Skin problems can happen to people of any age. Almost everyone will be affected by some type of issue with their skin at various periods in their life.
Generally, issues with the skin will cause obvious symptoms such as redness, itchiness, rashes, spots or swelling. For a lot of people, this will simply clear itself up within a few days. However, for some, skin problems can be a frustrating and on-going battle.
There are hundreds of different skin conditions, some a lot more widespread than the others. We’ve put together a guide to three of the more common skin problems that people suffer with.
Acne is a skin problem that is often associated with teenagers, although it’s something that affects people of all ages. It does usually start in puberty, with most teenagers getting some form of acne, mild or otherwise.
Acne consists of painful and angry looking spots and bumps. It most commonly seen on the face, but can also affect other areas of the body. Reasons for getting acne vary, with some believing it’s genetic, and others believing that it’s simply a reaction to hormonal changes.
What we do know is that it happens when there are changes in the production of sebum, an oily substance found in the skin. It can block hair follicles which leads to outbreaks on the outer layer of the skin.
Our Obagi Clenziderm MD: Acne Therapeutic System is fantastic for fighting breakouts on the skin. Available as prescription only, it includes a cleanser, pore therapy and therapeutic lotion which, when combined, are a powerful tool against even resistant acne.
Eczema is defined as being a skin condition that causes the skin “to become itchy, red, dry and cracked.” There are lots of different forms of eczema, but the most common one is definitely Atopic Eczema. It’s seen mostly in children, but adults can also be affected by the disease. The skin affected most is often on the knees, elbows, neck and hands.
The condition happens to those who suffer with allergies, and is often genetic, with it very commonly affecting a whole family. It also often develops alongside existing conditions such as hayfever.
For those who suffer from eczema, it can be an ongoing battle that is triggered by every day stuff, such as soaps, food and the weather.
There isn’t a cure for eczema, but the symptoms can definitely be reduced and controlled by using the correct products. Moisturizing the skin is key to restoring the normal balance. In sensitive areas, such as the face and hands, Obagi Hydrate and Obagi Hydrate Lux can help rehydrate the skin, reduce itching and restore normal function.
Rosacea is a rash that mainly affects the face. It’s generally women who suffer from the condition, especially those who are middle aged onwards. When it first appears, it usually looks like the person is feeling a little flushed or sunburnt. It can then lead to persistent redness, spots, blood vessels and a burning sensation.
The official cause of rosacea is unknown. Some people believe that it’s a disorder of the blood vessels, whilst others claim that it’s caused by microscopic skin mites or fungus.
As with eczema, there is no “official” cure for the condition. However, you can dramatically reduce the symptoms by using products such as our Skinceuticals Redness Neutralizer. Designed for skin that suffers from inflammatory conditions, it hydrates the skin and reinforces a barrier that helps to reduce the appearance of redness.
Exposure to sunlight is known to be a powerful trigger for Rosacea. At the Skinstation we advise a Sunblock, such as Obagi Nu-Derm Matte Sun Shield, with a high SPF. It should be applied daily even, on days with limited sunshine to reduce outbreaks of Rosacea and prevent premature aging of the skin.
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