Acne, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis are the four most common types of skin disorders outside of various skin cancers that affect people. Thanks to modern technology, most patients no longer have to suffer from the irritating and sometimes disfiguring forms of these conditions. These are the most common skin problems we see at Kessel Dermatology:
Appearing most often on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back, acne is caused by clogged oil glands in the skin’s pores. nodular and cystic acne are the most severe, forming deep in the skin and often causing scarring. Heredity is sometimes a factor, as well as lifestyle and diet
Eczema is not a single condition, but a term that covers a variety of afflictions that include:
- Atopic dermatitis that causes which causes itchy rashes in the elbow and knee joints
- Contact dermatitis, caused by environmental factors such as cosmetic agents, fragrances and the metals in jewelry
- Nummular dermatitis that looks like red, flaky coin-shaped patches
Nummular dermatitis can be the most problematic as affected skin is very dry and needs frequent moisture.
This condition is distinct from other forms of dermatitis in that it produces oily, waxy patches to develop on the scalp. One common form of seborrheic dermatitis is “cradle cap,” the dry scalp condition that affects most babies during the first six months of their lives. Once it disappears, it usually doesn’t reappear until adolescence.
This buildup of excess skin tissue can become disfiguring in its most severe forms. Patients have red, thick skin that is covered with silvery scales.
These are just the most common types of skin problems. At Kessel Dermatology, we see it all, and you are not alone! If you have one of these conditions or another, contact us today to make your appointment!