Posts for category: Dermatology
Find out when it’s time to see a dermatologist about your acne symptoms.
Are you having trouble getting your acne under control? Do you feel like it’s a losing battle between you and your acne? There are many reasons people turn to our Anderson, SC, dermatologists Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen for help. Whether you are feeling embarrassed by your appearance or your acne outbreaks are getting worse it’s important that you have a doctor you can turn to for more effective skin care.
What causes acne?
While hormones can certainly cause acne there are other reasons acne can surface including:
- Certain medications
- Overactive glands
- Emotional stress
- Diets high in dairy
All of these factors can contribute to breakouts. Also the type of acne you’re dealing with can also give our Anderson, SC, skin doctors some insight into what could possibly be causing your breakouts. Determining the cause will help us determine the best approach for treating the type of acne you have.
How can you reduce breakouts?
There are simple measures you can take everyday to protect your skin from acne. Some of these habits include:
- Washing your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day
- Not popping or squeezing pimples, which can make them worse or cause scarring
- Keeping your hands off your face
- Disinfecting your cell phone screen twice a day
- Washing bedding (including pillowcases) at least once a week
- Wearing sunscreen before going outside
- Using makeup and hair products that are oil-free and are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores
- Managing your stress
- Staying hydrated
Any over-the-counter acne product you use will take time to work. There is no miracle or overnight cure; therefore, if you don’t see results right away this doesn’t necessarily mean that the product doesn’t work. It can take up to 12 weeks to see whether an acne medication or product is effective.
When should I see a dermatologist?
It’s a good idea to see a qualified skincare professional for acne treatment if:
- You haven’t officially been diagnosed with acne before (there are a lot of other skin conditions that can resemble acne)
- Your acne is getting worse
- You have deep, painful nodules or cystic acne
- Your acne could be caused by certain medications (e.g. steroids)
- Your skin makes you feel self-conscious or embarrassed
If you are looking for a dermatologist in Anderson, Seneca, or Abbeville, SC, who can get your acne outbreaks under control then call Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic to schedule a consultation.
How your dermatologists in Anderson, SC, can help treat your skin cancer
There are many types of skin cancer, each with a different level of seriousness. While melanoma is one of the more serious types of skin cancer, it is indeed treatable if it is coupled with early detection and early treatment.
With several convenient office locations in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC, the dermatologists here at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offer a full range of cosmetic and medical dermatology treatments including melanoma treatment. Read on to learn more about their life-saving treatments!
More about melanoma treatments
The first step in dealing with skin cancer is prevention. Always put on a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, and SPF 30 or higher if you spend a lot of time outside. In addition to sunscreen, you should do a self-check of your skin regularly and look for moles or discolorations that have:
- A change in color
- A change in size or height
- An irregular, asymmetrical shape
- Irregular, poorly-defined borders
- A diameter larger than 6 millimeters
You should also pay attention to any moles, discolorations, or abnormalities that are painful, itchy, or bleeding. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, seek out the services of your dermatologist for a comprehensive skin examination, and skin biopsy (a type of screening that determines which kind of skin cancer you have). If you are diagnosed with melanoma, it’s vital that you begin treatment immediately.
Some of the most common treatments for melanoma and other skin cancers include:
- Surgical excision to remove the cancerous tissue
- Radiation therapy to kill cancerous cells
- Chemotherapy used in combination with surgery and radiation to eliminate cancerous tissue
- Mohs micrographic surgery to remove skin cancer layer-by-layer
- Medicated creams to boost your body’s ability to fight skin cancer
Give us a call!
To find out more about treatment for melanoma and other skin cancers, call the dermatologists at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, with offices in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, South Carolina. Call today!
It’s important to be able to spot the warning signs of skin cancer.
From the office of Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen located in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville, South Carolina. Here is what to look for when it comes to skin cancer and when you should come into our office for a consultation.
Know Your ABCDEs
The ABCDE method is one of the best methods that you could follow for determining whether or not a mole requires further medical attention. While this method tends to refer to skin changes associated with melanoma, remember that there are other types of skin cancer, as well.
Asymmetry: In a healthy mole, you should be able to draw an imaginary line down the middle and see that both sides are mirror images in terms of size, shape and color. If one side has an uneven or ragged border, then it is time for the mole to be examined.
Border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border that is even and smooth. If you notice that the mole’s border is poorly defined or is jagged or oddly shaped, then it is worth investigating further.
Color: Moles come in many different shades of brown; however, a healthy mole should only be a single color. If you notice multiple shades or colors in a mole, this could be a sign of skin cancer.
