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About common skin conditions

At Clearview Dermatology, our team is highly trained and experienced in treating a wide variety of skin conditions that affect the dermis, scalp, nails, and hair. A skin condition can develop suddenly, be chronic in nature, or present at birth. In many cases, mild skin concerns go away on their own or with at-home care. But conditions that are more severe often require medical intervention. This is especially true for chronic skin conditions, which are often managed with oral or topical medication. Depending on your unique concerns, symptoms will vary, but the most common signs of an acute or chronic skin condition often include redness, itching, flaking, burning, or the presence of raised bumps. No matter your concerns, our team will perform a thorough skin exam and diagnostic testing to determine an accurate diagnosis and the best form of treatment. We treat patients of all ages and have been proudly serving the Central Massachusetts area for many years.

Types of common skin conditions

Clearview Dermatology offers personalized care for the following skin conditions:

  • Acne

    This skin disease affects patients of all ages, presenting pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads

  • Birthmarks

    Are abnormal patches or areas of tissue that vary in size, shape, color, and texture

  • Contact dermatitis

    Is a rash that is triggered by an allergic reaction to a foreign or environmental substance

  • Cysts

    Also known as epidermoid or pillar, are small growths or pockets of tissue that are filled with liquid, air, or semisolid material.

  • Dandruff

    Is medically known as seborrheic dermatitis and is a condition that causes flaking of the scalp.

  • Eczema

    Is a chronic condition that causes an itchy, cracked, or scaly rash of the skin.

  • Excessive sweating

    This is a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis that causes abnormal sweating.

  • Genital warts

    These blemishes are small bumps that develop on the genitals due to a sexually transmitted infection.

  • Hair Loss

    Commonly known as alopecia, hair loss can affect men and women of varying ages

  • Hemangiomas

    These are bright red birthmarks that are often present at birth or develop within the first year of a baby's life

  • Herpes

    Are highly contagious sores that develop around the mouth or on the genitals due to a viral infection

  • Hives

    Are red, itchy welts that are caused by certain foods, medications, and mood changes

  • Keloids and scars

    These blemishes are a raised or flat area of tissue that generally develops after an injury or surgery.

  • Moles

    Also referred to as nevi, moles are flat or raised growths that can be black, brown, tan, or pink in color

  • Psoriasis

    Is a disease that causes the skin cells to build up, resulting in dry, itchy patches.

  • Razor bumps

    Also known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, are bumps that develop after shaving

  • Rosacea

    Is a condition that causes bumps and red patches of skin on the cheeks and nose

  • Shingles

    Is an infection of the skin that is caused by the same virus that produces chickenpox

  • Tinea pedis

    Commonly known as Athlete's foot, tinea pedis is a fungal infection that affects the toes and feet

  • Tinea versicolor

    This is a common fungal infection that causes discolored patches of skin,

  • Vitiligo

    Is a disease that causes the skin to lose its natural color, resulting in patches of light and dark tissue.

  • Warts

    Are small, noncancerous growths that develop from certain strains of human papillomaviruses.

What Are Causes of Common Skin Conditions?

Common skin conditions can arise from a variety of causes, often involving a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Conditions such as acne are frequently linked to hormonal changes, genetics, and an overproduction of sebum. Eczema and psoriasis, on the other hand, are often associated with genetic predispositions and immune system dysregulation. Allergies, exposure to irritants, or a compromised skin barrier can contribute to conditions like contact dermatitis. Additionally, sun exposure and aging can lead to conditions like sunburn and wrinkles. Understanding the multifaceted causes of these skin conditions is crucial for effective prevention and management.

What Are Symptoms of Common Skin Conditions?

Skin conditions encompass a wide array of ailments, each presenting with its own set of symptoms that can range from mild to severe. These symptoms may include redness, itching, inflammation, dryness, flaking, blistering, or the presence of bumps or lesions on the skin. Additionally, some conditions may cause discomfort, pain, or a burning sensation. Skin conditions can vary greatly in their appearance, location on the body, and duration of symptoms. Recognizing and understanding these diverse symptoms is essential for accurate diagnosis and effective management, ensuring optimal skin health and overall well-being.

How Are Common Skin Conditions Diagnosed?

Common skin conditions are diagnosed through a combination of physical examinations, patient history, and diagnostic tests. Our team at Clearview Dermatology can visually inspect the skin, noting any abnormalities in color, texture, and pattern. We may ask about the patient's symptoms, lifestyle, and family history to identify potential causes. In some cases, additional tests like skin biopsies, cultures, or blood tests are performed to confirm the diagnosis. These methods help accurately identify conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin infections.

Boost the health of your skin

Clearview Dermatology offers a wide variety of treatment options for skin conditions that affect patients of all ages, skin types, and backgrounds. Whether your infant is experiencing a mild case of baby acne, your teenager is self-conscious about a birthmark, or you are battling hair loss, we have you and your family covered. Call our office today to schedule a consultation at any of our locations in Leominster, Gardner, and Hudson, MA. We look forward to bringing the relief and personalized care you and your loved ones deserve.

Common Skin Conditions FAQ

What causes acne?

Acne flare-ups happen for a lot of reasons, including hormone changes associated with pregnancy and menopause. Other causes include genetics, stress, and certain medications. Once we determine the cause of your acne, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to reduce the frequency and severity of your breakouts.

When should you get your moles checked?

Most men and women have moles on their bodies. Moles may appear alone or in groups and may feel round or flat. Most moles are harmless but could develop into cancer if they are not regularly examined by a dermatologist. If you have a mole or if one has changed in size or shape, it's important to see a professional right away.

How much hair loss is normal?

Shedding a small amount of hair each day is normal. While alopecia is isn't a serious medical condition, it can cause some anxiety in men and women. Causes of hair loss include genetics, stress, hormone imbalances, and certain hair grooming practices. If you are concerned about your hair loss, schedule an appointment with our team to put your mind at ease.

Can lifestyle choices affect the severity of skin conditions?

Yes, lifestyle choices can significantly impact skin health. Factors like a balanced diet, adequate hydration, regular exercise, and proper skin care can play a role in preventing or managing various skin conditions. Stress management is also crucial, as stress can exacerbate conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Can weather conditions affect skin conditions?

Yes, weather conditions can impact skin health. Cold and dry weather can exacerbate conditions like eczema, while hot and humid conditions may trigger acne or worsen rosacea. Adjusting skin care routines based on seasonal changes can help manage these effects.

How important is sunscreen in preventing skin conditions?

Sunscreen is crucial in preventing various skin conditions, including premature aging, sunburns, and the risk of skin cancer. Regular use of broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays and minimizes the risk of developing sun-related skin issues.

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