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Aug 4

Five Common Skin Disorders

Skin disorders are not uncommon among adults, however this does not make them welcome. Skin disorders can range from mild to severe in both their side effects and the level of danger to your health. While some skin disorders can be treated easily, some cannot and will require all the attention they can receive. The following list includes five of the most common skin disorders, their treatment options, and the health risks involved.

Acne: Acne is the most common skin disorder. Acne occurs when the pores in your skin are frequently blocked by oil and dirt. Acne is not typically a cause for health concern, but severe acne can be painful and leave scarring. Acne is most commonly found on the face, back, and shoulders. Some acne can be treated with store-bought cleansers, but more severe acne may need the attention of a dermatologist-prescribed medication.

Seborrheic Eczema: Eczema is often described as scaly, flaky patches on the skin. This disorder is thought to be caused by either overproduction of oil in the skin or an irritating yeast known as malassezia. It most often effects the scalp, but can also be found in and around the ears, on the nose, on the back, and on the upper portion of the chest. Seborrheic eczema can be red and itchy, but it does not lead to any health problems. You can buy treatment creams and shampoos at the store, but if the results are not satisfying you can also visit your dermatologist for prescribed medication.

Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is the most common cancer. There are different types of skin cancer, and all of them need to be treated as soon as they are detected. Skin cancer often appears as dark spots that are uneven and discolored. Any new spot on your skin should be seen by a dermatologist as soon as possible. Skin cancer can spread to other parts of the body and become a larger problem than it was in the beginning.

Psoriasis: Psoriasis occurs when skin cells grow too quickly, resulting in large, discolored patches of skin. Some may be painful, but the embarrassment of the array of patches leads to sufferers seeking treatment. It is not curable, but it is treatable.

Warts: Warts are raised bumps on the skin that are typically harmless, as long as they are not in the genital area. Warts typically go away on their own, but if you do not want to wait, there are treatments that can be found in stores or you can have your dermatologist remove them.