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Common Skin Concerns and How to Treat Them

Agonising over a skin condition is not fun! Unfortunately, many skin conditions can be found almost everywhere. In this article, we’ll list down the most common skin conditions in women, men, and children, and discuss prevention and treatment.

The Most Common Skin Conditions

There are several types of skin conditions, and we’ll go over some of the most common skin conditions someone might acquire. Some of these skin conditions last only for a short period while others may be chronic or permanent. We’ll outline the temporary ones in this article and then talk about the conditions that never get adequately treated.

Acne

Acne is a prevalent skin condition especially among those people aged from 11 to 30. The people in this age group experience at least one breakout, but acne can affect people of all ages. Acne can be easily distinguished by clusters of red bumps or pimples. Acne usually shows up on the face, chest, and back area, but it can really show up anywhere in the body. The skin condition is generally caused by hair, sebum and clogged pores, producing a cluster of bacteria to grow beneath the skin. Often, you can see pus underneath pimples. There are many types of pimples; this includes papules, blisters, pustules, cysts, blackheads, nodules, and the dreaded whiteheads. Treating acne is simple, avoid contact with acne patches but do not dry out your skin, do not pick or squeeze pimples as this can lead to bleeding and scarring. Sometimes scarring cans still occur, but this can be reduced with laser treatments that will minimise the appearance of scars.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition which is caused by fast multiplying skin cells; this causes red plaques that are often covered with white scales. Millions of people around the world are affected by Psoriasis, and it is commonly found in adults. It is often seen on the scalp, knees, and elbows but can also be found in other parts of the body. There are many varieties of Psoriasis, which include pustular, erythrodermic, inverse and guttate psoriasis. You can use ointments, creams, and moisturisers to treat this skin condition. You can also go green by using natural lotions and remedies.

Wrinkles and Sagging

With age, basically, everyone will notice lines and sagging of the skin, though probably not classified as a medical skin condition it is a common concern for many people. There are comprehensive treatment and prevention options including creams and serums to dermal fillers and other injectables.

Eczema

This skin condition, particularly atopic dermatitis, is relatively common. It affects at least 35 million Americans and is commonly seen in infants and children under five years old although adults are also affected. Eczema may either be moderate or sever. It’s often distinguished by slight redness and dry or flaky skin, but in worse cases, the surface can be seen as really red and irritated. Common eczema can be treated by moisturising the skin with active moisturisers and lotions, avoiding setting off triggers that may cause flare-ups, and the use of topical ointments. Severe eczema can be quite painful and impact quality of life, in that case, custom instruments such as bandages and cortisone creams can be used.

Cold Sores

This skin condition is a painful blister filled with liquid, usually found around the mouth area and in the nose. It often comes with an itchy and burning feeling, that typically occur before and after the cold sore appears. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, something which is usually not curable. In most cases, the wounds will be gone in a span of 2 weeks. The sores can be treated with specific ointments and other medicine. A doctor can also help you prevent the condition from getting worse.

Warts

This condition is widespread. It is a hideous raised bump on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus. This condition is highly contagious, and people often get it at some point in their life. It spreads by close skin contact and is commonly associated with an STD. However, it can be acquired by merely coming in contact with someone infected. Warts are usually seen on the feet, genitals, hands, and joints, but may also occur in other areas. Treatments include ointments and creams as well as surgical removal using specialised surgical instruments or ‘freezing’ of the wart.

Athlete’s Foot

It is a very common skin condition that can be distinguished by a fungal rash and itchy skin. The fungus that spread rapidly in warm and damp areas can cause the situation to become severe. It can be commonly seen in athletes who sweat profusely. When moisture is trapped underneath non-breathable socks and shoes, it causes fungus to rapidly multiply and leads to Athlete’s foot. Soggy, pale, or cracked skin below and around the toes is a sign of this skin condition. It is treated with ointments, medication and always keeping the foot dry and clean. Try antifungal cream to reduce the appearance of rashes and improve your skin’s health.

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