What is Skin?  Skin can be considered the plastic wrap of the human body, keeping out bacteria and locking in freshness.  Your skin is the largest organ of the body.  Made up of three layers; it protects your organs from germs, regulates body temperature and when exposed to ultraviolet rays; produces much-needed vitamin D. Lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, drug, and alcohol abuse, stress, too much sun and even the environment can expose your skin to many common skin diseases.  Most skin diseases present themselves as rashes, whelps, blisters or sores.  Some are chronic but manageable, and others are temporary.


1. Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin diseases and never fails to appear at the worst moments.  The disease strikes in adolescence more often, however; adults are not immune. Acne develops as sores on the skin when the follicles in the layer called the Dermis become clogged by debris from dead skin cells, dirt or if the glands have an increase in secretion of oil called Sebum.

Acne usually occurs on the face but can also be found on the chest, neck, back, and shoulders.  There are several types of acne which include

  1. Comedones which can be a closed whitehead or open such as a blackhead.
  2. Inflammatory acne, which presents as pus-filled bumps.
  3. Nodular Acne is a vast pus-filled bump.
  4. Nodulocystic Acne is a deep fluid filled cyst which accompanies the nodule.

Though acne is not serious, it can cause profound and pitted scars if not removed correctly and treated appropriately.