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If you were suddenly cursed with a severe form of a common skin disorder, which would you least hate to have?

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6 thoughts on “If you were suddenly cursed with a severe form of a common skin disorder, which would you least hate to have?

  1. I chose melasma. I’ve had uneven skin all my life due to pityriasis alba, so melasma would just be a jacked up version of that… but nothing foundation can’t fix! Sadly, this question kind of applies to me at the moment. I suddenly developed a fast-spreading, severe form of rosacea that made my clear complexion go from smooth to beastly within the span of 3 months, and I would give anything in the world to switch it for something like melasma instead in which only the color of my face is ruined, and not the texture. Before this rosacea caught on, I was poreless and had smooth skin. Now I feel like sandpaper, my face is always piping red, my pores have enlarged, and I have tons of papules and pustules. =/

    Posted by Michelle | March 31, 2012, 4:50 pm
  2. After dealing with cystic acne for the last several years, I chose contact dermatitis. I had that once before from an allergic reaction on a watch and barely anyone even noticed. I was prescribed a corticosteroid and it was gone within a few days. No big deal compared to years of acne.

    Posted by seattleah | March 28, 2012, 8:45 am
    • That’s an interesting choice seattleah! But remember, the question was if you had a severe form of one disease. Severe contact dermatitis would mean that you’d get intense reactions from many common ingredients such as fragrances, essential oils, and even well-documented positive ingredients like vitamin C. So most likely, many makeup products could make you break out in hives! And while cortisteroids would certainly help those sites of inflammation, long-time use of corticosteriods can be quite permanently damaging since it’s mechanisms of action interefere with non-inflammatory pathways, which can lead to skin atrophy, acne, and melasma, among other things.

      So yeah, interesting choice! xD I wanted to see everyone’s choice, because I honestly wouldn’t know what to pick. They all are quite awful, in their severest form. Thanks for writing!

      Posted by John | March 28, 2012, 4:27 pm
  3. Acne seems like the most manageable, I guess? Least intimidating, since so many people have it, and we have great resources like you to help us? 🙂

    Posted by kayley123 | March 20, 2012, 2:12 pm
    • Haha thanks! I can see why you’d choose this answer. Acne is usually easier to treat, than the other conditions. But still, it’s interesting to see how the poll goes since those with bad acne might choose something else.

      Posted by John | March 20, 2012, 9:08 pm

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