Skin diseases affect around 60 per cent of people in the UK at some point in their lives, according to the British Skin Foundation (BSF)
While they can affect people at any age, some are likely to first appear at certain stages of life and should be managed early on, to prevent complications and any impact on mental health.
“Skin conditions can not only cause patients discomfort, but a significant amount of anxiety due to the social stigma associated with such ailments,” says Ruth Giles, brand manager for Care at Thornton & Ross. “Most skin conditions can be treated with over the counter (OTC) medicines and an appropriate skincare regime. However, more serious cases may require referral. Pharmacy teams should familiarise themselves with the symptoms, condition management and when a referral is needed.”