Skin disorders can be irritating and troublesome for those that they frequent. These chronic skin disorders can encompass various skin concerns, from minor to life-threatening. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to avoid chronic skin disorders.

Acne is caused by debris clumping together in pores and swelling, leaving raised bumps and causing pain in some cases. Outbreaks usually occur on the face or neck but can also appear on the back or chest. Acne generally occurs during the teen years and disappears by your thirties. It can be controlled and prevented with topical or oral medications, chemical peels, or laser and light therapies.

Melasma consists of dark patches caused by too much sun exposure. The dark patches can be gray1 to brown in color and are hard to remove. Prevent melasma by wearing sunscreen daily and a wide-brimmed hat while outside in the sun. 

While there are many ways for a rash to occur, many people develop rashes from exposure to plants such as poison ivy, oak, and sumac. The substance found in these plants, urushiol, causes a bumpy, red, itchy rash on the skin. The best way to avoid these rashes is to learn what the plants look like to avoid them.

Psoriasis can make your skin feel red, itchy, and hot and appear red and scaly. Your professional can work with you to determine a course of treatment that allows you to be comfortable with your daily activities. Some options for treatment are medications and phototherapy.

Rosacea usually presents as raised red bumps or facial redness related to skin sensitivity. This chronic skin disorder goes through cycles of fading and relapse triggered by spicy foods, stress, and alcohol. The best way to prevent flare-ups is by avoiding the triggers, but topical and oral medications can help. Additionally, professionals can use laser and light-based therapies to help shrink blood vessels to make them less visible.

The list of chronic skin disorders is long, and living with these can impact your day-to-day life. Luckily, some treatments can help you manage them comfortably. Consult with a professional to explore your options!

At Blue Ocean Dermatology, we have the training, experience, and expertise necessary to meet all your skincare needs. Whether you need relief from a medical condition or are considering cosmetic dermatology, we are here for you. In rare cases where additional expertise may be necessary, you’ll also be able to take advantage of your providers’ access to a vast network of nationally-recognized dermatologists to provide you with the specialized care you deserve. Find the location that suits you best, and give us a call to schedule an appointment today!