Do you know that there are hundreds of different skin conditions? Some of them are very minimal. You wouldn’t even notice it’s there. Others are so bad it can affect your overall health. Everyone has most likely been affected by at least one skin condition in their entire life. Today, we’ll be discussing the eight most common skin conditions in the United States. These conditions are so common you might not even know you have them. But don’t worry, a visit to a premier dermatologist can help diagnose whether you have these skin conditions and treat them too.
- Acne Vulgaris (Acne)
It’s one of the biggest problems teenagers are facing today. But did you know acne can affect anyone no matter what their age is? You can continue to have acne well into your 40s (if left untreated). Acne affects over 50 million people in the United States alone. Imagine how many more people all over the world are affected by it.
Acne is caused by excess oil production, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, and inflammation. Hormonal changes also trigger your acne. That’s why women are more affected by this condition. That’s also why it’s common for women to have pimples when they’re on their periods. Other factors that can worsen or trigger acne are stress, your diet, and certain medications. Acne doesn’t only result in pimples either. Pimples are just one symptom of acne. Whiteheads and blackheads are also common symptoms of acne. They typically appear on your face, chest, and back area.
- Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
One out of 10 people in the U.S. has atopic dermatitis. It’s the most common kind of eczema there is. It usually develops when you’re a child and can become a chronic condition. Meaning you’ll have to deal with it your entire life. You’ll know you have atopic dermatitis if you experience extremely dry, itchy, or painful rashes. If you are experiencing such symptoms, you should book an appointment with your dermatologist right away to get it diagnosed and treated. It’s a complex skin condition, and although there are treatments for it, there is no cure. All you can do is get treatment or therapy to relieve the pain and stress that the condition brings.
- Contact Dermatitis (Eczema)
This is another common form of eczema. But unlike atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis only occurs when you encounter something that might cause the rash. It’s usually caused by plants, jewelry, latex, bleach, or strong soaps. It’s an allergic reaction, and you won’t know you have it until you encounter the object that causes such a reaction. To get it diagnosed, you will have to undergo a patch test from a dermatologist. The good thing about contact dermatitis is that you can avoid it from happening by avoiding the object that causes the reaction. Unlike atopic dermatitis that people will most likely have to deal with their entire life.
Do you have abnormally rosy cheeks? It might be rosacea. It’s a skin condition that causes you to blush way more and much easier than most people. Sixteen million Americans are affected by this condition, and if you don’t diagnose the condition early, it can worsen. You might find it cute and attractive now, but it won’t be in the long run, especially if it starts to swell or thicken.
- Skin Cancer
In the United States, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. There are six kinds of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), lymphoma, and Kaposi sarcoma (KS). Wearing sunscreen with high SPF is particularly important, as this can prevent you from getting skin cancer. You should always keep an eye on any unusual marks or moles on your skin. If you notice something that wasn’t there before, you should get it checked, especially if you notice that it starts to grow or spread.
These are red patches of skin, often called welts, that can appear anywhere on the body and usually occurs during an allergic reaction. Itching and swelling can also occur. There are cases of chronic hives that occur for several days. Whether short-term or long-term, you should always get it checked. Usually, short-term hives that happen during an allergic reaction can be relieved with antihistamines. But if your allergic reaction is much worse than just hives, you should go to the emergency room immediately.
- Age Spots or Liver Spots
Age spots, liver spots, sun spots—whatever you want to call them—are small, dark spots that can appear on any part of the body exposed to the sun (face, hands, shoulders, arms, etc.). Many people mistake age spots for skin cancer, but age spots are harmless. Of course, it’s better to get it diagnosed to know for sure. Age spots don’t affect your health, but you can do so if you would like to get them lightened for cosmetic purposes.
- Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot)
Just because your feet are hidden away inside your shoes doesn’t mean you have to disregard them. Tinea pedis or athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that occurs when your feet get sweaty combined with tight shoes. If you start to notice a scaly rash developing between your toes, you should get it checked. Take note that this can spread onto any surface your feet touch. That means your shoes, towels, rugs, carpets, the floor, socks, bed, and blankets. If a family member were to come into contact with contaminated surfaces and objects, they would get infected, too. So don’t forget to check on your feet. Getting shoes that fit you properly, cleaning them regularly, and getting pedicures can help prevent athlete’s foot.
Don’t underestimate the benefits of having a skincare routine. Remember to take care of your skin, always wear sunscreen, and check on your body. You might have one of these skin conditions.