Skin Conditions

Acne: A skin condition characterized by the plugging and inflammation of pores and surrounding skin.

Eczema: General term for skin inflammation, characterized by redness, pain or itching. Sometimes called dermatitis and often related to allergies.

Herpes: Cold sores or fever blisters are a sign of infection by the herpes simplex virus. They appear as tiny, clear, fluid-filled blisters that form singly or in clusters. Often seen at the corner of your mouth, on the lip or face, the unsightly blisters break, ooze and crust after several days. The virus never goes away, although the cold sore will heal with proper treatment.

Melasma: This common skin problem causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Most people experience it on their cheeks, the bridge of their nose, forehead, chin and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, such as forearms and neck.

Nail Fungus: This infection is the most common disease of the nails and constitutes about a half of all nail abnormalities, affecting both toenails and fingernails.

Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which the skin develops red, thickened areas covered with silvery scales.

Rosacea: A skin condition that causes facial redness, flushing and swelling, it’s often mistaken for acne because the inflamed areas typically develop pimples.

Skin Growths: Also known as ‘skin tags’, these are small, non-cancerous growths that protrude from the skin on a narrow stalk.

Stretch Marks: Pink or violet lines that appear as the skin stretches, often noticed during the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. These eventually flatten and fade to become shiny, flesh-colored streaks.

Vitiligo: A condition that causes depigmentation of sections of skin. It occurs when melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation, die or are unable to function. The cause of vitiligo is unknown, but research suggests that it may arise from autoimmune, genetic, oxidative stress, neural or viral causes.

Warts: These are skin growths caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) in the top layer of skin or mucous membranes.