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Skin disorders - (Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Rosacea)
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Skin Disorders are not life threatening but they can change the way a person looks and can be upsetting. Skin disorders can occur on not just a person's face but can appear all over the body and can be uncomfortable with itching, burning, and pain. While the reasons for some skin disorders are not clear, stress, pregnancy, and reactions to medications can affect skin health. Many skin disorders are work-related, stemming from pesticide use or exposure to wet tobacco, chemicals in factories or poison ivy from working in yards. Common skin disorders include acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.


  
Acne is a skin disorder in which the skin pores become clogged, leading to pimples and inflamed and infected lesions. This skin disorder has been associated with depression, anxiety and unemployment. Acne in adulthood affects both sexes about equally, though women are more likely to be concerned about it, says Dr. Michael Lin, a dermatologist in California. Dermatologists throughout the world recognize acne as a common problem, one that requires a variety of therapeutic approaches. Alan Shalita, Professor at the State University of New York Health Science Center believes that no other skin condition produces more emotional trauma than acne. Once the dermatologist determines that the problem is acne, numerous treatments are available.

And sometimes what looks like acne is actually a condition called rosacea, where excessive circulation creates a ruddy appearance. Rosacea is a livid facial rash that affects mainly middle-aged men and women with fair skin. No one knows what triggers rosacea but it may be linked to stress and long-term sun exposure. Similarly, Psoriasis is a genetically determined inflammatory and proliferative skin disease characterized by sharply demarcated, dull red and scaly plaques.

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests eliminating the intake of chocolate and fried foods would reduce the common skin disorders. Barbara Wilson, a professor of dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin believes that lots of fruits and vegetables are good for rosacea. The fiber in fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease, and the nutrients in fruits and vegetables have been shown to reduce cancer. Similarly, drinking plenty of water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices each day is considered better for the treatment of Psoriasis.

Sources:

1. Mitchell. Julie "Lotions won't prevent rosacea", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), August 25, 2003

2. Thompson, Mariko "Acne in adults often distressing as it is unwanted", CanWest Global Communications Corp. July 21, 2003



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