Diameter: While not always the case, most healthy moles are usually less than the size of a pencil eraser. Melanoma is often larger than 6mm; however, early-stage melanoma can be smaller.
Evolving: It is important that you examine your skin regularly so that you are able to spot changes to your moles. Healthy moles do not change much over the years, it is the ones that do change that need a closer examination from a medical professional. If you notice any growths that itch, crust over or bleed, then you need to make an appointment.
Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offers clinics in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville, South Carolina. Regardless of whether you are noticing changes to a mole or you just want to schedule a routine skin cancer screening, don’t hesitate to call our office today. For Anderson, call (864) 224-7577; Seneca, (864) 882-7747; or Abbeville, (800) 922-SKIN.
Psoriasis is a genetic condition that affects the skin. Symptoms include patches of redness, flakiness, and white scales. There is no cure for psoriasis, but effective treatments are available for alleviating psoriasis symptoms. A dermatologist can discuss treatment options with you. At Anderson Skin and Cancer Clinic, Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen are your dermatologists in Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson, SC, for the treatment of psoriasis.
Children and adults can both be affected by psoriasis. Following the first psoriasis flare-up, symptoms will continue returning periodically throughout a person’s life. Symptoms of psoriasis include the appearance of red patches and white flaky scales on the skin. Symptoms are often the result of an overactive immune system, which causes the growth cycle of skin cells to speed up. That means new skin cells are maturing at a faster rate than normal so the body is not able to shed them quickly enough. Skin cells build up and cause redness, flakiness, and scaling.
Flare-ups most commonly occur on the elbows, knees, and trunk of the body. It is possible for a flare-up to appear in other areas of the body, as well. Although psoriasis is genetic, various factors can trigger a flare-up, including:
- Skin injuries
- Allergic reactions to medications
Treatments for Psoriasis
Several prescription and over-the-counter options are available for treating psoriasis. Over-the-counter remedies can temporarily alleviate the symptoms of mild psoriasis flare-ups. Over-the-counter products include anti-itch lotions and creams, bath solutions, and special moisturizers. Moderate to severe cases of psoriasis are best treated by a Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson dermatologist who can prescribe an oral medication, light therapy, or biologics. Biologics are injected and work by suppressing the immune system, which tends to be overactive in patients with psoriasis.
You do not have to struggle with the symptoms of psoriasis. There are several effective treatments that can help. A dermatologist can recommend one for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Quarterman or Dr. O’Steen, call one of their three office locations. For Anderson, call (864) 224-7577; Seneca, (864) 882-7747; or Abbeville, (800) 922-SKIN.
Are you one of the 50 million Americans who struggles with acne? It's a chronic skin condition that causes bumps, pimples, and scarring on the skin. If you’re tired of looking in the mirror only to see a new acne pimple forming, it may be time to get help from a dermatologist at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic in Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson, SC.
Acne: What Causes It?
Preteens and teenagers are usually the most common victims of acne, as the skin tends to flare up when their hormones are raging, but this skin condition can also show up in adulthood. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 80 percent of people ages 11 to 30 have breakouts. It’s an aggravating and unpredictable problem that can affect a patient’s self-image and self-esteem. It’s caused by the overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands in the skin. The oil mixes with bacteria and old skin cells, causing irritation, raised red bumps, whiteheads, and blackheads.
Acne Treatment Options
Washing your skin with an over the counter acne cleansing formula at home may not be enough. See a Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson dermatologist for the latest treatments to get better results, faster. They include:
- Grading the acne to determine the severity of the case so that it can be treated properly.
- Prescription-strength topical medicine (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or antibiotic treatment).
- Oral antibiotic therapy to neutralize bacteria.
- Isotretinoin (a medication for severe acne).
- Recommendation for birth control pills for some patients.
- Laser therapy to reduce bacteria.
- Chemical peel (removes a layer of skin).
- Drainage and extraction of acne cysts.
It may seem impossible to avoid acne, but there are daily steps you can take to reduce the chances of a major breakout. Take better care of your skin and overall health in these ways:
- Improve your nutrition (eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods). Avoid junk and processed foods.
- Use a skin moisturizer and gentle cleanser that is designed specifically for your skin type (your Seneca, Abbeville, and Anderson dermatologist can help you with that).
- Reduce your exposure to the sun and avoid tanning beds.
- Avoid picking at, squeezing, or touching the skin, even when acne sores appear. Stick to the treatment steps recommended by your skin doctor.
Controlling Your Acne
It may take some time and patience, but with assistance from your dermatologist, you can reduce the appearance of acne on your face. Call Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic in Seneca, Abbeville, or Anderson, SC, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Quarterman or Dr. Luke O'Steen.