Sterling patients ask about skin conditions treated in medical dermatology
The skin is the largest body organ. Therefore, when people in the Sterling, VA area and beyond develop skin conditions they can be affected physically as well as emotionally. Skin conditions can vary from mild to severe.
The most common skin condition is acne, which can vary from mild to severe. When the skin’s pores to the oil glands become clogged, acne develops. It can appear on the face, shoulders, neck, back, and chest. Acne includes pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. In more severe cases, nodular and cystic acne can form deep in the skin and leave scars. Studies show 80 percent of Americans will have acne at some point in their lives.
The three common forms of eczema include:
- Atopic dermatitis – This is the most common form of eczema and is most common among children. It causes itchy rashes on the elbows and behind the knees.
- Allergic contact dermatitis – This begins to show in adulthood and is caused by factors including fragrances, cosmetic agents, and metals in jewelry.
- Nummular dermatitis – This involves red and flaky patches on the skin. Dry skin causes this form of eczema, which can itch.
The most common type of cancer in the United States is skin cancer. More than 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States. The most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. The deadliest form of skin cancer is melanoma. One person dies every 57 minutes of melanoma, according to the Skin Care Foundation.
We believe education can be empowering. To learn more about common skin conditions and treatments for them, contact our team at our Sterling or Centreville office at (866) 808-3320 or (866) 808-3140 today.