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Skin Conditions

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Our board-certified dermatologist has the knowledge to unravel the complexities of various skin issues. Whether you’re facing these familiar concerns or something unique, schedule a consultation today and unlock the path to healthier, happier skin.


Acne is a common skin condition that arises when hair follicles get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. This can lead to whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and cysts. While acne can affect people of all ages, it’s most frequent in teenagers and young adults.

There are various treatments available for acne, depending on its severity. For moderate to severe acne, prescription medications like antibiotics or retinoids might be required. In some cases, more intensive treatments, such as isotretinoin (Accutane), may be used.

Talk to our dermatologist about your acne so that she can recommend the most appropriate treatment.



Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes itchy, red, and inflamed patches of skin. It’s most common in children, but can affect people of all ages. There is no cure, but treatments can manage symptoms.

Moisturizers are key to keeping skin hydrated and reducing itching. Topical steroids help reduce inflammation and itching. For moderate to severe eczema, calcineurin inhibitor creams can suppress the immune system and reduce flare-ups. Light therapy with ultraviolet light can also be helpful. Dupilumab, a medication injected for moderate to severe eczema, can be very effective.



Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and inflammation, primarily on the face. It can present with flushing, small bumps, and visible blood vessels.

The exact cause is unknown, but potential triggers include sun exposure, spicy foods, and alcohol.
Fortunately, rosacea is manageable. Effective treatments include topical medications to reduce inflammation and redness, antibiotics in some cases, and laser therapy for persistent redness.



Warts are noncancerous growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can appear anywhere on the body, but commonly affect the hands and feet. While some warts clear up on their own, others can be persistent and cause discomfort.

Our dermatology practice offers a variety of effective wart treatment options. Over-the-counter salicylic acid medications can be a good starting point for common warts. For more stubborn warts, we provide in-office treatments like cryotherapy (freezing), electrosurgery (burning), or cantharidin blistering. In some cases, we may recommend topical immunotherapy to stimulate your body’s natural defenses against the virus.



Rashes are irritations of the skin that can cause redness, itching, and bumps.

Triggers include allergies, infections, or underlying skin conditions. While some heal on their own, see a dermatologist for persistent, widespread rashes, or those with additional symptoms. Treatment depends on the cause and may involve creams, pills, or light therapy.


Dry skin

Dry skin, characterized by itchiness, flaking, and tightness, results from reduced moisture levels. Cold weather, hot showers, and certain medications can aggravate it.

While mild dryness may respond to gentle moisturizers, our dermatologist can pinpoint underlying issues and recommend tailored treatments.

These may include:

  • Creams and ointments to hydrate and seal in moisture
  • Humectants to draw in water
  • Emollients to soften and smooth the skin

For persistent dryness, our dermatologist can create a personalized treatment plan for lasting relief.



Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition causing red, itchy patches of thickened skin. It often affects elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back.

While the cause remains unknown, genetics and environmental factors play a role. Treatments focus on managing flare-ups and reducing symptoms. Options include: topical medications, light therapy or systemic medications.



Shingles, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, causes a painful rash with blisters, typically on one side of the body. While shingles usually clears up within weeks, it can lead to long-term nerve pain.

Antiviral medications, especially if taken within 72 hours of rash onset, can shorten the illness and reduce pain severity. Pain relievers, calamine lotion, and cool compresses can also help manage symptoms.

Vaccination is the best way to prevent shingles. If you experience shingles symptoms, our dermatologist can diagnose the condition and recommend treatment to ease discomfort and prevent complications.



Moles are common skin growths made of pigment cells. Most are harmless, but some require monitoring.

Regular self-exams are crucial for identifying changes that might indicate melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer. Look for the ABCDEs: Asymmetry, irregular Borders, uneven Color, large Diameter (>6mm), and Evolving size or shape.

If you notice a suspicious mole, see a dermatologist. They can examine the mole and, if necessary, remove it for biopsy. Mole removal options include surgical excision, shaving, or freezing, depending on the mole’s characteristics.

Early detection is key for successful melanoma treatment.  It’s a good idea to schedule regular skin checks with our dermatologist.


Hair & Scalp

Hair and scalp concerns encompass a variety of conditions affecting hair growth and scalp health. Dermatologists diagnose and treat hair loss (alopecia), scalp conditions (dandruff, psoriasis), and hair shaft disorders (brittle hair).

Treatment options depend on the diagnosis. They may include:

• Topical medications: Shampoos, lotions, or creams to address inflammation, promote hair growth, or fight infection.
• Oral medications: Minoxidil to stimulate hair growth, or finasteride for male pattern baldness.
• Light therapy: Phototherapy for scalp conditions like psoriasis.

Early consultation with a dermatologist is recommended for effective management and optimal hair health.


Precancerous lesions

Early detection of precancerous lesions allows for prompt treatment, minimizing future cancer risk. Treatment options vary depending on the lesion type and location.

Common methods include:

  • Excision: Removal of the lesion with a scalpel, laser, or other surgical tool.
  • Cryotherapy: Freezing the lesion with liquid nitrogen to destroy abnormal cells.
  • Topical medications: Creams or gels applied directly to the lesion to eliminate or control abnormal cell growth.

Our dermatologist can recommend the most suitable approach based on your specific case. Early intervention offers excellent success rates for managing precancerous lesions and preventing cancer development.