The skin is a complex, living organ system with 2 major aspects – function and appearance. It is the protective barrier that covers our body and gives rise to our hair, nails, and sweat glands. Also, nerves in the skin sense touch, hot, cold, and pressure. The skin protects virtually all other organs, plays a key role in cooling us when we get hot and retaining heat when we get cold. Furthermore, no other organ is as visible to the world as your skin. Our appearance is important in how we view ourselves.
Dermatologists are the specialists who are specifically trained to provide diagnoses and management of skin, hair, and nails in patients of all ages. The medical practice of Dermatology involves the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of skin problems. Disorders of the skin include not only life-threatening skin cancers and immune disorders, but also include profoundly uncomfortable skin conditions that may dramatically alter appearances with resultant effects on self-confidence.