What is Inflammatory Skin Disease? | Koéna

Inflammatory Skin Diseases (ISD) are complex conditions that we still do not fully understand.  Each person that has ISD has their unique set of circumstances and conditions that can trigger flare ups.  We understand how frustrating this can be and have worked to develop a product that can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with ISD.

What causes ISD

Inflamed skin is irritated skin and typically means the skin has been irritated from an internal or external cause.  It can appear in a few ways, including itching, burning and discoloration of the skin. Inflammation may look red or pink in early stages (think your average rash or pimple) and can leave behind a light- or dark-brown patch. In darker skin, that initial discoloration takes on more of a purple tone. “The degree of discoloration is often dependent on several factors, including the depth in the skin at which the inflammation is occurring and how long it’s been occurring,

There are two types of inflammation in the skin: acute and chronic. The difference between them is a matter of timing. Acute inflammation usually lasts six weeks or less and can result from many skin issues, like acne, sunburns and allergic reactions. Chronic inflammation goes beyond six weeks and may be indefinite. It often goes hand in hand with eczema, rosacea and psoriasis- skin diseases that don’t usually disappear in a few days or weeks.

Some form of inflammation accompanies most skin diseases. What’s behind those skin diseases, though, depends on the individual. “Risk factors can vary for each condition but may be affected by one’s genetics,” explains Elbuluk. Diet and hormone levels can lead to acne, while everything from the temperature to your skincare regimen can impact eczema. Illnesses or stress may trigger psoriasis. And all of the above can cause inflammation of the skin.

Like most things, there’s no obvious way to avoid skin inflammation. You can try to avoid external trauma to skin, as well as certain illnesses that may trigger it, but there are some chronic and genetic conditions that predispose you to a state of inflammation no matter what.

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