At SKINDEPTH, we take skin cancer extremely seriously. Should you feel you might be at any risk, we prioritise you for same, or next day appointments with Dr Alice Rudd.
As you would expect with Australia having the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, dermatologists like Dr Alice Rudd and her team play a massive role in the medical world with regard to the early detection, treatment and surveillance of skin cancers.
Types of cancer
Skin cancers come in three main varieties: Basal Cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and malignant melanoma. Malignant melanoma results from intense sun exposure and more recently have been linked to 10 or more visits to the sun bed. Melanomas if not detected early can invade the blood stream, and appear in other areas of the body (metastases). Not all melanomas arise in sun-damaged areas.
Dermatologists now know that acne is a chronic disease, and at SKINDEPTH we believe in producing a life plan to both control, and keep pimples away.
Acne (pimples) is a chronic condition, that affects teenagers, and adults. It is the result of increased hormonal activity (androgens) that results in increased production of oil (sebum) in the skin. This oiliness clogs the pores (sebaceous glands) which allows bacteria to grow. Inflammation (redness, lumps and cysts) and pus develops.
Treatment of acne generally involves reducing the oil in the skin, clearing out the pores and controlling any inflammation. Treatment usually starts topically with a range of skin products or prescription grade retinol and antibiotics. Oral agents may also be required. These can be oral antibiotics, oral hormonal treatments, or oral isotretinoin.
While acne treatment predominantly has a medical influence, Dr Rudd believes that acne should also be treated from the inside. This holistic approach involves evening out the hormones, modifying your diet and reducing levels of inflammation inside your body.
Chemical Peels in Acne
Chemical peels are a widely used treatment to help manage acne. They are often
added into therapies like retinoids and antibiotics. Countless studies have supported the efficacy for acne peels in diminishing breakouts and improving skin texture and tone. A series of acne peels can show improvement over a short period of time. The most commonly used chemical peels in treating acne are salicylic acid, resorcinol, lactic acid and pyruvic acid. Talk to our team about tailoring the best treatment for your acne.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin manifesting as pimples and pustules or red bumps, skin irritation and sensitivity and facial redness and flushing. In the late stages, enlarging of the nose may occur.
Rosacea can be controlled by an overall approach, with a combination of medicines, skin care and, if required, laser treatment. Rosacea skin is often very sensitive and will not tolerate many things, so it’s important to have a consultation with Dr Alice Rudd to work out the best treatment plan for you.
Psoriasis is an inflammation of the skin that is hereditary. It has various forms, but mostly appears as red scaly or flakey skin particularly on the elbows, knees and scalp. It can also affect the palms and soles of the feet and hands or developed pustules.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis, but it can be effectively managed with the right medicines, phototherapy and the latest injectable treatments called biologics.
At SKINDEPTH, we understand how physically and psychologically debilitating psoriasis can be. This is why Dr Rudd and her team are so passionate about doing everything possible to help sufferers lead a better quality of life.
Firstly, what are biologic agents? They are medicines that have only recently appeared on the market for the treatment of severe chronic plaque psoriasis.
Biologics have been literally life changing for many patients who suffer from psoriasis. Such are the dramatic results that people who have been covered in scaly skin for years, can now experience the joy of clear skin.
TNF (tumour necrosis factor inhibitors) Humira, Enbrel and Remicade, and IL-17 inhibitors (Stelara and Cosentyx) are the most commonly prescribed.
These are expensive medicines, but if you do qualify (by meeting a number of criteria), government funding can be prescribed through a dermatologist. Dr Alice Rudd can assess whether you are eligible for these agents.
Sweating (hyperhidrosis) - excessive perspiration
As dermatologists, we often hear about problems associated with excessive perspiration such as soaking business shirts in meetings, pens slipping out of hands during exams, and drenched hair.
Thankfully for underarm sweaters, botulin toxin is now available on PBS and allows sufferers to go sweat free throughout life’s daily activities. Botulin toxin may also be used to treat sweating of the scalp, face, hands and feet.
At SKINDEPTH we also have access to a number of other treatment options for sweating.
To ensure any treatment is safe for you, it is important to first make an appointment with us for a medical assessment prior to any treatment.
Skin nutrition plan
Food is medicine
Food is a fundamental base to healthy skin. There is much scientific research now linking certain nutrition and supplements with effects on skin. For example, it has now been well established scientifically that high glycemic index foods and dairy products contribute to acne. Alternatively, plant base foods with high levels of antioxidants such as polyphenols and flavones may have positive effects on skin. Essential fatty acid consumption helps provide moisture to dry skin and some foods may even have anti ageing benefits. As part of our holistic approach to healthy skin at SKINDEPTH, we join with our nutrition team to help you nourish your skin from within with a full skin nutrition plan.