Skin Care Problems

At some point, everyone will suffer from some type of skin problem, such as acne or wrinkling. While some of these skin problems are inevitable, we can take certain steps to reduce or prevent others altogether. For example, by eating healthy, avoiding smoke and following the proper methods for maintaining healthy skin, people can significantly reduce the number of wrinkles they will develop.

Skin problems can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • age
  • allergies
  • diet
  • exercise
  • hormonal changes or imbalances
  • infections
  • insect bites
  • medical conditions
  • medications
  • the sun.

Depending on the cause of the skin problems, patients will experience a variety of symptoms, including any combination of the following:

  • blisters
  • bumps
  • dryness
  • general irritation
  • itchiness
  • redness
  • swelling
  • tenderness.

While some skin problems have causes that are easily identifiable (such as acne), others have causes that are more elusive. If you are experiencing skin problems, see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. Your doctor can determine whether you skin problems are being caused by a serious underlying condition.

In this section, we will discuss various skin problems. Our articles will outline the causes, symptoms and treatments for each.

Acne

Acne, a skin condition marked by clogged and irritated pores, zits and pimples, affects over 80 percent of children and young adults between 12 and 24 years of age. Although many tend to think that acne is primarily a skin problem that adolescents deal with, in fact, acne can affect anyone, regardless of age.

While acne is unsightly and can be embarrassing, it is usually not a serious skin problem. However, to reduce emotional distress and prevent long-term acne scarring, getting treatment in the form of prescription medication is one of the best ways to deal with acne.

Aging Skin

As skin ages, it looses essential collagen and elasticity, causing it to wrinkle and droop. While the aging of skin is inevitable, people can take specific measures to limit damage to their skin and, therefore, prevent wrinkles.

Many substances can damage the skin, including pollution, smoking and previous injuries. However, of all of the potentially harmful substances to which our skin is exposed, sunlight is the most damaging, causing the skin to age faster than any other factor.

The older we get, the more and more our skin has come into contact with potentially harmful substances. As a result, learning how to properly take care of skin is essential to manage aging skin.

Dry Skin

Like acne, dry skin is a skin problem that can affect people of all ages. Similarly, just as dry skin can affect anyone, so too can it affect nearly any area of your body.

In most, dry skin is marked by redness and itchiness. Some of the common causes of dry skin include:

  • age
  • genetic history of dry skin
  • seasons (People are more likely to have dry skin during the autumn and winter seasons.)
  • soaps
  • sunburn.

To prevent and treat dry skin, avoid washing your hands too much. Additionally, use sunscreen when you are outdoors and regularly apply moisturizer to dry skin.

Resources

FamilyDoctor.org (n.d.). Skin Rashes and Other Changes. Retrieved October 25, 2007 from the Family Doctor Web site: http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/tools/symptom/545.html.

NetDoctor (April 1, 2005). Coping with Dry Skin. Retrieved October 25, 2007 from the NetDoctor Web site: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/health_advice/facts/dryskin.htm.