Healthy skin is vital to your well-being. Columbia St. Mary’s dermatologists diagnose and treat all of the well-known chronic skin conditions to get you looking and feeling your best again.
Acne is a common skin problem that occurs when oil and dead skin cells clog your skin’s pores, causing red, pus-filled blemishes. Acne can occur anywhere on the body but is most common on the face, chest and back. Oftentimes, acne can be treated with topical, over-the-counter creams and cleansers and kept under control with proper skin care. If this is not working, prescription medicine may be necessary to control acne and scarring.
Most commonly seen in children, eczema is an inflammation of the skin that presents as red, dry, itchy patches. It can be treated with either topical, over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams or antihistamines. You should seek medical attention if the over-the-counter medications aren't working, the inflammation doesn’t subside within a week of treatment or if yellow crust or blisters start to appear.
Normally, new skin cells grow and flake off every two-four weeks. With psoriasis, skin cells grow too rapidly and can’t flake off fast enough. This causes thick, red or silver patches of scaly skin to develop (called plaques), which can be itchy and/or painful. Though there is no cure, psoriasis does respond well to many topical treatments. In many cases, symptoms will go away on their own and then flare up.
Sometimes referred to as “adult acne,” rosacea is a disease that causes redness, flushing, blushing and pimples on the face. While the exact cause is not known, it is more common in people with fair skin and occurs when something triggers the blood vessels in the face to flare up. Common triggers are stress, alcohol, exercise, extreme temperature swings and exposure to the sun or wind. While there is no cure, in most cases the symptoms of rosacea can be managed with oral and topical medications and lifestyle changes. In some rare cases, if left untreated rosacea can cause permanent damage, such as thickening of the skin or even blindness.