Acne

Acne vulgaris is the medical name for common acne – the presence of blackheads, whiteheads and other types of pimples on the skin.  The most common spots for breakouts are the face, chest, shoulders and back.  A professional evaluation is key to offer an effective treatment to avoid inflammation and scarring to the skin.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that looks like you’re blushing with redness on your cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.  Less often, the color can appear on your neck, head, ears or chest.  You may also get bumps that are a bit like acne.   After a while you could notice broken blood vessels that might show through your skin, which can thicken and swell up.  Up to half of people with rosacea also get eyelid problems like redness, swelling and flaking.  There are various medications and other treatments to help manage your symptoms.

Eczema

Eczema, sometimes called “atopic dermatitis”, is a chronic allergic condition that usually begins in childhood.  About 11% of Americans have it. Eczema is a term for a group of conditions that inflame your skin, and there are several different types that can show up anywhere on the body.  There are multiple treatment options to help control symptoms and shorten the course of an eczema outbreak.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis (suh-rye-ah-sis) is a condition that causes the body to make new skin cells in days rather than weeks.  As these cells pile up on the surface of the skin, you may see thick, scaly patches.  Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis and you’ll often see raised patches coated with a silvery-white scale that can appear anywhere on the skin, but you’re most likely to find them on the knees, elbows, lower back and scalp, and tend to be itchy. Without treatment, the itch can become intense and some people notice that their skin stings, burns or feels painful and tight.

Warts

Warts are benign (not cancerous) skin growths that appear when a virus (human papillomavirus HPV) infects the top layer of the skin.  You are more likely to get one of these viruses if you cut or damage your skin in some way.  Warts are often skin-colored and feel rough, but they can be dark (brown or gray-black), flat and smooth.  Wart viruses are contagious and can spread by contact with the wart or something that touched the wart, so it is important to seek treatment to avoid spreading.

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