Skin Conditions: What You Need to Know

Melasma, rosacea, acne and liver spots are skin conditions and disorders which occur in both women and men. People with certain skin types are predisposed to developing some of these conditions and disorders. Age, pregnancy, as well as increased sun exposure are all factors that play a role in the development of these conditions. The technological advancements in the field of dermatology and cosmetic dermatology have made various treatments, such as chemical peels and laser technology available to patients suffering from melasma, rosacea, acne and liver spots.

Melasma is a common skin disorder that affects both men and women. Although this skin condition affects both sexes it is frequently seen in pregnant women. Melasma usually appears on the face and its symptoms include dark skin discoloration and skin patches with irregular borders. This condition is found in all skin types, although it is more apparent in those who have higher levels of melanin in their skin. Treatments for Melasma include: chemical peels, skin lightening and laser skin rejuvenation.

Rosacea is a common condition that is found in both women and men and is prominent in those with fair skin. Rosacea can cause redness, flushing, bumps and/or swelling throughout the face. Other symptoms include eye irritation and styes. This is a chronic condition that rarely resolves itself without treatment and treatment options vary depending upon the symptoms of the patient. Some common treatments include antibiotics, topical medications and laser therapy.

Acne affects nearly everyone, most experience mild cases, but for some it is a severe condition that lasts a lifetime. Acne treatment has improved dramatically in recent years due to recent advances in laser and light technology. Some of the most common treatments include: laser therapy, photodynamic light therapy, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.

Liver spots are also known as age spots, sun spots, lentigos, or lentigines. These skin lesions are flat, tan, brown or dark colored brown spots that develop on skin that has been exposed to the sun. This discoloration tends to appear on the back of the hands, forearms, neck, chest and face. The cells producing pigment in the skin are activated to produce more pigment by the ultraviolet rays of the sun, causing this skin discoloration. Some of the most common liver spot removal treatments include: chemical peels, laser resurfacing and intense pulsed light therapy (IPL).

A consultation with a local specialist will help you decide what treatment options are best for your particular skin condition.

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