The 85%: Acne and Other Skin Diseases

Dermatology treats the largest organ of the human body: the skin. The skin serves, first and foremost, as the body’s first line of defense against injury and disease. However, the skin has skin diseases of its own that require special medical attention. Some skin conditions, of course, are milder than others. Arguably the most well known skin condition, acne, is relatively mild in that it doesn’t cause serious harm (with a few exceptions). On the other hand, melanoma, a form of skin cancer, can be terminal if not treated early on. It’s important for everyone to know about the conditions and diseases that can befall the skin.

There are quite of few skin conditions to be aware of. Here are three you should definitely be familiar with:

Acne: Acne is one of the most common skin conditions out there. Nearly 85% of people have acne at least once in their lifetimes. Currently, up to 50 million Americans have acne. Acne causes mild to severe irritation in the skin, and tends to be present in oily areas. Acne scars are the result of people scratching and picking the skin, something you should avoid. There are many acne treatments available, both over-the-counter and prescription-level.

Seborrheic Keratoses: Seborrheic Keratoses (KS) is a common skin growth that cause small to medium sized brown lesions. Although unsightly, they are benign and tend to affect people during old age.

Melanoma: Melanoma is a form of skin cancer characterized by the uncontrollable growth of pigment cells. Unless treated in its early stages, it can spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body and can result in death.

If you notice any of these conditions, you should see a dermatologist doctor immediately. Dermatologist doctors provide the best skin care treatments available. For more information, feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom.