What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by dry, scaly patches and bumps (non-inflamed). The bumps are typically reddish in color and covered by white-silvery scales. Psoriasis can be mild or severe, and it usually affects the knees, elbows, and scalp. There is no known cause or cure, but it results from skin cells that reproduce much faster than normal. Psoriasis can occur at any age, but it usually develops between the ages of 20-30 and affects both men and women.
(Read: The different types of Psoriasis)
Treatments for Psoriasis
There are numerous options for the treatment of Psoriasis, including:
- Phototherapy and UVB (ultraviolet B) lamps
- Topical prescriptions such as retinoids, cortisone creams, Vitamin D Analogues, etc.
- Oral prescriptions such as Isotretinion and Enbrel
Skin Care for Psoriasis
The best way to handle Psoriasis in terms of a skin care regimen for your face is to use gentle, soothing products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients. For exfoliating, it is best to use products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids; also be sure to use gentle cleansers. Click here to view more products often used by those with Psoriasis.