Actinic Keratosis/Sun Damage
Also called: Solar Keratosis
Actinic keratoses are precancerous lesions are typically found on the face, scalp and hands. They consist of persistent, scaly, rough, sandpaper like patches. Untreated, these can progress to squamous cell skin cancer. Outstanding treatments are available.
This is a psychologically disturbing condition for many. Numerous forms of hair loss exist, most commonly male pattern balding and female pattern balding. Other causes include alopecia areata, scarring hair loss from folliculitis, lupus, and central centrifugal scarring alopecia as well as shedding from telogen effluvium. Dr. Singer has successfully battled his own male pattern balding.
Disorders of Pigmentation
This is an extremely common problem, especially in people of darker skin color. Darker pigmentation is often seen in conditions such as melasma and acne, whereas lighter skin color may be a result of vitiligo and tinea versicolor.
Contact dermatitis consists of recurrent itchy rashes on various parts of the body from exposure to an allergen/chemical. Poison ivy is the classic example; however, some people are allergic to his/her personal care products or chemicals found at his/her occupation. Patch testing is often necessary to determine the underlying cause. ACDS 80 core panel patch testing is offered at Craig Singer MD Dermatology.