Common Skin Problems and How to Treat Them
Many common skin disorders vary in symptoms and severity. Most skin conditions are minor, while others can be life-threatening. In 2016, the American Academy of Dermatology reported that one in four Americans is affected by a skin disease, whether they are situational or genetic. As we age, our risk for certain skin diseases or conditions increases due to sun exposure, and we become more vulnerable to viruses or bacteria. Here are some of the most common skin problems and how to treat them:
Common benign skin lesions include moles, skin tags, seborrheic keratosis, and freckles. Moles are usually black or brown growths on the skin and can appear anywhere, alone or in groups. Typically, moles appear in early childhood and change in color, shape, or size as we age.
Moles are caused by cells in the skin that cluster instead of spreading out. Dysplastic nevi are a type of mole that is irregular in shape and dark brown in the center. These moles are likely to develop into melanoma, a severe form of skin cancer. Moles are removed permanently in your doctor's office by using extreme cold to freeze them off during medical treatment. The abnormal tissue is removed with surgical techniques.
Most forms of skin cancers are detected before they spread. Skin cancer occurs when there is DNA damage to the skin cells, usually from the sun, tanning beds, or ultraviolet radiation. The damage triggers genetic defects or mutations that cause skin cells to multiply and form malignant tumors.
Small tumors are surgically excised and removed with a scraping tool. Your doctor can then cauterize and kill the skin cancer with low-dose radiation. Mohs surgery has become the standard type of care for removing most forms of skin cancer. It is considered the most effective technique for treating the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Mohs surgery is done in stages and has the highest cure rate of any other procedure.
Sunspots, wrinkles, and age spots are associated with aging and sun damage. Sunspots are harmless and vary in size and color. They are frequently seen in those who have naturally dark skin or tan easily. The prevention of sunspots requires using sunscreen or avoiding the sun. An esthetician can remove or reduce the appearance of sun and age spots through chemical peels, photo facials using Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, or laser resurfacing.
Being sure to keep your face clean is a big step in preventing skin disease and issues. Check out what facial masks and cleansing products that we have that can help you keep your skin clean. We want you to feel like the best and most confident you!