Your skin is special. Different parts of your body have skin cells designed to perform unique tasks, which leaves room for each part of you to develop unique problems.
There are still three main types of skin cells, but in each area of your body, they may behave in specific and individual ways. A good example of how different skin can be is comparing the skin on the soles of your feet with skin on other parts of your body.
Sole skin is thick and durable because you walk on it, so now compare it to the skin on hands which is often softer. The difference is even more evident when you compare it to the skin on your eyelids, which is thin, flexible and delicate.
Skin cells go through their life cycle, ultimately being shed and discarded.
Skin changes depending on where it is and what its job is:
- The scalp – to protect the head, grow hair
- Around your fingernails and toenails – have nails growing from birth to death
- Lips – high-traffic area for eating, drinking, talking and kissing
- Eyelids – thin, lightweight and flexible to facilitate expression with the eyes
- Genitals and anal area – quick healing, very specialised functions
- Soles and palms – thicker for protection
- Knees and elbows and the knuckles – extra skin to allow movement
Due to your skin’s specialist tasks, each part of you can develop unique problems. Examples of how things may go wrong could be skin becoming oily, dry, the development of dandruff, signs of ageing like wrinkles, pimple outbreaks, or skin disorders such as psoriasis, rosacea, or eczema.
Often, skin conditions are easy to manage at home, but there comes a time when you will need to bite the bullet and see a dermatologist to solve severe or persistent skin, hair or nail problems.
Usually seeing a dermatologist will mean getting a referral from a GP, but not always, for example, Medicare usually doesn’t cover cosmetic dermatology, which does not require a referral.
There are a few reasons why you might be prompted to come and visit us at ENRICH Clinic in Armadale. We are a dermatology clinic that specialises in cosmetic dermatology.
We have a variety of expert doctors and dermatologists, including a dermatologist who specialises in immune-related skin problems, to a liposuction expert, to anti-ageing specialists.
When to see a dermatologist
#1. Anti-ageing and beautifying skin
We are skin experts, and that means we know all the tricks of the trade for keeping skin looking beautiful at all ages. Anti-ageing, despite the label, isn’t about looking young forever; it’s about looking great – and still, like yourself – at every stage of your life.
Looking good means different things to different people, so we work with you on your skin goals, no matter what they are.
Each of us ages at a different rate, and certain signs will start to appear in you at different times to your same-age friends or colleagues. The same sorts of age-related things happen to us all – loss of volume, wrinkles, fine lines, creases, sagging, jowls, double chins – but when that appears and how severe it is will vary.
We have anti-ageing and skin-beautifying needs based on our age and skin type. A 25-year-old may be looking for preventative measures (anti-wrinkle injections) and ‘mods’ (lip filler, nose filler), while a 65-year-old may be looking to reduce the appearance of permanent bags under the eyes or jowls.
If you’re concerned about the look of your skin, even though there’s nothing ‘wrong’, come in for a consultation and we’ll see how we can help you.
#2. Acne that won’t go away
Persistent acne is a drag on your emotional, physical and financial resources. If you’ve had enough of acne ruling your life, come and see us. We have a handful of really great best-of-kind acne treatments that you won’t find in the chemist.
We use state-of-the-art technology to tip your skin over the edge into health and happiness once and for all.
#3. Pigmentation spots, freckles, moles, birthmarks, scars, stretch marks (that you hate)
Sometimes our beauty spots don’t make us feel very beautiful. If you live with a mark on your body that you hate, visit us to see if we can get rid of it or reduce its appearance.
We have a range of effective methods for removing all kinds of marks from the skin, and there is no job too big or too small. If you hate it, let’s fix it.
#4. Any spot that is crusty, bleeding or weeping – cancer checks
Don’t risk advanced skin cancer by avoiding getting checks. If you have a mole or spot on your skin that is changing, bleeding, scabbing, appearing and disappearing, or seems suspicious, come in for a thorough check.
We can do tests and put your mind at ease, or find the best treatment for you.
#5. Itching, dry skin, rashes, hives
Some of us live our entire lives with annoying skin conditions that may come and go, and ‘aren’t that bad’. We may manage ourselves at home, but why keep on like this? See a dermatologist and see what the latest treatments are for your skin and get some up-to-date advice.
Good news medical stories occur in our clinic all the time when we use modern technology and the very latest treatments for many skin problems. There may be a simple solution that you can’t find anywhere else.
Want more beautiful skin?
We can help.
We change lives for the better