Treatment of Skin Conditions

Medical dermatology is the treatment of skin conditions, such as acne scars, psoriasis, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, skin cancer, keloids, and cysts. The many different skin conditions people suffer all have their own causes and symptoms. Treatments vary widely depending on the condition. A medical dermatologist will be able to accurately diagnose your condition and help form the best treatment plan for your unique situation. Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center has many available solutions that include laser therapy, surgical removal, or medicines depending on your diagnosis.*

Medical dermatology focuses on the health of the skin by correcting abnormalities. Your skin’s appearance will improve. Dr. Timothy Jochen and the expertly trained staff at Contour Dermatology takes the utmost care to minimize scarring and treat the skin with the most effective methods available.*

Our Medical Dermatology Services include:

With most medical treatments, doctors and their patients must evaluate what we call the risk-benefit equation, and determine if the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks. When it comes to treating a severe form of acne called cystic acne – a condition that causes nodules that turn into painful cysts – the medication Accutane has triggered some controversy about its risks vs. benefits.* Learn more about Acne treatments
An acquired digital fibrokeratoma, also known as an acral fibrokeratoma because it can also arise on the fingers, toes, knees, and soles in addition to its most common location: the fingers. Learn more about Acquired Digital Fibrokeratoma
Actinic cheilitis is an inflammation of the lip brought on by chronic sun exposure.Learn more about Actinic Cheilitis
Actinic damage also know as sun damage refers to the ultra-violet rays from the sun that are absorbed by our skin. Learn more about Actinic Damage
Actinic Keratosis, or AKs, is also referred to as solar keratosis or senile keratosis. AKs is a patch of skin that can be thick, scaly, and crusty that occur on those who frequently are in the sun or go to tanning beds. Learn more about Actinic Keratosis
Alkaptonuria is a genetic disorder that is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, which means that both parents of the patient must be either asymptomatic carriers of this disease or have the disease themselves. Learn more about Alkaptonuria
Alopecia Areata is a recurrent non-scarring type of hair loss that can affect any hair-bearing area and can manifest in many different patterns. Learn more about Alopecia Areata
Angiokeratomas are benign vascular skin lesions composed of dilated capillaries. They appear assmall, red/blue/black, raised, and rough lesions. They are not painful but may become tender or bleed easily when scratched or irritated. Learn more about Angiokeratoma
Angular cheilitis is an inflammation of the corner of the mouth. Learn more about Angular Cheilitis
Aphthous stomatitis, or a canker sore, is a common and benign ulceration of the mucous membranes in the mouth. These lesions can be quite painful but typically resolve without treatmentin 1-2 weeks. Learn more about Aphthous Stomatitis
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. More than two million cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. This skin cancer usually develops on skin that gets sun exposure, such as on the head, neck, and back of the hands. Learn more about Basal Cell Carcinoma
Becker’s nevus is an uncommon benign skin lesion.“Nevus” is another word for a mole and as such this growth appears as a very large and irregularly shaped mole. Learn more about Beckers Nevus
Bowen’s disease, sometimes referred to as squamous cell carcinoma in situ, is a form of squamous cell carcinoma that appears as a red, scaly, and irregular plaque that slowly enlarges as the cancerous cells grow laterally. Learn more about Bowen's Disease
Bullous Pemphigoid is a rare chronic skin disease that causes large fluid-filled blisters that can be very itchy and if ruptured can lead to infection. Learn more about Bullous Pemphigoid
Calcipotriene is one of a number of synthetic drugs that mimic the action of vitamin D. Learn more about Calcipotriene (Vitamin D)
A chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis (CDNH) is a painful but benign growth on the ear that is the result of chronic pressure, usually due to sleeping on the same side every night, which results in reduced blood flow to the area. Learn more about CDNH
CellCept is the brand name for the drug also known as mycophenolic acid – an immunosuppressant used to treat a variety of medical conditions; – organ transplant rejection to autoimmune and inflammatory conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus. Learn more about CellCept
Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper subcutaneous layers of the skin with a classic set of signs and symptoms including redness, pain, and warmth, and swelling. Learn more about Cellulitis
Chancroid is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the organism Haemophilus ducreyi – a bacteria. The hallmark of this disease is an exquisitely painful ulcer on the genitals. Learn more about
Cherry angioma, a form of hemangioma, is a bright red bump on the skin. It is a benign over-proliferation of blood vessels that increases in frequency with age. Learn more about Cherry Angioma
Chicken pox (also called varicella) is a classically childhood skin disease that is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes shingles in adults. Learn more about Chicken Pox
