Sharing our Insecurities | Overview of the most common skin diseases | Part 2

Did you hear about the story of how Michael Jackson turned from black to white? No? Then you must not have heard of vitiligo.

Skin diseases are hard to ignore. But when they sit right on your face, it can be difficult to manage. Continuing on from part one, these are a few more skin conditions you should know about.

Acne

Come on let’s admit it. We’ve all been there – the greasy teenager popping, squeezing and spending $150 on a tea tree spot treatment that never really worked. I always had my little tube of acne cream that I hide very carefully in my bag, as I never wanted people to know I had a pimple problem.

Now, you may thinking, hey hang on… I though this page was about skin diseases. To which I will answer, yes acne is a skin disease!

It is a medical problem that causes blackheads, pimples and cysts. Acne is also triggered by some of the hormones that are associated with puberty and the menstrual cycle. It is not because of dirty skin or too much oil.

Acne is also not just for teenagers with many people continuing to suffer from it well into adulthood.

Rosacea

Rosacea or acne rosacea tends to make your face look extra pink. Symptoms include enlarged capillaries, a permanent flush and non-tender pustules. It is non-contagious and only affects the face.

The cause of rosacea unfortunately, is unknown but some environmental factors can trigger it. One of the reasons you may not have seen people with rosacea is because of foundation, lots and lots of foundation.

Vitiligo

Did you hear about the story of how Michael Jackson turned from black to white? No? Then you must not have heard of vitiligo. (And no it was not because of surgery, hormone treatments or some kind of magic). Chantelle Brown-Young from America’s Next Top Model also has it, although it looks slightly different on her.

This skin disease manifests itself when the immune system is ‘behaving badly’, which causes the destruction of pigment cells, resulting in white spots on the skin and hair. It is not contagious, it is not cancerous and it is not hereditary. Although it is commonly regarded as a ‘Black disease’, White, Asian, and Hispanic people can also have it – although it is not as distinctive.

 

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