Changes in skin can fluctuate frequently during the course of a lifetime and it can often be difficult to know when they are serious enough to see a skincare specialist. Fluctuations in the way our skin feels and appears can range from mild to severe and can be due to a number of factors, such as changes in the weather, environmental factors, or genetic influences. Oftentimes, when you notice mild irritation or changes in the skin, it will go away on its own or with the help of over-the-counter (OTC) medications. In other cases, if you notice abnormal changes that seem to persist, it may be a good idea to get them checked out by a skincare specialist.
Abnormal scar types
Keloids and hypertrophic scars, two scar types marked by their raised and discolored appearance, can often be treated topically with medical-grade silicone gel. Silicone gel is the gold standard when it comes to topical scar treatment and is recommended by surgeons and dermatologists around the world. Silicone gel works through the mechanisms of dermal hydration and collagen regulation to flatten and reduce scarring cause by injury or surgery. Silicone gel is backed by clinical evidence and is often a much-preferred treatment option to laser surgery or corticosteroid injections, which can be costly and have side-effects.
Persistent dryness or irritation
Persistent dryness or irritation of the skin is often a symptom of a skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis, or contact dermatitis. None of these conditions are dangerous, but they can be bothersome on a daily basis. For some people with sensitive skin, irritants or environmental factors can also create dryness and irritation. Things like the type of soap you use, lotion, or clothes you wear can cause a reaction on the skin. A skincare specialist can help you identify the cause of your skincare concerns.
At one point or another, we all experience acne. It affects most people during puberty when the body goes through a period of increased hormone activity. More often than not, acne will go away on its own with proper hygiene and as we get older. However, in more serious cases, cystic acne can develop. People with oilier skin are more at risk for this type of acne, which can cause large, painful cysts on the surface of the skin. Unfortunately, cystic acne will typically not go away without treatment, and OTC medication isn’t strong enough to reduce symptoms. If left untreated, scarring can result, so it’s best to see your dermatologist as soon as possible.
A mole or dark patch that changes
Usually, moles or dark spots on the skin are nothing to worry about, but when you start to see changes in the color, size, or shape of them, it could be a sign of skin cancer. Cancer develops on the skin when there is accumulated damage to the genes inside skin cells, usually as a result of UV radiation from the sun over time. It’s best to catch skin cancer early to prevent it from spreading and causing further damage. If caught early, skin cancer can be easily removed by your dermatologist using a minimally-invasive procedure such as MOHS surgery.
A recurring rash
A persistent rash or hives that don’t go away may be a sign of an allergic reaction or an infection on the skin. Skin rashes can be itchy or even painful, so the sooner you see a healthcare provider the sooner your symptoms can be treated. Normally, a type of steroidal ointment or antibiotic cream will be prescribed by your dermatologist or skincare specialist. Most skin rashes aren’t serious, but it is still important to get them checked out if they are chronic.
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