Morrison Community Hospital offers a wide variety of skin care treatment and procedures. Here are a few of the services we offer.
Acne is often seen as a condition of adolescents. Indeed, blemishes do usually first appear during puberty, when hormone production fluctuates and oil production in the sebaceous glands goes into overdrive. Driven by genetics as well as hormones, acne is a problem typical of, but not limited to, teenagers. Adults can also experience mild to severe blemishes up into middle age, as the sebaceous glands get clogged with dirt. Mild blemishes can include whiteheads or blackheads. Both whiteheads and blackheads can enlarge the affected pore, and lead to the development of visible pitting in the skin. Blemishes may become more severe as bacteria on the skin interact with existing oil to increase irritation and inflammation, causing pustules or cysts.
Chronic redness and swelling of facial skin is an effect of rosacea, a condition that currently affects up to 14 million Americans, most of whom are aged 30 to 50. A progressive skin condition, rosacea first develops as an increased tendency to blush or flush easily. Gradually, the center of the face looks flushed almost constantly, with this redness spreading out over time to affect the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin. The more severe rosacea becomes, the more persistent and visible reddening will be, to a point where what appears to be pimples or nodules may develop on the surface of skin, or small blood vessels become visible. Rosacea responds to extreme temperatures, as well as emotional stress, sunlight, alcohol, spicy foods, hot beverages, and some skin care products.
Recognizing the Early Signs of Cancer
We do not like to think about the possibility of cancer, but early detection of skin cancer can lead to successful treatment. Actinic Keratosis, or AK, is a condition that typically comes from sun damage. Affected skin may appear as a crusty, scaly bump, red, pink, tan, or flesh-toned. AK lesions may also look flat or raised, rough in texture or solid, and may range in size from as small as one millimeter to as much as two centimeters. Lesions that feel rough, and itch periodically, or develop tenderness or a prickly sensation are a sign of AK.
Most of the time, moles are non-cancerous lesions. Dermatologists recommend getting to know your specific type of moles by examining your skin on a monthly basis. In doing so, any changes can be quickly noticed and further assessed by a professional. Changes in size unrelated to puberty or pregnancy should be evaluated, as should change in color, shape, or texture. Should a mole become itchy, painful, or bleed, professional examination should be scheduled.
Psoriasis is a persistent disease of the skin that typically develops on the scalp, elbows, lower back, and knees, where patches of skin become thickened and red with inflammation, and can develop silvery scales. These scales, called plaques, may become intensely itchy and sore, to a point where they impede one’s ability to sleep, walk, or perform daily activities comfortably.
Through the application of a suitable solution, a chemical peel actually chemically exfoliates the surface layer of skin, gently encouraging the prompt regeneration of healthy new cells. Personalized to meet your specific needs for healthy skin, a chemical peel may be light to moderate, or more aggressive. Most commonly, people benefit greatly from lighter peels based on one of a few types of acid, such as alpha or beta hydroxy, or salicylic acid. Through a series of light chemical peels, which typically have very mild side effects like redness, skin becomes clearer, brighter, and smoother.
Microdermabrasion is a quick, effective treatment for the dramatic improvement of skin. During treatment, tiny particles are applied to, and subsequently vacuumed from the outermost layer of skin. Used on areas including the hands, arms, chest, neck, and face, microdermabrasion gently removes this outer layer of skin with gentle, effective motion. In doing so, healthy new skin cells are revealed, and topical medications are more easily absorbed into the deeper layers of skin. Through a series of treatments, scheduled a few weeks apart, it is possible to see diminished lines, sun spots, blemishes, and discoloration.
Dr. George Georgiev is a Family Practice and Dermatology Physician in our Family Care Clinic. Simply call the Family Care Clinic at 815-772-5511 to schedule and appointment with Dr. Georgiev