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Medical Dermatology

Dermatology Associates treats numerous conditions from head to toe.  Here are some of the most common conditions we see:


  • Acne is the medical term for blocked pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper cysts or nodules that can appear on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders.  Acne is a chronic, but very treatable, condition.  Acne affects over 85% of Americans during their lifetime, making it the most common skin disease in the country.  Each acne patient is unique, and we will work closely with you to develop a successful, tailored treatment plan.  We use a combination of different treatments, including prescription medications and a personalized home skin care regimen.

Acne Treatments at Dermatology Associates:

  • Prescription Medications

  • Prescription medications often are essential to your acne regimen, but knowing how to use them and in what combination is critical.

  • Prescription treatment of acne includes topical retinoids together with topical and/or systemic antibiotics, as well as anti-inflammatory agents, and possibly hormonal treatments.  For persistent or more severe acne, oral isotretinoin (Accutane) may be best treatment available.  Isotretinoin requires a course of at least 4-6 months; however, approximately 30% of patients may achieve permanent cure after one course of isotretinoin. 

  • Let us develop a customized treatment plan for you.  Most medications are covered by prescription health plans.

Chemical Peels

  • Chemical peels are a great way to exfoliate, deep clean and unclog pores. Salicylic acid is a common peeling agent that can be very effective for acne, improving redness and inflammation and, at the same time, restoring your glow.

Acne scarring

  • At Dermatology Associates, we try to prevent scarring by treating your acne as early as possible. Treatment for acne scarring usually requires a variety of treatment modalities, including chemical peels to improve dark and/or red spots and, for deeper scarring, microneedling, radiofrequency treatments, and laser resurfacing.  Dermal fillers also can help soften specific areas.

At Dermatology Associates, we are able to offer you a state-of-the-art combination approach to treating acne and acne scarring. 

Hair Loss

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body.  It can be the result of heredity, certain medications, or an underlying medical condition.  Hair loss may affect people of any age, sex, or race.

The most common form is androgenetic or hereditary baldness, which leads to progressive hair thinning.  Telogen effluvium is another common type of hair loss, characterized by sudden diffuse shedding of hair on the scalp, often occurring two to four months following a traumatic incident such as childbirth, hospitalization, emotional stress, or starting or stopping a medication.  Alopecia areata is an autoimmune form of hair loss where white blood cells attack the hair bulb, resulting in smooth bald patches on the scalp.

No matter the cause of alopecia, there are treatment options available.

We are pleased to offer PRP Hair Restoration Therapy for the treatment of Androgenic Alopecia. 

Moles (Nevi)

  • Moles and other birthmarks are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin that range in color from tan, brown and black (moles) to red, pink or purple (vascular lesions such as cherry angiomas).  An early childhood mole may be flat and dark colored.  As the individual matures, the mole sometimes loses color and becomes lighter brown.  In elderly patients, a mole may become more raised up and skin-colored.  Dermatologists recommend that every adult get an annual total body skin check to screen for abnormal moles and melanoma.  If a suspicious mole is found, a sample is taken and reviewed in the lab. It is quick, easy, and could save your life.

  • Moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by a professional immediately:

  • A mole that is new, rapidly growing, or changing in any way

  • A mole that itches or bleeds

  • Asymmetry (one side of the mole doesn’t look like the other)

  • Irregular borders (the borders of the mole are jagged or notched)

  • Different colors within the mole (pink, blue, gray, different shades of brown, black)

  • A mole that is larger than the diameter of a pencil eraser

  • If you have a spot that looks suspect, call us at 419-872-0777 to schedule your appointment today.

Nail Diseases

There are many different types of nail conditions, including infections (example: nail fungus), medication reactions, nail trauma, and hereditary changes, to name a few.  Nail changes also may be associated with other skin diseases such as psoriasis, lichen planus, etc.  Benign and malignant tumors also can occur in the nail. Cultures and occasionally biopsies may be needed to ascertain the exact nature of the nail disease.


