Common Adult Skin Problems: When Do You Need a Dermatologist?

dermatologyAccording to a 2017 study, approximately 85 million Americans suffer from one or more skin conditions. Some of these conditions are not serious, but others need immediate treatment.

Skin disorders have different symptoms and vary in severity. Always keep an eye out for skin diseases, and in case of anything, ensure you visit a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.

Read on to learn more about some of the most common adult skin disorders and why they may require dermatology services.


  • Rosacea
    Rosacea affects nearly 16 million Americans. The inflammatory disease is chronic and may relapse due to specific triggers. The symptoms of Rosacea include red bumps, redness, flushed face, and skin sensitivity.  Severe cases may have enlargement and bumpy texture of the nose, ears, or chin.

    If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to see a board-certified dermatologist. To prevent a relapse, kindly avoid spicy foods, excess sunlight, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Hives
    Hives are a result of an allergic reaction and are very common in adults. The first sign is the appearance of bumps on any part of the body. These itchy welts come in different shapes and sizes and disappear within 24 hours. After old hives disappear, new ones are prone to erupt and cause an intensely itchy rash.
  • Psoriasis
    Psoriasis is a genetic inflammatory disease that leaves your skin with scaly patches. People with this skin disorder generate new skin cells at a relatively fast rate. The cells pile up and thicken on the skin and cause red raised patches and plaques, typically found on the elbows, knees, back, and scalp.

    This problem is not often curable, but can be highly-managed following the right treatment. Your dermatologist can provide you with a suitable medicine to prevent flare-ups of psoriasis.
  • Acne
    Acne is particularly known to affect teenagers during puberty, but the condition may persist in some adults. The pustules and red bumps occur mostly on the face, chest, shoulders, and back. Acne typically results from hormonal changes, which lead to excess oil/sebum in the skin.

    Acne may disappear or improve by the ages of 20-30. However, if the blisters don’t resolve naturally, it would be advisable to schedule an appointment with your local dermatologist. They will check to see if there are other underlying problems and may prescribe oral medicine and/or ointments to help treat your condition.

Find the Right Dermatologist Today

There are more than 3,000 skin issues that affect kids, teens, and adults. 

These skin conditions can be temporary or permanent, painful or asymptomatic, mild or life-threatening, and only a board-certified dermatologist should help you diagnose and treat them.

Untreated cases of the condition may lead to bouts that can last 6-8 weeks. The best way to treat them is with reliable dermatology services. Your skincare doctor will screen for any disorders and provide you with skin protection tips. 

If you are seeking dermatology services, contact Mahoney Dermatology to find board-certified dermatologists, and learn more about ways we can assist you in your skincare needs.