29 Nov Medical Treatments at Refined MD
Dr. Yeh is the primary medical dermatological provider at Refined MD, specializing in lasers and other cutting-edge treatments and technologies. There are a number of “medical dermatological” issues, but the most common is acne. Since acne is so prevalent and most people will experience some degree of acne in their life, it’s often not considered a “medical issue”—even though it is. There are various types of acne, and more severe acne (such as cystic acne) can be not only painful, but leave lifelong scars. Treatments often tackle a number of acne issues, including inflammation, bacteria, and redness. Plus, just like other skin conditions, acne can cause emotional and mental distress. Some acne patients avoid social situations entirely out of embarrassment.
Other Common Medical Conditions
Eczema is another common condition, and particularly frustrating because there is no cure. However, there are treatments to relieve the symptoms of eczema. Discussing eczema with your doctor can also help you identify your unique triggers so that you can avoid flare-ups. Common triggers include sunlight, alcohol, and spicy foods, but triggers can vary person to person and change throughout your life.
Treatment for eczema symptoms are often ineffective if you only consider over the counter medications. To really keep eczema symptoms at bay, medical-grade products and treatments are almost always necessary. The exact treatment plan will depend on your eczema and goals. Lasers can be a very effective treatment, which is why working with Dr. Yeh can be a critical turning point for lifelong eczema sufferers. You can also chat with the Refined MD website for quick answers on eczema or to schedule your appointment.
Rosacea and Acne
Rosacea makes the list of stubborn skin condition that has no cure. Worse, nobody is exactly sure what causes rosacea. This condition can often be confused with other skin concerns, such as mild acne or a different type of rash. However, just like with eczema, there are treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of rosacea. In some cases, oral antibiotics may even be required. Also like eczema, identifying triggers is a critical part of managing your rosacea.
All three of these common skin conditions come with an unfortunately generous dose of being self-conscious. Trying to cover skin imperfections with makeup can make them worse (especially with acne), and it’s normal to want to “explain” the condition when you catch people looking at eczema patches or a particularly “rosy” rosacea outbreak. It’s common to want to tell people that the condition isn’t contagious, or to wear long sleeves in warm weather to hide your skin.
One of the reasons Dr. Yeh pursued medical dermatology was because she saw how devastating common skin conditions could be. A lot of people try to treat these issues themselves, often misdiagnosing what they have and in some cases making the symptoms worse with their efforts. Acne, eczema, and rosacea can all be confused with different skin conditions—which makes sense, considering there are over 1,000 unique skin conditions.
Hyperpigmentation is an umbrella term for yet another common issue. This occurs when there is an excess of melanin, and is often caused by sun damage. “Brown spots,” freckles, and moles are all forms of hyperpigmentation. These can all usually be treated with a variety of treatments, such as lasers, but there’s one type of hyperpigmentation that’s especially stubborn. Melasma is usually present around the eyes and nose, and can present as a gray color as well as tan or beige. There’s no cure for melasma, but knowing your triggers can help you avoid flare-ups. One of the most common triggers is hormone fluctuations due to pregnancy, which is how melasma earned the nickname “mask of pregnancy.” The good news is that experts like Dr. Yeh can help anyone—even expecting moms—minimize the look of melasma.
Schedule Your Consultation at Refined Dermatology
Of course, there’s no rule that you can only have one skin issue at a time. Since acne, eczema, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation are all very common, it’s not unreasonable to find someone suffering from all four at once! The skin is the largest organ we have, which means there is plenty of opportunity for issues to pop up. Having a world-class medical dermatologist on your side is your best bet for preventing skin issues and treating them quickly. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Yeh, call Refined MD or schedule your appointment online now.