When it comes to presenting ourselves to the world, the way our skin looks can make a significant impact upon our self confidence.
In some cases a skin problem can trigger a desire to withdraw and hide. But it is not the gradual signs of ageing that I am referring to here, but chronic skin conditions that are prone to producing intermittent flare ups, especially in times of high stress.
As a child I experienced bad seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp which would be itchy and leave a trail of scales behind me. I remember a particularly stressful period as a young adult when I was still working as a nurse and wasn’t familiar with the diagnosis of skin problems or natural medicine. The stress I was experiencing triggered a slightly annoying, flaky skin condition of the face, to suddenly erupt into a red, hot and ugly seborrhoeic dermatitis. Whilst most people were courteous enough not to mention the problem, I do remember having a few cutting comments like “what happened to your face”.
As I have got older and learnt about the importance of diet, lifestyle, self management and health in general, I no longer have to be concerned about those embarrassing flare ups. Training as a Naturopath and Formulation Chemist and my interest in the many types of skin conditions, has not only helped my own skin condition but has also resulted in my specializing in natural skin care.
The Right Skin Diagnosis Ensures The Right Treatment
It makes sense that if you want the right skin treatment you need to get the right diagnosis for your skin condition. This can be tricky, even for the expert, as several skin conditions can be occurring at the same time.
Identifying the skin disorder and its triggers is important when it comes to prescribing oral supplements as well as topical agents. Whilst one condition might be related to insulin resistance another might be related to a specific yeast, a fungus, a virus or allergen and subsequently will benefit from different oral treatments. And the same thing is true for topical products with some needing specific essential oils and extracts that help repair the skin barrier, replenish moisture, lift scale, or have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal/antibacterial effects.
The Most Common Skin Conditions Of The Face
The most common facial skin conditions that I see in my clinic are:
Seborrhoeic dermatitis: A skin condition that causes mild scale and redness in areas such as the brows,
the inner nose crease, cheeks and chin. It is frequently accompanied by flaking of the scalp and behind the ears;
Rosacea: Characterized by a butterfly appearance of persistent redness over the chin and nose. Telangiectasia (fine broken capillaries) can sometimes be seen along with papules (bumps) and the skin can feel thickened, dry, and flaky. Rosacea does not occur in the nasal crease;
Acne rosacea: This type of rosacea has pustules (acne like pimples) but can be distinguished from every day acne, by the absence of comedones (blocked hair follicle that produce white or blackheads). It similarly displays a butterfly shaped redness over the cheeks and nose;
Acne: Characterized by pustules (pimples), papules (bumps) and blocked hair follicles known as comedones (black or white heads). In males, acne can commonly be seen on the back also. In females the appearance of acne can vary with the menstrual cycle;
Perioral dermatitis: Characterized by a muzzle-like appearance of erythema (redness) seen on the chin
up to the nasolabial area. The area above the lips is spared. Papules (bumps) and small pustules (pimples) are present. The area can feel tight, hot and itchy. Sometimes the skin condition can occur around the eye area also (periorbital). Extreme redness can be distressing.
Tinea: Tinea barbae occurs in the areas of the face commonly covered by hair, such as the chin and lip. Seen in males only, this type of tinea is characterised by hair follicles that have pustules and red inflamed papules (bumps) with exudate and crusting. The hair can be broken off and scaling, circular, reddish patches can be seen. A red inflamed plaque can sometimes be seen where the papules have joined together.
Tinea facialis is another type of tinea that occurs on the face. Most commonly seen in children, tinea facialis looks like an oval or round ringworm with an elevated border and red, scaly patches that can be cleared in the middle .
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