Skin Specialist in Ballarat VIC

Our Dermatologists at Skinn Clinics Australia provide services in Ballarat. Offering skin specialist evaluation for medical and surgical dermatology in Ballarat including Ballan, Beaufort, Talbot, Avoca, Maryborough and Daylesford VIC 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 evaluations include acne, psoriasis, atopic eczema, skin infections such as warts, mole surveillance, melasma and occupational dermatitis.

From babies and children to adolescents 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 Ballarat Dermatologist?

Acne

Acne is a very prevalent and persistent 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 limited to teenagers, those aged 15 to 25 are most prone to suffer from the condition.

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

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

Acne can be painful, disfiguring and uncomfortable. If the area continues to become infected then bigger, redder, deeper and irritated 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.
  • Avoid 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 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.

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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 the special acne 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 type 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 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 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 heightens your risk of melanoma as the problem can be inherited. Australians have the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.

Melanomas can differ greatly in the way they look. 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 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 becomes weak and can’t provide a protective barrier for the body. Skin becomes very easily aggravated 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 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 alleviated through the use of topical therapies, antihistamines and avoiding ‘triggers.’.

 

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

  1. Stay clear of likely triggers such as wool or synthetic fibers, dust and dust mites, pollen, 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. 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.

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. 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, can penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin 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, and can result in developing skin cancer.
  • UVA rays also destroy the elastic collagen skin fibers, 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 minimizing aging signs of the skin.
  • UVB rays, (Ultraviolet B), penetrate into the upper layers of the skin known as the epidermis triggering 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 stopping the UVB component of sunlight. However, it is still possible to burn even though you faithfully apply 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 more effective in blocking ultraviolet rays. So wear protective clothing and accessories.
  4. Reapply your 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, 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 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 get bigger and progress 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 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 gotten better. SCCs tend to grow quickly over several months and can spread to other parts of the body.

Newer treatments for some types of pre-cancers or premature cancers include various anti-cancer creams, although many cancers will need to be removed surgically 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 our specialists and dermatologist Ballarat, we also service Dermatologist in Geelong, Dermatologist in Bendigo and Dermatologist in Melbourne CBD.  Your local Ballarat doctors provide dermatologist in Beaufort, Daylesford, Ballan, Avoca, Maryborough and Talbot VIC areas.

 

 

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