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Your skin condition… Stay positive, stay in control
Skin is the largest organ of the body, so it’s perhaps not surprising that one in every three GP consultations is for skin complaints. There are around 19 million acute and chronic skin patients in the UK, with the three most common skin problems being eczema, psoriasis and acne. The good news is that with a positive approach that involves using the right treatments and adopting a ‘good skin’ routine, you can get your condition under control and get on with enjoying your life.
There are lots of different skin conditions but in the main they can be split into two categories:
- Infectious conditions, such as chickenpox, shingles, impetigo, fungal infections (athlete’s foot, thrush, fungal nail infections) cold sores, scabies, verrucas, warts, measles and ringworm. These skin conditions are often quite easily treated using either prescribed or over-the-counter remedies.
- Non-infectious conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. These can’t be passed from one person to another but tend to run in families. Another non-infections condition is dermatitis, which can be caused by allergic reactions to chemicals, detergents and other irritants.
How Lloydspharmacy can help
At Lloydspharmacy we have lots of solutions to help you look after your skin, from dispensing your prescriptions to a wide range of products you can buy over the counter. Pop into your local Lloydspharmacy and talk to one of our pharmacy team – we’ll give you all the advice you need on the best way to treat your skin condition.
What else you can do to help yourself
- If you notice something on your skin or you’re having problems with your skin, come and speak to a member of our pharmacy team and put your mind at rest
- Use moisturisers regularly to keep your skin well hydrated and prevent soreness and splitting
- If your skin is sensitive, try medicated products and avoid heavily fragranced products
- Adopt a good skincare routine to help keep your skin clear
- Always wear at least SPF 15 protection when you’re going out in the sun and avoid the midday sun between 12 and 3pm when it’s at its hottest
- Keep an eye on your moles and look for any changes in size and shape, or abnormal colour - if you spot something, see your GP
- If you have an infectious condition, avoid passing it on to other people by:
- Using separate towels
- Not sharing utensils or make up
- Avoiding other people having physical contact with the affected areas
- If you’re prone to dermatitis, try to avoid:
- Chemical cleaning products, cement dust
- Cosmetic make up, hair dye, heavily perfumed products
- Allergies, nickel in jewellery, contact with plants or animals