is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, leading to the formation of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Acne affects individuals of all ages, often causing physical and emotional distress. It can affect various areas of the body, with the face, chest, and back being common locations.
- Chemical Peels
- Bela MD Facials with red light therapy
- Medical Grade Skin Care Products
- Prescription Topical Medications
- Prescription Oral Medications
- CO2 Laser Resurfacing (for treating acne scars)
is the abnormal growth of skin cells, usually caused by the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources like tanning beds. It is the most common type of cancer, but early detection and preventive measures can significantly reduce its impact.
Types of Skin Cancer
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
The most prevalent form, often appearing as a pearly or waxy bump or a “zit” that won’t heal.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Typically manifests as a red, scaly patch or a firm, raised nodule.
The most serious type, often presenting as a new mole or a change in an existing mole’s size, shape, or color.
- Protective Clothing
- Seek Shade
- Avoid Tanning Beds
- Get expert skin cancer screenings by a Board-Certified Dermatologist
Biopsy and Diagnosis
Expert examination of suspicious lesions to determine if they are cancerous.
Removal of cancerous lesions to prevent further spread.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
A specialized technique for precise removal of cancerous tissue while preserving healthy skin.
For certain cancers.
Hereditary factors can play a significant role in hair loss, influencing both men and women.
Fluctuations in hormones, such as those during pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause, can lead to hair loss.
Certain health issues like thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, and alopecia areata can contribute to hair loss.
Stress and Diet
Emotional stress and nutritional deficiencies may impact the health of your hair.
Types of Hair Loss
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Harnessing the healing properties of your own blood, PRP therapy stimulates hair follicles and promotes natural hair growth.
Topical medications can stimulate hair growth and slow down hair loss.
is an autoimmune condition characterized by the rapid buildup of skin cells, leading to the formation of thick, red, and often itchy plaques. These plaques can appear on various parts of the body, including the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.
Psoriasis flares can be triggered or exacerbated by factors such as stress, infections, certain medications, and changes in weather or climate. Identifying and managing these triggers are crucial components of effective psoriasis care with the guidance of a Board-Certified Dermatologist.
These innovative medications work by targeting specific components of the immune system involved in psoriasis, providing relief for many patients.
For moderate to severe cases, oral or injectable medications may be prescribed to target the immune system and control inflammation.
Exposure to controlled amounts of natural or artificial ultraviolet (UV) light under medical supervision can be effective in managing psoriasis symptoms.
Prescription-strength creams and ointments containing corticosteroids, vitamin D analogs, or retinoids can help reduce inflammation and promote skin cell turnover.
is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by red, itchy, and often irritated patches. These patches may vary in severity, and the condition can affect people of all ages. Understanding the triggers and factors contributing to eczema is crucial for effective management.
Use fragrance-free, gentle cleansers to avoid irritating the skin.
Keep your skin well-hydrated with hypoallergenic moisturizers to prevent dryness.
Identify and eliminate potential triggers in your environment.
Prescription or over-the-counter creams can help reduce inflammation during flare-ups.
Controlled exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light under medical supervision can benefit some individuals with eczema.
Moles and Common Skin Growths
Moles are common and typically benign clusters of pigmented cells. While most moles are harmless, changes in size, color, or shape should be closely monitored, as they could indicate a potential issue.
Skin tags are small, soft growths that often appear in areas where skin rubs against skin or clothing. They are generally harmless but can be removed if they cause discomfort.
These non-cancerous growths vary in color and texture, often appearing as waxy, scaly patches. They are generally harmless but can be removed if desired or for cosmetic reasons.
Removal Options for Skin Growths
Surgical removal is a common method for removing moles, skin tags, or other growths.
Using liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove growth.
Using an electric current to burn off the growth.
Precision laser technology for non-invasive removal.
If you have questions or concerns about moles and skin growth, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us at Phelan Dermatology & Aesthetics. Let’s work together to ensure your skin health and address any issues proactively. Your journey to clear, healthy skin starts here.
Monitoring and Identifying Changes
Regular self-examinations are essential for monitoring moles and other skin growths. Pay attention to the ABCDEs of moles:
One half of the mole does not match the other.
Irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined edges.
Variation in color or uneven pigmentation.
A mole larger than 6mm (about the size of a pencil eraser).
Any changes in size, shape, color, or elevation.
If you notice any concerning changes or have questions about moles and skin growths, please contact us for an appointment. Our goal is to ensure you have a clear understanding of your skin health and provide guidance on any necessary steps for monitoring or treatment.