(Commonly called acne). Acne is caused by the change in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands (oil glands). The oil glands over produce sebum (oil) which in turn clogs the pores causing “acne”. Acne affects over 80% of teenagers and is most likely to appear on the face, chest and back.
Cold sores are a skin infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). They appear as small fluid-filled blisters on the lips and outer edge of the mouth. HSV is contagious and can be passed on through skin-to-skin contact.
Contact dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition (similar to eczema but not the same) caused by external substances coming in contact with the skin. It can make the skin dry, itchy, flaky and red.
Often confused with dermatitis, eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that comes from within the body. Eczema may affect all areas of the body especially skin folds. It appears as a dry, cracked rash which is often itchy.
Impetigo is a highly contagious infection caused by bacteria, most common amongst school aged children. The infection is characterised by blisters that pop, weep and form crusts. Treatment options include antibiotic cream or tablets.
Rosacea is a non-contageous skin inflammation that begins as erythema (red & flushing) on the centre of the face across the cheeks and nose. In severe cases the blood vessels (capillaries) can enlarge and pustules form. Rosacea is more common in woman than in men and usually appears between the ages of 30 to 60 years of age.