Psoriasis Awareness

What Causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin immune disease that causes raised, scaly patches to form accompanied with pain and inflammation. These patches normally appear on elbows, knees, scalp and lower back but can appear anywhere on the body.

The human body starts producing new skin cells at the deepest layer of the epidermis. The newly formed skin cells work their way up to the surface where they are fully matured and eventually flake off. The continual shedding of dead skin cells on the surface and skin cell production is an essential cycle to make skin firmer and get rid of fine lines and wrinkles more quickly.

While there are no known causes for psoriasis, research has suggested that it involves having an unbalanced, overactive immune system. Psoriasis occurs when new cell production creates new skin cells every 4-7 days instead of the regular 3-4 week period. As a result, dead skin cells pile up on top of the skin that leads to sensitive raised patches (inflammation) on the skin.

What Are The Negative Effects and Triggers?

Psoriasis is multi-factorial chronic condition where it affects your physical, emotional, and internal health. Psoriasis is a chronic condition  caused by an overactive immune system and environmental triggers; however, it is not contagious.

Plenty of everyday things can act as a trigger, causing psoriasis to appear for the first time. Common psoriasis triggers include: 

  • Stress

  • Skin Injury, such as a cut or bad sunburn

  • Infection, such as strep throat

  • Specific Types of Medication,

  • Cold, Dry Weather

  • Smoking Tobacco

  • Alcohol

Psoriasis can be identified from the following list:

Pain areas: in the joints
Skin: rashes, dryness, fissures, flakiness, peeling, small bump, thickness, or redness
Also common: depression, inflamed tendons, itching, joint stiffness, plaque, or small dents in nails

How can I alleviate the symptoms from Psoriasis?

 

1. Psoriasis Care Kit!

The Psoriasis Care Kit contains various combinations of scientifically researched ingredients that assists in delivering moisture boosting benefits to your skin to leave it looking healthier and visibly hydrated.

2. Knowing Your Triggers:

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to know about yourself and your body. What kind of foods trigger your psoriasis? Is lack of sleep or stress triggering it? If eating certain foods trigger it, do not eat it. Get more sleep and have a balanced diet. Maintaining a balanced overall healthy lifestyle and avoiding certain triggers is the best way to alleviate the symptoms.

3. Omega 3 Fatty Acids:

The Omega 3 Fatty Acids are widely known to help reduce inflammation. The inflammation causes the raised scaly skin to form from the psoriasis. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are contained in a variety of foods: flax seed oil, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish. In many different studies, it had been shown that there is an adequate change of medium to high improvement in the symptoms after taking Omega 3 for long periods of time.

4. Maintain A Healthy Weight

It is very important to maintain a healthy weight and avoid obesity. Obesity is a major factor that can cause the formation of psoriasis and severe the symptoms as well.

The best way to maintain a balanced weight is to…

  • eat a variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables
  • eat less refined sugar and processed food
  • eat lean meats and healthy proteins
  • exercise consistently

3. Stress-Relieving Activities:

When we are stressed, our bodies enter a fight-or-flight response system and stress hormones are released into the body. The stress hormones causes inflammation to occur which leads to psoriasis. For calming activities, I would recommend:

  • Breathing Exercises and Meditation
  • Taking a Walk Outside in Nature
  • Aromatherapy
  • Taking a Salt Bath
  • Journaling and Writing

Senya Ivanko

Advanced Esthetician

Senya Ivanko is the owner and operator of Xenia Skin Care & Spa. ​​With years of experience and a continuous desire to bring new techniques and services to her spa, she welcomes questions about her background, training, experience, and passion for technologically advanced customized skin care treatments.

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