Common Skin Issues

Spider Naevus – A spider angioma is a type of telangiectasia (swollen blood vessels) found slightly beneath the skin surface, often containing a central red spot and reddish extensions which radiate outwards like a spider’s web. Spider nevi (plural) can be caused by injuries, sun exposure, hormonal changes, or liver disease, excessive alcohol consumption, but often the cause is unknown. For most people, the nevi are not a medical concern. In some cases, they cause discomfort. The vessel clusters can be treated or removed in a number of ways, which include the use of compression stockings, chemical injections, and laser treatments.


Red moles, or cherry angiomas, are common skin growths that can develop on most areas of your body. They’re also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots.  They’re usually found on people aged 30  and older. The collection of small blood vessels inside a cherry angioma give them a reddish appearance. The good news is This type of skin growth is typically not a cause for concern unless it bleeds often or changes in size, shape, or color. Talk to your doctor if you notice any bleeding or changes in appearance. These could be symptoms of skin cancer.

The exact cause of red moles is unknown, but there may be a genetic factor that makes certain people more likely to get them. They’ve also been linked to pregnancy, exposure to chemicals, certain medical conditions, and climate.  There also appears to be a link between cherry angiomas and age and usually appear in people over 30. You probably won’t need to have a cherry angioma treated, but you do have options if you want it removed for cosmetic reasons.


Sebaceous Hyperplasia – one of the most common and most annoying!  Sebaceous glands are attached to hair follicles all over your body. They release sebum onto your skin’s surface. Sebum is a mixture of fats and cell debris that creates a slightly greasy layer on your skin. It helps keep your skin flexible and hydrated.  Sebaceous hyperplasia occurs when the sebaceous glands become enlarg  ed with trapped sebum. This creates shiny bumps on the skin, especially the face. The bumps are harmless, but some people like to treat them for cosmetic reasons.   Sebaceous hyperplasia is most common in middle-aged or older people. People with fair skin — especially people who’ve had a lot sun exposure — are more likely to get it.  Aside from a dermatologist, there are ways to treat these, Retinol is a good start. When applied to the skin, this form of vitamin A can help reduce or prevent your sebaceous glands from clogging. You can get low-concentration retinol over the counter, but it’s most effective as a prescription medication called isotretinoin (Myorisan, Claravis, Absorica) for treating severe or extensive cases.


Broken/dilated capillary veins are those thin, spidery, ribbon-like lines that populate on the lower half of your face, such as around your nose, cheeks, and mouth. While covering them up so that your complexion looks truly even is a temporary solution, enlarged capillaries are so stubborn that even using makeup on them can be tough.  “Dialated capillaries on the face and around the nose can be caused by a variety of conditions.  Most commonly, the cause is sun damage,” Over time the sun’s rays thin out the dermis of the skin causes a decrease in collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. “As this occurs, blood vessels become slightly more obvious and emerge close to the junction between the epidermis and the dermis.” As this occurs, blood vessels become slightly more obvious and emerge close to the junction between the epidermis and the dermis. These slightly enlarged spider veins are usually small dysfunctional capillaries.


Seborrheic keratosis (seb-o-REE-ik care-uh-TOE-sis) is a common skin growth. It may seem worrisome because it can look like a wart, pre-cancerous skin growth (actinic keratosis), or skin cancer. Despite their appearance, seborrheic keratoses are harmless.  Most people get these growths when they are middle aged or older. Because they begin at a later age and can have a wart-like appearance, seborrheic keratoses are often called the “barnacles of aging.”  Seborrheic keratoses seem to run in families. Some people seem to inherit a tendency to get many of these growths.  The  sun may play a role in causing seborrheic keratoses. Studies suggest that these growths develop on skin that’s gotten lots of sun. Because these growths also develop on skin that’s always covered, more research is needed.  Seborrheic keratoses are not contagious. These growths may seem to multiply and spread to other parts of the body. What’s really happening is that people get more of these growths as they age.



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