Women and Body Image (cont.)

Physical changes from a skin disorder can affect a woman's body image. Deep marks on the face from teenage acne, redness and bumps from rosacea, thick and scaly patches of skin from psoriasis, and red and swollen skin from eczema can occur. Skin disorders can be uncomfortable with itching, burning, and pain. While there are many treatments for skin disorders, it can be stressful finding the right one. It can take also time to clear up or get a skin disorder under control. Talk to your family and friends for support. It is also important to talk with your health care provider about ways to treat a skin disorder and use makeup to make the skin look better. Be aware that over-the-counter products can make false claims about what they can do.

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Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the National Women's Health Information Center.

Last Editorial Review: 12/29/2004