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Common Skin Problems

Everyone at some time in their life has had problems with their skin.  During teenage years, during pregnancy and older ages are the most common times to have various skin conditions.  Here we list some of the most common types of skin problems.


There are very few teenagers in the world that are lucky enough to go through adolescence without some amount of acne.  Hormonal changes in the body make acne almost impossible to avoid during this stage of life but there are ways to keep it under control.

Some may think that once we pass a certain age that acne will no longer be a problem but sadly this is not true for many people.  Sometimes it is simply a matter of washing the skin more frequently to avoid acne but washing too often can also cause drying of the skin if you are not careful.

If your acne is mild, drug stores carry many different medications now that are available cheaply to help control this problem.  If your acne condition is more severe, it is suggested to talk to your doctor or dermatologist who can provide more options and stronger medications to help with this condition

Dark Skin Patches

Many people suffer from dark areas on their skin.  Often these patches are on their face and can be caused by different factors including too much exposure to the sun.  Studies have found that people with darker skin tend to suffer more from dark skin areas than lighter people do.

There are many skin lightening products available on the market today.  A visit to your local drug store will likely give you many items to choose from.

Dark skin in intimate areas should be treated differently and these products are not usually sold in drug stores.  Find sites that can provide you information about anal bleaching and do some research.  You could also talk to your doctor or dermatologist about this skin problem.

Cold Sores

Some people get cold sores far more often than others.  There are some people that are lucky enough to go through their entire life and never get a cold sore and others can get them almost constantly.  Cold sores are a form of herpes and are not curable but are treatable.

There are ointments available to treat a cold sore outbreak once it has occurred.  These treatments can decrease the infection time as well as minimizing the pain or discomfort of the cold sore.

If you experience cold sores several times per month, it is suggested you talk to your doctor as there is now medication available to stop the outbreak of cold sores before it begins.  Depending on the severity of your condition, you may either take the medication daily to stop the outbreaks or just take the medication when you feel the ‘tingle’ – indicating that a cold sore outbreak is about to happen.

So even though cold sores are not curable, the treatments available today can make the condition a lot less painful and embarrassing as it used to be.


Psoriasis is a common skin condition, effecting over 3 million Americans.  As with cold sores, psoriasis can be treated but not cured.  It is unknown exactly what causes the condition, but it is thought to be caused by issues with the immune system as well as stress and infections.

Depending on the severity of the psoriasis, it is possible to treat the condition at home with a variety of items such as Vaseline, dietary supplements and humidifiers to help keep the skin moist.

There are also several treatments available through health professionals.  Medications such as steroids and anti inflammatories have been shown to help.  Vitamin A can sometimes help with psoriasis as well.

For more severe cases, photodynamic therapy can bring the psoriasis sufferer some relief.

Unfortunately, psoriasis is a chronic condition that can be very debilitating to some people.  Hopefully modern medicine can some day soon find a better way of treating this condition.

In our Next Article

We have only scratched the surface (no pun intended) of the many skin conditions that can effect the human body.  In our next installment we will talk about:

  • Rosacea
  • Warts
  • Eczema
  • Shingles