The skin is the largest and most visible organ in the body. It is susceptible to multiple conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer. At Colorado Skin Care, we provide diagnosis and treatment for a variety of medical skin conditions. Our expert dermatologists will evaluate your skin and recommend the best course of treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical.
The specialty of dermatology is the study of skin disorders. Dermatologists have dedicated their studies to skin disorders ranging from aging to autoimmune conditions, as well as various types of cancer. Dermatology encompasses the epidermis (the visible layer of skin), as well as the dermis, fat, hair, nails, and veins.
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, and it can have a deep emotional and psychological impact on people. At Colorado Skin Care, we offer state-of-the-art acne treatment, including blue light treatment, and prescription topical and/or oral medication that can help you achieve and maintain clear skin. Acne is chronic inflammation of hair follicles, which are small openings in your skin that connect to an oil gland. When these follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and excess oil, blocked oil glands may lead to infection. Acne appears on your skin as whiteheads (buildup of dead skin cells), blackheads (where dirt and oil become trapped within a clogged pore), pimples (a deeper form of inflammation around a hair follicle), cysts or nodules (large, painful lumps under the surface of the skin). If left untreated, persistent breakouts might lead to pitted or thickened scars.
Cysts are sacs filled with fluid or semi-fluid material. They develop in multiple areas of the body and arise from different tissues of the body. Two of the most common types of cysts that occur below the skin surface are epidermoid and pilar cysts. The term “sebaceous cyst” is outdated because these cysts are not generated from sebaceous glands on the skin surface, as once thought. – An epidermoid cyst occurs when the epidermis—the top layer of skin cells—produces a sac. – A pilar cyst, a benign growth commonly found on the face and scalp, forms from cells similar tothose that are in the bottom of hair follicles. A cutaneous cyst contains a semisolid gelatinous content that resembles cottage cheese. Cutaneous cysts, which are essentially encapsulated sacs of skin cells that have broken down, are caused by intense pressure on the skin.
Atopic dermatitis—commonly known as eczema—is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that makes the affected skin overly dry, red and highly itchy. Newer treatments are available for both adults and children that can significantly improve quality of life.
Melasma (also called chloasma) is a patchy discoloration of the skin due to overproduction of pigmentproducing cells. It typically affects women, but men can be affected as well. Melasma is common and although it is harmless, it can be persistent and frustrating to live with. Melasma is difficult to treat. At Colorado Skin Care we have had success treating this often chronic condition with both topical creams and cosmetic procedures.
Psoriasis is a skin disorder that affects 2.5% of the population in the US. People with psoriasis experience inflamed, raised, red patches covered with silvery scales. These patches typically appear on the knees and elbows, scalp, lower back, and sacrum, although they can be widespread. Psoriasis can also affect the nails and joints. Psoriasis is a noncontagious, autoimmune inflammatory disorder. At Colorado Skin Care, we provide state-of-the-art treatment with systemic biologic medications and topicals.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by facial flushing. The prominent red vessels of rosacea may be accompanied by tightness and burning in the central face, nose, cheeks, and chin; skin irritation; spider veins; pimple-like bumps; and swelling. Colorado Skin Care treats this disorder with medical therapies including laser therapy and topical medications.
Early detection is important for treatment and recovery from skin cancer, but detection is not always easy due to the subtlety of some symptoms. Skin cancer is defined as the hyperproliferation of abnormal cells in the epidermis, the outermost portion of the skin. A diagnosis of skin cancer means that a person has out-of-control malignant cells growing in the outer layer of the skin. This condition can ultimately be fatal when left untreated or undiagnosed. A comprehensive skin exam with your experienced dermatologist is the first line of defense against skin cancer. At Colorado Skin Care we recommend that all patients have a full body skin exam at least once a year.
A wart is essentially a benign, infectious tumor composed of an excess proliferation of epidermal cells. The cause is viral infection, which stimulates the release of excess keratin. Warts commonly appear as rounded, raised lesions having a dry, rough surface; flat or threadlike lesions are also seen. There are multiple modalities available for effectively treating warts.