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The 4 Most Common Adult Skin Disorders

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Adults are plagued by a variety of skin disorders, with large degrees of variation in both symptoms and severity. Skin problems may be caused by genetics, allergies, or an infectious disease.


Skin issues aren’t specific to teenagers. Adults are plagued by a variety of skin disorders, with large degrees of variation in both symptoms and severity. Skin problems may be caused by genetics, allergies, or an infectious disease. Here are some of the most common types of adult skin disorders.

1. Acne

Unfortunately, acne doesn’t just go away when you pass through puberty. Adults, especially females, are susceptible to acne for most of their lives, with a small percentage developing acne for the first time as an adult. Acne is usually caused by hereditary factors, but hormone levels, stress, medication or undiagnosed medical conditions may make it worse. Acne is usually treated with topical solutions, though oral medications and minor procedures may be part of a treatment plan.

2. Hives

Hives are raised, red bumps on the surface of the skin that look like welts and can itch, sting or burn. Hives affect about 20 percent of people at some point in their lives, usually from an allergic reaction to medication, foods or food additives. They can also be caused by extreme temperatures or bacterial infections (like strep throat). Skin creams and antihistamines are usually enough to provide relief.

3. Shingles

Shingles is a blistering rash that occurs in adults when the chickenpox virus is reactivated in nerve tissue. Symptoms usually include pain or tingling on one side of the body, followed by a red rash (again, on one side of the body). Shingles occurs most often in the elderly and can be largely prevented or made less severe with a vaccination. Prompt treatment can speed healing and reduce risk of complications. The pain associated with shingles is usually treated with numbing creams, narcotics, steroid or even antidepressants.

4. Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by redness and flushing of the face. It affects the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. and can look like teenage acne, but is an adult condition. Alcohol, hot liquids and spicy foods can make the flushing of rosacea worse. The cause of rosacea is unknown, but risk factors include age (30 to 50-years old), fair skin, female gender and a family history of the disease. There is no cure, but topical and oral medications can minimize symptoms. Lasers may also be used to treat enlarged blood vessels on the face.

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