Your skin is the largest organ in your body and most of us will do what we can to take care of it. Whether that’s something as simple as staying hydrated or as complex as curating a personalised skin care routine and engaging with skin care treatments. But no matter how well you take care of your skin, there’s still the chance that you may experience a skin condition that requires special and specific care. Here are a few common ones that you may need help tackling.
Let’s start out by noting that if your skin suddenly changes, or you notice significant changes over time (such as the appearance of a new mole), it’s absolutely essential that you visit a healthcare professional – whether that’s urgent care or your regular practitioner – for advice and assistance. They will be able to diagnose the problem and ensure that you get the treatment you need.
While the majority of people will experience spots of some sort at some point or another in their life, it’s important to be aware when your spots are excessive and may be acne. If you find that your skin is breaking out severely or on regular and consistent basis, you may be suffering from acne yourself. While acne is most common in teenagers, it is something that a significant number of adults experience too. Acne is caused by the glands in your skin creating excessive levels of sebum, which can then combine with dead skin cells and block your pores. This causes irritation, possible infection and spots to appear on your face, chest, back or other areas. Creating a skincare routine may help, but if you have severe acne, you may require medical intervention in the form of topical or oral antibiotics to soother and relax the condition. Your doctor will be able to help with this.
Psoriasis is another common skin condition that can affect both men and women. Usually, if you have psoriasis, it will establish itself before you reach 35. It is visible as patches of your skin that itch, flake and turn red. You may notice that your skin looks like it has silvery scales. Not only can psoriase prove to be uncomfortable, but it can impact your confidence due to its appearance. While there’s no single cure for psoriasis, you can relieve irritation and reduce the number of flare ups you experience by consulting a doctor, who can then prescribe specialist creams or oils.
Eczema is extremely common amongst children and can continue into adulthood. This skin condition results in dry skin, flaky skin and severe itching. This can cause discomfort and difficulty concentrating. If you are diagnosed with eczema, your doctor can prescribe you with an emollient lotion, emollient cream, or an emollient oil to help.
These are just a few common skin conditions, but as you can see, whatever you’re experiencing, chances are, there’s some way that you can improve the condition. Hopefully, if you recognise any symptoms you’re experiencing outlined above, you’ll now be able to start your journey towards treating and improving your skin!