Ask Away...: Under My Skin: Top 5 Skin Complaints That Aren't Harmful

Friday, February 10, 2017

Under My Skin: Top 5 Skin Complaints That Aren't Harmful

The skin is the biggest organ in the human body. It is also the only organ that sits on the external barrier, all others being safely kept within your body. As a result, your skin reflects your lifestyle habits - for example, if you tend to have an active nightlife, it’s likely that your skin will appear pale and tired -, and acts as a shield against the attacks of the environment around you. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that the skin indeed can suffer some health issues. However, it’s good to understand the different types of harmless damages that you can observe on your skin: Indeed, not every skin issue is a harmful disease out to get you. Learn to read the signs and to protect your skin against these 5 most common health issues that are a little annoying but completely safe.

#1. Hive Rash

Hive rashes are also known as urticaria, weals, and welts. The best description has been provided by one of its lesser known name: Nettle rash. If you have experienced nettle rash in the past, you will easily remember the raised and itchy rash that appears on your skin and can last for a few minutes to a couple of days. Hives can itch, sting or burn, which is not very pleasant, but they represent no further health complication. They disappear easily by themselves. However, if the itch is too strong, you can have to ask your doctor for steroid tablets to stop scratching the affected area. Some people soak the area in milk to soothe the itching or stinging sensation, others like to apply a layer of soap and let it dry to form a protective shield onto the hive rash.

#2. Wrinkles

Wrinkles are the least pleasant of skin conditions, yet they are the most natural too. Wrinkles occur when your skin loses its natural firmness and elasticity, which is a common aging process. Thankfully, beauty shops have numerous anti-wrinkle products to offer and actively rehydrate and re-tense the skin. A healthy lifestyle will also help to delay the aging signs on your face so that you can use the anti-wrinkle creams as a preventive method instead. Finally, if wrinkles are too much to bear, you can turn to Botox injections to fill the wrinkled area and facial surgery to tense your skin.

#3. Eczema

Eczema is a very common non-contagious skin condition that is identified by an inflamed, red and itchy skin. While the triggers are unknown, eczema is often related to stress, allergens, and irritants. Most meditations will treat the trigger factors only.

#4. Skin Tags

Skin tags are soft and non-cancerous skin outgrowths that can appear everywhere the skin is rubbed against itself. You can remove those pesky skin tags by applying tea tree oil on them, or using apple cider vinegar. Some larger tags can be removed with medical assistance, such as on the eyelids for example.

#5. Psoriasis

Psoriasis refers to thick, red patches of skin covered with white scales. This happens when your immune system triggers the growth of new skin cells too quickly. Commonly, ointments and creams can help healing the skin. Larger areas can be treated with light therapy.

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