Acne - Acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even the upper arms. Acne affects most teenagers and adults to some degree.
Actinic Keratosis - Actinic keratoses (AKs) are so common today that treatment for these lesions ranks as one of the most frequent reasons that people consult a dermatologist. Most people simply want the lesion removed for cosmetic reasons and are unaware that they have developed a potentially serious skin condition that can progress into various types of skin cancer.
Angiomas/Hemangiomas - Angiomas and Hemangiomas are benign growths on the skin made up of blood vessels. Typically Angiomas occur in adults while hemangiomas or more commonly found on children. Treatment is not required unless you find its appearance unattractive.
Dermatitis – Inflammation on the skin. Skin affected by dermatitis may blister, ooze, and can develop a crust or flake off. There a many different types of dermatitis.
Eczema - Eczema is a general term encompassing various inflamed skin conditions.
Keloid Scars – Keloid scars are a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time.
Molluscum - Molluscum Contagiosum is a common pediatric skin condition caused by a poxvirus that infects only the skin.
Psoriasis - Psoriasis is a medical condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly. Faulty signals in the immune system cause new skin cells to form in days rather than weeks. The body does not shed these excess skin cells, so the cells pile up on the surface of the skin and lesions form. The lesions vary in appearance with the type of psoriasis.
Rosacea - Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness, swelling, and acne-like lesions primarily on the face, but other areas can be affected.
Skin Cancer - Cancer develops when DNA, the molecule found in cells that encodes genetic information, becomes damaged and the body cannot repair the damage. These damaged cells begin to grow and divide uncontrollably. There are various types of skin cancer including basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma.
Vitiligo – Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. It can affect the skin on any part of the body.
Warts - Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are usually skin-colored and feel rough to the touch, but they can be dark, flat and smooth. Treatment for warts includes cryotherapy, application of a blistering solution, injections, and surgical removal.
For more information visit the American Academy of Dermatology’s website at www.aad.org.