Skin is the largest organ of the body. And, because of that, our skin is susceptible to so many problems. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the various conditions affecting the skin, to treat conditions appropriately, and then monitor and adjust treatment plans as needed.
Many skin disorders have designated days or even the entire month of June to educate the public and help fight disorders affecting millions of people. Here is a summary of skin disorders highlighted this month.
June is Acne Awareness Month. Often dismissed as a condition of adolescence, acne is much more than that. It is a medical condition that most often can be addressed with the correct treatment and medications. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S, and it affects 40–50 million Americans at any one time. We have seen more acne this year than usual, mostly because of mask wearing. Treatment is possible, but regardless of the cause, patients need to be diligent in following their custom-designed medical plans.
National Cancer Survivors Day raises awareness of cancer for sufferers and survivors. The event is held on the first Sunday in June—this year, it’s on June 6th. This is a celebration for those who have survived, serve as an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, be a gathering of support for families, and act as an opportunity for community outreach.
Sunday, June 13th is International Albinism Awareness Day. This inherited genetic condition reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes. It occurs in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world. This year’s theme is Strength Beyond all Odds!
June 25th is World Vitiligo Day, a global event held annually. Its purpose is to raise awareness of vitiligo that includes recognition of the bullying, social neglect, psychological trauma, and disability of Vitiligo, which occurs in 1-2% of the population worldwide.
Scleroderma is a condition that involves chronic hardening and contraction of the skin and connective tissue, either locally or throughout the body. On June 29, the world’s scleroderma community comes together to recognize World Scleroderma Day.
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