The skin is the largest organ in the body and serves as the first defense against infection while also protecting the inner organs and relaying information about the inner body’s health. Many skin conditions result from an underlying health issue, and identifying these issues can help the patient receive prompt, effective care.
Skin conditions can also negatively affect someone’s quality of life by causing poor self-image, sleep loss, or severe depression. Dermatology offers a way to address these concerns and improve the patient’s quality of life.
Dermatology involves the research and continued study of normal skin and skin disorders. This encompasses topics such as aging skin conditions, hair, fat, oral and genital membranes, and cancers.