The skin is the organ in the human body and adults have about 8 pounds of it. It’s no wonder, then, that there are many skin ailments that we can come across over the course of our lifetime. Skin spots can be scary, especially if they develop quickly. Here are five common types of skin spots and what they mean.
While skin tags can be annoying, thankfully they are harmless. They look just as you would think they do, judging by their name as they are tiny strips of extra skin. Skin tags often appear in areas where skin is rubbed against, such as inner thighs or around clothing such as bra straps. Because they are annoying, it can be tempting to simply cut them off by yourself. But please see a professional for removal. Sterile device and possibly some pain medication should be used.
Acne, pimples, zits, whatever you call them, they usually involve flashbacks to your teenage years. While acne slows down in frequency as you age, it can still appear in your adult years. Acne forms when dirt or oil becomes trapped in your pores. They best way to prevent acne is to wash your face daily with a mild soap. If acne appears, it’s best to just let it be. Keep washing your face and try not to pop that pimple. If you do, there is a good chance it can become infected, leading to a more unsightly blemish.
Eczema is best described as a condition with dry, itchy skin. It is common in children, but can also surface during adulthood. Eczema can be found anywhere on the skin, but is most common on the dace, scalp, or hands. Sometimes eczema can lead to blistering which can be quite painful. If you have allergies or asthma, you may be more susceptible to eczema. Thankfully there are many medications, both prescription and over the counter, which can be used to lessen the severity of eczema.
Warts have a stigma around them, but they are common types of skin spots. They are often found on hands or feet and while many can forget they even exist, if they are on the bottom of your feet, can cause pain while walking. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus and can be contagious, so if you come into contact with someone with warts, be sure to wash your hands afterwards. Warts can naturally go away on their own, and there also remedies that can be used with either medicine or freezing.
Moles are definitely a type of skin spot that you want to look out for. While many people are born with moles, which are completely normal, if a new mole does appear on your body, be sure to check it out. Warning signs include moles that are raised in height and those that are oddly shaped. Pay attention to skin that is routinely exposed to the sun including your face and hands. Prevention is the best defense against moles, so be sure to over up and when it’s sunny and always wear sunscreen. If you are not sure about a new mole on your body, be sure to see a doctor right away. If caught early, many more serious diseases can be prevented.