Sudden Skin Conditions – Explained!

From eczema to psoriasis and acne, common skin conditions can be frustrating to deal with. Here are proactive steps you can take to get them under control. 

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a condition that causes patches of skin to become irritated and inflamed. Several factors can contribute to the development of eczema, including genetics, environmental conditions, and a weakened immune system. Eczema occurs most often in children and, while kids usually grow out of the condition as they age, others will experience recurring symptoms for life in periods of flares and remissions. The most common symptoms of eczema are

●     Flaking, scaling or peeling skin
●     Itchiness
●     Dryness and sensitivity
●     Blisters
●     Dark patches of skin

While there is no permanent cure, there are eczema treatment options to help keep your symptoms under control, including to:

  • Eliminate potential skin irritants. Many commercial skin care products contain harsh, irritating ingredients such as alcohols, fragrances and sulfates. Look for fragrance-free products made for sensitive skin.
  • Keep skin moisturized with prescription or over-the-counter creams and lotions.
  • Use steroid creams to control itching and inflammation.
  • Ask your doctor about light therapy.
  • Boost your immune system with a healthy diet, exercise, probiotics, and Vitamin D.

If you or your child have eczema, talk to your doctor about treatments. The same is true for the next two common skin conditions discussed: psoriasis and acne. 

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition with some similarities to eczema, but one that can be more difficult to control. Psoriasis causes likely include autoimmune ones, with genetics and environment likely playing a role. Psoriasis flares can be triggered by stress, injuries, infections, smoking and more. This skin condition can lead to red skin patches, dry, cracked skin that can bleed, itching, soreness, burning, and even stiff, swollen joints.

Like eczema, there is no way to get rid of psoriasis completely. However, you can often treat and manage flares; methods include to:

  • Keep skin moisturized with thick creams and lotions.
  • Try to avoid damage to the skin, such as cuts, scrapes, and infections.
  • Avoid medications that could worsen your psoriasis such as lithium, certain beta-blockers, and quinidine.
  • Control stress with tools such as exercise, meditation or breathing exercises.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and a balanced diet.

What is Acne?

Acne isn’t just a teenage problem. Many people continue to struggle with breakouts into their 20s and 30s, and even beyond. While usually less serious than eczema or psoriasis, acne can be an unsightly annoyance that may seem impossible to get rid of. Use patch-testing to find the right products for your skin. Apply one product at a time to the skin behind your ear for a few days. If it causes redness lasting more than a few minutes, stinging, burning or itching, or brings up blemishes, it’s not right for your skin.

Diet and hormones also play a role in acne. Dairy and foods with a high glycemic index such as refined pasta, white bread, and sugar can make your skin more oily and lead to breakouts. If you struggle with acne, replace these trigger foods with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and other foods found here

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