Psoriasis occurs when the normal cycle of skin cell growth speeds up dramatically: the usual turnover for a skin cell is 21-18 days, but with Psoriasis this turnover occurs every 2-6 days. The result of this speed-up is the visible accumulation of skin cells on the surface of the skin, known as a ‘plaque’. This skin appears red and scaly, with patches most often appearing on the knees, elbow and scalp, but sometimes appearing also on other parts of the torso and legs.
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There’s no one established cause for the condition, but genetics are thought to play a significant role. Once it develops, Psoriasis can come and go in waves, often disappearing for prolonged periods of time. Winter, emotional stress, scratching and rubbing, injury, infections, smoking and certain medications are all known to aggravate the condition. Psoriasis doesn’t affect your general health, though sometimes it can be related to other health conditions such as arthritis. It can, however, put a dint in your confidence.
But don’t worry, it’s easily managed and treatable with supplements, humidifiers at home, avoid frangrance, controlled light therapy, warm baths with Epsom salts, reduce stress, avoid alcohol, turmeric and cardamom which are anti inflammatory. See a naturopath who passionate about this treatment. Resurfacing light peels like lactic acid peels are also favourable over treatment like microdermabrasion which can overly irritate the skin. Low level laser therapy may also be the answer.