Skin Specialist in Newcastle NSW

Skinn Clinics Australia provide specialist dermatology services in the Newcastle and Hunter region. Offering skin specialist consultation for medical and surgical dermatology in Newcastle, including Kotara, Merewether, Cardiff, Broadmeadow, Nelson Bay, and Lambton NSW area.

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, 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 evaluations 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.

Why See a Dermatologist?

Acne

Acne is an extremely prevalent and persistent skin condition that usually begins in adolescence. Unfortunately up to 85% of us have suffered from acne at some time during their lives and while acne isn’t just restricted 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 correct treatment.

Acne occurs when unwanted oil and dead skin cells obstruct the opening of your skin pores, which allows for bacteria to grow. Your associated oil (sebaceous) glands end up being blocked and inflamed. Pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and infected pus-filled spots develop on the face, neck, back and chest because this is the place oil glands are largest and most active.

Acne may be painful, disfiguring and debilitating. If the area continues to become infected then bigger, redder, deeper and tender nodules or cysts may develop and lead to scarring on your face, chest or back (keloid scarring).

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How to treat acne:

  • Avoid applying oily cosmetics or greasy 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 close-fitting 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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Our local skin doctors 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 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 our clinic and contact reception to book an appointment time! 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.

Melanoma.

Melanoma is a form of cancer that originates from the melanocytes, the cells in the skin that produce 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 treated, 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 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 appear. 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 causes very dry and itchy areas 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 ends up being weak and can’t provide a defensive barrier for the body. Skin becomes very easily irritated and responds with a dry rash in the weak areas.

Why men and women get eczema is still uncertain, 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 craqu√®le. These conditions can be controlled and the symptoms alleviated through the use of topical therapies, antihistamines and avoiding ‘triggers’.

Helpful Tips for Treating Atopic Dermatitis (commonly known as Eczema)

  1. Stay clear of possible triggers such as wool or artificial fibers, dust and dust mites, pollens, and cosmetics and sometimes food allergies.
  2. Use a non-soap cleanser or Sorbolene cream when you bathe. Immediately after bathing, apply a moisturizing cream or ointment to hydrate your skin.
  3. Use a moisturizer each time you clean your hands.

Psoriasis.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, where the body 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 amazing research, and new treatments are being developed regularly. Severe psoriasis is now becoming a thing of the past.

Sun Damage.

  • UVA rays, also know as Ultraviolet A light, can penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin 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, by reducing its ability to fight skin cells, and therefore predispose to skin cancer.
  • UVA rays also destroy the elastic collagen skin tissues, leading to aging of the skin, wrinkling, and colour changes. That is why sunscreen is so important, to which effectively blocks these UVA rays.
  • UVB rays, (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, 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 sunlight. However, it is still possible to burn even when using sunscreen, sunscreens just allow you to stay out longer before you sunburn. 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.

Our bodies are constantly making new cells, occasionally something goes wrong with this process and cells grow in an uncontrolled way. Which may result in development of a tumor or lump.

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 gradually and doesn’t generally spread to other parts of the body. However, if left untreated BCCs will grow 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 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 different anti-cancer creams, although many cancers will need to be removed surgically to be cured.

The earlier you seek treatment for a skin cancer, the more likely is the chance of full cure and better cosmetic outcome from treatment.

Other Dermatology Clinics:

As well as our dermatologist Newcastle we also service Maitland, Nelson Bay & Port Stephens.  Your local Newcastle doctors provide dermatologist in Merewether, Cardiff, Kotara, Nelson Bay, Lambton, and Broadmeadow NSW area.

 

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