Chilblains, also known as pernio and perniosis, are skin lesions that appear in response to exposure to cold temperatures.  They begin as a red and itchy bump, typically on the fingers, toes, nose, or ears and resolve within 1-2 weeks or sooner if cold temperatures are avoided. Learn more about Chilblains
Condyloma Acuminata, otherwise known as genital warts, is a sexually transmitted disease cause by the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is very very common – it is estimated that almost three quarters of adults have a strain of HPV. Learn more about Condyloma Acuminata - Genital Warts
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (abbreviated CAH) is a disease caused by a deficiency in an enzyme in the adrenal glands – bilateral organs that are located right above the kidneys. Learn more about Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Congenital is a word that means “present from birth” while a nevus is the medical term for a mole. Learn more about Congenital Nevus
Cowden syndrome is a very rare genetic disease classically manifesting as the appearance of multiple hamartomas – a benign (but still problematic) kind of tumor – both on the skin and within internal organs. Learn more about Cowden Syndrome
CREST is an acronym used to describe the symptoms of limited scleroderma, otherwise known as CREST syndrome – one of many dermatologic diseases with an autoimmune component. This means that a part of the immune system, which usually functions to protect the body from invaders such as bacteria, is attacking normal cells. Learn more about Crest Syndrome
Cutanea larva migrans is skin condition caused by infection with a parasitic worm. In the united states the most common organism causing this disease goes by the name of Ancylostoma braziliense – a species of hookworm. Learn more about Cutanea Larva Migrans
Cutis marmorata is the name given to a skin condition which appears as a faint, lacy, and red/blue pattern. The first and most common cause is almost always benign; it can appear on the skin of an infant that has been exposed to cold temperatures. Learn more about Cutis Marmorata
Cyclosporine (also known as ciclosproin) is an immunosuppressant drug. It specifically inhibits T-lymphocytes, a type of immune cell that functions to stimulate and organize an immune response. Learn more about Cyclosporine
A cyst is an abnormal closed, hollow, and membranous sac filled with air, bodily fluids, keratin, and/or pus if the cyst has ever been infected. There are many different kinds of cysts, almost all of which are benign and do not require medical intervention unless they rupture, become infected, are very large, or are painful. Learn more about Cyst
A dermatofibroma, also known as a benign fibrous histiocytoma, is a common, benign, and scar-like nodule. They typically appear on the legs and have a higher incidence in women. Learn more about Dermatofibroma
Dermatitis is a general term for skin inflammation. There are many types of dermatitis – each with their own causes and treatments. Learn more about Dermatitis
A drug eruption is rash caused by an adverse reaction to a medication. Most drug eruptions are unsightly but resolve on their own once the causative medication is identified and discontinued. Learn more about Drug Eruption
The terms “eczema” or “dermatitis” are used to describe certain kinds of inflamed skin conditions including allergic contact dermatitis and nummular dermatitis. Eczema can be red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, or thickened and usually itches. Learn more about Eczema
The word “nevus” is a synonym for the word “mole”. However, an epidermal nevus is a special kind of mole that does not look like the typical small moles almost every person has. Learn more about Epidermal Nevus
Folliculitis Barbae, most commonly known as razor bumps, is a condition that consists of irritated red bumps around the hair follicles, mainly in the beard area. Men suffer from this condition most often due to frequent shaving of sensitive facial areas. Learn more about Folliculitis Barbae
Ganglion cysts (AKA: Digital Mucous Cysts) are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands. They also may occur in the ankles and feet. Learn more about Ganglion Cyst
Condyloma Acuminata, otherwise known as genital warts, is a sexually transmitted disease cause by the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is very very common – it is estimated that almost three quarters of adults have a strain of HPV. Learn more about Genital Warts
Grover’s disease (transient acantholytic dermatosis) appears suddenly as itchy red spots on the body’s mid-section, most often in men 45 – 65 years of age. Minor cases of Grover’s disease may be rather common. Learn more about Grover’s Disease
Alopecia is a word used to describe any kind of hair loss. There are numerous types of hair loss and treatment depends on its cause. Hair loss can be very cosmetically concerning though it can be very difficult to distinguish between the many kinds. Learn more about Hair Loss
A hemangioma is a benign tumor composed of blood vessels. There are two main types of hemangiomas: infantile hemangiomas and cherry hemangiomas. Learn more about Hemangioma
The herpes simplex virus, commonly known simply as herpes, is a viral infection of the skin. There are two types of herpes viruses – HSV-1 is most common in oral infections (cold sores) and is usually contracted during childhood while HSV-2 is most common on the genitals and is typically transmitted sexually. Learn more about Herpes Simplex
Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a rash caused by the reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV) – the same virus that causes chickenpox. Only a person who has had chickenpox (or, in rare cases, just a chickenpox vaccine) can get shingles. Learn more about Herpes Zoster
Hirsutism describes abnormal male-pattern hair growth in women on the face, chest, back, abdomen, and inner thighs – it is the condition behind the bearded lady. It is a symptom of endocrine imbalance and can rarely be a sign of an internal malignancy. Learn more about Hirsutism
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. Affects hands, feet, underarms and face. Learn more about Hyperhidrosis
Hyperpigmentation occurs when melanocytes (cells that are found naturally in the skin) overproduce pigments known as melanin, resulting in darker tones than the surrounding skin. Learn more about Hyperpigmentation
Ichthyosis vulgaris is a genetic disorder of the skin that results in chronically dry, cracked, and scaly skin that resembles fish scales. It is caused by a loss of function mutation in a single gene that codes for the protein filaggrin – an important component of the skin barrier. Learn more about Ichthyosis vulgaris
Keratoderma blennorrhagicum describes the appearance of skin lesions resembling psoriasis that appear first on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet but may eventually spread to the scalp, torso, and genitals. Learn more about Keratoderma Blennorrhagicum
Keratosis pilaris is a condition in which keratin, a protein naturally found in hair, nails, and skin, collects in and plugs hair follicles, resulting in the formation of patches of rough bumps. Learn more about Keratosis Pilaris
Keloids are raised scars that have expanded beyond the boundaries of the original wound. Like all scars they are composed primarily of collagen and are benign. They can, however, become painful, itchy, or be cosmetically concerning. Learn more about Keloid Scars
Leukoplakia is a condition characterized by the formation of a thick white patch inside the oral cavity. Leukoplakia can also rarely appear on the inner mucosal surfaces of the digestive tract, urinary tract, and genitals. Learn more about Leukoplakia
A lipoma is a benign tumor composed of adipose (fat) tissue. The most common type of lipoma is the subcutaneous lipoma which appears as a lump just under the skin, Example of a lipoma located on the back.but lipomas can occur in almost every organ. Learn more about Lipoma
A melanoma is a tumor produced by the malignant transformation of melanocytes. Learn more about Melanoma
Melasma is a skin condition presenting as brown patches on the face of adults. The most common sites of involvement are the cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, and upper lip. Learn more about Melasma
Milia are benign, small, hard, white cysts filled with keratin located just beneath the surface of the skin. Primary milia are very common in infants and require no treatment as the cysts disappear in a few weeks. Learn more about Milia
A nevus, or mole, is a normal and benign proliferation of melanocyte cells that results in the formation of a raised pigmented growth. A nevus can be present at birth (congenital nevus) or be acquired (melanocytic nevus). Learn more about Moles
Nail dystrophy describes any deformity or abnormality of the nail plate, bed, or matrix. While nails are not technically considered to be part of the skin, they are considered skin appendages along with sweat glands, sebaceous glands, and arrector pilli, and are thus commonly treated by dermatologists. Learn more about Nail Dystrophy and Disease
Nipple Eczema (also known as Breast Eczema) affects the nipples, areola, and/or the surrounding skin. Signs and symptoms include the skin being erythematous (red), scaling, crusted or cracked and may cause the area to become itchy, tender, or painful affecting one or both nipples. Learn more about Nipple Eczema
Nevus Spilus may sound like the name of some celestial star or newly discovered planet, but it simply means a brown or dark speckle or group of moles on the skin characterized by a café au lait background area of hyperpigmentation. Learn more about Nevus Spilus
Poikiloderma describes a pattern of skin changes secondary to sun damage. It is characterized by areas of both hyperpigmentation (darker pigmented areas of skin) and hypopigmentation (areas of skin with less than normal pigment) that results in a mottled appearance in combination with skin atrophy and telangiectasia (spider vein) formation. Learn more about Poikiloderma
A poroma is a benign tumor of the sweat glands. This condition used to be termed “eccrine poroma” because it was thought that only eccrine sweat glands could develop this growth. Learn more about Poroma
Prurigo is a term used to describe extremely itchy bumps. Pruigo is itching associated with visible lesions, as opposed to pruritus which many not be linked to a lesion. Learn more about Prurigo
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that is classically characterized by thickened, red areas of skin covered with silvery scales. The extent of skin involvement can range from discrete, localized areas to generalized body involvement. The joints, nails, and mucous membranes may also be affected with the disease. Learn more about Psoriasis
A pyogenic granuloma is a common and benign cutaneous tumor. Its formation is typically triggered by minor trauma, bacterial infection, or hormonal changes. Learn more about Pyogenic Granuloma
