Topical therapies are often used in clinical dermatology and medical dermatology as psoriasis treatments, eczema treatments, rosacea treatments, and scar management. Your dermatologist will recommend a topical treatment based upon your conditions, symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health. Here is a look at a few of the most common topical therapies that dermatologists recommend.
Antibiotics, Antivirals, Antifungals, and Antibacterials
Dermatologists recommend antibiotics to inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungus, viruses, and parasites. Bacteria can contribute to acne outbreaks, so cosmetic and clinical dermatologists will prescribe topical antibiotics to inhibit bacterial growth. Antifungals are prescribed to counterattack yeast and fungal infections on the skin. Antivirals are typically used for herpes outbreaks or warts, as they destroy viruses, boost the immune system, and destroy unhealthy cells. Antiparasitics are used to treat lice, scabies, and larva on the skin and hair.
Steroids and Retinoids
A clinical dermatologist or medical dermatologist may recommend the use of steroids or retinoids to treat inflammatory skin conditions. Topical steroids are generally used in eczema treatments, psoriasis treatments, and other itchy skin conditions. Retinoids contain a topical application of vitamin A. Your dermatologist will prescribe retinoids if you suffer from acne, skin discoloration, and sun damage. Retinoids are also an effective skin cancer treatment, psoriasis treatment, alopecia treatment, dermatitis treatment, scar management, and stretch mark treatment.
Chemotherapeutics, Calcineurin Inhibitors, and Vitamins
Chemotherapeutics are used as a skin cancer treatment. Chemotherapeutics are topical applications of chemotherapy drugs, and are an alternative to internal cancer treatments. Your medical dermatologist will determine which combination of chemotherapeutics will be most effective for your form of skin cancer. Calcineurin inhibitors are used to treat dermatitis without negative side effects such as thinning skin and stretch marks. Topical vitamin D treatments can regulate normal skin cell growth, maintain calcium levels, and provide immunosuppressant benefits. These treatments are used for inflammatory conditions like psoriasis.
To talk to a medical dermatologist or clinical dermatologist about your options for topical treatments for skin conditions, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our dermatologists will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your needs. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (866) 400-3376.