Let’s Talk: Psoriasis


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
  • Sunlight
  • Lasers
  • 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.

Author: Lee Ann

I am a Licensed Esthetician and Freelance Professional Makeup Artist based in the Princeton, New Jersey area. My passions are all things beauty and I have an unhealthy obsession for anti-aging. When I'm not writing a plethora of articles, I enjoy indulging in shopping, music, fine dining and catching up on the latest celebrity gossip from the E channel to People Magazine. Email me if you have questions [email protected] Feel free to visit my Google+ page.


  1. It annoys me when people take one look at Psoriasis and think it’s contagious. People should know more about this skin condition.

  2. Actually topical treatments are applied to the skin and it is the first treatment to do for the people diagnosed with psoriasis. People should know various types of treatments for the different conditions of Psoriasis.

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