The Skin Issue: An Unsightly Guide to 10 Skin Conditions

Your skin does a good job of keeping you together, though sometimes it doesn’t look so good doing it

By Scott LaFee   |   August 22, 2018

​Your skin is your body’s largest organ, generally spanning about 21 square feet and weighing roughly nine pounds. It contains 11 miles of blood vessels and 2 to 5 million sweat glands, which may pump out as much as three gallons of sweat on a hot day.

The only places that don’t sweat are the nail bed, the margins of the lips, the tip of the penis and the eardrums.

Every minute, your skin sheds roughly 50,000 cells or roughly 1.5 pounds in a year. By age 70, the average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin. One benefit of that shedding, of course, is a presumably new, shiny, plump and colorful skin.

Except when your skin isn’t. Being our first and foremost physical barrier to the outside world, our respective skins takes a beating from the elements. They also suffer from the ravages of various diseases, conditions, ailments and environmental assaults in the form of rashes, irritations, burns, bumps and other generally unsightly and often uncomfortable afflictions.

Below are 10 various maladies of our membrane. Can you identify them?

(Warning: Some of these pictures may not be suitable for the visually thin-skinned.)

eczema

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folliculitis

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hives

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poison ivy rash

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prickly heat rash

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psoriasis

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ringworm

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rosacea

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shingles

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sun allergy rash

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