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Houston Dermatology

​Common Conditions

Acne appears when pores in the skin are clogged. This clog begins with dead skin cells that don’t shed properly because the body is producing too much oil. When this happens, the dead skin cells stick together and clog the pore. Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears.
Teens aren’t the only age group who can get acne. A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

, also called “dermatitis,” is a skin condition that can cause the skin to swell and discolor, resulting in dry, itchy and sometimes blistery skin. People who get this skin irritation may have a family history of eczema. Decreased immune function and polluted air may also be factors.

is a persistent non-contagious skin disorder that causes red or purple thickened patches and silvery scales to appear on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. Psoriasis can also appear on the face, palms and feet. The exact cause of psoriasis is not known, but the condition tends to run in families.

is a common skin disease that can begin with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest and back can appear red at times.

is a virus that can be found in anyone who has had chickenpox.  After the chickenpox clears, the virus stays in the body. If the virus is reactivated, the result is shingles — a painful, blistering rash.
Shingles is most common in older adults. Zostavax, a vaccine which can prevent shingles, is available to people ages 50 and older.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology


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