Understanding Psoriasis: A Clear Guide to Skin Health

If you are living with psoriasis we promise you can take control of your skin. From a little understanding to some professional help and a consistent routine, there are ways to help get and keep your skin looking great. So whether you're just starting your psoriasis journey or seeking more effective treatments for your symptoms we’ve got some ideas on what you can do to clearly guide your skin back to health. 


Understanding Psoriasis

Knowledge is power, so understanding the basics about this skin condition is an important step in healing your skin. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells. This buildup of cells causes scaling, redness,  and inflammation on your skin’s surface. Typical psoriatic scales are whitish-silver and develop in thick, red patches. However, on darker skin tones, they can also appear more purplish, dark brown with gray scales. Sometimes, these patches will crack and bleed.

Psoriasis is the result of a sped-up skin production process. Typically, skin cells grow deep in your skin and slowly rise to the surface. Eventually, they fall off, with the typical life cycle being about four weeks. In people with psoriasis, this production process may occur in just a few days. Because of this, skin cells don’t have time to fall off, leading to the rapid overproduction and buildup of skin cells.


How to Treat It

When it comes to treating psoriasis, start by seeking guidance from a dermatologist who can provide personalized treatment options tailored to your specific needs. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing psoriasis, as the effectiveness of treatments can vary depending on factors such as the type and severity of your symptoms, as well as your overall health. 

Once you’ve seen a dermatologist, look to include a skincare professional as part of your winning line up. Professional estheticians are the best way to relieve an active flare-up and prevent one from starting. They can also work closely with you on an at-home skincare routine that is customized to your skin type and skin condition. And since consistency in caring for your skin is important when dealing with psoriasis, this can go a long way in keeping your skin clear. 


How to Control Flare-Up

While psoriasis flare-ups can be frustrating, there are steps you can take to minimize their frequency and severity. 

  1. Identify Triggers: Pay attention to factors that may make your symptoms worse, such as stress, infections, certain medications, and changes in weather or climate. By identifying and avoiding triggers, you can reduce the likelihood of experiencing flare-ups.
  1. Practice Good Skincare: Keep your skin moisturized to prevent dryness and irritation, which can trigger psoriasis flare-ups. Opt for gentle skincare products featuring botanical ingredients to minimize irritation. Remember to think about how you are keeping your skin moisturized throughout your skincare routine. Consider a moisturizing milk cleanser in the morning and a deep pore cleansing duo at night to gently clean and exfoliate the skin. An essential oil powered by a blend of lavender, roman chamomile and geranium will deliver a concentrated dose of vitamins and nutrients that help reduce inflammation, strengthen the skin’s natural defenses and promote healing can also help, along with a moisturizer that will sooth, heal and condition. And don’t forget the sunscreen. The sunburns can damage the skin and be a trigger for flares. Don’t forget body care too. Since hot showers can make symptoms worse, try to remember to use warm water instead of hot, and always use products designed to gently clean and soothe the skin. Follow your shower with a rich moisturizer. 
  1. Manage Stress: Stress is a common trigger for psoriasis flare-ups. Incorporate stress-reducing techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or regular physical activity into your daily routine to help manage stress levels and prevent flare-ups.
  1. Stick to Your Treatment Plan: Consistency is key when it comes to managing psoriasis. Stick to your prescribed treatment plan and regular skincare routine, and don't hesitate to reach out to your dermatologist if you have any concerns or if your symptoms worsen.
  1. Seek Support: Living with psoriasis can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. Seek support from friends, family, or support groups to connect with others who understand what you're going through and to receive encouragement and advice.