If you thought spots and skin conditions were behind you, think again. Hormonal changes mean they can flare up again in mid-life. Daniela Soave selects five sites to help you
One of the most crushing revelations that we 50-somethings might experience is the realisation that spots, acne and other skin conditions are not only the domain of teenagers and 20-somethings. Yep, hormonal changes in middle-aged men and women mean that we too are prone to skin eruptions, yet more proof that we have more more in common with teenagers than we like to think.
In our teens, we might have turned to Cathy and Claire for advice, but who do we ask now? Here are five sites that offer information and advice.
The British Skin Foundation Eight million people in the UK have a skin condition, and this is the only British charity dedicated to skin disease research. Its website contains an extensive A-Z of skin conditions, with practical information and useful links, as well as news reports and a fundraising section.
The National Eczema Society One in 12 adults suffer from eczema. There are many forms of the disease (for which there is no cure) and severe cases can make one’s life a living hell of burning, itchy skin. This is the official website of the National Eczema Society, which was founded in 1975 to raise awareness and give information and advice. It is a comprehensive site with links to support groups.
Acne This is an American site founded by an acne sufferer, Dan Kern, giving a personal, practical perspective on acne, a condition that affects 25 per cent of adult men and 50 per cent of adult women at some time in their grown-up lives. He started it as a non-profit site and it is now the most-visited acne site in the world. What is reassuring about it, apart from clear, helpful information, is that there is a very human voice behind it.
Macmillan: skin cancer Skin cancer is on the increase and the watchwords are ‘be vigilant’. There are three main types of skin cancer and here, on the Macmillan site, you’ll find information on how to recognise it, how to avoid it, how it is diagnosed, what the treatments are and how to get further support.
The Psoriasis Association Psoriasis, made famous by Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective, occurs in one to three per cent of the population. The skin replacement process speeds up, taking just a few days to replace skin cells that usually take 21 to 28 days to renew. This site contains lots of information, research, links to events and useful podcasts.