Reasons to See a Dermatology Provider

Why Visiting a Dermatology Expert is Essential for Healthy Skin

Our providers treat over 3,000 conditions that affect your skin, hair and nails, including skin cancer. They also can detect early signs of undiagnosed internal health issues such as diabetes and thyroid disease and refer patients to specialists for follow-up care. Seeing a dermatology provider for a Total Body Skin Exam is one of the most effective actions you can take to maintain optimal wellness.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Care Needs

Personalized skincare regimen

Eliminate the guesswork in finding the optimal, streamlined skincare routine. Your provider can advise you on your skin type and the ingredients that work best with your skin, and which ones to avoid. We offer science-backed, physician-strength products that truly work.

Skin cancer prevention and detection

During an annual Total Body Skin Exam, we look for signs of skin cancer and other health conditions. We check for suspicious moles, spots or growths you may not be aware of and identify areas needing medical attention. Skin cancer prevention tips, including sun safety, can also be discussed.

New or changing mole

Moles that have changed or are exhibiting the ABCDEs of melanoma, and new moles or growths warrant a visit with a Pinnacle provider. Some moles develop into skin cancer, so an expert look at a suspicious area could save your life.

Lingering sores

If a sore doesn’t heal within a few weeks, keeps coming back, or causes pain, see your dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. What you assume to be a pimple may be a wart, ingrown hair, infection, cyst or even skin cancer.

Brown patches

Darker patches, especially on your face, may be from melasma, a condition caused by hormones or hereditary factors. They may become darker with sun exposure and be challenging to self-treat. We can provide prescription medications, chemical peels or microneedling to help rebalance your skin tone.

White patches

Vitiligo causes irregular white patches on the skin due to a loss of brown pigmentation. Treatments include corticosteroid creams, ultraviolet light and laser therapies.

Red, inflamed skin

You may have eczema if you have persistently red, itchy, swollen, dry or scaly skin. Facial redness with burning and pimple-like bumps may indicate rosacea. Both conditions can be complex and challenging; however, our providers have the experience, skill, and tools to help you find relief.


Rashes have many causes, including eczema, infections, fungus and allergic reactions. An over-the-counter remedy may provide relief, but there may be an underlying issue that won’t go away without your provider’s help. If a rash doesn’t resolve on its own, we will determine a proper diagnosis and treatment. If you develop a rash with redness, burning, itching, increasing warmth, swelling, or pus, or a rash that covers more than 10% of your body, contact your dermatologist immediately, especially if you also have a fever or joint or muscle pain.

Dry skin

If you experience excessive dryness or red, elevated patches of dry or flaky skin, see a dermatology provider, as psoriasis, thyroid issues and medications sometimes cause these symptoms.

Severe acne and scars

Seek treatment for persistent blemishes that are deep, red and painful, as this type of acne can cause scarring. Instead of struggling with over-the-counter therapies, a Pinnacle expert will quickly get to the root of the issue to bring relief. Remedies include cream medications and antibiotics, and microneedling, chemical peels and lasers to treat acne scars.


Occasionally, a wart may be another type of growth. While you can often self-treat a wart successfully, some warts can be stubborn and require a dermatologist to provide a stronger treatment or remove them.

Early detection of other conditions

Because your skin, hair and nails yield important clues about your overall health, our providers often detect undiagnosed internal health issues in their early stages, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and thyroid and inflammatory bowel disease.

Itchy scalp

Itching, flaking, scabbing, redness or pain may be due to dandruff, dehydration, psoriasis, fungal infection or other condition. Attempting to self-treat the issue can make matters worse. It’s essential to differentiate dandruff from other conditions to get the effective treatment you need.

Excessive hair shedding and hair loss

You naturally shed up to 100 hairs daily. Excessive shedding, thinning hair and bald patches are caused by stress, undiagnosed autoimmune and thyroid issues, hormone imbalances and other conditions. We can determine the cause of your hair loss and recommend treatments to restore growth or make the hair loss less noticeable.

Red, irritated eyes

Certain conditions affect the mucous membranes of the eyes, including pink eye (conjunctivitis), eczema and rosacea. Your dermatologist will confirm if the problem is related to the skin and provide treatment.

Excessive sweating

You may have hyperhidrosis if your sweating is excessive, disruptive and embarrassing. Pinnacle Dermatology offers many treatments to help patients regain their confidence, including prescription medications and antiperspirants, BOTOX® injections and miraDry®. Services vary by location.

Nail changes

We treat nail problems, including dark streaks that don’t grow out (which may be a sign of melanoma), nails separating from the nail beds, and inflamed, bleeding, discolored, pitting or brittle nails. Our dermatologists will assess if your issues stem from a fungal or bacterial infection, nutritional disorder, psoriasis, thyroid condition, or other cause.

Varicose and spider veins

Raised, bulging varicose veins and smaller spider veins can sometimes cause aching pain and signal a circulatory problem. Our providers will identify the best treatment, including laser services, to reduce or eliminate the veins. Services vary by location.

Unwanted tattoo

Laser technology can remove tattoos of all colors and densities safely and effectively. Services vary by location.

Signs of aging

Wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin can make you look older. We offer medical-grade skincare products and therapies to reduce wrinkles, tighten the skin and give you a younger appearance. Cosmetic dermatology options include BOTOX®, dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, light therapy and more to help you look and feel your best. Services vary by location.

Your skin is a reflection of your overall health, and a dermatologist is your partner in ensuring its well-being.

Schedule your appointment today

Whatever your need, our experienced providers at Pinnacle Dermatology are here to help. Our board-certified dermatologists and advanced practice experts are trained to screen, diagnose and treat all disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

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