Skin concerns like acne and eczema can be difficult to manage, but they shouldn’t keep you from achieving your skincare goals. Understanding your skin type (and what causes common skin concerns) is an important first step to finding the right products for your needs. Whether you have rough and bumpy skin, a skin condition like psoriasis, or a combination of other skin issues, there are targeted options available to help restore the appearance of smooth, healthy-looking skin.
Learn more about your skin concerns below—including common signs and causes, and how a CeraVe skincare routine can help you manage them.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a skin concern?
When your skin barrier is functioning properly, it works to keep essential moisture in and harmful irritants out. This usually translates to skin that appears healthy, smooth, and hydrated. However, if your skin barrier function is disrupted, you may notice unwanted changes to your skin’s appearance. These noticeable skin issues are often referred to in general terms as “skin concerns.”
Skin concerns can vary greatly from person to person. They may also be impacted by external factors, such as your age, where you live, genetics, and lifestyle. According to a recent Statista survey, the biggest skin concerns for 2022 included dryness, acne, and pores. Other notable skin concerns were fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and dark spots.1
What are the five main skin types?
The five skin types, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), include oily, dry, combination, normal, and sensitive skin.2 These skin types are a categorization of how your skin usually looks and feels. For example, if you often experience skin concerns like excess shine, enlarged pores, and frequent breakouts, you probably have oily skin. On the other hand, if your skin feels oily in some areas (such as around your T-zone) but dry in others (like your cheeks), you might have combination skin. Each skin type has its own unique set of concerns and specific needs when it comes to maintaining healthy-looking skin. To learn more, head to our skin type guide.
What are some examples of common skin conditions?
There are a wide variety of skin conditions that affect people of all ages. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), skin disorders impact as many as one in three Americans at any time.3 Some examples of common skin conditions include acne, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and psoriasis. For more information on skin disorders and general skin health, consult with your doctor or a board-certified dermatologist.
What are the top skin concerns for eczema-prone skin?
People with eczema have a weakened skin barrier, which can lead to a variety of skin issues. Eczema can occur anywhere on the body and may cause your skin to feel dry, itchy, and uncomfortable, with scaly, rough patches. The dryness that’s often associated with eczema can also lead to scratching and rubbing, which may result in swollen skin rashes. Although it’s most often developed in childhood, eczema affects people of all ages—including 16.5 million adults in the United States.4
How can I help target my skin concerns?
One way to help address your skin concerns is with a targeted daily skincare routine. Whether you’re dealing with acne or visible signs of aging, a consistent skincare routine can help you achieve your complexion goals. However, it’s important to choose the right formulas for your skin type and skin concerns. CeraVe’s Find My Skincare Solution tool can help you narrow down the ideal range of products for your skin’s unique needs. But remember: Only your physician or a dermatologist can assess and diagnose any skin conditions (such as eczema, psoriasis, or cystic acne) and recommend an effective management plan.
What can a dermatologist tell you about your skin?
Board-certified dermatologists are the experts of the skincare world, assessing and providing treatment for over 3,000 diseases of the skin, hair, and nails.5 These medical professionals can assist you with combating specific skin concerns, such as acne, rashes, wrinkles, itching, flaking, or skin irritation. When it comes to skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, it’s important to remember that only a medical professional, such as your dermatologist, can offer a qualified diagnosis and provide treatment options. For help connecting with a dermatologist, visit our Find a Dermatologist page to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with a skincare professional.
- “Most Common Skin Concerns Among U.S. Skin Care Shoppers 2022.” Statista, 22 Sept. 2022.
- “Skin Care Tips Dermatologists Use.” American Academy of Dermatology Association, 2022.
- “Skin Conditions at a Glance.” NCCIH, November 2019.
- Nemeth V, Evans J. “Eczema.” [Updated 2022 Aug 8]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan.
- “What Is a Dermatologist?” American Academy of Dermatology Association, 2022.
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