Cysts

Top 4 Treatments for Your Cystic Acne

For some people, acne goes beyond the annoying blackheads and ugly whiteheads. For some, the acne becomes a deeper skin problem that causes red, painful bumps that are filled with large amounts of pus. Gross? It certainly doesn’t stop people from trying to pop them. You just want them to go away. It makes sense. Not so fast. “With cystic Continue reading

Razor Bumps: Why Shaving Technique is Key to Avoiding Skin Irritation of Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

Men who shave with a blade know the risks of irritating the skin. But even careful shaving runs the risk of causing more serious “razor bumps” – a condition in which the curved hairs grow back into the skin and cause a reaction, such as inflammation. “The medical term for the condition is pseudofolliculitis barbae,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board Continue reading

What Is A Skin Biopsy?

Like other physicians, dermatologists rely on medical history and physical exam to diagnose a patient’s skin condition. When a patient’s skin problem isn’t straightforward, an additional work up is required. “Acne, eczema, psoriasis are all pretty common conditions,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “However, in cases where a patient’s rash has an unusual distribution, where Continue reading

Three Acne Medicines That Are Safe To Use During Pregnancy

Being pregnant is both exciting and stressful time. With many changes going on within your body, much of your experiences come down to hormones. “Fluctuating hormone levels  can often be hard on a woman’s body, not to mention the skin,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “Moles can change, the skin can darken. Even if you’ve never had skin problems, Continue reading

What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa and How is It Treated?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a chronic, disabling, skin disorder affects the apocrine sweat glands and hair follicles in the armpits, groin, genital, and breast regions. It causes painful abscesses and scarring in these areas and is a progressive disease that has no cure. “It’s a horribly disabling condition,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “Not only can Continue reading

What Is a Pilar Cyst?

What Is A Pilar Cyst? Pilar Cysts, also known as Trichilemmal Cysts, are keratin-filled bumps that grow on the skin. How is this bump different from the many others that are found on the body? This cyst is filled with keratin, the specialized protein that is found in hair and nails. “Cysts tend to form when superficial skin cells get Continue reading

What Is Sun Damage?

Dermatologists and skin care experts often use the term “Sun Damage”, but what does it truly mean? Well… It takes a little bit of explaining to truly understand the full scope of sun damage. Sun Damage represents a spectrum changes observed on the skin that directly results from exposure and overexposure to sun and UV light. The effects of this exposure Continue reading

The Sanova Guide to Accutane therapy | Isotretinoin, Medications & Other Health Conditions

Treating acne with Accutane doesn’t always happen in isolation. Patients are often on other medications, or have other health issues when considering or initiating isotretinoin therapy.  How Accutane should be used, along with other medication a patient may be on or have to start taking for a concurrent medical problem, inevitably brings up a number of questions. Can I continue Continue reading

What Is An Epidermoid Cyst?

A new growth, bump, or mole on the skin can certainly be concerning.  But not all growths are signs of skin cancer. Epidermal inclusion cysts, sometimes referred to as sebaceous cysts, usually appear as under-the-skin circular bumps or nodules that tend to be painless. Cysts often appear on the face, neck, or trunk of the body, and are not usually Continue reading

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