There are three more common skin diseases that many people suffer from. These diseases can cause skin sensitivity and other issues. It is important to see a dermatologist if you think you might be suffering from one of them. They will be able to prescribe medications that can help. There are also natural treatments that can be done at and around home to ease discomfort. It is important to understand your skin and any ailments your skin suffers from.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that is characterized by a build up of dead skin cells. It is a recurring condition whose sufferers have an over growth of new skin cells that don’t allow the dead cells to flake off fast enough, causing a scaly mass. This mass can become inflamed and can ooze at times. Psoriasis most commonly affects the elbows, knees, scalp and chest. Both men and women can suffer from this disease and it can begin at any age.
Because psoriasis is chronic, it is important to regularly see a dermatologist. But, if you would also like to try some alternatives to medication here are some tricks that may help keep your skin looking healthy and lessen your outbreaks. Natural sunlight can help clear psoriasis. The ultraviolet rays of the sun help suppress the over-active immune response that causes psoriasis. Always where sunscreen, and avoid sunburn which can make psoriasis worse. Coal tar found in shampoos, lotions and creams can help soothe psoriasis, but should not be used if you plan to spend time in the sun as it makes the skin more vulnerable to sunlight.
Seborrhea is a disease that effects the sebaceous glands, found beneath the skin layers. It is often mistaken as acne or blackheads, but it’s difference is that it increases the skins oil production. This causes a thickening of the skin causing scaliness, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Seborrhea most common;y appears on the scalp, sides of the nose, eyebrows, behind the ears, and in the middle of the chest. But it can occur anywhere on the body. It is caused by a yeast that is in the hair follicles.
For mild cases of Seborrhea over-the-counter dandruff shampoos and ointments may be able to help. Look for coal tar, zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide in the ingredients. Sunlight may help too. If it is more than mild your dermatologist will be able to prescribe something stronger to help.
Eczema is also referred to as atopic dermatitis. Dermatitis can be triggered by almost anything; eczema is a reaction to something you have touched or that has touched you. The trick is to find out what causes it and avoid that thing. Eczema can cause itching, blistering, crusty patches, dryness and reddened skin. It can happen anywhere on the body and to anyone. Eczema is caused by your immune system reacting abnormally. It overreacts. Strengthen and boost your immune system with vitamins, supplements, teas and other natural remedies. Two tablespoons of Omega-3 fatty acids each day will help, double the dose for more troubling eczema. Stress can make eczema worse and taking vitamin B-complex can help soothe both stress and eczema. Any vitamin and mineral mix supplement taken regularly can help. Drinking green tea, which is rich in antioxidants, can clear out free radicals and help give the immune system a good boost.
If these at home remedies are not helping you out any then it is definitely time to visit your dermatologist for some suggestions on medications and topical treatments. Never try home therapies without discussing them with a doctor first. If you think you have a skin disease it is important to have it diagnosed by a professional.
Resource: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Better Skin by Lucy Beale