Acne is a common skin condition occurring in teenagers and young adults. It can have profound effect on psychological well being. Variety of treatment options are available, including topical, oral and physical. It is suggested that you seek advice as soon as possible to avoid worsening of acne and potential scarring. Scarring from acne may be treated with physical treatment including ablative laser treatment.
Atopic dermatitis / eczema
Atopic dermatitis is an itchy skin condition most commonly seen in young babies. Most will 'grow out' of atopic dermatitis but the 'sensitive' skin may continue throughout their lives. The condition may recur at later stage in life, perhaps triggered by physical and / or psychological stressors. It is vital to get right information on skin care so that the frequency and severity of flare up is minimised. It is also important to learn how to manage flare up of atopic dermatitis.
Australia is blessed with sunny days throughout the year. Unfortunately, excessive exposure to UV ray may be complicated by development of skin cancer, especially in those who are fair skinned. It is important that any spot which growing, changing or bleeding is examined by a well trained doctor so that the correct diagnosis is made and it is treated appropriately.
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition found in approximately 2% of the population. The severity can vary from small plaques on the scalp, knees and elbows to extensive disease covering most of the body. It may also affect the joints. People with psoriasis are also prone to 'metabolic' conditions such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. It is important that these conditions are looked for and addressed if found. Treatment options for psoriasis include topical therapy, narrowband UVB therapy, oral medication and injectable biological therapy.
Axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the armpits)
Troublesome and excessive sweating of the armpits can be well controlled with Botox (botulinum toxin) injection. Many patients now benefit from Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) rebate, allowing them to have regular treatment every 4 months.