What are common skin problems:
- Viral, fungal and bacterial infections such as shingles, athlete’s foot and cellulitis are commonly treated by antivirals, antifungals and antibiotics.
- Skin growths, such as moles and skin tags.
- Psoriasis, a long term skin problem that causes thick, white silvery or red patches of skin often treaded by steroids and vitamin D derivatives applied directly on the skin.
- Eczema, a long term skin problem that may cause itch and scaly skin.
- Rosacea, a skin disease that causes redness and pimples on your face, sometimes treated by antibiotics applies on the skin
Maintaining healthy skin is not a one-size-fits- all-approach. The right management strategy will depend on the condition(s) you are experiencing. Consider the following tips for general health.
- Eat healthy foods, including plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains
- Do not smoke, and avoid exposure to second-hand smoke, as the chemicals in cigarettes can make your skin age faster.
- Manage stress, as it can make some skin conditions worse.
- Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
- Choose skincare products recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)
- Hygiene, bathing and showering regularly will help with skin problems.
Detecting early signs of skin cancer:
Although moles, spots and growths on your skin are usually harmless, it is important to check your skin once a month and look for any of the “ABCDE” Warning signs:
A – Asymmetry – Normal ones are usually symmetrical
B – Borders – That are uneven, scalloped or notched
C – Colors – in many shades (brown, red, white, blue or black)
D – Diameter – greater than a 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser)
E – Evolution – any change in size, shape, color or height
If you notice any of these warning signs, visit your healthcare provider as soon as possible