Skin Specialist in Canberra, Yass and Queanbeyan ACT

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Our Dermatologists at Skinn Clinics Australia provide services in Canberra, Yass and Queanbeyan. Offering skin specialist evaluation for medical and surgical dermatology in Canberra, Yass and Queanbeyan including Braddon, Turner, Reid, Ainslie, Campbell, Acton, Crestwood, Oak Estate, Queanbeyan East, Karabar, Greenleigh and The Ridgeway ACT areas.

What is a Dermatologist or Skin Specialist?

Dermatologists are surgically trained doctors, who after completing their medical degree then undertake four more years of training to specialise in the diagnosis, care, and prevention of skin diseases and skin cancers. Australian dermatologists spend a lot of time treating diseases caused by sun exposure, particularly sunspots and skin cancers.

Other typical skin consultations include acne, psoriasis, atopic eczema, skin infections such as warts, mole surveillance, melasma and occupational dermatitis.

Dermatologists look after patients of all ages, from babies and children to adolescents and adults.

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Medical and Surgical Dermatology.

Light therapy, cryotherapy, skin cancer surgery, dermatology, pediatric dermatology, patch testing, diagnosis of skin allergies, cosmetic medicine, and laser treatments.

Reasons to See a Canberra, Yass and Queanbeyan Dermatologist?

Acne

Acne is an incredibly common and recurring skin problem that usually begins in adolescence. Unfortunately up to 85% of us have suffered from acne at some point during their lives and predominantly people aged 15 to 25 are most likely to suffer from acne.

Good news is that acne is extremely curable with the right treatment.

Acne occurs when too much oil and dead skin cells obstruct the opening of your skin pores, which allows bacteria to grow. Your associated oil (sebaceous) glands become blocked and inflamed. Pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and inflamed pus-filled spots break out on the face, neck, back and chest simply because this is where oil glands are largest and most active.

Acne may be uncomfortable, disfiguring and uncomfortable. If the area continues to become inflamed then larger, redder, deeper and tender nodules or cysts may develop and result in scarring on your face, chest or back (keloid scarring).

 

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How to treat acne:

  • Avoid administering oily cosmetics or greasy sunscreens to acne sensitive areas.
  • Wash the face with warm water and a soft face cloth (with a mild soap if desired) to remove oil. If this leaves the face still feeling oily, and over-the-counter acne wash or cleanser that contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide may be helpful.
  • Avoid abrasive scrubs, toners, and cleansers.
  • Minimize squeezing and picking pimples as this irritates inflamed lesions and is more likely to lead to scarring.
  • Avoid hot, humid areas and tight clothing in acne prone areas.
  • Follow a healthy, low GI diet mixed with regular exercise.
  • Avoid smoking.

At Skinn Clinics we understand that acne is something you don’t want to wait weeks and months to sort out.

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We have now introduced new acne clinics every Tuesday and Wednesday where you can be seen with minimal waiting time.

Perfect for teenagers and adults alike. You don’t need to make a big deal about it, see our experienced and confidential dermatologists and discover the latest treatment options and health and lifestyle factors, offering you the very best methods to get rid of your acne right now. Focusing on the face, shoulder and back acne.

Ask your GP for a referral to our clinic and call us to make an appointment today! Medicare rebates available.

Light microdermabrasion, chemical peels or laser and light systems may help mild acne. Fractional laser resurfacing and dermal fillers are used to alleviate scarring. Skin needling can also be effective in the treatment of acne scars, which break down scar tissue and stimulates the formation of new collagen.

 

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Melanoma.

Melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes, the cells in the skin that create the skin pigment and cause freckles, moles and give you your suntan.

Melanoma can occur anyplace on the skin, even the soles of the feet. They develop quickly, and if not dealt with, they may spread to the lower layers of skin where cells can escape and be transported to other regions of the body or lymph vessels, this is called metastasis.

The main cause of melanoma and other skin cancers is exposure to UV radiation from the sun and other sources, such as solariums and tanning beds. Having other family members impacted by melanoma also increases your risk of melanoma as the problem can be inherited. Australians have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.

Melanomas can vary greatly in the way they appear. The primary sign of melanoma is usually a change in an existing freckle or mole or the appearance of a new spot.

If melanomas are removed at an early stage, they are completely curable.

Eczema and Dermatitis.

