More young people seek help for skin issues

Doctors say awareness is increasing, leading to rise in number of cases seen by National Skin Centre

File photo of a woman with eczema putting cream on her hands.
File photo of a woman with eczema putting cream on her hands. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Increasing numbers of young people are seeking specialist help for skin problems like acne and dermatitis.

The National Skin Centre (NSC) treated 1,449 cases of dermatitis, also known as eczema, last year, up from 1,338 in 2016 among children aged 13 to 19. It also saw 1,358 acne patients last year, compared with 1,192 in 2016. The NSC treats about 80 per cent of the overall outpatient dermatology attendances in public healthcare institutions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2018, with the headline 'More young people seek help for skin issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe