Chronic Skin Conditions

Chronic Skin Conditions

Our skin is the largest organ we have, and RefinedMD specializes in helping you to manage some of the most common skin conditions—like rashes, sunburns, vitiligo, and varicose veins. Sunburns are most common in the summer but can happen anytime, while rashes can get exacerbated during weather changes. Most people have experienced a few sunburns in their life. The damage to your skin is both long-term and short-term. The initial burn can be severe (sometimes requiring medical attention), but the lingering effects can take years to reveal. This can include premature aging, wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer. Fortunately, with preventative measures like skin cancer screening and laser treatments for damage, you can reverse some of the damage you’re bound to be saddled with.

Rashes can be caused by a variety of factors from stress to allergic reactions. Don’t try to diagnose a rash by yourself—what looks like a rash could actually be a sign of psoriasis or rosacea. To address rashes, first you need a reputable dermatologist who can correctly identify the problem. Sometimes rash fixes are fast and easy, but sometimes it’s a lifetime of maintenance. Like any other concern, fast action is key. The earlier you act and see a dermatologist, the better off you’ll be.

Types of Rashes

There are many types of rashes, and determining the type is the first step in treatment. Trust your skin care professionals for a correct diagnosis and the best treatment options. Here are a few of the most common rashes and their causes:

  1. Atopic dermatitis. Somewhat of a “catch-all” for rashes caused by heat, infections, immune system disorders, and allergies, atopic dermatitis is better known as eczema. It’s a chronic condition and often appears as patches. There is no cure, but there are tools to manage it.
  2. Christmas tree rash. It’s not a seasonal rash and it can be far from joyful. This scaly rash first appears as a “herald patch,” usually on the torso. After its debut, it can spread and become a series of smaller patches that may look like a Christmas tree, thus its name. With treatment, it subsides in one to three months.
  3. Contact dermatitis. This rash is caused by direct contact with something you’re allergic to, such as cleaning products. The degree of rash can vary based on the degree of the allergy. The rash is itchy, bumpy, and may have blisters. Latex, poison ivy, and nickel are common allergens that cause this rash. Treatments vary and are usually topical.
  4. Drug rash. This type of rash is caused by ingesting a drug that you’re allergic to—including common antibiotics. In some cases, drugs are more likely to cause a rash when a person is exposed to excess sunlight while taking the medication. Usually, the red spots appear within one week of starting a medication. This allergic reaction can be severe, and immediate medical attention may be required.
  5. Heat rash. This rash looks like clusters of red bumps, and they may “sting.” It’s not necessarily caused by heat, but rather from obstructed sweat. Clear bumps filled with sweat can also be a symptom. This type of rash usually isn’t serious but can be annoying.


Vitiligo was made famous by Michael Jackson, and today top-ranked models with the condition are walking the runways. The most common indicator is “spots” of white skin, most apparent on Black patients, that seem to spread and grow over time. This happens when the melanin in the skin is destroyed, and pigment-forming cells are damaged. Anyone can have vitiligo, but it’s just much more noticeable in darker-skinned people. A biopsy is often in order, and the treatment plan varies based on your unique skin and results.

Varicose Veins

Women and older populations are most at risk of varicose veins. Usually, these veins aren’t dangerous—but can be unsightly. However, in rare cases they can cause issues and be very painful. Treatment is possible but will vary based on your body and the degree of the veins. For many patients, it’s simply an outpatient easy medical procedure.

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