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.
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