RASHES & SCALY SKIN
When Should You Be Concerned?
You Should Be Concerned If:
The rash is all over your body. You have a fever with the rash.
The rash is sudden. The rash spreads rapidly. The rash begins to blister.
The rash is painful. The rash is infected.
Lichen Planus is a common skin condition that can occur on the skin, in the mouth, on nails, scalp, and genitals. It can affect any individual, though is most common in adults. Lichen planus in the mouth is more common in women. In most cases, the cause is unknown and it is not contagious.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect the skin, cutaneous lupus, or affect your internal organs, systemic lupus. Lupus is more common in women ages 15 through 50. Common triggers for lupus of the skin are medications, stress, infections, serious injuries, or sunlight or UV light.
Pityriasis Rosea is a common skin condition that can occur at any age, but is more prevalent in ages 10 to 35. It is also common during pregnancy. It presents as a rash, typically with a single large patch that is often called the herald or mother patch or with smaller patches called daughter patches.
RASHES & SCALY SKIN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO DEVELOPS ACNE & WHY?
Although teenagers most commonly develop Acne due to changes in hormones, people of all ages can get Acne. Some adult women experience Acne due to hormonal changes, their menstrual cycles, stress or starting and stopping birth control pills.
IS ACNE CAUSED BY MY DIET?
Contrary to what some people think, greasy foods and chocolate have little effect on acne. Studies are ongoing to determine whether other dietary factors — including high-starch foods, such as bread, bagels and chips, which increase blood sugar — may play a role in Acne.
IS ACNE CAUSED BY DIRT?
Acne isn’t caused by dirt. In fact, scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse. Simple cleansing of the skin to remove excess oil and dead skin cells is all that’s required.
WHAT ARE RISK FACTORS FOR ACNE?
- Hormonal changes in teenagers.
- Women and teenage girls, two to seven days befrore their periods and pregnant women.
- People using certain medications, including cortisone.
- Direct skin exposure to greasy or oily substances, or to certain cosmetics applied directly to the skin.
- A Family history of Acne — if your parents had Acne, you’re likely to develop it too.
- Friction or pressure on your skin caused by various items, such as telephones or cell phones, helmets, shoulder pads and chin straps in football, backpacks.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT ACNE SCARRING?
Learn more about acne scarring treatments here.