Effective topical skin care

Often confused with other dry skin conditions, psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that causes the body to produce too many skin cells over a short period of time. As these skin cells build-up they become dry and inflamed which leaves sufferers with patches of red, flaky or scaly skin over the body.

In healthy skin the cell renewal process usually takes around 21-28 days from the death of one cell to it being replaced by a new one.

In psoriasis sufferers this process happens over a much shorter period of time, around 2-6 days, which means both dead and new cells accumulate on the surface of the skin. This over-production of cells occurs when the skin starts to act like it is fighting off an infection or healing a wound which produces inflammatory chemicals that speed up the cell renewal process and creates the patches of red, silvery scales associated with this condition.

Psoriasis can develop on any area of the body but it is most commonly found on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp, with sufferers tending to be between the ages of 15-30 or 50-60 years old. Psoriasis can flare up at any time once the defective gene is triggered by something external, like medicine or physical trauma, so it can be a very unpredictable condition to manage.

Although there is no definitive cure for psoriasis the condition can be kept under control by monitoring any triggers and by using the right skin care products. Keeping the skin as hydrated as possible is crucial, so look for gentle moisturisers that don’t contain any harsh ingredients or fragrances to prevent irritating the condition.

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