Self Help: Working Around Your Inherited Skin Conditions

It's very easy to start thinking that you were dealt a bad hand at the beginning of life when you realise that your skin isn’t normal. However inherited skin conditions are some of the most commonplace gene defects to be passed onto the offspring. Hundreds of millions of people around the world have to deal with some form of skin condition that can no otherwise be explained by being in their DNA. But that doesn't mean you have to just put up with whatever level you are suffering from. Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, and no matter on what part of the body, be it a leg, chest, back or arms, the patches that are affected with having an adverse impact on your lifestyle. However, the treatment and the essential everyday upkeep of your skin can prevent life turning into misery and allow you to do everything else that all others do. It's possible to live a normal life even when you have some of the most common forms of disturbance and pain in your skin.

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Psoriasis and inflammation

Psoriasis is an advanced form of eczema. Instead of the skin being itchy due to sole lack of natural oils on the skin, the surface itself is inefficient at produce such oils. Therefore, the skin will end up being cracked, with small gash-like rips and tears that can sometimes become bloody, and eventually, the patches of your skin will become flaky. The itching comes from the fact that the skin is immobile and unable to stretch and twist as it should. Without any natural lubricant, the patches will become dry and hardened with bacteria forming on the surface. It can be quite painful as the patches won’t stop itching, flaking and then eventually, you will end up exposing a bloody layer from scratching underneath the small patches.

First, off you should go see your doctor whom will be able to diagnose the issue and look at your body in more detail regarding where the condition is worse and where it is better. You will be given creams and perhaps ointments, but they will require you to stick to a schedule. As for everyday life, the best solutions will be not to allow your skin to be inflamed. Don’t wear clothes made out of the wool as this material is known for absorbing a lot of moisture that the skin needs, such as the natural oils. Eating healthily and implementing nutritious diets to help in your recovery. Don’t live in too hot or too cold environments. This means you need to keep your living space, i.e. your room or home, at an optimal temperature that keeps your body warm but not hot. Drink a lot of water and steer clear from fizzy drinks as they will actually dehydrate your further; the same for alcohol.

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Unusual bumps and bleeding moles

If you know that you have a habit of getting a tan from sunbathing or perhaps at a tanning salon, your skin can become irregular under the surface. Many people live perfectly fine with moles on their skin, as usually they have not transpired into something large and most of the time you can’t really feel them. However what happens over time and increased exposure to ultraviolet light, is that the skin’s collagen will become bumpy and a noticeably thicker. The blood flow will start to slow down, and you may begin to feel unusually colder. The skin will become tougher also which will make it difficult for your natural oils to secrete from their glands and supply your skin with the much needed lubricant to stop it from becoming dry.

You should get yourself checked out for skin cancer. The unfortunate reality is that over time, caucasian skin will be susceptible to this condition than most other forms. By visiting a specialist skin clinic, you can also go through your family history and sift through their DNA patterns where your family tree will be examined if they too had skin cancer. This is great if you’ve been sunburnt recently or perhaps find that your skin becomes sunburnt far too quickly than it used to. The clinic can also go through and check all of your moles which is where the cancer itself would have started if at all.

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Common anguish of hives

Hives are mostly caused due to allergic reactions which also means that they are sporadic in how they affect your skin. However, the pain and irritation they produce must not be underestimated. Usually, they result after the body has released histamines which are activated by the immune system in a bid to contain or kill any allergic symptoms you may be suffering. This could be due to a certain food you ate or even just the atmosphere you’re experiencing such as dusty, chemicals in the air or pollen. Animals and insects are also known to trigger this condition. When ailing from hives your skin will have small red bumps on the surface of the skin, they will be intensely red in color, and very sensitive.

To deal with this, make a mental note that hives only attack the immune system every so often; therefore, it's not permanent. However, some of the basic things you should avoid are hot water as well as cold water. Both make the skin contract and torsion which in turn inflames the condition even further. Take lukewarm baths and showers to avoid this, and slightly lengthen the periods in between than usual. No doubt, you will have to go see your doctor who will try and recognise just what it is that triggers this response from your body. You may be given tablets that should be taken during the seasons of most irritation such as spring and winter.


When you’re suffering from skin conditions that would otherwise not disturb your peace of mind, it can feel like you’re alone. But never fear and always have confidence within yourself that you will get through these conditions that make everyday life a chore. The key is to learn as much about your skin condition as possible and take a balanced approach professional care and self help.