Posted on Feb 03, 2012 | Comments 0
— Learning to tackle these skin or dermatological problems will surely help!
It’s quite possible you have taken care of your skin your entire life, never had acne, never overexposed yourself to the sun and wore moisturizer everyday.
It is also possible that you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from skin disorders, frequent acne and overexposure to the sun.
Did you know that regardless of how well you have taken care of your skin and how well you continue to take care of your skin, you are still at risk of suffering from more than half of the ten most common skin problems of our time?
Here we have broken down the ten most common skin problems you may face in your lifetime and what you need to do if you are victim of one of them.
Acne affects millions upon millions of people every year.
Acne is not just a skin issue that affects awkward teenagers; in fact thousands of adults suffer from adult onset acne even when they never experienced acne problems in their teen years or through puberty.
If you suffer from an occasional pimple, blackhead or whitehead you may want to skip the trip to the doctor and treat it through diet and maintenance of your facial skin through proper cleansing and moisturizing techniques.
If you are suffering from extreme bouts of acne you should seek advice from a professional such as your dermatologist. A dermatologist has the knowledge and skills to treat acne through medication and other techniques.
2. Skin Allergies and Skin Rashes
Skin allergies and allergy rashes are the second most common skin problems people are facing today.
Usually if you are allergic to something external such as cats, pollen or dust, you will sense it through your skin as well as sneezing and wheezing.
Many people develop ‘allergy bumps’ which are tiny bumps along the skin usually on the arms that indicate there is an allergen nearby.
Other people are literally allergic to things like bee stings or latex and suffer skin allergies that can be as severe as hives and will cause severe itching and discomfort to the person.
If your skin rash and allergy rashes are not severe and you wish to treat at home you can buy an over-the-counter anti-itch medication that will alleviate the discomfort until the allergen passes.
However, in many cases, people take the situation to their dermatologist. The dermatologist will then determine what caused the allergic skin reaction as well as treat the rash with the best treatment regime for that specific case.
3. Eczema and Psoriasis
Eczema and Psoriasis (also referred to as dry skin) is extremely common among people and rarely denotes a trip to the dermatologist.
For dry skin and even extreme cases of dry skin such as Eczema and Psoriasis you can go to the pharmacy and buy over-the-counter ointments, creams and lotions;
remedies that contain biologics, cyclosporine and retinoids, which are quite effective in treating dry skin.
There are also some very effective lotions on the market. They may be somewhat pricey but you will get what you pay for in treating your dry skin.
4. Skin Cancer
Skin cancer can appear at any age. Make sure you are constantly checking any moles or areas on your body and skin that may change shape or color.
If you have a mole or other skin defect that changes in color, size or shape you should see a dermatologist immediately.
5. Hair Loss
Hair loss is actually a skin issue did you know that? If you are suffering from a particular kind of hair loss called Alopecia this is caused from an iron deficiency in the skin.
In cases of hair loss due to Alopecia it will be necessary to see your dermatologist.
Warts are caused by the HPV virus. Warts are contagious which very few people know. It is possible to contract warts through towels and clothes used by the infected person.
Treatments for warts can vary from surgical removal to topical ointments and creams. They are not harmful or fatal even though they are rather distasteful to look at.
7. Nail Fungus
Nail fungus is also considered a skin problem as it is caused by an infection deeper than just the nail or the nail bed.
If you are experiencing nail fungus you can purchase over-the-counter anti-fungal creams or contact your dermatologist for further recommendations.
Rosacea affects mainly Caucasians and no other races. This skin disorder can affect both men and women and most commonly affects them in their 30s to 60s.
Rosacea has become very well known as of lately as an unsightly redness and puffiness of the face oftentimes appearing on the forehead, and cheeks.
If you are suffering from Rosacea the cause has not yet been determined; however consult your dermatologist and be patient; it takes up to two years to treat the average case of Rosacea.
Herpes affects one out of four people. That is 25% of the population is carrying the Herpes virus and very few people realize it is that common! Herpes is extremely contagious during an outbreak
Herpes can come in two forms; the oral form which appears on the face and mouth and the genital form which appears in the genitals.
While there is no treatment for Herpes there are medications that can decrease the amount of outbreaks and the symptoms of the outbreaks.
Pigmentation is extremely common, unfortunately so for women who are aging.
Many of us should have listened to our parents when they told us to get out of the sun because sun damage causes pigmentation which is also referred to as age spots.
The treatments for pigmentation and darker age spots are treatments that bleach the affected areas of the skin.