Our Dermatologists at Skinn Clinics Australia provide services in Castle Hill and Sydney region. Offering skin specialist evaluation for medical and surgical dermatology in Castle Hill including Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook NSW areas.
What is a Dermatologist or Skin Specialist?
Dermatologists are surgically trained physicians, who after completing their medical degree then undertake four more years of training to specialise in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of skin diseases and skin cancers. Australian dermatologists spend a lot of time treating diseases caused by sun exposure, especially sunspots and skin cancers.
Other typical skin assessments 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 teenagers and adults.
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 Castle Hill Dermatologist?
Acne is a very common and recurring skin problem that usually begins in adolescence. It is believed that acne affects at least 85% of the population at some time during their lives and while acne isn’t just limited to teenagers, those aged 15 to 25 are most prone to have a bad time from acne.
Good news is that acne is completely curable with the right treatment.
Acne occurs when too much oil and dead skin cells block the opening of your skin pores, which allows for 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 for the reason that this is the place oil glands are biggest and most active.
Acne may be uncomfortable, disfiguring and uncomfortable. If the area continues to become infected then bigger, redder, deeper and tender nodules or cysts may develop and result in scarring on your face, chest or back (keloid scarring).
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 get rid of oil. If this leaves the face still feeling oily, an over-the-counter acne wash or cleanser that contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide may be helpful.
- Stay clear of abrasive scrubs, toners, and cleansers.
- Avoid 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 well-balanced, low GI diet combined 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.
Castle Hill Acne Clinic
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 overall 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 local General Practitioner for a referral to the special acne clinic and contact reception to book an appointment time! Medicare rebates available.
Some specialisted treatments like microdermabrasion, chemical peels or laser and may be useful for mild acne. Fractional laser resurfacing and dermal fillers are used to treat 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.
Switching up your diet is a natural acne treatment that anyone can try.
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Melanoma is a form 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 anywhere 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 carried 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 heightens your risk of melanoma as the risk can be inherited. Australians have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.
Melanomas can vary greatly in the way they look. The first 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 totally curable.
Eczema and Dermatitis.
The most common type of eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin disorder that creates very dry and itchy areas of skin when the skin loses its moisture. These patches can be anywhere on the body but are mostly on the lower and upper limbs. Without moisture, the skin becomes weak and can’t provide a protective barrier for the body. Skin becomes very easily irritated and responds with a dry rash in the weak areas.
Why people today get eczema is still unclear, 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 managed and the symptoms alleviated through the use of topical treatments, antihistamines and avoiding ‘triggers.’.
Helpful Advice for Treating Atopic Dermatitis (commonly known as Eczema)
- Stay clear of possible triggers such as wool or artificial fibers, dust and dust mites, pollens, perfumes and cosmetics and sometimes food allergies.
- Use a non-soap cleanser or Sorbolene cream when you bathe. Immediately after bathing, apply a moisturizing cream or ointment to hydrate your skin.
- Use a moisturizer every time you clean your hands.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system becomes overactive, and attacks the skin causing inflammation.
It is usually associated 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.
There are many treatment solutions for psoriasis. Due to new and exciting research, and new treatments are being developed regularly. Severe psoriasis is now becoming a distant memory.
- 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 noticeable 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 fight 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 tissue, resulting in aging of the skin, wrinkling, and colour changes. It is, therefore, important to use a sunscreen which effectively blocks these UVA rays.
- UVB rays, known as Ultraviolet B, penetrate right into the upper layers of the skin known as the epidermis triggering the skin to burn.
- UVA B actually damages the DNA of your skin cells, again putting you at risk of developing 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:
- Remember the sun’s waves are greatest throughout the middle of the day.
- Seek shade where possible.
- Clothing is more effective in blocking ultraviolet rays. So put on protective clothing and accessories.
- Reapply your sunscreen regularly.
- More expensive sunscreen doesn’t mean more effective.
- Zinc and titanium are very successful 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 cancer surgery is tricky business. Especially around the eye where scaring is common. Here I’m softening a thickened or hypertrophic scar with tiny injections of a softening steroid. This lady had a BCC that required an occulo plastic surgeon. We are now addressing the scar. Second treatment improving dramatically. BCC or basal cell skin cancers are common around the eyes. Don’t ignore any persistent lumps or bumps. #dermatology #cyst #surgery #cancer #scars #injections #injection #skin
New cells are constantly being made by your body, unfortunately sometimes 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 usually hurt or itch. This kind of skin cancer tends to grow slowly and doesn’t generally spread to other parts of the body. However, if left untreated BCCs will get bigger and grow deeper into the skin and damage nearby tissue. This may make treatment more difficult and increases the possibility of the skin cancer returning.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)– May appear 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.
Newer 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 better is the chance of complete cure and better cosmetic outcome from treatment.
Other Dermatology Clinics:
As well as skin specialists and dermatologist Castle Hill, we also service Burwood, Auburn, and Sutherland. Your local Castle Hill doctors provide dermotologist in Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook NSW areas.
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Our medical skin specialist and dermatologist in Castle Hill, and Sydney region including Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook NSW will improve the condition of your skin surgically treat skin cancers, acne scarring, peels, laser resurfacing and dermal rolling and skin needling
Phone: 1300 201 338