Psoriasis: What is it and what can you do about it?

Dealing with persistent red, itchy patches on your skin, particularly on your scalp and possibly elsewhere on your body? You could be contending with psoriasis, a chronic skin condition affecting a substantial number of individuals worldwide, including over 300,000 people in the Netherlands alone.

Psoriasis isn't infectious—it's not caused by bacteria or viruses. Instead, it's strongly influenced by genetic factors. Research suggests that if both parents have psoriasis, their child has a 50% chance of developing the condition as well.


WHAT IS PSORIASIS?

Our skin constantly renews itself, with old skin cells gradually shedding to make way for new ones. This process usually takes about 30 days, but in psoriasis, it accelerates to a mere 6 to 7 days. This rapid turnover leads to a buildup of old cells on the skin's surface, causing irritation and inflammation.

TYPES OF PSORIASIS:

Psoriasis Vulgaris: The most common type, characterized by symmetrical lesions on areas like the elbows, knees, and back.

Psoriasis Capitis: Affecting the scalp, often leading to intense itching and flaking.

Psoriasis Inversa: Primarily found in body folds such as the armpits, groin, and genital area.


WHAT CAUSES PSORIASIS?

While the precise cause remains unknown, genetics play a significant role. Other triggers include infections, skin injuries, weather conditions, stress, smoking, certain medications, and inflammation in the body.


IS PSORIASIS CURABLE?

Regrettably, there's no cure for psoriasis. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and preventing skin damage. Gentle skincare routines, moisturizing, and using appropriate products can help alleviate discomfort.


PRODUCTS FOR IRRITATION AND SCALES:

Combatting scalp irritation and flakes requires specialized care. Nourishing shampoos and scalp conditioners can help soothe and balance the scalp.

Mediceuticals® X-folate Coaltar shampoo, is the best treatment shampoo for psoriasis.


LIVING WITH PSORIASIS:

Though psoriasis is lifelong, its severity can fluctuate over time. Seeking support from loved ones, healthcare professionals, or therapists can help manage emotional challenges associated with the condition.

For tailored guidance, consider consulting with certified professionals that we have here at Beauty Werks. 

Psoriasis may be persistent, but with the right approach, its impact can be minimized, allowing you to live comfortably and confidently.

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