Psoriasis is a common, non-contagious skin condition believed to be an immune response causing increased production of new skin cells. A patient’s skin accumulates dead cells on the skin’s surface because the skin is unable to shed old skin cells quickly enough. At this time, there is no cure for psoriasis. Still, many advanced and effective treatments have made an enormous difference for patients as well as suggestions on how to avoid triggers that can lead to symptom flare-ups. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. Psoriasis symptoms and treatment options with Jennifer Whaley, NP Symptoms Symptoms vary from person to person and by psoriasis type, and can be mild or severe. Symptoms can occur anywhere; however, they are often found on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp and include: Itchy, red, scaly patches on the skinDry or cracked skinSkin tenderness or painJoint pain (psoriatic arthritis)Thick Read more >>

Chronic Skin Conditions

As clinicians it is common for us to see patients who self-diagnose and try to self-treat their skin flare ups or irritations. However, according to Jennifer Whaley, FNP, “Uncontrolled chronic skin conditions are obviously a physical burden, but it’s so much more than that. It can largely impact a person’s mental, emotional and social well-being.” For example, many patients think they have acne and look online for acne products, even high-potency acne products. But if your condition is rosacea, it is deeper than your skin and you will need the help of an expert. Similarly, treatment for deep acne breakouts, such as acne cysts, will require prescription medication. Patients with chronic skin conditions may sometimes think that a change in their skin is just the manifestation of their condition when, in fact, it may be something new. To ensure that the patient is not developing skin cancer or another condition, Read more >>

Quick Tips from a Pro: Acne Care and Prevention

That sporadic pimple, an occasional breakout, or chronic acne – do you struggle with any of these acne issues? Acne can occur at all ages and stages of life. At Dermatology Associates and Surgery Center, our team of skin care professionals see patients with acne concerns from the early teens up to people in their late seventies.  We asked one of our skin care professionals, Tommy Dooley II, PA-C, SDPA Diplomate Fellow, to share easy care for helping clear up acne: Less is more! A daily skin care routine should be kept simple, as too many products can cause irritation to the face and potentially worsen acne. Quick tips for acne care and prevention Wash your face twice a day: I recommend a gentle cleanser that is close to the same pH as your skin.If you are involved with physical activities or sports, I advise washing your face nightly, even Read more >>