We all want perfect skin, but when a medical condition leaves skin itchy, red or painful, it can be frustrating and even embarrassing. Here are five of the most common skin conditions and how they often show up on our skin.
Hands down the most common skin condition, acne is well known for plaguing the faces and lives of teenagers all over the world. Seventy percent of teens experience acne in some form, but adults are not immune to the perils of pimples. It’s caused by oily skin and clogged pores and can often be triggered by hormones, medications and diet.
2. Herpes or Cold Sores
Sometimes called fever blisters, these sores often appear on the mouth and lips but can sometimes break out on the nose, cheeks and even fingers. They’re highly contagious and are caused by the virus HSV, or herpes simplex virus. Experts estimate about 90 percent of the U.S. population has the virus.
This skin condition causes an itchy rash of dry skin. It most commonly appears on the feet, knees, elbows and face but is not limited to those areas. Medical experts believe it to be linked to allergies, asthma and potentially genetics.
This chronic disease causes skin cells to build up too quickly and form scales and red patches on the skin. The most common areas for the rash include the knees and elbows, but it can appear anywhere on the body. Over 3 million people in the United States suffer from psoriasis, and experts believe it may be triggered by a problem with the immune system.
5. Seborrheic Dermatitis
This skin condition causes oily, waxy patches of skin on the scalp. Because it usually occurs on the scalp and is partially hidden by hair, it is usually the least noticeable of the skin conditions listed. Babies often suffer from this skin condition, and in infanthood it’s commonly referred to as “cradle cap.” In adulthood, flareups are common during periods of cold weather and dry air, as well as times of stress.
If you are suffering from any of these skin conditions or you aren’t sure what is causing rashes or problems with your skin, Dr. Levine can help.