Rosacea is a relapsing condition which often flares up and then goes through periods where it is less severe. The exact cause of the condition is actually unknown however, possible factors have been suggested which include abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face and a reaction to microscopic mites found on the face. There are also certain things that are known to trigger Rosacea. These include exposure to sunlight, stress, hot and cold weather, spicy foods, strenuous exercise, alcohol and caffeine. The main symptom that Rosacea causes is flushing and redness of the skin. However the condition can also cause burning and stinging sensations, spots and small blood vessels in the skin to become visible. For more information on Rosacea check out the NHS site, the Rosacea Support Group and the National Rosacea Society.
Vitiligo is the long term condition that causes pale white patches to develop on the skin due to the lack of Melanin, a pigment in the skin. It isn’t clear what causes the lack of Melanin however, the condition has been linked to problems with the immune system and nerve endings in the skin. Vitiligo can affect any area of the skin but it most commonly occurs on the areas of skin that are exposed to the sun. These include the face, neck and hands. The condition varies from person to person with some people getting a few small patches while others get big patches that eventually join together to form large areas of the skin. Theses patches are usually permanent. For more information on Vitiligo, check out the NHS site, the British Skin Foundation and the Vitiligo Society.
Acne is a common skin condition. It causes spots to develop on the skin usually on the face, back and chest. The spots can range from surface blackheads and whiteheads which can be deep, inflamed, pus filled and even cyst like. Acne can also lead to scarring. The condition is most commonly linked to changes in the hormone levels during puberty however, it can start at any age. It affects the oil gland next to the hair follicles in the skin. Certain hormones can trigger these glands to produce more oily substance called Sebum. Sebum is an essential substance and is what lubricates the hair and skin however, when too much is produced the Sebum and dead skin cells build up in the hair follicles causing a soft plug and an environment where bacteria can thrive. Once the clogged pores become infected with bacteria, inflammation occurs. The blocked pore may then cause the follicle to bulge and produce a whitehead. When the whitehead is open to the surface it usually darkens causing a blackhead. Although this may appear to be dirt, the colour is actually caused by the white head reacting with the oxygen in the air. This is known as oxidizing. Underneath the blackhead the pore is congested with bacteria and oil. Blockages in the skin can also develop deep in the follicles, when this occurs cyst like lumps occur deep beneath the surface of the skin. There are also many myths about Acne and many people believe that eating greasy foods, having dirty skin and using cosmetics can cause the condition however, that is not the case although hormone changes, certain medications, diet and stress are known to worsen Acne. For more information on Acne, check out the NHS site and the British Skin Foundation.
Birthmarks come in all different forms. They are coloured marks that are visible on the skin. Normally they are present at birth or develop soon afterwards. There are two main types of birthmark. Vascular, these are often red, pink or purple and are caused by abnormal blood vessels in/under the skin. There are also Pigmented Birthmarks, these are usually brown or tan in colour and are caused by a cluster of pigment cells. Examples of Vascular Birthmarks are Salmon Patch/Stork Mark, Infantile Haemangioma and Port Wine Stain. Examples of Pigmented Birthmarks include Cafe Au Lait Spots, Mongolian Spots and Congenital Melanocytic Naevi. The exact cause of birthmarks is not fully understood however, we do know that they are usually not inherited. Vascular birthmarks are caused by abnormal blood vessels in the skin whereas Pigmented birthmarks are caused by a cluster of pigment cells. For more information on Birthmarks, head over to the NHS site, the Birthmark Support Group and the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation.
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