Sharing our Insecurities | Overview of the most common skin diseases | Part 1

Did you know that in medieval times, people with eczema or psoriasis were sometimes persecuted as lepers?

Skin. It’s what covers your entire body. Just like how a set of clothes and accessories can be a personal statement, skin is too. Whether it is from tanning, whitening or make up, there are certain ways people prefer their skin to look.

However, what happens when you have specific skin issues? What if your skin is a little drier, flakier and more sensitive than other people? Talking skin problems can be seen as a little gross, embarrassing and even socially taboo at times.

These are some of the most common skin problems you should know about.


This also called atopic dermatitis and it affects up to 20% of children and 3% of adults. It is an inherited, chronic inflammation of the skin.

Signs of eczema include patches of red, scaly and itchy skin, especially around the back of the knees, inside the elbows and around the wrists. In severe cases, skin may break, bleed and become infected.

The ASCIA advises that people with eczema should avoid environmental triggers such as chlorinated swimming pools, grass and overly heated rooms. It is extremely visible but eczema is non-contagious.

Contact Dermatitis 

You may sometimes confuse this one with allergies because that is exactly what causes it!

If the skin become in contact with an allergen or irritant such as wool, detergent, plant material, and some soaps and fragrances, it can become inflamed, burn and itch. This can then result in a weeping and oozing rash.

This is also non-contagious.


This one has been in the news recently because it is no secret Kim Kardashian has it.

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease with periods of flare-ups and remissions. Psoriasis produces plaques of thickened and elevated skin due to a rapid proliferation of skin cells. It looks like red itchy patches covered in silvery scales.

Unfortunately psoriasis can be hereditary, the good news however, is that its non-contagious. It can be controlled with ultraviolet light therapy, medicine and prescription creams, but currently there is no cure.


You may be seeing a little trend right now. Yes, that is right! These skin diseases are all non-contagious.

Did you know that in medieval times, people with eczema or psoriasis were sometimes persecuted as lepers?

They thought they could catch it!

This is not a public health issue, but the result of fear, ignorance and prejudice.


Please help us share this information.


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