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Curing the Skin

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Curing the Skin The skin is the largest, most important organ in the human body by weight and surface area. It makes up about sixteen percent of the human body weight. Dermatology is the science of the structure, functions, and diseases of the skin ("Structure and Function" n.p.). This medical field is explored by dermatologists. They are physicians who diagnose and treat diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. They analyze malignant disorders of the skin and related tissues of the mouth as well as external genitalia. (Hayes 155). The most common branch explored is the one dealing with only the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, excluding hair follicles and nails. The skin acts as a wall between our internal body and the external world. Diseases and infections such as skin cancer and acne compromise this barrier ("Structure and Function" n.p.). In the world of dermatology, there are many facets dealing with the outer shell of the body from the skin, to hair and nails. The two largest and most common of skin diseases are skin cancer and acne. Both diseases can be cured with either a long endured treatment, or something as simple as a short visit to the local dermatologist. The need for dermatologists is rising every day. More and more people are in the need of a physician who can diagnose their skin disease. ...read more.


Ultra violet rays hitting the skin increase the risk of skin cancer. Some of these problems [sun induced lesions] are caused by the cumulative amount of sun that an individual acquires...Other problems can occur from just individual episodes of excessive sun exposure or sunburns (Williams, Personal Interview). Each year, about one million people discover that they have or have had skin cancer, which is the common type of cancer. Forty to fifty percent of people over the age of 65 have had skin cancer at one point in their lifetime ("Career Information" n.p.). Not all types of skin cancer are malignant. The tumors can grow fast and spread all over the Cates 5 body. Some common types of benign, non-cancerous, tumors are moles, large freckles, and warts. Some benign tumors and depigmentation regress over time ("Skin Cancer" n.p.). "Malignant disorders include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma" ("Skin Cancer" n.p.). Basal cell carcinoma is the most common with hundreds of thousands of cases each year. This cancer does not usually spread and grows slowly. This cancer is mostly found in elderly people on sun-scorched spots of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma usually appears in sunburns or exposed areas. This cancer can proceed down into the dermis continuing to spread. The last of the three cancers is the malignant melanoma. ...read more.


For mild acne try washing the face or affected area and avoid scrubbing. For mild acne, washing the face or affected area with a mild soap without scrubbing is recommended. Dermatologists also propose smoothing on benzoyl peroxide lotion as well. Most acne can be eliminated and even prevented by the wide variety of prescription drugs available. The most recent and effective prescription available in the present is a drug called Accutane. It eliminates the pores from producing the extra if any oil from creating a lesion (Williams). " It is also advisable to avoid rubbing, picking or squeezing lesions on your face, since they tend to get more inflamed and take a little longer to heal if you do this" (Williams). Skin diseases such as skin cancer and acne cause problems with the largest organ in the human body. When anything takes away from the normal function of a body part, it creates problems. There are many ways to take care of skin cancer and acne and also to help prevent either from happening. The outer layers of the skin are always regenerating keeping the skin fresh and healthy helping all the treatments available cure the skin disease. With all of the oncoming problems the world is seeing, the rise in the need for dermatologists is becoming greater. With the growing technology, treatments for this branch of dermatology will become painless and soon effortless. ?? ?? ?? ?? Cates 8 ...read more.

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