One Health Medical Care
Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Reston, VA
Considering that your skin is your largest organ, it follows that your skin needs a fair amount of upkeep, and Dr. Mingliarti Tjahjana at One Health Medical Care in Reston, Virginia, understands which dermatological issues to watch out for. From acne and rosacea to skin infections and eczema, Dr. Tjahjana can diagnose and provide treatment for a wide variety of skin problems. If you would like to have something checked out, call One Health Medical Care, or schedule your appointment with Dr. Tjahjana online.
Dermatology Q & A
What makes up the skin?
If you think of your skin as your first line of defense, you will understand the importance of maintaining good skin health. The skin is your largest organ and is made up of three layers:
- Epidermis, or outer layer
- Dermis, which contains connective tissue, sweat glands, and hair follicles
- Hypodermis, the deepest layer, which contains fat and connective tissue
What are the most common dermatological problems?
There are a number of common dermatology issues that Dr. Tjahjana has the experience and knowledge to treat, which include, but are not limited to:
Acne is a common issue that can occur at any age. From minor breakouts of scattered acne to large cyst-like breakouts (cystic acne), acne can be a tough problem. No matter what type of acne you have, Dr. Tjahjana prescribes medications, such as topical creams or oral antibiotics, that go a long way toward clearing up your skin.
More than 30 million Americans suffer from some degree of eczema, making it a fairly common condition. Eczema, an itchy inflammation of your skin, typically develops in childhood, but it can also occur in adults. Although there is no cure for the skin condition, Dr. Tjahjana does a lot to diminish the symptoms and prevent them from returning.
Rosacea may sometimes look similar to acne, but it's a vascular problem. Rosacea can usually be treated with topical and oral medications.
Fungal infections in the skin can take many different forms, including:
- Athlete’s foot
- Jock itch
- Yeast infections
Because fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, each of these infections can be brought on or exacerbated by such environments. The infections typically present themselves with red, scaly, and itchy patches on your skin’s surface.
Infections in your skin are usually traced back to one of three things:
- A fungus
- A virus
Under each of these is a host of conditions that range from staph infections to chicken pox. Dr. Tjahjana understands the types of infections that can affect your skin, which allows her to quickly diagnose and treat them.
What is the best way to protect your skin from damage?
The single best way to protect your skin is to protect yourself against sun exposure. The sun is largely responsible for most skin cancers and premature wrinkling.
Beyond limiting sun exposure, there are a few more effective ways to protect the health of your skin, such as:
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Eat properly
- Maintain a healthy weight