Our clinic offers treatment for all significant men’s dermatology issues. As the video suggests, adopting effective routines for your skin is also part of good health care.
The days when the only cosmetic men used was a bar of soap are largely behind us. Apart from looking good, men are rightly more interested in keeping their skin healthy, recognising that prevention and awareness are key factors.
This starts with understanding your skin type, choosing the right products and being watchful. A tendency to fail to seek prompt medical care is a bit of a male cliche but men are now becoming more aware of the value in doing so.
Other aspects of life can show on your skin, lack of exercise, or sleep, poor diet, an overdose of stress. We can all help ourselves, although few of us will go through life without needing to deal with a skin condition.
From skin cancers, to fungal infections, most conditions respond better to early treatment. Checking your skin regularly matters, as does seeking professional care, from a dermatologist experienced in men’s conditions.
The Male Reality
Many skin issues can appear on men, or women but there are differences in predominance and cause. Male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is a clear example and one that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Apart from being treatable in a fair number of cases, this may reflect underlying causes, such as obesity, diabetes, or prostate cancer. Our skin is part of our body and can indicate a wider need for medical care.
Other conditions are more common in men, such as athletes foot, or similar fungal issues. They may be able to be treated with over the counter medication but if long standing, a stronger, prescribed medication is likely to be needed.
Men sweat more than women, which can bring a need for treatment in itself, or combine with the reality that men are built differently. The genital region in men is vital, yet an area which can attract a number of medical problems.
Groin Rashes & Infections
Friction and heat, or sweat can in themselves cause unpleasant rashes, often known as intertrigo. Combined with the warm, humid environment the groin offers, this can enhance the likelihood of further bacterial, or fungal infection.
Jock itch is a widely used term for a fungal infection, called tinea cruris. A condition which needs treatment and one which can be confused with, or combined with other diseases, from erythrasma, to dermatitis.
Other sweat, or heat rashes can bring infection and commonly develop in the groin, along with affecting the varied, delicate skin on the penis.
Men may be concerned that penile skin issues could be sexually transmitted, however the reality is they rarely are. Recognition of sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes and Bowenoid papulosis is still important, both for you and your partners sexual health.
Skin rashes on the genitalia are best diagnosed and treated by a dermatologist, with an interest in male genital skin disease. Their knowledge can allay anxiety, give a confirmed diagnosis, relieve and treat the skin problem.
Spots around the glans penis (head of the penis) are a common issue, even though they are not often spots as such. Two fairly similar conditions knows as pearly penile papules and Fordyce spots originate in the sebaceous glands.
Balanitis is a term often used for swelling and redness at the head of the penis, although this is an umbrella term. The origin of the problem can be eczema, psoriasis, bacterial infection, a range of viruses, or other possibilities.
Other Genital Issues
Tightness in the foreskin can be a notable concern and is treatable, as are infections which may be part of the cause, or separate. Inflammation, or dryness in this area is far from rare and again, deserves careful treatment.
Scrotal eczema is quite common and without specialist input, can be mistaken for fungal infection. The itching and level of redness may however become quite severe, leading to heavy scratching, scaling and leather like lichenification of the scrotal skin.
Other conditions can affect the genital area, from angiokeratomas, to viral warts, to molluscum contagiosum. These and others mentioned tend to be progressive in an inflammatory sense and could lead to disfigurement, sexual disfunction, or penile cancer in rare cases.
As with any medical condition, identifying the precise cause, nature and best treatment for a specific problem is the key to seeing this gone.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Visitors to our London clinic are seen by an experienced consultant dermatologist. Common conditions can appear across both sexes, such as dermatitis, vitiligo, infections, warts, although in depth knowledge of skin issues for men will still help.
This applies to serious conditions, such as skin cancer in men and to issues which are less dangerous but personally invasive. Understanding causes, stresses and lifestyles is part of sound diagnosis.
From a medical viewpoint, every diagnostic aid is available at our clinic, including confocal microscopy, digital dermoscopy and in house, or laboratory testing. A consultant’s experience counts for much, yet so does supporting them.
State of the art treatment is provided, from laser use, to light therapy, along with more traditional approaches, such as cryosurgery and access to a complete range of medication, with great care taken on use.
Personal screening programs can be part of treatment, to keep our patients in good health. Dermatology for men is about eliminating current conditions, although they are best kept at bay by considering the future.