Skin Specialist in Central Coast NSW

Our Dermatologists at Skinn Clinics Australia provide services in Central Coast region. Offering skin specialist evaluation for medical and surgical dermatology in Central Coast including Gosford, Woy Woy, Erina and Terrigal 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.

From babies and children to teenagers and adults, Dermatologists look after patients of all ages.

 

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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 Central Coast Dermatologist?

Acne

Acne is a very prevalent and recurring skin problem that usually begins in adolescence. Unfortunately up to 85% of us have suffered from acne at some time during their lives and primarily people aged 15 to 25 are most likely to suffer from acne.

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

Acne occurs when too much oil and dead skin cells obstruct 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 develop on the face, neck, back and chest since this is the place oil glands are largest and most active.

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

 

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How to treat acne:

  • Avoid applying greasy cosmetics or oily sunscreens to acne prone 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.
  • 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 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.

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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 find out about the latest treatment options and overall health and lifestyle factors, providing 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.

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 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 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 anyplace on the skin, even the soles of the feet. They develop quickly, and if not treated, they may spread to the lower layers of skin where cells can escape and be transported to other parts 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 risk can be inherited. Australians have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.

Melanomas can differ greatly in the way they look. The initial 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 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 unclear, however, research has found that it is hereditary and that people who have eczema often have other allergic 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 alleviated through the use of topical treatments, antihistamines and avoiding ‘triggers.’.

 

Helpful Tips for Treating Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

  1. Stay clear of possible triggers such as wool or artificial fibers, dust and dust mites, pollens, perfumes and cosmetics and sometimes food allergies.
  2. Use a non-soap cleanser or Sorbolene cream when you bathe. Hydrate your skin immediately after bathing. Use a moisteriser or ointment.
  3. Use a moisturizer each 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.

Thankfully 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 thing of the past.

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 visible 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, and can result in developing skin cancer.
  • UVA rays also damage the elastic collagen skin tissues, leading to aging of the skin, wrinkling, and colour changes. It is, therefore, important to use a sunscreen which effectively blocking these UVA rays, preventing skin cancer and reducing aging signs of the skin.
  • UVB rays, known as Ultraviolet B, penetrate right into the upper layers of the skin known as the epidermis causing the skin to burn.
  • The importance of reducing exposure to UVB rays is that these wavelengths damage the DNA in our skin cells, and therefore predispose to the advancement of skin cancer.

The majority of sunscreens in today’s market are quite effective at screening the UVB component of direct sunlight. However, it is still possible to burn even though you faithfully apply sunscreen, as UV still reaches the skin. UVA C rays are blocked by the ozone layer.

Helpful Tips When Avoiding Sunburn:

  1. Remember the sun’s rays are greatest throughout the middle of the day.
  2. Seek shade where possible.
  3. Clothing is better at blocking UV than sunscreen. So put on protective clothing and accessories.
  4. Always apply sunscreen regularly.
  5. More costly 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.

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 forms 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 neighboring tissue. This may make treatment more challenging and increases the chance of the skin cancer coming back.

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

More recent treatments 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 earlier 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 our specialists and dermatologist Central Coast, we also service Erina, and Gosford.  Your local Central Coast doctors provide dermatologist in Woy Woy, and Terrigal NSW areas.

 

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