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 is the most common of the skin problems. Unfortunately its susceptibility is inherited like asthma and hay fever, so 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 perfumed products on your skin should you be worried you’re developing it. But none of these symptoms are fatal and there are relevant treatments out there, so all is not lost. With relevant treatment the condition can fade and be manageable.
Psoriasis is, like eczema, very common. 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 loose 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 moisturising creams and vitamin D.
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 red solid bumps and pus-filled pimples. The key 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 is rife amongst skin problems. We all get mild acne when we have a break out, but some people have it far worse than others. One of the biggest 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?
Louise Blake is a first time mum! She works as a design account manager for Salcura and loves all aspects of beauty, architecture and home design. She’s often spending hours on Pinterest and burying her head in home design magazines. She’s a huge animal lover, and when not out taking her dog for nice long walks, she can be found doing yoga or Pilates.