The expression “beauty is skin deep” has a whole different meaning for those who suffer from a skin disorder. Acne, excessive hair growth, hair loss, and blemishes can affect more than just the skin, but the person underneath. There are treatment options available for those suffering from cosmetic skin conditions thanks to dermatologist specialists across the country; here are three of the most common skin issues people face.
There are an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans who suffer from acne and 85% of the population will develop acne at some point in their life. Although it typically begins for many people in puberty, there are cases where someone will not develop acne until their 20s, 30s, 40s, or even 50s in some cases. In mild cases, acne may be no more than a minor annoyance; in the most severe cases it can be a socially devastating and painful condition that some people struggle with for years. Despite the temptation, dermatologists advise against popping pimples as this can lead to severe acne scarring that is much more difficult to treat; it is estimated that as many as 40% of teens already have significant acne scaring. Although there are some products that advertise themselves on their ability to clear skin from acne, many of these actually remove essential oils from the skin that help prevent acne. Instead, it is recommended that those who suffer from acne exfoliate lightly and ditch the chemical scrubs.
By age 50, nearly half of men will suffer from hereditary baldness. Although many men expect to go bald at some point, hereditary baldness also affects some 30 million women across the United States as well. Thanks to advanced treatment options, dermatologists are finding more ways than ever to reverse baldness in men and women alike and encourage active, healthy hair growth. Hair transplants, steroid injections, and other procedures are becoming more frequently used by dermatologists to combat aging and give patients a look of confidence again.
In contrast to hair loss, there are some individuals whom suffer from unsightly hair growth in unwanted areas. Shaving only seems to cause the hair to grow thicker and faster and plucking provides only a temporary solution. Using the power of a laser, dermatologists are able to permanently remove unwanted hair from any area of the body. This typically results in a few treatment sessions as the hair is targeted by the professional. Prices vary depending on the size of the area and the degree of hair growth on the region; for many who have struggled their whole life with unwanted hair however, the price is well worth a new lease on life.
Tele-dermatology was introduced during the 90’s as an alternative approach to medicine. Typically tele-dermatology was once used to connect medical specialists to regions that lacked a specialist; today tele-dermatology is used as a cheaper alternative to a traditional doctor’s visit. The average cost for telemedicine is about $40 compared to the $95 average of a doctor’s visit. Tele-dermatology consultations through phone and webcam are currently offered by 37% of dermatologists; up to 34% more are planning on adding the service by 2017. For those looking for professional guidance for clearer, more beautiful skin, tele-dermatology can help patients get answers faster and cheaper than traditional dermatologist visits.