Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis is not contagious – obviously! But it’s not just a “skin condition” either. It’s a complex immune-mediated disease that affects people differently, which can sometimes make it tough to find the right treatment. Psoriasis is commonly described as a chronic, inflammatory condition that results in an overgrowth of skin cells. Plaques of pink, scaly inflamed skin are hallmarks of the condition. The skin may also be sensitive, itchy and prone to dryness, cracking & bleeding. This can affect any area of the body, including the scalp and it may be limited to one area or multiple places. 

People living with psoriasis often use topical treatments that include lotions, creams, and ointments as part of their treatment routines and self-care regimens.

Psoriasis affects individuals differently, and so no one product suits everyone. A doctor or pharmacist can help most people find one that is suitable for them. Here are just some of the treatments used in conjunction with prescribed psoriasis treatment. 

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid helps remove the scaly appearance of psoriasis patches. It is a keratolytic agent, which means it can help the skin shed its outer layers. People with psoriasis often use salicylic acid alongside other medicated creams because the salicylic acid allows the other creams to penetrate the skin more effectively. Although some solutions can be too strong and can cause irritation if left on the skin too long, other products will need a prescription, but some are available over the counter.

Malin+Goetz is gentle enough for all skin sensitivities and will not only help with the above, this clear product deals quickly and easily with the bacteria that can cause other problem skin including blemishes & breakouts.  

Ceramide Cream

Our skin naturally contains waxy lipid molecules called ceramides, which are found within the membranes of our cells. Scientists believe they play a role in restoring the skin’s protective function and that depleted ceramide levels can be linked to dry skin.

Psoriasis is much more prone to happen in dry skin, we recommend keeping skin hydrated with unscented lotions that contain ceramides, like CeraVe Moisturising Cream which is formulated with 3 different types of ceramides to help lock in moisture. 




Meditation

Confused? Let us explain, as we know, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease and not a simple skin woe. Stress and autoimmune diseases do not mix well! In fact, a new Harvard study suggests that not only does stress worsen disease, but may actually be a cause too. Whilst the disease itself also causes significant stress in the patients, creating a vicious cycle.

For many, one of the most frustrating aspects of psoriasis can be its unpredictability, never knowing when the next flare up is going to strike. This unpredictability leaves people feeling constantly worried. For some, meditation can help restore a sense of power over their psoriasis.

There’s a good amount of data that proven techniques, such as mindfulness meditation, can improve psoriasis overall in terms of its clinical severity and also improve the symptoms of psoriasis.

Meditation doesn't need any fancy equipment and you needn't feel the need to go anywhere "special" to do it. Just create a relaxing environment where you feel you're able to take time out. 

For more help and information on this topic head to National Psoriasis Foundation.


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