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Skin Health: The Most Common Skin Diseases and How to Avoid Them

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Skin disease is quite common in the US. Approximately one in three Americans have a skin disease. Some of it is purely from genetics and can happen at any point in your life, while some can gradually develop over time, depending on the person’s lifestyle. It can be quite challenging to treat these diseases. Especially they worsen, this is why in this situation, prevention is certainly better than cure. Here are some common skin diseases in the US and simple ways you can avoid them.

Common Skin Diseases

The most common skin diseases in the US are acne, shingles, hives, athlete’s foot, rosacea (redness and swelling of the face), and eczema (atopic dermatitis). Most of these diseases happen to teenagers and children, while shingles happen from a particular virus. Most of these diseases can actually disappear over time, given the right amount of time and attention. Some of these diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, are unavoidable but usually cause no harm to those who have them.

However, some of these diseases, such as acne, can cause mild to severe discomfort and may last forever. Therefore, you must avoid them altogether if you don’t want to live a life with such a disease. One of the simplest ways to do it is regularly washing your face.

Regularly Washing Your Face

Common skin diseases such as acne come from the oil released by our skin blocked by the hair follicles on our face. Some of these oils can gather dust, dirt, and other nasty materials from the environment. When left unchecked, it can lead to pimples and eventually acne. Regularly washing your face before and after you go out is one way you can prevent this from happening. In addition, water can help cleanse any excess oil stuck on your skin. Facial cleansers are also an effective way of drastically reducing the number of pimples on your skin and helping you avoid acne altogether.


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Once again, water comes to the rescue, but this time it’s all about hydration. But, you might ask, what’s hydration got to do with your skin? Well, the more dehydrated you are, the more your skin produces oil—the more oil on your skin, the more opportunity for acne and pimples. Furthermore, the lack of hydration can lead to skin diseases such as shingles and hives worsening. So stay hydrated if you want your skin to stay healthy.


Botox treatment has been known to treat symptoms of aging in the skin, such as wrinkles. Interestingly enough, it is also being used as a way to prevent skin diseases from happening. Getting an early Botox injection in possible locations where skin diseases are common can prevent future diseases from happening. Although the science behind this is still unclear, the creation of special Botox injections designed to combat some of these diseases may be available in the future. Right now, it’s good to get a Botox injection. Just make sure that you’re not getting too much.

Avoid Touching Your Face

Our hands carry many grime and bacteria, and if you haven’t washed them for quite some time, you should avoid touching your face. You wouldn’t want all that bacteria get into your skin and cause some problems now, would you? Also, avoid scratching with long nails if you can, as this can lead to irritation which can eventually lead to rosacea or the redness and swelling of the face.

Lessen Stress

Stress doesn’t directly cause skin disease, but it has been found that it can make them worse. Our mental health plays a big role in maintaining our health, including the way we maintain our skin. The more we worry about stress, the more we are less likely to take care of ourselves. This leads to less hydration and skincare. Without this, we are more vulnerable to skin disease. We must spend time for ourselves and our mental health if we want our skin to flourish.

Develop a Skin Care Routine

We must develop a skincare routine that we abide by every day. It can be as simple as washing our face when we wake up and before going to sleep or as complicated as applying different skincare products to our skin. The most important is that we keep the routine consistent every day of the week.

Here are simple ways you can avoid the most common skin diseases. It’s practically applicable to any skin disease, and these tips are also great if you want to keep your skin flourish and stay young throughout the years.

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