Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects many people all over the world. People suffering from this skin condition usually have thick patches of skin that are reddish and commonly flaky or scaly. The affected area also becomes dry which makes the skin rough, hard and easy to break. The occasional itching is also very common for people suffering from psoriasis. Scratching the psoriatic patches can cause the skin to bleed.
People with psoriasis have to bear the uncomfortable symptoms this skin condition brings. Aside from this, there are incorrect notions that usually make people with psoriasis, self-conscious and embarrassed.
Psoriasis is Not Contagious
Some people still think that psoriasis is contagious. This is absolutely wrong. Psoriasis is not contagious. You should not worry about sharing a train ride or being in contact with anyone that is suffering from this skin condition. It is sad, that many people who are suffering from psoriasis is being ridiculed, laughed at or avoided. There is no need for us, the psoriasis-free ones, to be mean to those who are unfortunately suffering from this skin condition.
Dealing with Psoriasis
This skin condition is chronic. It has a cycle of dying down and flare-ups. To manage psoriasis, one should learn how to properly care for their skin.
The first step in managing and controlling psoriasis is consulting a dermatologist. A dermatologist will examine the skin and perform needed tests and determine the type of psoriasis the patient has and recommend treatments and proper skin care techniques. There are plenty of treatments available that can help manage psoriasis and prevent episodes of flare-ups. These treatments come in various forms including creams, ointments, pills and many more.
Some people resort to Mother Nature for treatment. Some are using honey, olive oil, and other essential oils in their skin care regimen as they believe that these natural products are helpful in preventing flare-ups and controlling the uncomfortable symptoms of psoriasis. Our advice is to always consult your dermatologist before trying out any homemade, DIY, or rumored to be effective treatments for this skin condition.
Keeping the Skin Moisturized
Keeping the skin moisturized is an essential step in avoiding episodes of psoriasis flare-ups. If you have this skin condition, it is best to always apply a moisturizer on your skin. Dry skin can trigger flare-ups and also aggravate it. An excellent choice in skin moisturizers is the Argan oil as it is packed with nutrients having moisturizing properties such as Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and sterols. Before using this oil, make sure that you consult your dermatologist. If you have a nut allergy, you should not use Argan oil as it is an extract of the Argan fruit nuts.