Dare to Bare Your Skin?
Acne is one of the most common skin diseases, often regarded as red bumps, pustules or even nodules. While it is not a life-threatening condition, acne can be extremely painful and causes both physical and emotional scarring. It’s not just the teenage who suffer – there are plenty of adults with acnes seek medical help as they enter the workforce.
Hormonal changes, unhealthy lifestyle, stress, inappropriate skincare regimen, chemicals or cosmetics, certain drugs, physical pressure on the face such as helmet strap and eyewear can cause acne.
Acne can be treated with topical medications, oral antibiotics, radio frequency and laser treatments. Acne scars and open pores can also be reduced with laser resurfacing procedure.
What We Can Do
The earliest phases of rosacea starts with the gradual reddening of the skin, and the patients may mistakenly self-diagnose themselves as having acne. Rosacea, unlike acne, has no blackheads or whiteheads.
Aside from frequent flushing, rosacea sufferers may experience swelling, itch and even peeling of affected areas. Sun exposure, hot and spicy food or drink can easily aggravate facial flushing. Make-ups, sunscreens or other ointment applied can trigger a burning and stinging sensation. Rosacea can also generates red, sore or gritty eyelid margins, even enlarged nose with prominent pores.
There are several theories regarding the cause of rosacea, including genetic, environmental, vascular and inflammatory factors. Chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation also plays a part.