A rash is a change in the skin’s color or texture. Simple rashes are called dermatitis, which means that the skin is inflamed or swollen. The terms dermatitis and eczema are often used interchangeably.  Dermatitis can be acute, chronic, or both.

  • Atopic dermatitis is particularly common in children and is often inherited, as there is nearly always a family history of rashes, allergies, and/or asthma.

  • Irritant dermatitis is provoked by handling water, detergents, solvents, or chemicals, and by friction. Irritants cause more trouble in those who have a tendency for sensitive skin.

  • Allergic contact dermatitis is due to skin contact with allergic substances: common allergens are nickel, fragrances, rubber, hair dye, or preservatives. A dermatologist may identify the responsible agent by patch testing.

  • Dry skin: dry, irritated skin may cause asteatotic dermatitis, also called eczema craquele.

  • Nummular dermatitis consists of scattered coin-shaped irritable patches on the skin.

  • Seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff are due to irritation produced by yeasts that live on the skin, especially the scalp and central face.

  • Stasis dermatitis arises on the lower legs of adults, due to swelling, water retention, and changes in circulation.


  • Rosacea is a complex inflammatory condition characterized by a hereditary tendency for flushing and blushing on the skin of the central face.  In its earliest stages, redness and small broken blood vessels are the only sign. Occasionally, it can present with small acne-like bumps on the nose and/or cheeks and can sometimes involve the eyes.  Like acne, rosacea is chronic and can be frustrating, but we are here to help.  Using a combination approach of prescription medications, special skin care products and sunscreens, gentle chemical peels, and optional laser treatments, we can work with you to attain great results.

Rosacea Treatments at Dermatology Associates:

  • Prescription Medications

  • Prescription medications may be important in your rosacea regimen, but knowing how to use them and in what combination is critical.  Frequently used prescription medications include low dose oral anti-inflammatories (such as Oracea or doxycycline) or topical treatments such as Soolantra, Metrogel, Finacea, and/or sulfacetamide.

  • Most medications are covered by prescription health plans.

  • Non-Prescription Skincare Products and Sunscreens

  • Although rosacea is a medical condition, it has cosmetic consequences, and there are several very effective products on the market that do not require a prescription. A good daily skin care routine is critical for rosacea patients. This should include a gentle cleanser, moisturizer to restore and maintain the skin barrier, anti-redness products, and sunscreen. Some of our favorite non-prescription products for rosacea are Avene Antirougeurs Relief Concentrate & Cleanser, and EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 sunscreen.

  • Vascular Laser Treatments. The Excel V laser is the newest, most advanced laser for treating vascular skin conditions, such as rosacea and telangiectasis (broken capillaries.)  It combines two different wave lengths to make it the most  effective, versatile and powerful vascular laser available. Most conditions require only one to two treatment sessions. For most patients results are seen within just a few days. Although highly effective in resolving many of the symptoms of rosacea, laser treatments are not covered by insurance.

Here is a continued list of the common issues we see:
  • Sun Spots

  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis

  • Atopic Dermatitis

  • Athlete's Foot

  • Birthmarks

  • Corns/Calluses

  • Cysts

  • Dermatitis

  • Eczema

  • Fever Blisters

  • Folliculitis

  • Grover's Disease

  • Head Lice

  • Pemphigoid

  • Hemangiomas

  • Herpes

  • Jock Itch

  • Keloids

  • Keratosis Pilaris

  • Lichen Planus

  • Melasma

  • Milia

  • Heat Rash

  • Molluscum Contagiosum

  • MRSA

  • Nail Fungus

  • Patch Testing

  • Pediatric Dermatology

  • Pemphigus

  • Perioral Dermatitis

  • Phototherapy

  • Prurigo nodularis

  • Psoriasis

  • Ringworm

  • Scabies

  • Scars

  • Shingles

  • Seborrheic Dermatitis

  • Skin Tags

  • Spider Angiomas

  • Stasis Dermatitis

  • Vasculitis

  • Genital Warts

  • Vitiligo

  • Warts

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