Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Not only does it play a very important role in protecting your body, it also determines your appearance. 

Taking proper care of your skin can keep it radiant for years to come and help defend against skin cancer and other conditions.

Q: What are some common skin conditions that are treatable?

A: We treat all diseases of the skin hair and nails. The most common conditions include: skin cancer, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, alopecia and vitiligo.

Q: I was recently diagnosed with skin cancer. What do I need to know about treatment?

A: Mohs surgery is today’s most advanced treatment for skin cancer.

Q: My eczema is flaring up with the cold weather. What can I do?

A: Eczema makes your skin dry and scaly. Moisturizing is one of the best ways to minimize symptoms no matter the time of year, but it can be particularly helpful during the cold winter months. Here are a few more tips:

• Avoid hot showers and baths

• Wear layers to protect your skin

• Use a humidifier in your home

• Catch some sun rays for Vitamin D, but be careful not to get too much exposure

Q: My psoriasis is stressing me out. What can I do?

A: People with psoriasis report that this disease impacts their daily lives, shapes their feelings about themselves, and affects how they believe others perceive them. Psoriasis can have a profound psychological impact on sufferers. Get proper treatment – it can be the best cure for both your stress and psoriasis. If you have good control of your condition and can resolve the symptoms, you’re removing the core source of your stress.

Q: What are these red spots on my skin?

A: They may be angiomas – benign growths made up of small blood vessels. They can appear anywhere on the body. However, since most angiomas are harmless, most people have them treated for cosmetic reasons.

Angiomas can be removed by:

• Electrodessication: Uses an electric needle to destroy the blood vessels in the growth

• Laser treatment: Uses a beam of intense, focused light to remove the growth

If you have more questions about skin conditions, call your dermatologist.

Dr. Oswald Lightsey Mikell, certified by the American Board of Dermatology and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, is the owner of Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry.