On its website, The American Academy of Dermatology lists 69 different skin disorders that affect both children and adults. The list includes diseases that range from everyday irritations like acne and dandruff to severe skin diseases like melanoma and shingles.
As we age, we hope to put pesky skin problems behind us, preferring to focus on more cosmetic issues like wrinkle reduction. But according to the AAD, 1 out of every 3 people in the U.S. is suffering from a skin disorder.
While there is not one official list of the most common skin disorders, there are five that are typically regarded as the most common:
1. Acne – No surprise here. This disorder that causes embarrassing pimples on the face, neck, back shoulders and chest affects over sixty percent of American adults. Hygiene is rarely the problem: hormone production, heredity and diet are more often the causes of adult acne.
2. Skin Cancer – One million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, making it the most common type of the life-threatening disease. The most frequent forms of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma .
3. Eczema – “Eczema” is a catch-all term to describe a number of non-contagious skin conditions that are characterized by red, dry, itchy, inflamed skin. Eczema typically affects elbows and hands.
4. Psoriasis – This is a chronic disease that develops when a person’s immune system sends erroneous signals that result in rapid skin cell growth. New skin grows in days rather than weeks, causing red or white scaly patches to appear on knees, elbows and scalp. Psoriasis can begin at any age, and is typically hereditary.
5. Rosacea – Rosacea is also a chronic condition that typically affects middle-aged, fair-skinned women. It is characterized by facial redness, flushing and visible blood vessels. Rosacea gets worse over time, and can also affect ocular health.
Skin is the body’s largest organ, so it should come as no surprise that suffering from a skin condition can have serious effects on overall health and quality of life. If a skin condition is disrupting your sense of well-being or appearance, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today to find out how Dr. Zimmet and his team can help you.