Different Types of Skin Conditions

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Once you have identified skin type there are conditions which accompany skin type. Changes occur on an ongoing basis due to the environment, stress, sleep patterns and environmental factors.

Dehydration

Dehydration is probably one of the most common skin conditions. Almost everyone at some point or another suffers from skin dehydration. Many factors affect the hydration levels of the skin. The amount and regularity of water intake is a key factor. Is the water intake being effectively utilized by the body and how much of it is being lost through the skin prematurely? The integrity of the skin such as stripping of the acid mantle, lack of exfoliation or too much exfoliation amongst other factors can cause an increase in trans epidermal water loss and alter the skins ideal PH.

Pigmentation

Pigmentation of the skin can occur for a variety of reasons. Sun exposure and lack of adequate sun protection is very common. Medications, hormonal changes, inflammation, and aggressive skin treatments are just some of the culprits in creating the formation of pigmentation. Divided into two categories hypo pigmentation and hyper pigmentation the former a lack of pigment and the latter an over production of pigment. In either case the process of melanogenesis which is the formation of melanin pigment can go awry.

Sensitivity

Sensitivity as defined as a condition is not the same as a sensitive skin with which you were born. There are many environmental factors that contribute to sensitivity from inflammation, medications, over aggressive product use, harsh or over exfoliation and use of alkaline based products to name a few. The acid mantle becomes compromised and gaps occur in the natural moisturizing -factor allowing entry of foreign substances and bacteria.

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Pre-mature Aging

Aging is inevitable! Premature aging however is a considered a skin condition. Premature aging is defined as aging physiologically faster than normal for your chronological age. Ensuring good nutrition, controlling stress levels, effectively fighting free radical damage and limiting sun exposure all help to control the aging process.

A prematurely aging skin may show a thickened leathery appearance. Wrinkles and lines may be deep and furrowed. Solar elastosis can create a yellowish greying appearance and other markers such as skin tags may be visible.

Continue reading to learn about the anatomy of human skin.