Our Dermatologists at Skinn Clinics Australia provide services in Mackay. Offering skin specialist evaluation for medical and surgical dermatology in Mackay including Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Glenella, Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen and Sarina QLD 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, 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 Mackay Dermatologist?
Acne is an extremely common and recurring skin condition that usually begins in adolescence. It is believed that acne affects at least 85% of the population at some point during their lives and while acne isn’t just restricted to teenagers, those aged 15 to 25 are most likely 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 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 for the reason that this is where oil glands are biggest and most active.
Acne may be painful, disfiguring and uncomfortable. If the area continues to become inflamed then larger, redder, deeper and irritated 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 remove 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.
- 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 close-fitting 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.
Mackay 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 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 today. 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.
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.
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 grow quickly, and if not treated, they may spread to the lower layers of skin where cells can escape and be carried 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 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 protective barrier for the body. Skin becomes very easily irritated 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 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 treatments, antihistamines and avoiding ‘triggers.’.
Helpful Tips for Treating Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
- Stay clear of likely triggers such as wool or synthetic fibers, dust and dust mites, pollens, fragrances 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 wash your hands.
This is where your immune system becomes overactive and attacks your skin. Which essentially 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.
Fortunately 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.
- UVA rays, known as Ultraviolet, 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, 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. That is why sunscreen is so important, to which effectively blocks these UVA rays.
- 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 formation of skin cancer.
The majority of sunscreens in today’s market are quite effective stopping the UVB component of sunlight. However, it is still possible to burn even though you faithfully apply sunscreen, sunscreens just enable you to stay out longer before you sunburn. UVA C rays are blocked 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 wear protective clothing and accessories.
- Always apply sunscreen regularly.
- More costly sunscreen doesn’t mean more effective.
- 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 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
Our bodies are constantly making new cells, sometimes 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 type 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 grow deeper into the skin and damage nearby tissue. This may make treatment more challenging and increases the possibility of the skin cancer coming back.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)– May develop as thickened red scaly spots, which later may bleed easily or be tender to touch. They can appear 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 premature cancers include different 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 better cosmetic outcome from treatment.
Other Dermatology Clinics:
As well as our specialists and dermatologist Mackay, we also service Gold Coast, Rockhampton, and Cairns. Your local Mackay doctors provide dermatologist in Whitsundays, Glenella, Hamilton Island0, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Proserpine and Sarina QLD areas.
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Our medical skin specialist and dermatologist in Mackay, including Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Glenella, Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen and Sarina QLD 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
- What is a Dermatologist or Skin Specialist?
- Medical and Surgical Dermatology.
- Reasons to See a Mackay Dermatologist?
- Mackay Acne Clinic
- Eczema and Dermatitis.
- Sun Damage.
- Skin Cancers.
- Other Dermatology Clinics:
- Book an appointment with our Mackay Dermatologist and Skin Specialist today