Skin Problems

Skin Problems

 

 

Seborrhoeic Warts

are common with increasing age and usually present in the late 30s. Their cause is not well understood. They tend to be brown in colour and have a rough surface with a “stuck on” appearance. They are not harmful, however can be easily treated by cryotherapy (freezing) or by curettage (scraping) under local anaesthetic. They may recurr despite sucessful removal

Acne & Scars

Acne is the inflammation of sebaceous (oil producing) glands of the skin.It is a common skin disorder affecting mostly young people, which peaks around age 17-19 and usually resolves by the mid to late 20’s.

Moles

The average adult has between 15- 40 moles, which appear between childhood and up to the age of 40 years. A mole is made of a collection of melanocyte pigment cells, which give the mole its colour.
Moles are normal and appear in childhood. The more sunlight a child is exposed to can increase the number of moles. Some families have many moles on the skin, which is normal for those family members as the number of moles is under the control of genes.
Illustrated here are a few normal moles, which can be flat or raised.

Melasma

Lentigo are sometimes called freckles or age spots and are the result of cumulative damage to the skin by sunlight. They are usually flat spots with increased pigmentation. The edges are seldom uniform and the pigmentation tends to vary from light to dark in different lesions.

SEBACEOUS CYSTS

are caused by blockage of the sebaceous gland of the hair follicle. They usually present as smooth firm swellngs in the skin and can become intermittently infected (red and sore). Common areas are the face, neck, chest and scalp. Treatment usually involves surgical removal under local anaesthetic, which leaves a linear scar behind.

COMMON PIGMENTATION BLEMISHES

Lentigo are sometimes called freckles or age spots and are the result of cumulative damage to the skin by sunlight. They are usually flat spots with increased pigmentation. The edges are seldom uniform and the pigmentation tends to vary from light to dark in different lesions.