines and laugh lines can all be a thing of the past. These are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines and all are treatable with this procedure. Cosmetic denervation is the process of injecting Botox into the tiny facial muscles that create the wrinkles. From furrow and frown to happy as a clam, you will love your new look.
Soft Tissue Fillers
Soft tissue fillers are pliable substances that can be injected into the skin to erase fine lines and wrinkles, plump lips and fill out hollow cheeks, resulting in a more rested youthful appearance. This type of procedure may also be used to improve deep scars, elevate deep folds and repair various facial imperfections
Microdermabrasion is the procedure that utilizes gentle abrasive crystals combined with an air stream, to remove the upper layer of dead skin cells for the face. Removal of the dead tissue stimulates a new and healthier layer of skin to the surface, which promotes new cell growth producing a younger, softer glow to the skin
Acne is one of the most common of all skin problems. It affects most teenagers and even some adults. Acne mostly manifests on the face, but may also be seen on the back, chest, shoulders and neck.
While there is no specific cure for acne, most individuals reach a point where the acne eventually goes away. With proper care and treatment it can controlled so that the complexion is clear and permanent scarring prevented.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
The procedure itself involves a laser light dialed in at medically approved settings pertaining to your skin type, tone and condition being treated. It is attached to a cooling agent that helps to comfort the area that is being treated. Laser stimulation of the deeper tissue activates the natural collagen building mechanism which leads to an improved appearance. No need to use cover-up on this new foundation.
There you have it, a spectrum of conditions to be aware of and treatments to keep your skin healthy lifelong