What causes skin to deteriorate?

Free radicals damage cells, leading to, among other things, premature wrinkles. There are other reasons, too. Primary factors contributing to wrinkled, spotted skin include normal aging, exposure to the sun (photoaging) and pollution, and loss of subcutaneous support (fatty tissue between your skin and muscle).

What disease makes your skin rot?

Flesh-eating bacteria (necrotizing fasciitis) is a rare infection of the skin and tissues below it. It can be deadly if not treated quickly. Necrotizing fasciitis spreads quickly and aggressively in an infected person. It causes tissue death at the infection site and beyond.

Why does my skin look old?

Stress Releases Cortisol, Causing Collagen Breakdown That includes your skin. “Cortisol, the major stress hormone, breaks down collagen, which leads to sagging skin and wrinkles and causes inflammation,” says Amy Wechsler, MD, a New York City–based board-certified dermatologist and psychiatrist.

What is a serious skin infection?

Cellulitis (sel-u-LIE-tis) is a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection. The affected skin appears swollen and red and is typically painful and warm to the touch. Cellulitis usually affects the skin on the lower legs, but it can occur in the face, arms and other areas.

What causes your skin to deteriorate over time?

Your skin reflects your energy level and health, it can be affected by a number of factors related to your lifestyle, personal habits, daily routines, climate, home life and work conditions.

What causes discolored patches of skin on the face?

Hansen’s disease (leprosy) is a bacterial infection that can also cause discolored patches of skin. Usually these patches are flat, look faded, and may even feel numb. Scleroderma is a rare but serious autoimmune disease that causes parts of the skin to harden. Often those areas can appear shiny.

What are some of the most uncommon skin conditions?

Uncommon Skin Conditions 1 Peeling Skin Syndrome. 2 Chromhidrosis. 3 Necrobiosis Lipoidica. 4 Epidermolytic Ichthyosis. 5 Morgellons Disease. 6 Erythropoietic Protoporphyria. 7 Fish Scale Disease. 8 Eruptive Xanthomas. 9 Leprosy. 10 Blau Syndrome.

Are there any skin conditions that won’t go away?

Small, raised, red spots — usually on your shins — slowly grow into larger, flatter patches. These have a red border and a shiny, yellowish center, and they probably won’t go away. The skin is thin and may split easily to form slow-healing sores called ulcers that might lead to skin cancer.