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Common Skin Conditions And How To Treat Them

You’ve probably heard it a million times by now, whether as trivia or as a fact drilled into your memory from school, but the largest organ in the body is your skin. That means your skin is a constantly changing thing that requires careful care and nourishment to function properly. Unlike, say, your liver however, any condition that affects your skin health is quite visible. This can lead conditions that make you self-conscious and generally feel poorly in general. Skin conditions, unfortunately, are quite common. The good news is that they can be treated. While not all conditions can be completely gotten rid of, they can be maintained so as to reduce their appearance or limit outbreaks.

Many skin conditions can look similar to other ones. If you’re experiencing outbreaks of some kind, it’s very important that you speak to your dermatologist about it for proper diagnosis. Once your condition has been identified, treatment can begin. While some skin conditions respond well to self-care and store-bought remedies, many require professional care and prescription medication. Here are some of the most common skin conditions and how they’re treated.

Acne

Acne is the most common skin condition. It affects the vast majority of people at some point in their lives. For most people, it’s during their teen years, but it can happen at any time. Anyone with oily skin is more susceptible of developing acne due to it creating conditions where sebum production is increased and gets trapped in the pores. Most people respond well to medications, both topical and oral, in order to treat their acne. The type of treatment you receive will depend upon the severity of your acne and how well you respond to the treatment initially prescribed.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is one of the more problematic skin conditions. It can also be quite severe. One of the worst side effects of psoriasis is the tendency of people suffering from it to experience social withdrawal. Areas like gym locker rooms or swimming pools can provoke great anxiety because there is fear that the psoriasis will be very noticeable. Psoriasis isn’t completely understood as its considered an autoimmune disorder. It can affect anyone that has the right combination of underlying conditions that would trigger it. Topical medications are often prescribed for psoriasis. Recently, laser treatments have been used as well. Psoriasis cannot be cured, but it can be managed.

Eczema

Eczema affects many people to different degrees. Some have it nearly constantly in many different areas of the body, while others have it once in awhile in one specific spot. It’s usually discovered soon after birth as babies tend to present with it early in life. It’s chronic, extremely dry skin that presents patchy, red spots. The lack of proper skin oil is the cause. Treating eczema is often a multi-step affair as you need to reduce the inflammation while also working to prevent further outbreaks. Usually a combination of moisturizers and steroid creams are used in combination to achieve this.

Rosacea

Rosacea may not be quite as pronounced as some of the other conditions on this list, but it can still be troublesome. The reddening of the skin, which can give the appearance of constantly be flustered or flush, can cause self-consciousness. What you may not know is that rosacea can be painful for some people, though not all. It’s not entirely understood what causes rosacea, but it’s also believed to be related to the immune system. Treating rosacea can be challenging. Often chemical peels and light therapy are used.

Tinea Versicolor

While it may not be pleasant to think about, we all have naturally occurring yeast that lives on our skin. In some people, however, this yeast begins to overgrow which causes patches of discoloration on the skin. It’s most common in humid areas as moist heat seems to be the trigger, but anyone can develop tinea versicolor. It may bring to mind vitiligo in that it can give your skin a “two-tone” appearance, but unlike vitiligo it isn’t a permanent change in pigmentation. With the right topical treatment, tinea versicolor can be eliminated as the fungus dies.

Conclusion

Dealing with a reoccurring skin condition can be frustrating, to say the least. They can last for years at a time and make you feel like everyone notices. Some conditions, like psoriasis, may even cause some people to think you have something contagious. If you’re suffering because of the appearance of your skin, it’s time to do something about it. Treatment is possible with the help of your dermatologist. Book an appointment online with us today. Dr. Flood and his team are dedicated to providing you with the care you need so you can say goodbye to troublesome skin conditions.

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