If you have chronic eczema or want to have a skin cancer check, read on find out how these dermatologists in Singapore can help you. Some of the dermatology treatments have good natural alternatives too, to help ease dry and sensitive skin.
Chronic eczema: common dermatology treatments
If you’re living with chronic eczema, you’ll know that while there is no lifelong cure, the condition can certainly be well managed to prevent severe flare-ups. You can improve your quality of life by keeping it under control with effective eczema treatment.
Commonly, topical or oral steroids can quickly reduce itching by helping to ease underlying inflammation. Unfortunately, they can’t be used for extended periods due to potential side effects that accrue over time.
New medical options for chronic eczema treatment
#1 JAK inhibitors
Advancements in medicine have seen the emergence of a newer category of medications known as the Janus Kinase (JAK) Inhibitors. They work by targeting JAK enzymes, which transmit signals from the immune system throughout the body, and target pathways that regulate autoimmune or inflammatory conditions.
Another new biologic medication is Dupilumab. Unlike various immunosuppressants or steroids, this works by targeting an underlying source of inflammation that could be a root cause of your uninhibited moderate-to-severe eczema. It helps to control the origin of inflammation that contributes to your eczema condition. Dupilumab heals your skin from within to reduce itching and improve skin condition.
Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon Dr Angeline Yong is well-equipped to handle various acute and chronic skin conditions holistically. If you’re suffering from eczema, consult her for a tailored, personalised plan to manage your condition.
Natural, alternative cleansers for eczema and dry, sensitive skin
If you have eczema or dry, sensitive skin, you’ve probably seen a dermatologist and tried countless skincare products to soothe it. While liquid synthetic detergents are commonly used as cleansers, they aren’t always the best solution for this skin type. Quite the opposite, skin can be sensitised by the synthetic ingredients in such cleansers. Given every sensitive-skin sufferer is unique, treatments should be individualised. Fortunately, natural bar soaps are an effective and gentle alternative.
Natural eczema soap for gentle and effective skin care
Unlike synthetic detergents, SoapCeuticals bar soaps are made from natural ingredients such as oils, butters and plant extracts. Ingredients have been hand-selected and also tried and tested to calm irritated skin. A range of specific dermatology based formulas maximise conditioning properties for skin. If a particular bar soap is the right combination for your skin, you’ll feel the difference in just one week.
When choosing a natural bar soap for dry, sensitive skin, look for products that are fragrance-free and contain minimal additives. Also, if you have extremely sensitive skin (that flares up at least twice a month), it’s best to opt for unscented products. Look for nourishing ingredients like shea butter and avocado oil.
Use a soap net to create a creamy lather
Eczema soaps are highly moisturising and therefore inherently low in lather. Using a soap net is a game changer and brings joy back to bath-time. Dense, creamy lather works gently to cleanse your skin without drying it out. Say goodbye to synthetic detergents and indulge in the creamy lather of natural soap. With a few simple steps, you can be on your way to healthier, more nourished skin.
Skin cancer awareness
The most common forms of skin cancer are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Melanomas are most likely to spread and arise from the pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are known as non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC). These forms are more common in Singapore.
Skin cancer cases are on the rise
NMSC numbers are increasing in the local population. Based on local registry data, skin cancer is the sixth most common cancer for men and the seventh most prevalent for women. While less common in Singapore, melanomas have increased globally, particularly in Australia, Europe and the US.
How to know if you are at risk
Anyone can develop skin cancer. Fairskinned individuals have a higher risk of skin cancer, as do people with relatives with the disease. Other risk factors include frequent or excessive sun exposure, a weakened immune system, and skin that sunburns or freckles easily.
Signs and symptoms to look out for
Skin cancers appear differently, but most occur on sun-exposed locations like the nose, around the eyes, forehead and the exposed part of the arms. Melanomas may appear as a new dark spot or from existing growths that have changed in size or look. NMSCs may take the form of a bleeding skincoloured bump on the face, a rough scaly patch that does not go away or a non-healing wound.
Easy steps to prevent skin cancer
Everyone should do regular self-checks. Sun exposure is the most important risk factor, so sun protection is crucial. Use broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB, with a SPF of 30 or higher, 30 minutes before going out. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, and wear a widebrimmed hat, sunglasses and long clothing for UV protection. It’s also a good idea to visit a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional dermatology skin evaluation.
The importance of regular skin cancer checks
In Singapore, Dr Kok Wai Leong performs skin cancer screening, which involves a clinic consultation to identify your risk factors, followed by a full skin examination. Any suspicious skin growths may require a simple procedure to remove part or all of the growth, which is then sent to the laboratory for testing
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This article first appeared in the July 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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