At Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery Institute (DCSI), we are dedicated to providing comprehensive psoriasis treatment to help those affected by this challenging skin condition. Our dermatologist in Wellington offers skin treatment options for those suffering from psoriasis and other skin conditions that affect your life and your happiness.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common skin condition characterized by the abnormal accumulation of old skin cells, leading to faster-than-normal growth of new skin cells. This excess buildup causes the skin cells to adhere together, resulting in the formation of scaly, dry patches known as plaques. These plaques can vary in size and are often accompanied by itching, which can be both uncomfortable and distressing.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis can manifest at any age but is more prevalent among individuals aged 10 to 30. It is primarily driven by an immune system response within the body. White blood cells, which typically protect the body from infections, mistakenly target the skin cells, stimulating accelerated cell production. These excess skin cells accumulate on the skin’s surface, giving rise to the visible symptoms of psoriasis. Various factors, such as stress, infections, specific medications like lithium, prednisone, and hydroxychloroquine, as well as environmental elements like cold, dry weather, heavy alcohol consumption, and smoking, can trigger psoriasis flares.
Factors that can trigger psoriasis flares include:
- Lithium, prednisone, and hydroxychloroquine medications
- Cold, dry weather
- Heavy alcohol consumption
During your consultation with Dr. Wassef, factors such as your overall health, medical history, skin health, skin condition, and much more will be evaluated to determine which method of psoriasis treatment will work best for you.
While there’s no true cure for this skin condition, there are several different methods of treatment that can help with the symptoms:
- Topical ointments: These topical applications can provide relief and help manage psoriasis symptoms effectively.
- Corticosteroid creams: Corticosteroids can be prescribed to reduce inflammation and alleviate itching associated with psoriasis.
- Topical retinoids: Topical retinoids may be recommended to promote healthier skin cell turnover and minimize plaque formation.
- Vitamin D creams: These creams can help regulate skin cell growth and reduce the severity of psoriasis symptoms.
- Non-biologic medications: Other medications can be employed to target specific aspects of the immune system that contribute to psoriasis.
- Light therapy and light treatments: Phototherapy is another effective option, involving controlled exposure to UV light to manage psoriasis symptoms.
Which Cream Is Best for Psoriasis?
Determining the best cream for psoriasis can be influenced by individual factors, such as the type and severity of your psoriasis, your skin’s sensitivity, and personal preferences. Common options include topical corticosteroid creams, which can effectively reduce inflammation and itching associated with psoriasis. Additionally, vitamin D creams can help regulate skin cell growth and reduce the severity of psoriasis symptoms.
Your dermatologist will assess your specific condition and recommend the cream that is most suitable for your needs. It’s important to follow their guidance to ensure the best possible results in managing your psoriasis.
Why Does Vaseline Help Psoriasis?
Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, can be beneficial for individuals with psoriasis due to its excellent moisturizing properties. While it does not treat the underlying causes of psoriasis, it can help alleviate the dryness and discomfort associated with the condition.
Psoriasis often leads to skin dryness and flaking, and applying Vaseline can create a protective barrier that locks in moisture and prevents excessive dryness, reducing the itching and discomfort. However, it’s essential to consult with your dermatologist before using Vaseline to ensure it aligns with your overall psoriasis management plan.
What Should You Not Put On Psoriasis?
When managing psoriasis, it’s crucial to avoid products or practices that can exacerbate your symptoms. Avoid harsh, fragranced soaps and detergents, as they can irritate the skin. Additionally, hot water and excessive scrubbing should be avoided during bathing, as they can further dry out and irritate the skin. Refrain from using abrasive exfoliants or harsh scrubbing tools on psoriasis-affected areas.
It’s vital to consult with your dermatologist before trying over-the-counter treatments or home remedies. Some of these products may worsen your condition or interact with prescribed treatments. Always seek professional guidance to ensure the best psoriasis management and symptom relief.
Put Your Trust in Our Dermatologists in South Florida
If you think you may have psoriasis, our medical dermatology staff can help relieve your discomfort. Schedule an appointment with DCSI to manage your dry, scaly patches of skin and improve your overall quality of life. We’re here to help you maintain happy, healthy skin once and for all. Contact us here.
Infographic added in January 2021.