Experts in disease prevention and care for skin, hair and nails

Ohio State’s dermatologists are doctors who specialize in keeping skin, hair and nails healthy. They can spot potential problems and diagnose skin conditions that range from minor to life-threatening. Their skills and knowledge improve the lives of patients of all ages, from infants with birthmarks and children with eczema, to adults with sun damage and seniors with shingles. Ohio State’s skin care experts can effectively treat any skin concerns you have and help you look and feel your best.

Our dermatologists are part of a multidisciplinary skin care team. Whether you need general medical care for the skin or specialized medical, surgical or cosmetic dermatology, Ohio State’s experts are your trusted partners in maintaining skin, hair and nail health.

Ohio State also offers specialized expertise in complex medical dermatology, psoriasis, phototherapy, pediatric dermatology, contact and occupation dermatitis and lasers.

Whether we’re treating acne, aging skin, burns or skin infections and diseases, our team delivers personalized skin care with an unmatched level of experience and compassion.

Skin Health and Skin Conditions

Skin Health and Skin Conditions

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It covers and protects your body. Skin serves many important functions, including:

  • Holds body fluids in
  • Preventing dehydration 
  • Keeps harmful microbes out
  • Preventing infections  
  • Helps you feel things like heat, cold and pain 
  • Keeps your body temperature even 
  • Makes vitamin D when the sun shines on it

Anything that irritates, clogs or inflames your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup, and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause rashes, hives and other skin conditions. Many skin problems, such as acne, also affect your appearance.

Acne

Acne is a common, treatable skin condition also known as pimples.

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Birthmarks

Learn about various forms, potential skin cancer risks and treatment of birthmarks.

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Burns

Burns can result from chemical, heat or fire-related injuries.

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Cellulitis

Cellulitis is an often painful, potentially severe skin infection.

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Cold Sores

A contagious virus causes cold sores.

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Corns and Calluses

Pressure or friction can cause rough or thickened skin called corns and calluses.

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Fungal Infections

Fungal infections may start in the lungs or on the skin.

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Hair Loss

Many factors cause thinning or loss of hair, and treatment depends on the cause.

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Lice

Lice are parasitic insects that live on human heads and bodies.

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Moles

Pigment cells can cause common but potentially cancerous skin growths called moles.

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Pressure Sores

Staying in one position for a long time can cause pressure sores.

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an immune-related skin disease that causes itching, sore and scaling skin.

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Rashes

A rash is irritated skin characterized by itching, redness or pain.

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Rosacea

Rosacea is a facial skin disease characterized by redness and acne.

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Scabies

Caused by microscopic mites, scabies involves itching, irritated skin.

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Scars

Permanent skin patches grow over wounds when injuries heal, leaving scars.

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Shingles

Shingles is a common, painful disease caused by the chickenpox virus.

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Skin Aging

Learn about wrinkles, age spots, dryness and other problems of skin aging.

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Skin Cancer

Learn how to identify, prevent and treat skin cancer.

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Skin Infections

Learn about causes and treatments for bacterial, viral, fungal and other skin infections.

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Sun Exposure

Learn about wrinkles, skin spots and other sun exposure effects, including skin cancer.

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Warts

Warts are skin growths caused by viral infection.

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