Skin Conditions

Skin Conditions

What are skin conditions?

Skin conditions is an umbrella term for a whole host of dermatological conditions. Around 60% of the UK population suffer from a skin condition of some kind, or have done in the past. Roughly 13 million GP appointments are related to skin condition every year, highlighting the prevalence of the problem for so many people. The severity of the conditions can vary from person to person and between certain conditions.


What are the symptoms of skin conditions?

Every skin condition has its own set of symptoms. However, there are some symptoms that are shared between them. They include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Skin splitting
  • Blistering
  • Ulceration
  • Rash
  • Weeping
  • Scaly or rough skin
  • Skin peeling
  • Discolouration
  • Skin growths
  • Raised bumps that are red or white
  • Open sores or lesions
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Fleshy bumps, warts, or other skin growths
  • Changes in mole colour or size
  • A loss of skin pigment
  • Excessive flushing

What causes skin conditions?

Skin conditions can be caused by any number of different factors. They include:

  • Bacteria trapped in skin pores and hair follicles
  • Fungus, parasites, or microorganisms living on the skin
  • Viruses
  • A weakened immune system
  • Contact with allergens, irritants, or another person’s infected skin
  • Genetic factors
  • Illnesses affecting the thyroid, immune system, kidneys, and other body systems
  • Poor hygiene
  • Side effects of medications

What treatment options are available for skin conditions?

Many skin disorders are treatable, either to completely cure or at least manage the symptoms. Common treatment methods for skin conditions include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Medicated creams and ointments
  • Antibiotics
  • Vitamin or steroid injections
  • Laser therapy
  • Targeted prescription medications

Not all skin disorders respond to treatment and some conditions can go away even without treatment. Often, patients with permanent skin conditions can go through periods of severe symptoms, followed by periods of remission. However, most skin conditions reappear due to certain triggers, such as stress, illness, or environmental factors.

For treatments that are temporary and largely aesthetic, such as acne or eczema, other less medicine-intensive treatments include: 

  • Medicated makeup
  • Over-the-counter skin care products
  • Good hygiene practices
  • Small lifestyle adjustments, such as making certain dietary changes

How can medical cannabis help with skin conditions?

When traditional methods fail, alternative means can often provide the results patients are looking for. Medical cannabis has been known to help with a range of skin conditions.

For example, this study from 2018, ‘Cannabinoids in dermatology: a scoping review’, created by Lauren R M Eagleston, Nazanin Kuseh Kalani, Ravi R Patel, Hania K Flaten, Cory A Dunnick, and Robert P Dellavalle, showed promise for the use of medical cannabis in dermatological conditions. Specifically, they found that “cannabinoid products have the potential to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne vulgaris, allergic contact dermatitis, asteatotic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, Kaposi sarcoma, pruritus, psoriasis, skin cancer, and the cutaneous manifestations of systemic sclerosis”.

Despite only alleviating the symptoms of specific conditions, many skin conditions share similar symptoms, so it could be assumed that medical cannabis could assist in more conditions than those listed above, after more extensive testing.

The Medical Cannabis Clinics’ team is dedicated to raising awareness about how medical cannabis can help with a range of health problems, including skin conditions. Your prescription can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances and needs, with ongoing support and adjustments made as necessary.

At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, we offer personalised treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors, who will guide you through the treatment options available from the clinic.

Appointments start from just £70. Book a private consultation today and one of our expert specialist doctors will be able to offer you targeted advice and treatment plans, unique to your needs and symptoms.

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