5 Most Common Skin Conditions and Solutions

Whether you like it or not, you will always be exposed to pollution, direct sunlight, stress, infection, sweat and other factors which can have a negative effect on your skin since it serves as our body’s protective outer-shell. Though it would seem impossible to totally avoid being exposed to skin irritants, it would make a big difference knowing what are the most common skin conditions and their effective treatments.

Acne

Teenagers are the ones mostly affected by acne, but many adults are still having trouble with it. High levels of humidity, stressful situations as well as sweating cause acne. The most stressful thing about acne is that sometimes it don’t only appear on your face, but also affects your back and some other embarrassing areas around your body. Though it’s difficult to deal with acne on your own, you can try the steps below to manage those breakouts.

  1. In the morning, use a facial wash with salicylic acid to unclog pores, followed by benzoyl peroxide topical (over-the-counter solutions are 2.5%-10%) to fight bacteria. If you have moderate to severe or resistant acne, use a prescription topical (or, in some cases, oral) antibiotic.

    2. At night, use the same salicylic acid face wash or a gentle cleanser if the twice-daily dose is too drying. Your doctor might also prescribe a retinoid such as differin gel to apply at night.

Dark Under-Eye Circles

Dark under-eye circles are often caused by too much stress, lack of sleep and bad eating habits. It may be hard to avoid stress but you can at least aim for a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water and getting enough rest. Doing so can significantly improve the quality of your skin.

You can also occasionally put two slices of cucumber or wet tea bags on your eyelids and relax for a bit.

Sunburns

Many people often neglect sun protection but UV radiation is very harmful for your skin. Sunburn is common to fair-skinned people because their skin does not produce enough melanin to protect them from the sun. But everyone should use sunscreen when exposed to long periods of time in the sun.

After-sun care is also as important as applying sunscreen. High levels of sun exposure can dry your skin, so applying moisturizer once you are indoors would be of great help. Vitamin E is also proven to help deal with sunburns.

Dry Skin

Cold temperatures and constant air heating may irritate your skin. Dry and itchy skin is normal during winter season so it is strongly suggested that both men and women apply moisturizers on a daily basis to soften the skin.

White Spots

White spots are a sign of sun damage that has killed the cells that produce color or melanocytes. These spots usually appear on your legs, arms and hands.

While you can’t make white spots disappear, you can conceal their appearance with a camouflaging cream (such as by Dermablend Corrective Cosmetics) to even out your skin tone.

Though this skin condition is considered common, be sure to have your skin checked by a professional skin care practitioner like Associated Dermatologists, as white spots may also signal a more serious skin disorder called vitiligo which is marked by white patches that slowly grow larger. With vitiligo, experts believe the body produces antibodies that attack and kill pigment cells, causing the gradual sapping of color.

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for the disorder, but treatments can restore some of the pigmentation. Topical or oral psoralen, for example, reacts with UV light to darken the skin.

Having some doubts with your skin condition? Get professional help before it’s too late. Associated Dermatologists is a Board-Certified Dermatologists Center providing Medical, Cosmetic, Surgical and Advanced Skin Rejuvenation Services so you can rest-assured that you are in good hands.