Skin Disorders

Written by Kimberly Clark
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The skin is the body's largest organ and possibly the hardest working one. The skin is responsible for protecting us from injury and foreign invaders. It also regulates our body temperate and excretes toxins.

Yet with all it does, it is still probably one of our most vulnerable body parts. The list of disorders that afflict the skin is quite extensive. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in four people seek medical attention for some sort of skin disorder.

Common Disorders

Most skin disorders tend to be more of a nuisance than deadly, but since our skin is so highly visible, any defects in it can bring on a great deal of emotional stress for the patients. Acne is considered the leading chronic skin disorder. A person infected with acne produces an excess of sebum or oil, which when coupled with bacteria, overfills the hair follicles, eventually causing them to rupture and form cysts. The onset of acne generally occurs during puberty because the sebaceous gland is stimulated by the rising levels of hormones.

Many people are also regularly infected and thus require treatment for fungal infections such as athlete's foot and ringworm. Both of these conditions exhibit themselves as dry patches of scaly, inflamed, and itchy skin. Other common chronic skin disorders are rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.

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