At Coastal Dermatology and Medspa, our priority is to deliver quality dermatology care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting.
Understanding Skin Conditions
There are countless ways your skin can be plagued by blemishes and irritations. It can be as simple as a recurring pimple or as complex as a pigmentation disorder. Whatever your specific condition may be, identifying and understanding what you are dealing with is the best way to approach the situation.
A qualified dermatologist who understands the complexities of each of these conditions can help guide you through successful treatment.
Whether it’s the occasional pimple that plagues you before a special occasion or chronic breakouts that completely take over your self-esteem, almost everyone has to deal with acne at one point or another. The good news? We can help you achieve a smoother, clearer, healthier complexion.
Birthmarks & Pigmented Skin
They can be red, brown, black, tan, purple or pink. They may sit flat against your skin or be slightly raised. Sometimes they are known by cute nicknames like "angel kisses" or "stork bites." Other times, they are called by less charming names, like cavernous hemangiomas. Either way, they can create a real problem for your appearance.
Blistering can have a variety of causes, including excessive rubbing of skin against material, a chemical irritant or an allergic reaction. Some people develop blisters in response to getting sick (e.g., chickenpox or ringworm). Whatever the cause, it's important to know how to stop further damage and give the tissue time to heal.
Eczema is a group of conditions that cause frequent inflammation, rashes and flaky or scaly skin. Eczema can affect anyone regardless of race, sex or age, and living with it can be an ongoing challenge. Discovering which type of eczema you're dealing with and what may have triggered it are the first steps to managing it successfully.
There are two types of this condition: pyogenic granuloma and granuloma annulare. The former appears as small, red and bulbous bumps on the skin, most commonly on the hands, arms and face. The latter is generally found in children and young adults, and appears as a ring-shaped lesion often on the tops of hands and feet, elbows and knees.
This condition is an infestation of tiny parasitic insects that live in human hair. Head lice do not transmit diseases, but they can be very itchy and are extremely contagious. Treating head lice is much more difficult than contracting them. However, you can rid yourself of them with a little bit of vigilance and know-how.
This condition is considered a severe form of acne caused by oil glands and hair follicles that become blocked. In mild cases, home remedies like warm compresses and antibacterial soap may be sufficient. In more advanced instances, prescriptions must be used to combat the condition effectively.
Sweating is a necessary bodily function, but excessive sweating may lead to embarrassing stains that are difficult to hide. This condition is called hyperhidrosis. There are many different treatments available for hyperhidrosis, ranging from prescription-grade deodorant to botulinum toxin injections.
This is a hereditary condition that causes blemishes resembling goosebumps on the arms, thighs or buttocks. Prevention isn't possible because it is an inherited condition. Fortunately, there are treatment strategies. Keratosis pilaris treatments tend to be very successful and are as simple as applying topical creams.
Lichen Simplex Chronicus
Lichen simplex chronicus, which is also referred to as neurodermatitis or scratch dermatitis, occurs more frequently in women than men and is most prevalent in people between the ages of 30 and 50. Lichen simplex chronicus is often difficult to treat because it is caused by scratching and triggers severe itching.
Lumps, Bumps & Cysts
In the vast majority of cases, a small blemish on the skin is relatively harmless. Still, it is critical to figure out what kind of lump, bump or cyst you are experiencing. Epidermoid cysts, folliculitis, lipomas and neurofibromas are just a few of the possible types. The only way to identify a bump accurately is to visit an experienced dermatologist.
Pigmentation Disorders / Vitiligo
Vitiligo and other pigmentation disorders affect the color of the skin. Vitiligo is caused by the immune system destroying the skin’s pigment-forming cells (melanocytes), resulting in discolored patches in different areas of the body. While there is no cure or prevention method, topical creams or ultraviolet therapy can help improve the appearance of the pigmentation loss.
Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac
These types of conditions are typically easy to identify because they require contact with the irritant. The reaction can be as mild as a light itch or as intense as blistering and severe inflammation, depending on the person. Treatments can include oral steroids, antihistamines and cortisone creams as needed.
Pruritus is a general term that describes unpleasant feelings that compel you to scratch or itch your skin. There are many different causes of this condition, but dry skin and fungus are among the most common. In rare cases, the sensation could be caused by skin diseases and cancer, so it is best to see a dermatologist for an official diagnosis.
This skin disorder is commonly identified by a collection of bumpy, red patches of skin that are covered in a scale-like appearance. This is caused by the overproduction of skin cells and is usually apparent in the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. The different types of psoriasis can be treated with over-the-counter medications, topical ointments or light therapy.
A rash is simply a change in the texture or appearance of the skin that indicates an underlying concern. While most are harmless, a rash can lead to red patches, small bumps or blisters on the skin. A dermatologist can examine your rash to determine a cause and the best possible treatment.
Rosacea varies greatly in severity from patient to patient. Sometimes, an outbreak will involve a slightly rose-tinted rash with a couple of pimple-like blemishes. In more severe cases, it can include extensive blistering, redness and discomfort. Figuring out your triggers and the most soothing treatments can reduce the discomfort of an outbreak.
When connective tissue experiences an overproduction of collagen, scleroderma can develop. People who experience this condition may notice symptoms including hardening of their skin, shiny hands and forearms, tight facial skin and ulceration. Visiting a dermatologist as soon as you recognize these symptoms can help you get ahead of this condition.
Are you interested in dermatological services to help your skin?
If you are ready to start treating your skin condition, give Coastal Dermatology & Medspa a call today in Jacksonville, Florida, at 904-727-9123 or nearby Ponte Vedra Beach at 904-567-1050 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working together to hit your goals.