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Skin conditions

Skin is the body’s largest organ, acting as a protective shield against heat, light, injury and infection.

The skin also regulates our body temperature and enables us to touch and feel. It’s made up of 3 layers and around 300 million skin cells. A skin condition can describe various skin problems, from small red bumps to a large painful rash. Acne and eczema are common skin conditions that affect lots of people of all ages.

Long-term skin conditions or autoimmune skin conditions like vitiligo can be harder to treat. Short-term conditions are often easier to treat and tend to be caused by an allergen, infection, a change in our hormones or the weather.

A GP can give essential advice, treatment or arrange a dermatology referral for any concerning changes in your skin.

Acne is a skin condition that causes spots and blemishes. Although it’s often associated with teenagers, acne can affect adults of all ages.
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Dry skin
Dry skin occurs when your skin does not get enough moisture, leaving flaky or cracked skin which can be itchy and sore.
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Eczema is a skin condition that causes skin to get dry, itchy and cracked.
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Folliculitis is a common skin condition that affects the hair follicles, often appearing after hair removal.
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Impetigo is a skin condition that's very common in children.
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Lipomas are harmless lumps under the skin that can be mistaken for cancer.
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Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes dry, flaky skin.
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Ringworm is a common skin infection caused by a fungus.
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Rosacea is a long-term skin condition which usually shows on the face.
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Scabies is a common skin condition caused by tiny mites.
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Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, usually caused by too much sun exposure.
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