Common skin problems may be temporary or permanent, painful or painless, depending on their symptoms and severity. Some lifestyle factors or genetic mutations can cause skin problems. Common skin problems are not life-threatening. Common skin problems may cause rashes, inflammation, itchiness, or other skin changes. In this blog, you’ll go through some common skin problems, their causes, symptoms, and treatment.
What are common skin problems?
Skin is the largest organ of the body, covering and protecting your whole body by playing key roles. It holds in fluid and prevents dehydration, helps you feel sensations, such as temperature or pain, stabilizes your body temperature, and synthesizes (creates) vitamin D in response to sun exposure. Skin diseases include all conditions that clog, irritate, or inflame your skin. Often, skin diseases cause rashes, scaly or rough skin, fleshy bumps, discolored patches, or other changes in your skin’s appearance.
What are the causes of common skin problems?
Most common skin problems are caused due to trapped bacteria in skin pores, fungus or other parasites living on the skin, weakened immune system, contact with allergens, or genetic factors.
What are the most common skin problems?
There are the following most common skin problems as given below:
Acne is a worse skin condition when your skin pores are clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It causes blackheads, whiteheads, painful lumps, pus-filled bumps, or pimples. Causes of acne are sebum production, inflammation, bacteria, or dead skin cells. Mild acne can be treated with gels, soaps, pads, creams, and lotions. But for severe symptoms or acne-related complications, you should talk to your dermatologist. You can also try some home remedies to relieve acne symptoms.
ii. Cold sores
Cold sores are tiny blisters on the face caused by the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores appear on the mouth, lips, cheeks, or nose. They can also cause pain, swelling, burning, or pain inside your mouth. There is no proper treatment for cold sores. They heal themselves usually in 1-2 weeks. But to relieve the pain, some creams such as acyclovir or penciclovir can be applied.
Hives are itchy, and red welts that emerge due to skin reactions. They can vary in size, shape, and appearance. They can cause painful swelling, and batches of skin-colored bumps. Antihistamine and anti-itch medications provide relief from pain and itching.
A carbuncle is a cluster of painful, pus-filled bumps under your skin due to bacteria. It starts as a reddish bump that turns into a painful pus-filled lump until it ruptures. It mainly affects the face, back of the neck, armpits, thighs, or buttocks. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria mainly cause it. Its treatments include incision and drainage, antibiotics, or some gels.
Eczema is an allergic skin condition in which the skin becomes red, dry, and itchy. Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis. The common symptoms of eczema are rashes, small bumps on the skin, rashes on the scalp and cheeks, and darker skin. It is mainly caused due to dry skin, genes, a weak immune system, or environmental factors. One of the most commonly prescribed medications for all types of eczema is topical corticosteroids that heal the affected skin and prevent flares of symptoms.
vi. Other common skin problems
Some other common skin problems include blisters, rosacea, allergy, psoriasis, cellulitis, measles, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, lupus, vitiligo, wart, chickenpox, keratosis pilaris, ringworm, melasma, and impetigo.
Which health conditions can cause common skin problems?
Sometimes common skin problems are caused by underlying health conditions such as diabetes, lupus, pregnancy, stress, inflammatory bowel disease, or cancer.
What are the common treatment options for skin problems?
Many skin problems are curable. Standard treatment options to cure common skin problems are:
- Medicated creams, and ointments
- Vitamins or steroids injections
- Laser therapy
- Targeted prescription medications
Common skin problems are caused by many lifestyles, genetic, underlying health, or environmental factors. These common skin disorders can cause itching, redness, inflammation, dryness, patches, bumps, discolored skin, pimples, etc. The most common skin problems are acne, cold sores, hives, carbuncles, or eczema. Some other skin problems are blisters, warts, melanoma, melasma or psoriasis, etc. Some of the above skin problems heal themselves, while others can be treated by laser therapy, injections, antibiotics, gels& creams, antihistamines, etc.