Raynaud’s disease is a condition in which the fingers (and sometimes toes, nasal tip, nipples, and earlobes) receive significantly reduced blood flow upon exposure to cold temperatures or stress. This causes the affected areas to turn cold, white, and numb and eventually blue during prolonged episodes. Learn more about Raynaud’s Disease
Rhinophyma is a progressive, disfiguring disorder of the nose in which the sebaceous glands enlarge and the skin thickens producing a bulbous appearance and usually a red nose. It is a complication of chronic rosacea, but has occurred in individuals who do not have rosacea. Learn more about Raynaud’s Disease
A common skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. Often referred to as “adult acne,” rosacea may begin as a tendency to flush or blush easily, and progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Learn more about Rosacea
Scars form as part of the body’s natural response to healing following damage to the skin. Almost all trauma to the skin results in some degree of scarring except for very minor injuries. Learn more about Scars
Sebaceous carcinomas are very rare and aggressive cutaneous tumors with a variable clinical presentation most commonly occurring within the ocular adnexa of the elderly. Learn more about Sebaceous Carcinoma
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that can be easily treated. This condition is a red, scaly, itchy rash most commonly seen on the scalp, sides of the nose, eyebrows, eyelids, skin behind the ears, and middle of the chest. Learn more about Seborrheic Dermatitis
Although Seborrheic Keratoses are often confused with warts, they are quite different. Seborrheic keratoses are non-cancerous growths of the outer layer of skin. Learn more about Seborrheic Keratoses
A skin tag, also known as an acrochordon, is a benign flesh-colored tumor. These growths tend to appear in the body’s creases and folds where skin to skin contact is frequent such as the neck, armpits, groin, and eyelids. Learn more about Skin Tags
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common cancer of the skin. More than 250,000 new squamous cell carcinomas are diagnosed every year in the United States. Middle-aged and elderly people, especially those with fair complexions and frequent sun exposure, are most likely to be affected. Learn more about Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Striae, or stretch marks, are a type of atrophic scar that are the result of rapid stretching of the skin. Common causes are pregnancy (striae gravidarum), cushing syndrome, growth spurts during puberty, rapid weight gain or obesity, overuse of corticosteroid creams, or diabetes. Learn more about Stretch Marks – Straie
Sunburn happens when skin is exposed to sunlight too long, redness may develop and increase for up to 24 hours. A severe sunburn causes skin tenderness, pain, swelling, and blistering. Learn more about Sunburn
A syringoma is a benign tumor of the sweat gland that most commonly appears in clusters on the eyelids but may also appear elsewhere on the face, armpits, upper chest, navel and genitals. Learn more about Syringoma
Telangiectasias are clusters of abnormally dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin that often appear thready or spidery. Telangiectasias are a symptom of underlying venous problems, and thus have many causes. Learn more about Telangiectasia
We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grow out of control, a person can get a skin disease called tinea versicolor, a fungal infection on your skin. Yeast is a type of fungus. Learn more about Tinea Versicolor
Topical corticosteroids are very effective anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, and vasoconstrictive medications and are the first-line treatment for many rashes, eczema, and dermatitis. Learn more about Topical Steroids
An ulcer is an open sore in the skin or mucous membrane that is resistant to healing. This reduced healing is generally due to a decrease in circulation to the area. Learn more about Ulcer
Urticaria, also known as hives or welts, is common skin reaction to one of many triggers. It appears as raised, red, and intensely itchy wheals that usually recede within hours or days. Learn more about Urticaria
Vasculitis occurs because of damage to the blood vessels in the skin. This can appear as small red-purple spots or bumps on the lower legs. Learn more about Vasculitis
Vitiligo is a disorder in which white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. This happens because the cells that make pigment (color) in the skin are destroyed. The cause is not known. Learn more about Vitiligo
A venous lake is a common vascular deformity that can appear on the vermilion border of the lip, on the ear, or on the face. It is a dilated venule thought to be caused by a combination of chronic sun exposure and age and thus most commonly effects the elderly. Learn more about Venous Lake
Warts are small and rough skin growths that can appear anywhere on the body. They are benign, not cancerous, but they are contagious simply by touching one, or touching something a wart has made contact with and wasn’t properly cleaned. Learn more about Warts
Xeroderma pigmentosum is a rare genetic disorder in which the body is unable to effectively repair DNA after it has been exposed to ultraviolet radiation found in sunlight, thus resulting in a high rate of genetic mutations and a tendency to develop malignant skin cancers. Learn more about Xeroderma Pigmentosum