The most common type of eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin disorder that causes very dry and itchy patches of skin when the skin loses its moisture. These patches can be anywhere on the body but are mainly on the lower and upper limbs. Without moisture, the skin becomes weak and can’t provide a defensive barrier for the body. Skin becomes very easily aggravated and responds with a dry rash in the weak areas.

Why people get eczema is still uncertain, however, research has found that it is hereditary and that people who have eczema often have other hypersensitive conditions, like hayfever and asthma.

There are other types of eczema including discoid eczema, allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis and eczema craquèle.

These conditions can be controlled and the symptoms relieved through the use of topical therapies, antihistamines and avoiding ‘triggers.’.

 

Helpful Advice for Treating Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

  1. Stay clear of likely triggers such as wool or artificial fibers, dust and dust mites, pollens, fragrances and cosmetics and sometimes food allergies.
  2. Try to use a non-soap based cleanser when you have a bath. Sorbolene is a good and affordable choice. Hydrate your skin immediately after bathing. Use a moisteriser or ointment.
  3. Use a moisturizer every time you wash your hands.

Psoriasis.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system becomes overactive, and attacks the skin causing inflammation.

Psoriasis often appears with dry, red, scaly skin patches. However, it can come in many different forms and affect any part of your skin and nails. This condition most commonly appears on your knees, elbows and scalp.

Fortunately psoriasis has a lot of successful treatment options. As a result of new and exciting research, and new treatments are being developed all the time. Severe psoriasis is now becoming a distant memory.

Sun Damage.

  • UVA rays, also know as Ultraviolet A light, penetrate deep into the lower layers of the skin known as the dermis and are the cause of the visual signs of ageing and skin damage.
  • These wavelengths don’t cause sunburn but do have an effect on our immune system locally in the skin, by reducing its ability to combat skin cells, and therefore predispose to skin cancer.
  • The other effect that UVA rays have is that by penetrating into the middle layers of skin, they are responsible for damage to collagen elastic skin cells, leading to aging of the skin, wrinkling, and colour changes. It is, therefore, important to use a sunscreen which effectively blocking these UVA rays, stopping skin cancer and reducing aging signs of the skin.
  • UVB rays, known as Ultraviolet B, penetrate into the upper layers of the skin known as the epidermis causing the skin to burn.
  • UVA B actually damages the DNA of your skin cells, and therefore predispose to the development of skin cancer.

Sunscreens today are quite effective at screening the UVB component of sunlight. However, it is still possible to burn even though you faithfully apply sunscreen, as UV still reaches the skin. UVA C rays are stopped by the ozone layer.

Helpful Tips When Avoiding Sunburn:

  1. Remember the sun’s waves are greatest throughout the middle of the day.
  2. Seek shade where possible.
  3. Clothing is better at blocking UV than sunscreen. So wear protective clothing and accessories.
  4. Always apply sunscreen regularly.
  5. More expensive sunscreen doesn’t mean more effective.
  6. Zinc and titanium are very effective in blocking UVA and UVB, and these sunscreens may be combined with chemical blockers or be the single active agent in the sunscreen eg. Clear Zinc.

 

Skin Cancers.

Our bodies are constantly making new cells, occasionally something goes wrong with this process and cells grow in an uncontrolled way. This uncontrolled growth may result in a lump called a tumour.

Tumours can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). A malignant tumour is made up of cancer cells.

The three most common types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Melanoma.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)– Are usually red, red-white or pearly in colour and may bleed. They don’t typically hurt or itch. This kind of skin cancer tends to grow slowly and doesn’t generally spread to other parts of the body. Nevertheless, if left untreated BCCs will grow and progress deeper into the skin and damage neighboring tissue. This may make treatment more difficult and increases the possibility of the skin cancer returning.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)– May occur as thickened red scaly spots, which later may bleed easily or be tender to touch. They can look like a sore that hasn’t gotten better. SCCs tend to grow quickly over several months and can spread to other parts of the body.

More recent procedures for some types of pre-cancers or early cancers include various anti-cancer creams, although most cancers will need to be removed by surgery to be cured.

The sooner you seek treatment for a skin cancer, the more likely is the chance of complete cure and more effective cosmetic outcome from treatment.

Other Dermatology Clinics:

As well as our specialists and dermatologist Canberra, we also service Yass and Queanbeyan.  Your local Canberra, Yass and Queanbeyan doctors provide dermatologist in Turner, Reid, Ainslie, Campbell, Acton, Crestwood, Oak Estate, Queanbeyan East, Karabar, Greenleigh, The Ridgeway and Braddon ACT areas.

 

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