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How to Spot Your Skin Problem

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How to spot your skin problem

Your skin is the largest organ you have. Skin is designed to take a lot of grief from weathering, partying, and growing. Although most of us have a routine for exercise and face care nailed, we may forget all about our skin as a whole. Patches get left behind, and it’s only when the real pain and irritation kicks in that we start to worry and toy with the idea of speaking up. Here are a few symptoms to put your mind at ease.

Eczema

Eczema is the most common skin problem. Unfortunately, its susceptibility is inherited like asthma and hay fever so that you could develop it at any time in your life. It affects between 10- 20% of children and 3% of adults.

So what are the signs to look out for? Itching is the first one. This mostly appears on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, or feet. The skin, regardless of area, should become irritated, dry, and pink. The affected area should then become scaly, and sometimes the affected areas can produce an oozing, crusting condition.

The exact cause is unknown, but it’s worth avoiding scented products on your skin should you be worried you’re developing it. But none of these symptoms are fatal, and there are appropriate treatments out there, so all is not lost. With proper treatment, the condition can fade and be manageable.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is, like eczema, widespread. The disorder produces thick red plaques covered with silvery scales.  Most people get the rash on their elbows, knees, and lower back; although any skin surface may be involved, it can also occur in the nails and body folds too. Psoriasis starts as small red bumps, which enlarge and become scaly. The skin appears thick but may bleed easily if the scales are picked or rubbed off.

Furthermore, the rash may produce pitted, cracked, crumbly, or lose nails. The most noticeable feature of this can be a rash that doesn’t heal properly. The actual cause is unknown, but skin injuries (cuts/ scrapes/ surgery, etc.), emotional stress, and infections can be common triggers. It’s not contagious and can be treated with a series of moisturizing creams and vitamin D.

Rosacea

Rosacea mainly affects the skin on the face. It mostly causes redness on the chest, back, and neck. Unfortunately, it can also affect the eyes, making them irritated, red, and watery. Some people also suffer from solid red bumps and pus-filled pimples. The vital signs to look out for are itching, swelling, persistent redness, burning, plaque build-up, and skin thickening.

Again the actual cause for this skin problem is unknown, and while there are ways to keep the condition under control, you cannot eradicate it forever.

Acne

Acne is rife amongst skin problems. We all get mild acne when we have a breakout, but some people have it far worse than others. One of the most significant jump starters is a hormone imbalance. This is why teenagers are the biggest suffers. Hormones put your skin oil production into overdrive, which can cause pimples, soreness, and reddening.

The second biggest symptom is a build-up of bacteria on the skin. The exact cause is unknown. However, the stress and puberty are both related. Acne treatment isn’t hard to find, and it can be kept under control with creams, pills, and keeping calm.

Have you noticed any skin problems or conquered your skin battle?

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