15 Tips to Avoid Psoriasis Scars
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that is marked by patches of intensely itchy and flaky skin.
about 150,000 more people will be diagnosed this year. Of those, about 80 percent will have the form of psoriasis known as plaque psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis is caused by disordered immune signals that trigger skin cells to grow too rapidly during a flare. It is not contagious and can’t be transmitted to others, but it often looks unsightly and is usually very uncomfortable, too.
One of the most common lasting effects of psoriasis flares is skin discoloration. Changes in pigmentation occur because of skin cell inflammation, which temporarily destroys pigment cells called melanocytes.
Scarring is a bit more problematic. On the one hand, there’s a lot you can do to avoid it, such as taking good care of your skin during both psoriasis flares and quiet periods. On the other hand, the effect lasts a bit longer — at least in your eyes.
Skin itchiness and general discomfort are the two things people most commonly associate with the disease, and it often starts out as no more than brief rashes over certain parts of the body that look like little more than dry skin.
The condition is caused by genes, and is usually recognized by those in the medical profession as an inherited genetic disorder. Not everyone who carries the genes for the disorder will necessarily suffer from it, though, which is where environment begins to play a very big role.
Get skin back into its comfort zone and limit scarring with these tips: