Skin Conditions overview
Published on July 16th, 2019
Last updated on February 20th, 2020
Your skin is your largest organ, protecting us from outside microbes, as well as being integral to temperature regulation. That said, there are many skin conditions which can impact your day-to-day life.
These issues can result in a wide range of problems, but general symptoms such as redness, painful bumps, and itching manifest with many of them. While not always, they’re usually caused by overactive or underactive sebaceous glands in your skin.
When a skin condition is present, the proper balance between creation and survival of various types of epidermal cells may be thrown out of whack. This imbalance can directly cause the specific symptoms of your condition.
Some of the most common types of skin conditions are allergic reactions, acne, and psoriasis. Allergic reactions only occur when exposed to a particular substance, but they can become life-threatening depending on the severity of the allergy.
Acne and psoriasis, on the other hand, are both chronic conditions which can be effectively regulated with medication. That said, while many forms of acne can often be cured, psoriasis cannot.
Let’s take a closer look at the different types of common chronic skin conditions and what causes them. Acne is most commonly associated with teens, but many adults also suffer from persistent, painful bumps on their face. It’s estimated that over 50 million people across the nation are currently dealing with acne.
Clogged hair follicles are the most common cause of acne, but it can also be related to genetics and hormone production. Other factors to keep in mind include friction and stress; however, neither causes acne but may exacerbate an existent case
Psoriasis affects around 7.5 million people in the US, and the most significant risk factor is family history. That said, stress and certain viral infections can also be a trigger. Obesity and smoking are two other factors that not only increase your chances of developing psoriasis, but also the severity of the condition itself.
If you or a loved one is dealing with a severe skin condition, be sure to talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Going over your symptoms is the best thing you can do to get your issue diagnosed and on the right path. However, let’s first take a look at what the independent evidence has to say about various skin conditions.