Common skin problems and how to avoid it

Everybody has a different skin type and in different weather conditions and external surroundings our skin is affected. Another thing is we all differ in terms of the color of our skin. If you’re paying attention in your anatomy class you should know that the skin is the largest organ of your integumentary system.

Our skin is covered in hair follicles and some people may appear hairless and some not, generally speaking there are two types of skin the hairy and glabrous skin. Unfortunately, because our skin is the first line of defence from external conditions the skin is prone to different type of ailments and problems.

Let us breakdown some of the most common skin problems and what we can do to avoid it.


acneBreakouts are not only for teenagers, all throughout our life, we can have small to big breakouts. Factors such as humidity, stress, sweating or the use of steroids can cause acne. Diet can also be a factor. To avoid unwanted acne, make sure to clean your face and whole body daily, use products that are best suited for your skin and always moisturize. You may also try using natural products to give your skin a healthy boost.



This type is injury is due to being exposed to harmful UV radiation. To avoid getting sunburned always use sunscreen or sun block.




An inflammatory skin disease that makes ones face look abnormally red. Proper hygiene and products are a must to avoid getting this condition.



eczemaThis skin disorder is itchy with patches of the skin becoming rough and inflamed. Although the exact cause is not known, it is studied that it is a response of the body’s immune system to an irritant and there are some that are hereditary.



athletesfootA fungal infection that occurs when a fungus grows on the feet. You can get it by direct contact with an infected person or by touching areas contaminated with fungus. Fungus that causes athletes foot is usually found at showers at locker rooms and at swimming pools. To prevent getting contaminated make sure that your dry between your toes, wear socks to absorb sweat, if you have sweaty feet use talcum or anti fungal powder.



hivesRed and itchy bumps caused by an allergic reaction to a drug or food. Stress and infections can also cause hives. Hives usually disappear on its own, if not, seek medical assistance immediately.




impetigoIt is a skin infection that is caused by bacteria. Although other factors that causes it is staphylococcal and streptococcus. It starts with pimple like sores surrounded by red skin. The sores appear on the face, arms and leg and can fill up with pus. Treatments include antibiotics but preventing is highly recommended since it is also highly infectious.


The above conditions are just a short list of skin conditions that we should be aware of. That is why, we should always practice proper hygiene and always use products that can protect our skin whether it is natural or store bought.



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