Skin Outbreaks Can Happen at Any Age

December 29, 2021

If you assume you had your lifetime share of skin problems—acne, zits and poison ivy—while you were in your teens, you assume incorrectly. Many skin conditions that aren’t treated with Clearasil or calamine lotion can crop up in adulthood. 

When you visit the office of Dermatology for the Family, you can feel confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced dermatological treatment available. Our goal is to provide a warm and welcoming experience for everyone. We do our very best to ensure that our patients feel at ease. 

Here’s are some skin maladies that can affect you as you grow older. 

Seborrheic keratoses: This benign skin disorder that’s due to excessive growth of the top layer of skin cells can pop up in a variety of places as one outgrowth or as a cluster of outgrowths. Their hues may be dark or include a few colors. Though their surfaces usually feel grainy, they can also be smooth and waxy. You can leave them alone unless they become aggravated or you don’t like their appearances. Seborrheic keratoses can be mistaken for skin cancer or moles. A dermatologist will be able to make that important distinction.

Shingles (herpes zoster): These outbreaks of raised dots that become painful blisters make your skin tingle, itch, burn or become quite painful. Their common locations are your buttocks and trunk, but they can materialize anywhere, including your face. An outbreak of shingles lasts about 14 days, but the pain, tingles and itching might hang around for months, years or forever. Early treatment can help stave off complications.

Skin tags: These small flaps of tissue that appear most often on women and elderly people hang from the skin by a stem. They usually rear up on the back, chest, neck, groin area and under women’s breasts. If you don’t think they’re attractive or if they get irritated, a dermatologist can burn, cut or freeze them off. 

Age or liver spots: These brown and/or gray smudges become common as you get older. They tend to show up on your face, hands and arms—areas that are prone to direct sunlight. A dermatologist can fade them with bleach creams, acid peels and light-based treatments. But you’ll want to see a skin doctor anyway, so he/she can rule out skin cancer. 

Dermatology for the Family treats the aforementioned conditions and many more. Rest assured that our main mission is to relieve your situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. We pride ourselves on our ability to fulfill our mission of providing superior care. For more information about our practice and how we can help you, please call us to schedule an appointment.