Skin conditions can change the way a person’s skin looks and feels and can be a sign that something is wrong. Rashes, itching and dry skin may signal allergic, bacterial, viral or autoimmune reactions or may even be as a result of the side-effects of medication.
Skin conditions can impact on a person both psychologically and physically, in terms of the way the skin looks and feels. For example in mild cases of eczema the skin can be dry, red, itchy and scaly whilst in severe cases it can be inflamed, weeping, intensely itchy, bleeding or infected.
To gain a better understanding of what happens in skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions we first need to learn what healthy skin looks like.