The skin is the body’s largest organ, so it’s no wonder that at some time or another we have all suffered from some form of skin disorder – millions of people do.
The skin is the first line of defense against dirt, germs and other foreign objects. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most vulnerable organs of the body. Whether you suffer with a rash, itchy skin, skin fungus or infection, skin bumps, or skin tags, there’s a variety of treatment options available. If you have oily, dry skin, or the dreaded combination skin, there are ways to combat those conditions and keep the skin clear and healthy. Though seldom life threatening, skin disorders can be uncomfortable, may cause chronic disabilities, and can be embarrassing, leading to psychological stress.
Although there are countless skin disorders, some benign and some serious, the following are generally considered the top five most common skin disorders:
Acne – 80% of Americans will have acne at some point in their lives, and 60% will continue to experience it into adulthood. Acne appears when the passageway that connects the skin’s pores to the oil glands becomes clogged. Acne, which appears most often on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back, can come in many forms. Whiteheads and blackheads are the most commonly known; nodular and cystic acne are more severe because they form deep in the skin and can cause scars.
Eczema – Eczema is a general term for a group of medical conditions that causes itchy, inflamed skin. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic eczema affects approximately 10-20% of children, while Eczema, in all its other various forms, affects approximately 1 -3% of adults.
Seborrheic Dermatitis – this skin disorder causes oily, waxy patches to develop on the scalp, is distinct from other forms of dermatitis and it affects approximately 5% of all people. It can affect babies, typically in the first six months of life in the form of “cradle cap” — a flaky, dandruff-like condition on the scalp. After the symptoms clear up, it rarely appears again until puberty.
Skin Cancer – skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer annually, and 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types of skin cancer. But 75% of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma, the third most common form.
Sun damage, or excessive exposure to ultraviolet light, is a leading cause of skin cancer (squamous cell cancer), although genetics play more of a role in basal cell and melanoma.
Psoriasis – this is a chronic, and potentially disfiguring, genetic disease. It is a buildup of excess skin tissue that looks red and thick and is covered with silvery scales. It first appears on the elbows and knees, but can spread to other parts of the limbs and even the trunk. Certain forms of psoriasis affect particular areas like the hands, scalp or the joints.
Genetics, poor diet, poor hygiene, poor stimulation of the circulatory and excretory systems and subsequent build up of toxins, are the root causes of many skin disorders. To find clearly explained, medically accurate information regarding conditions, including an overview, symptoms, causes, diagnostic procedures, and treatment options, we recommend SkinDisorders.net. This site has been developed as a “one-stop” resource bringing together high quality, evidence-based information on all of aspects of skin disorders, including their treatment and management and the impact they have on patients.
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