Today, October 29, 2013, is World Psoriasis Day presented by the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA). This international organization is comprised of members from across the globe whose goal is raising awareness about this condition, improving treatment plans and protocols, increasing patient understanding of this disease and building a community for patients.
Psoriasis affects nearly three percent of the world’s population, according to the IFPA. It is characterized by chronically recurring rash-like lesions (thick, red, scaly patches), accompanied by pruritus (itchiness), irritation, redness, impacted surface cells or hypersensitivity. It is most common on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands and feet. The majority of patients are afflicted with psoriasis before the age of 40.
Although the exact cause of psoriasis is still unknown, there are some common triggers:
- Genetic predisposition
- Trauma to the area
Currently there are no cures for psoriasis, but knowing how to control the symptoms can make a world of difference for patients suffering with this disease. Depending on the severity of the psoriasis, some patients may need to seek medical intervention and may be prescribed medications. In addition to prescription medication, all patients with psoriasis can further control their condition by doing the following:
- Gently exfoliate and increase cell turnover with retinol, a gentler vitamin A derivative that is highly effective, yet non-irritating at lower percentages. Retinol Renewal with RestorAtive Complex would be an appropriate choice for those combating psoriasis.
- Decrease redness by applying products with red and brown algae, and caper bud fruit. Anti-Redness Serum contains all three of these ingredients and has been clinically proven to be effective at reducing redness.
- Minimize inflammation with skin soothing ingredients such as hydrocortisone, aloe vera, willow bark extract or bisabolol. Après Peel® Soothing Balm contains 0.5% hydrocortisone and can be used for seven-day intervals to reduce inflammation and control pruritus. ReBalance can be used to soothe the affected area when the patient needs to take a break from the Après Peel® Soothing Balm.
- Increasing hydration to control excessive dryness is vitally important to keep lesions from cracking and bleeding. Moisturizers must contain both humectant and occlusive ingredients to be effective. All PCA SKIN evening moisturizers contain a combination of humectants and occlusives to provide adequate hydration. Silkcoat® Balm is especially hydrating and also acts as a barrier for the skin.
As always, for all skin types and conditions, protect the skin from UV exposure with a broad spectrum sunscreen to shield the skin from UV-inflammation, which could further exacerbate the very condition we are aiming to treat. All five of PCA SKIN’s sunscreen products offer broad spectrum protection:
- Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45
- Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30
- Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30
- Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30
- Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant
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