Contour Dermatology uses the latest techniques to treat skin conditions. Laser therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, photodynamic laser therapy and fractionated CO2 laser therapy are some of the techniques we use to treat acne.*

Acne scars can be treated by a process called photodynamic rejuvenation. Moles, birthmarks, rosacea and scars typically respond well to laser therapy. Moles may be removed as a preventative measure against skin cancer.

In addition to common skin conditions, we detect and treat skin cancer. By monitoring moles and other unusual growths on the skin, we can identify skin cancer early and design a treatment plan. Skin cancer can typically be cured when caught early on, which is why it’s so important to consult a dermatologist quickly after finding an abnormal rash, bump or scar.

We are nationally recognized for our Mohs Micrographic Surgery, a precise skin cancer treatment that has a high rate of success. Mohs surgery removes the skin cancer layer by layer. When tissue is removed, it is examined under a microscope until the cancer-free tissue is reached. The careful examination of the tissue layers helps ensure the complete removal of skin cancer.*

Using the latest medical dermatology treatments, Contour Dermatology can improve the health and quality of life of patients living with uncomfortable or unsightly skin disorders. We have the most comprehensive lasers in Southern California. Our wide range of treatments means we can customize a treatment plan for your specific needs.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation Call 888-877-7546 or use our convenient contact page here.