Welcome back to our Skin Condition of the Month blog series, where we highlight a specific skin care condition or issue, as well as what can be done to successfully address it. This month, we have psoriasis on our minds. Over 7.5 million Americans currency experience psoriasis, a chronic condition caused by an immune system irregularity that triggers faster reproduction of skin cells. Our board-certified dermatology experts wanted to take some time to answer some commonly asked questions about psoriasis and how it affects people to better educate our readers.
Question #1: What causes psoriasis to develop in the first place?
Psoriasis is a genetic condition, however it is often more complicated than that. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, having a parent (or both parents) with psoriasis does make someone far more likely to experience the condition, there’s more to the development of psoriasis than family history. And having a family history of psoriasis does not mean that someone will definitely experience it themselves. Certain environmental triggers including hormonal changes, some infections, and skin trauma can interact with genes and spark the development of psoriasis.
Question #2: Are psoriasis symptoms worse during certain times of year?
For many people, the fall and winter seasons are a time when psoriasis symptoms can be more pronounced. The combination of the colder, dryer weather this time of year and less exposure to sunlight makes for potentially dry, flaky, and itchy skin for people who experience psoriasis. Try to keep your skin moisturized and manage your holiday stress in a healthy way, as excess stress can also worsen psoriasis symptoms.
Question #3: What cosmetic treatments are effective for treating psoriasis?
In order to effectively treat psoriasis, our dermatology experts must first determine the type of psoriasis you experience and the root cause of your issues. While psoriasis is a chronic condition that cannot be “cured”, its symptoms can be managed in extremely effective ways. We’ve had success using a variety of therapies for psoriasis including topical medications, the PHAROS EX-308 Excimer Laser system, oral and injectable medicines (biologics), and more.
As with any other dermatological condition, the first step to treating and managing psoriasis is receiving a proper diagnosis from a board-certified dermatology specialist. We have been serving the Atlanta area for over forty years and our experts have the knowledge and experience to effectively address any skin care concern or dermatological issue. For more information on psoriasis and our available treatment options, contact Dermatology Associates of Atlanta to schedule an appointment today. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more skin care tips and practice updates.