Your skin works hard to keep you healthy, and you can return the favour by taking care of it. Here are some tips to help you keep your skin looking and feeling good.
Skin is made up of an outer layer, the epidermis, and a layer of soft tissue underneath called the dermis. The epidermis constantly grows up towards the outer surface of the skin and sheds dead cells.
The skin acts as a barrier to protect our body from the environment. It also regulates temperature and detects and fights off infections. Nerves in the skin let us feel things such as touch. The skin is one of the biggest and most complex organs of the body, and contains hair follicles, oil glands, sweat glands, nerves and blood vessels.
Hermione Lawson of the British Skin Foundation says: “If you look after your skin, it will be able to do its job better. There are a number of ways you can protect your skin to maintain health.”
Below is a list of skin conditions people suffer from:
- alopecia areata
- basal cell carcinoma
- bowen’s disease
- congenital erythropoietic porphyria
- contact dermatitis
- darier’s disease
- dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa
- eczema (atopic eczema)
- epidermolysis bullosa simplex
- erythropoietic protoporphyria
- fungal infections of nails
- hailey-hailey disease
- herpes simplex
- hidradenitis suppurativa
- keratosis pilaris
- lichen planus
- lichen sclerosus
- pemphigus vulgaris
- plantar warts (verrucas)
- pityriasis lichenoides
- polymorphic light eruption
- pyoderma gangrenosum
- squamous cell carcinoma
- sweet’s syndrome
Our private GP, Dr Marjan Hashemi has had extensive training in skin conditions and procedures. She is able to see you for a consultation to rule out any sinister condition and give you treatment options.