How to Feel Confident in Your Skin

Skin Problems Are Common

Skin problems are much more common than you might think. They're so common in fact, that most people will have one at some point during their life. Just stop to consider all the people affected by acne. When you also think about those with warts, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and other common skin problems, it becomes painfully obvious just how common such conditions can be. The point is that if you've got a skin problem, you're not alone. Many other people out there are probably experiencing the same thing you are.

To illustrate this point, let's take a quick look at psoriasis, one of the most common skin problems on the planet. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects roughly 125 million people around the world, including 7.5 million Americans. If you think that's a lot, consider this. When you add up all the money spent on treating psoriasis in the United States and the amount of time it causes patients to miss work, it's costing more than $11 billion annually [source: National Psoriasis Foundation].

That's just one example -- so many more skin problems are out there. They can be caused by everything from viruses to heat. Warts, for example, are caused by human papillomavirus, more commonly referred to as HPV, and more than 100 different strains of the virus exist [source: CDC]. Other examples include athlete's foot, which is caused by fungal infections, and heat rash, which is brought on by heat and blocks off openings for sweat so that it is trapped under the skin's surface.

There really is no end to the list of skin problems out there, and many people are likely to develop a few in their lifetime. Keep reading to find out what options you have if you do develop a skin problem.