Skin Conditions

Written by Serena Berger
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There are a number of skin conditions that can keep you from looking and feeling your best. Some of them require diagnosis and treatment by a doctor, but there are several fairly common skin disorders that can be partially treated or avoided by using cosmetic or non-medical products. The most common skin conditions that people are seeking to treat are eczema and rosacea.

Serious Skin Conditions Are Not Uncommon

If you have eczema, your skin becomes overly dry and sensitive due to allergy or environmental factors. Many people with eczema would describe the resultant itching as consistently painful and distracting, and there is typically inflammation, redness, blistering, or scaly thickened skin that you can see and feel. The worst spots for eczema are usually the hands and feet, but anywhere on your body can be affected, including the face, neck, and upper chest.

If you do not treat it, eczema can persist and worsen for your whole life. If you have severe eczema, you may have to take as drastic a measure as relocating to control for humidity, or quitting a job which causes you stress. Of course you should also be treating your condition externally--high quality natural moisturizing products with no perfumes or dyes and extremely gentle cleansers are crucial for controlling eczema.

The other skin condition plaguing millions of people is rosacea. This is a potentially progressive disorder that generally affects the facial skin and eyes. The symptoms are redness and inflammation, and they can become permanent. If you have rosacea, you cannot use common acne treatments such as alpha hydroxy acids or topical retinoids, nor should you use anything containing alcohol. Gentle cleansers and physical sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are the products you really need, but you should also talk to a doctor about treatments to reduce the redness and swelling of your skin.


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