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  • Skin Conditions We Treat

    Our team of specialists provides comprehensive treatment for all skin conditions, whether common or complex, in patients of all ages and skin types. Here are some of the most common conditions we treat.


    Acne is a common condition caused by inflamed sebaceous glands, and can present with blackheads, pimples, cysts, infected abscesses, and/or scarring. Dermatologists evaluate and treat acne in all ages, from infants to older adults, taking into consideration skin type, extent and severity, hormonal abnormalities, and scarring and discoloration (which can be more prominent in patients of color). Treatments can include topical, oral, and injection therapies, phototherapy, and cosmetic services for scarring and discoloration. 

    Aging Skin

    Aging skin is characterized by wrinkles, loss of muscle tone, and sun damage (such as sun spots, liver spots, or wrinkles), typically on the face, hands, or chest. Various office procedures include cosmetic services such as chemical peels, Botox®, fillers (such as Restylane®), and laser and topical treatments. We also have special expertise in treating aging skin in patients of color.


    Eczema (contact dermatitis) is one of the most common skin diseases in the world, and is characterized by redness, inflammation, scaliness, and itching. Atopic dermatitis is a form of eczema associated with allergies and skin sensitivities. Chronic hand washing, dryness, irritants, or allergens can cause dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp, face, or in and around the ears is called “dandruff” in adults and “cradle cap” in infants and babies. We offer extensive patch testing to identify and/or rule out potential allergens, topical, and oral therapies, as well as phototherapy.

    Hair Loss

    Hair loss is also known as alopecia. Our dermatologists are experienced in treating many forms of alopecia, including female and male pattern hair loss, hair loss due to medications, stress, or other underlying medical conditions, and the hair loss conditions found more commonly in patients of color. Strategies may include oral or topical therapies. We also offer hair transplantation.


    Keloids, excessive scar formation resulting from injury or surgery, can affect anyone, but is more commonly seen in people of color. Treatments include injection therapy and laser therapy.


    Melasma and dark spots are treated similarly. Melasma is a pigment disorder, more common in women and most common in people of color, which presents as darker, brown patches on the forehead, temple and cheeks, and upper lip. Dark spots, also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, occur at sites of injury or inflammation, such as from bites, scrapes, or acne. Treatments for both melasma and dark spots include topical skin lightening, cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels, laser treatments, and teaching patients appropriate use of sunscreens.

    Nail Disease

    Nail disease includes a range of fungus, psoriasis, brittle nails, and pigmented streaks on the nails. Oral medications and topical therapies are typically prescribed.

    Pediatric Dermatology

    Pediatric dermatology is another area of expertise for the department. Pediatric dermatologists treat infants, children, and adolescents for the full range of common childhood dermatological conditions, including:

    • Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap) and infantile psoriasis
    • Skin infections such as ringworm and impetigo
    • Viral infections including warts and molluscum contagiosum
    • Pediatric cases of vitiligo and alopecia
    • Birthmarks, including pigmented birthmarks and hemangiomas

    Depending on the condition, pediatric tests and treatments include patch testing, laser therapies, phototherapy, punch grafting, immunotherapy (for autoimmune diseases), and topical, oral and injectable therapies.


    Photosensitivity is an abnormal allergic reaction to sunshine. Patients with chronic episodes of photosensitivity are photo patch tested to see if the combination of sunlight and an allergen is causing the condition. Treatments include guidance on eliminating the allergen if present, and the careful use of non-irritating sunscreen.


    Psoriasis is a genetic autoimmune disease that presents with itchy, inflamed, and red patches. Clinical management includes topical and injection therapies and phototherapy. The department’s approach includes support for the psychosocial implications of unsightly psoriasis — what is known as a psychocutaneous condition.

    Psychocutaneous Conditions

    Psychocutaneous conditions are a unique group of diseases, which the department is especially suited to treat. The department offers an interdisciplinary approach to dermatological diseases that often have psychological implications (for instance, severe psoriasis), as well as psychological conditions that impact the skin (for instance, a person who has hair loss due to a major trauma or who has a psychological addiction to picking the skin). Specific clinics are offered in which the dermatologist coordinates the skin care with the psychologist in order to maximize the best outcome for the patient.


    Rosacea is a form of adult acne (sometimes related to sun damage), which can either present as redness in the central face, pustules near the nose and central cheeks, or near and on the eyelids. Treatment includes topical and oral therapies.

    Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Sexually transmitted diseases often have skin implications, such as blisters, sores, rashes, or genital warts. The department has expertise in treating these diseases with a faculty member who is a dermatologist especially trained in this field. Treatments include vaccination, surgical removal of warts, topical and oral therapies.

    Skin Cancer or Melanoma

    We treat patients who have skin cancer or melanoma, and closely follow patients who are at risk for developing these conditions. Surveillance includes prevention strategies, staying up-to-date with personal and family histories, and frequent total body and skin examinations. For patients who are diagnosed with cancer, treatment is almost always surgical, with the department offering expertise in advanced, skin-sparing Mohs surgery. Surgery can often be supplemented with topical therapy and phototherapy.

    Skin of Color

    There are many conditions — acne, alopecia, and vitiligo, among others — that affect patients of color in special ways. A full staff of board certified dermatologists with expertise in treating skin of color provides individualized, culturally-sensitive care through The Skin of Color Center.


    Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that causes pigment loss. Treatment is determined by extent of disease and location of pigment loss and normal skin color, and can include topical treatments, phototherapy, excimer laser, and punch grafting for targeted areas, as well as vitamin therapies to aid in re-pigmentation. The department also addresses and looks for other forms of autoimmune diseases via its immunodermatology services.
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    St. Luke’s Practice Dermatology Associates
    1090 Amsterdam Avenue, 11D
    New York, NY 10025
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