The Truth About Psoriasis

What’s dry, inflamed, and red all over? In honor of Psoriasis Awareness Month,  we’re here to shed light the skin condition (no pun intended) and share tips on tending to and alleviate the tricky, flare ups. Though it can be stressful to deal with, it is certainly manageable with an effective regimen… ask Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevigne! As Dr. Gross says, “if you are diligent and follow doctor’s orders, the rash can be made invisible.”

What is psoriasis?

Let’s dive right in!  Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes thick, red, and silvery-white patches of skin. Often genetic, it’s caused by the skin cell’s turnover every 3 to 4 days, as opposed to the average turnover of very 28 days.

How can I recognize the symptoms?

Psoriasis is hard to predict, as the symptoms vary from person to person. The silvery patches of skin can appear anywhere on the body, even under your nails. While the skin condition can reveal itself as a small patch, easily cleared up with the right moisturizer, it can also be a long life-long ailment that covers the entire body.

How can I treat it?

Treatments for psoriasis are produced in the form of topical and oral medications. Topical treatments, like salicylic acid and steroid-based ointments, are put directly onto the affected. Both remedies help to slow down the growth of skin cells, but may have side effects like dryness and irritation.

Doctor’s Tips:

  1. Keep your skin hydrated, especially in the dry or cold seasons.
  2. Avoid hot temperatures and harsh soaps on already sensitive skin.
  3. Apply a rich moisturizer to towel dried skin to lock in moisture and minimize itching and redness.
  4. Add a steamer or humidifier to your daily regimen.
  5. Work with your dermatologist to find the ideal treatment for your skin type.

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