Healthier Skin for People with Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common chronic skin condition that affects
people of all ages, although it is most common in young adults. It is a
non-curable condition that can be embarrassing and cause emotional distress
because of its unattractive appearance on the skin. It is often worse in cold
weather and may come and go for no apparent reason throughout your life. It
affects all races around the world, and all ages from small children to senior
citizens. Caucasians are twice as susceptible to the disease as African
What is Psoriasis?
While there is no known cause, psoriasis is assumed to be a
combination of environmental and genetic factors that cause rapid skin cell
reproduction which results in dry, red patches of thickened skin that develops
into scales and flakes. It is usually found on the scalp, knees and elbows.
Severe cases can cover a person’s entire body.
What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?
Psoriasis not look the same everywhere on the body, but it
often appears as small, flattened bumps on raised red or pink patches of skin.
Because it is dry, it is also very flaky, but don’t try to pull the flaky
patches off as it may cause bleeding.
Several types of psoriasis look like small drops or
liquid-filled blisters. These are usually found under the arms or in the navel
or buttocks. There are also genital lesions that can be found on the penis.
White spots on the fingernails might be nail psoriasis and psoriasis on the
scalp often looks like dandruff.
How Do You Treat Psoriasis?
Like most other skin conditions, the treatment of psoriasis
depends on the severity of the condition. Mild cases that involve less than 10%
of the body can be effectively treated with topical skin creams or lotions.
Sometimes a local injection of steroids can help in particularly resistant
Topical products are less effective on moderate psoriasis
covering larger areas. This includes more severe cases as well because
sometimes the very location of the outbreak may make it difficult to apply
lotions or creams. Treatments for these more severe cases may include
injections, pills, light treatments, or stronger medications with the treatment
decision being based on the severity of the psoriasis. These stronger
medications, however, may mean an increased risk for some people.
practice in psoriasis treatment is to rotate the treatments used every six to
twelve months in order to minimize any possible side effects. An example might
be to use light therapy for a year, and then switch to injections of biologic
drugs to ensure that the individual is getting optimal treatments with minimum
How to Have Healthier Skin with Psoriasis
Psoriasis can develop spontaneously in people and then
disappear just as suddenly. This chronic inflammatory skin condition can
improve with proper care and may even go into remission. With so many types of
treatments available, including light therapy and biologic drugs that offer
promising results, psoriasis is definitely treatable and can be controlled.
If you have
psoriasis, it is essential that you seek advice from a dermatologist or skin
care professional. The skin care products that you use can affect your skin
dramatically, so you need guidance before you make a purchase. Take protective
measures for sensitive skin and buy products that treat the symptoms of
psoriasis while minimizing outbreaks.