Monday, 6 July 2020

4 Skin Conditions That People Always Mix Up

It seems that the temperatures are going to rise again. Maybe there’s a chance for a British summer after all for those of us who have replaced their yearly trip abroad by a staycation holiday. It doesn’t matter where you go for your summer break. We all know how to recognise a Brit on holiday: they’re turning a delicate shade of dark pink in the sun! 

However, other skin conditions could also turn your face red without sun exposure. The typical sun rash, for instance, is unpleasantly common in summer. Most people experience a minor rash as a result of sweat, sunscreen protection allergy, the friction of the fabric on the skin, etc. In other words, you could turn red without getting a sunburn. Here are four different conditions that can affect skin pigmentation and are easily confused. 



Psoriasis
You might have heard of the autoimmune disease that creates red, dry, itchy, and scaly areas on the skin. Psoriasis, unfortunately, is a genetic disease, which means that if there’s a history of it in your family, you may be at risk. The autoimmune condition can be triggered by a variety of symptoms and typically starts in adult age – which means it could happen to you tomorrow! Thankfully, however, in 75% of cases, topical cream applications such as Grahams Psoriasis Cream can improve the skin dramatically and keep red patches under control. 


Eczema
Eczema is an allergic reaction to a trigger. Most people are familiar with the condition, which is why other less common skin issues such as psoriasis or rosacea are often confused with eczema and overlooked. In doubt, you should also consult a GP to make sure you’re using the right products! You can quickly soothe your skin with safe, natural remedies as recommended by Holland and Barrett, such as coconut oil and honey. However, to prevent the allergic response, you should identify your triggers and protect your immune system. 


Acne
How can one mix up acne with any other skin condition? The answer is simple: Many allergic or autoimmune skin conditions can develop pimples and bumps similar to acne. One other issue that becomes more visible in summer is acne scars. In summer, when the skin is exposed to the sun, it can dry out some areas quicker than others. Red acne dents or raised scars tend to get more difficult to hide. Most people revert to cosmetic treatments to help the skin heal. Treatments that remove the outer layer of skin and boost collagen production can remove acne scars. 


Rosacea 
Rosacea can affect up to 10% of the population, typically between 30 and 50 years old. It can appear out of the blue and cause red and swollen patches to appear on your face. It’s not curable, but most people find relief with topical cream treatment, medication or laser therapy. On the first onset, it can easily be confused with eczema or sunburn. However, if the red patches don’t disappear, you will need to make an appointment with your GP to receive a diagnosis. 


Red patches that appear on the face can flare up for a variety of reasons. Don’t dismiss skin redness in summer. It may not be a summer rash or your typical sunburn. More often than not, understanding your skin issues is the first step to managing the condition and getting it under control! And remember: your GP can provide much better support than self-medication! 

*This is a collaborative post*




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