Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes a rapid buildup of cells on the skins surface. This results in a number of itchy, scratchy, and overall uncomfortable symptoms. Unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon condition. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, around 7.4 million Americans are living with psoriasis.
While there is no current cure for psoriasis, there are many ways to manage the symptoms and stop the cells from growing so quickly. Most of these treatments are lifestyle changes such as using moisturizer, stress management techniques, and quitting smoking. However, there are also some topical treatments and medications.
But first, let’s take a look at some of the signs and symptoms of psoriasis…
1. What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. A normal life cycle of a skin cell is one month, but with psoriasis the production process moves quickly in a matter of days resulting in a buildup of cells on the skins surface. According to Healthline, in a normal cycle the “skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface” where they eventually fall off. In people with psoriais, this production process is much shorter so the cells don’t have time to fall off leading to an overproduction of skin cells.
Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, but it typically develops on joints such as elbows and knees. It can also occur on the hands, feet, neck, scalp, and face, says Healthline.