Amy McMichael MD


Melanocyte

Melanocytes are cells in the outer layer of skin (epidermis) that produce melanin. Melanin gives skin its tan or brown color.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that sometimes develops in people who have a skin condition called psoriasis. It causes swelling and pain in joints—most often in the fingers and toes—in an irregular pattern that may be different on opposite sides of the body. Treatment for psoriatic arthritis includes pain…

Folliculitis

Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles, which are the small pouches in the skin from which hairs grow. When hair follicles are irritated, they can become inflamed or infected. Folliculitis can develop on any part of the body that has hair. But it is most common on the beard area, arms, back, buttocks, and…

Dermabrasion

This procedure promotes new skin growth and improves the look of the skin. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon uses a handheld tool to scrape and smooth the top layers of the skin. A local anesthetic and sedative are usually given before the procedure. Sometimes general anesthesia is used. A numbing spray may be used…

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis, also called solar keratosis, is a skin growth that develops in sun-exposed skin, especially on the face, hands, forearms, and neck. It occurs most often in pale-skinned, fair-haired, light-eyed people beginning at age 30 or 40. Actinic keratoses are persistent, noticeable, small red, brown, or…