Dealing with the Face Monster; Skin Blemishes

Oh, what an unhappy feeling and a dent to one’s self image when you look into the mirror for a make-up , only to spot a giant bump on your face. It is absolutely tempting and often a pleasing sensational pain to go heavy handed on the bump. Popping a ooze or itching your hive causes your skin to physically break-apart , making it more susceptible to infection and even a bigger problem than what was originally there in the first place.
Dr Dendy Engelman  M.D Certified Dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and cosmetic surgery in New York City opened that to keep your complexion fresh, flawless and prevent damage like  broken blood vessels, avoid DIY-ing ( DO IT YOURSELF) these common skin conundrum.
Skin blemishes maybe due to environmental influences or genetic. Some skin blemishes might not be difficult to treat before it goes while others can be life threatening. All the skin disorders differs greatly in symptoms and severity. It is advisable that when you have skin problems, you contact a dermatologist to seek advice and proper medical treatment.
Temporary skin disorders includes
Contact Dermatitis -a condition which arises as a result of contact with chemical or other irritating materials which can cause the skin to become itchy, red and inflamed.
 keratosis pilaris  It is a disorder that causes small, rough bumps on the skin. There are typically red or white and don’t hurt or itch, medicated creams can be used for treatment.
Chronic skin disorders are permanent which in most cases are present from birth and can also appear later in life. There are some treatment that can make it remissible for some periods, however they can reappear at any time.
Let’s take an outlook on some of the skin blemishes:
 The medical term for mole is melanocytic nevus and refers to a common small tan or brown spots on the skin. Sun exposure in childhood can cause an increase in the number of moles. Irregular moles can develop into a skin cancer called Melanoma and should be promptly examined by a dermatologist.
• Acne
 This is common in teenagers and young adults , which is mostly linked to changes in hormonal levels during puberty. It causes spots, oily skin which can be painful to touch, however acne can’t be cured, but can be controlled with treatment.
Also known as Urticaria, is an outbreak if swollen, pale red bumps on the skin that appear suddenly. It normally causes itching , burn or sting. In cases like this, test will depend on your medical history and a thorough exam by your primary care doctor or dermatologist.
 Is a condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy , red and rough as a result of hereditary or environmental factors. Eczema is not curable, but there must be a treatment plan, such that after an area of skin has healed, it is important to keep looking after it.
A virus that often affect children. It is characterized by itchy, red blisters that appear all over the body. Causes of chicken pox infection cases occurs through contact with an infected person i.e. the virus is contagious. Tell your doctor right away if you are exposed to the disease.
 Are benign ( not cancerous) skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of the skin. Virus that causes warts are called human papilloma virus (HPV). You are at a damage to get the virus, if you cut or damage your skin.
Here are some of the symptoms of skin blemishes :
°Raised bumps that are red or white
° Rashes which might be painful or itchy
° Scaly or rough skin
° Ulcer
° Open sores or lesions
° Discoloured patches of skin
° Loss of skin pigments
It is important to be aware of the causes of skin blemishes , so as to be wary of them. They are:
° Bacteria trapped in skin pores and hair follicles
° Fungus , parasites or microorganisms living in the skin
° Viruses
° Weakened immune system
° Contact with allergens or irritants
° Contact with someone’s infected skin
° Sunburn as a result of sunlight
° Genetic factors
Here are some helpful tips to prevent infectious skin disorders:
– Avoid direct contact with the skin of someone who have an infection
– Always wash your hands with soap and warm water regularly
– Before using public places such as toilets, gym equipment, ensure they are very clean
– Don’t share personal items, such as hairbrushes or swimsuits.
– Eat a nutritious diet
– Get vaccinated against disorders such as chickenpox
– Avoid environmental and dietary allergens
– Endeavor to wash your face with cleanser and water regularly
– Use moisturizer to make the non infectious diseases moist e.g Acne
Our skin health is as important as our well being. While some conditions require the attention of a primary health care doctor or dermatologist, one can attend to some personally. Proper treatment hinges on the symptoms observed, it is imperative to talk with a dermatologist to determine the best treatment methods.

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