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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a fairly common, non-contagious skin condition in which rapid skin cell reproduction causes disproportionate dead skin cell build-up. Approximately 1-3% of the U.S. population have psoriasis; 7.5-8.5 million are affected within the U.S. and 125 million are affected worldwide.

Though it shares with Rosacea and Couperose the appearance of red patches, overall redness, dry skin and irritation, psoriasis is characterized by thickened, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches – called scales – that may be found throughout the body. These patches are typically found on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Psoriasis first emerges around the ages of 15 and 35. An externality will typically trigger a flare-up, thus setting off a succession of psoriasis cycles. Should you experience a sudden skin irritation of any sort – seek the council of your doctor or dermatologist immediately to diagnose the problem.

Though the exact cause still remains unknown, researchers have established a potential connection between psoriasis and the individual’s immune system. It is believed that some sort of externality falsely triggers the immune system, thus causing the acceleration of skin cell growth. Whereas normal skin cells take 28-30 days to mature and shed, psoriasis skin cells take only 3-4 days to shed. Cells then pile up on the surface of the skin forming psoriasis lesions.

Do understand that this is a non-curable, chronic condition. Due to its variable nature, with sporadic ups and downs, psoriasis can be clear and stay in remission. In some people, conditions worsen in colder months and improve during warmer months with increased sunlight exposure. However, symptoms and severity vary from individual to individual: always handle your skin with utmost care and consult a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

To find out more about psoriasis, types of psoriasis, causes, symptoms and how to help relieve flare-ups, return to our Psoriasis Treatment Center. Do educate yourself first before proceeding with any treatment or skin care!