- Acne – One of the most common skin problems. Nearly all of us are troubled by it at one point.
- Skin Tags – Harmless but visually displeasing tags which appear on our skin in a number of areas.
- Stretch Marks – These marks usually appear after weight gain, pregnancy or muscle increase.
- Cellulite – Incredibly common amongst women. Causes the skin to look uneven and puckered.
- Spider & Varicose Veins – These veins can be visually obvious and sometimes pose health risks.
This portion of the site will look at cosmetic & common skin conditions. So that’s everything that has an impact on the way we look but doesn’t necessarily have to involve the skin (although most do).
Some skin conditions can be serious if they get infected. If you get to the stage where you’re bleeding from scratching then you should probably see a doctor.
The Length of Treatment
Many people want miracle overnight cures for their conditions. Unfortunately this isn’t possible most of the time. Usually the treatments involves a long-term course of treatment which focuses on doing something consistently (like taking certain medication, having a certain diet, or using a certain device). However everyone is different and reacts at different speeds to treatments. One thing you shouldn’t do is always be poking or prodding the problem area! Just apply the relevant treatment and then try to ignore it as much as you can. Of course you should monitor the condition, making sure it doesn’t get worse, but you don’t want to make anything worse.
Causes of Skin Problems
It isn’t always obvious what causes skin conditions. You might not be able to do anything to prevent it. It doesn’t always come down to hygiene. For example, during puberty androgen levels rise. These enlarged glands produce more oil. Therefore this can break down cellular walls causing bacteria.
The Unknown Factor
In that situation no matter how clean your face was, there wouldn’t be anything you could do about it. With skin tags, they occur in places where skin rubs against other bits of skin. You obviously can’t control this. An example of this is your eyelids, they are constantly rubbing together. But you can’t keep your eyes closed all the time!
Likewise a big cause of cellulite can be your genetics and hormones. You can’t control this. There are things that make skin conditions worse though. Smoking and a bad diet can contribute to most skin conditions. Drinking can also have a negative impact as well. And don’t think hygiene doesn’t matter just because it isn’t one of the main causes, failing to wash properly will just make the conditions worse. Don’t worry, on this portion of the site will look at things to help you get rid of the skin conditions.
Most Common Skin Conditions
The most common condition is acne. It’s rare for people to avoid getting at least some during their lifetimes. Unfortunately it’s also one of the most visually obvious skin conditions because it mostly appears on the face. It’s also common on the back shoulders, chest and neck. It’s estimated that 80% of Americans have acne at some point. About 60% will even have it when they’re an adult. Eczema is also very common. Eczema causes very itchy rashes over many parts of the body; it’s usually a long-term disease but can be treated with moisturizer and specialist creams. It’s not always as obvious as acne, but it can be much itchier and very serious if it gets infected.
Warts are also surprisingly common. Statistically most people will develop warts at some stage during their life. They come in a variety of sizes and can appear everywhere. The most common areas for them to affect are the hands and feet. Unlike other skin problems these ones have a clear cause. They are spread by human to human contact or through surfaces which are infected with the human papilloma virus.
When are Conditions Involving the Skin Dangerous?
Most cosmetic conditions aren’t usually dangerous. However there is always an exception to the rule. Some conditions can be indirectly dangerous if they lead to infection. Anything which leads to infection can be dangerous – even a paper cut which gets infected! Some conditions like stretch marks have virtually no chance of hurting you. This is because they are only visually problematic; so you won’t scratch or itch them with the risk of breaking skin. Therefore infection is unlikely.
Just because most skin and cosmetic conditions aren’t dangerous, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek out a doctor to help you. Having some of these conditions can be directly linked to your happiness and well-being. So it’s important you get them sorted as soon as possible.
The Most Common Treatment Methods
It’s hard to speculate on the exact treatment without knowing something about a certain condition, so check out the links at the top of the page for more detailed information on cosmetic skin conditions. However generally speaking there are a wide range of treatments which can be used, like some of the following:
- Drugs – A very broad category. Whatever the problem there’s usually some sort of drug which can help. This could be in the form of a pill, supplement or cream.
- Electronic Devices – Some of the skin problems (but not all) can be helped by use of electronics.
- Lifestyle change – A change to your day-to-day lifestyle can at least help some skin conditions get better. A better diet and less alcohol & smoking can work wonders.
- Surgery – Not applicable for some conditions but surgery is the best solution for some cosmetic conditions like varicose veins.
- Time! – Yes, sometimes you just need time for your hormones to return to normal. Other times you may just need to wait for your body to heal itself naturally.
Stay Safe & Don’t Believe the Hype
Always be careful when buying products for conditions online. There aren’t any guaranteed overnight cures to a lot of skin based problems. Although manufacturers of many of the products & drugs will certainly imply they are and over exaggerate their effectiveness.
So don’t be taken in by the hype. Do your own research and don’t just go off “testimonials” you find on the internet. Remember that these companies are trying to make money and will do as much as they can to sell their products to you. You should always ask your doctor or dermatologist which products work the best. If there is a product which really does deliver great results, you can bet they’ll know about it.