Skin Specialist in Portland VIC

Our Dermatologists at Skinn Clinics Australia provide services in Portland. Offering skin specialist evaluation for medical and surgical dermatology in Portland including Cape Bridgewater, Nelson, and Heywood 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.

Best Dermatologist Portland

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 Portland Dermatologist?

Acne

Acne is a very 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 right treatment.

Acne occurs when excess 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 break out on the face, neck, back and chest since this is where oil glands are largest and most active.

Acne can be painful, disfiguring and uncomfortable. If the area continues to become inflamed 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 administering greasy 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 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.

Portland 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 call us to make an appointment today! 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.

 

 

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Melanoma.

Melanoma is a type 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 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 differ 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 mostly on the lower and upper limbs. Without moisture, the skin ends up being 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 people today 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 relieved through the use of topical therapies, antihistamines and avoiding ‘triggers.’.

 

Helpful Tips for Treating Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

  1. Stay clear of likely 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. Immediately after bathing, apply a moisturizing cream or ointment to hydrate your skin.
  3. Use a moisturizer each time you wash 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 options for psoriasis. As a result of new and exciting research, new procedures that achieve great results are now readily available. Severe psoriasis is now becoming a thing of the past.

Sun Damage.

  • UVA rays, known as Ultraviolet, can penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin and are the cause of the noticeable indicators 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. 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 triggering the skin to burn.
  • UVA B actually damages the DNA of your skin cells, and therefore predispose to the formation of skin cancer.

Sunscreens today are quite effective stopping the UVB component of sunlight. However, it is still possible to burn even when using sunscreen, as UV still reaches the skin. UVA C rays are stopped by the ozone layer.

Helpful Tips When Avoiding Sunburn:

  1. Remember the sun’s waves are strongest throughout the middle of the day.
  2. Seek shade where possible.
  3. Clothing is better at blocking UV than sunscreen. So wear protective clothing and accessories.
  4. Always apply 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.

 

 

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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 gradually 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 challenging and increases the chance of the skin cancer coming back.

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 premature cancers include various 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 complete cure and more effective cosmetic outcome from treatment.

 

Other Dermatology Clinics:

As well as our specialists and dermatologist Portland, we also service Wonthaggi, Wangaratta and Melbourne CBD.  Your local Portland doctors provide dermatologist in Nelson, Heywood, and Cape Bridgewater VIC areas.

 

 

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Physician Dermatologist Portland VIC

Our medical skin specialist and dermatologist in Portland, including Cape Bridgewater, Nelson, and Heywood VIC will improve the condition of your skin surgically treat skin cancers, acne scarring, peels, laser resurfacing and dermal rolling and skin needling

Serviced Area: Portland, VIC, 3305

Phone: 1300 201 338
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