Common Skin Conditions

The skin is the human body’s largest organ and our immune system’s first line of defense. It is essential to keep it in optimal shape and have it routinely checked by a dermatologist for skin conditions that can be hard to identify. There are hundreds of skin diseases which can vary in appearance and many evolve over time—making them even harder to diagnose and treat. Some people are at higher risks of developing common skin conditions than others. At your appointment, your doctor can share more insight into your specific risks and teach you about what types of changes to watch for in your skin.

Common Skin Conditions

What to Expect at Your Appointment

When you visit our office for a skin check, you can discuss with your dermatologist any concerns you have about your skin.

If you already have a rash, bump or other skin concern, your doctor will cover the following at your appointment:

  • History: Your doctor will want to know more about the timing of the onset of your skin condition and the location where it began. It is always helpful if you can share information about your family’s history with common skin conditions, your allergies, your occupation and lifestyle and whether you have had previous treatment.
  • Exam: Next, you will be given a gown and your dermatologist will examine all of your skin—both normal and abnormal. This will help determine if there are any other underlying skin conditions and identify any potential skin cancers.
  • Testing: Depending on your skin condition, we may consider diagnostic testing measures including biopsies, skin scrapings and laboratory testing. A patch test can also be performed to rule out allergic reactions.
  • Plan: A therapy plan will be developed based on your unique lifestyle, goals and skin type. Many factors are considered when developing a treatment plan, including the physical location of the skin condition on your body, your skin type and occupation. Our goal is for your treatment to not limit your daily activities while also being effective.

Types of Common Skin Conditions