Acne, which includes skin conditions like blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and scars, is a common condition and it affects people of all ages. It seems to be more prominent in children as they transition from puberty into adolescence. Skin care, as it pertains to acne, is a big business. Young teenagers tend to spend hours trying to cure or hide skin blemishes.
There are other skin conditions and blemishes that are just as bad as acne, or worse. Some can be easily ignored while it’s nearly impossible to ignore others.
This major category includes the following subcategories. I’ve commented on the subcategories I’ve had some kind of experience with.
I once wrote (and rewrote) an article about actors with acne scars. In that article, I also mentioned one of my high school teachers who had them. At least one comment on the original article, which I deleted, was filled with pure hatred.
My younger son, Jon, has mild acne and he’s 35 years old. My daughter-in-law, Cathy, has severe acne, and she’s 27 years old. Both my wife, Josie, and I occasionally suffer from whiteheads and blackheads. That is the extent of all the adult acne I’ve encountered.
Over the years, I’ve met many people with visible birthmarks. Most are not noticeable. One guy, when I was in the military, had a birthmark that covered at least a third of his face. It was impossible to ignore. A lot of people have birthmarks in other places, easily hidden by clothing.
There are some types of lotion that women always use. Body lotion is one of them. Josie always has a bottle of lotion on her nightstand. If she runs out, I have to make a special trip to buy more. She can’t stand having dry skin.
Stretch marks come with pregnancy, very visible after childbirth. Other people who gain weight quickly and then lose it quickly also get them. Josie had stretch marks after both of her pregnancies, but they went completely away. Cathy still has stretch marks, seven months after giving birth. One of my sisters-in-law in the Philippines, who has five children, has stretch marks that probably won’t go away.
I have four brothers and four sisters, three of them deceased. All nine of us suffered from teenage acne in varying degrees. Pimples appeared on faces necks and backs. Jon still gets them on his back from time to time.
Some people are more self-conscious about their skin than others. Women usually spend way more than men on skin care products. Skin care is a billion-dollar industry, especially in the United States. Skin care products are expensive.
Perhaps it’s in another niche category, but I didn’t notice sunscreen. It shouldn’t fall under any kind of lotion because not all sunscreen products are lotions.