Back in the early 1960s, a television commercial for a topical skin ointment first coined the phrase “the heartbreak of psoriasis,” referring to the emotional and physical distress the disease can inflict. Since then, the phrase has become a widespread cliché — yet one that still rings true for over 7.5 million sufferers in the U.S.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system becomes overactive, causing inflammation inside the body that results in skin cells building up rapidly on the surface of the skin to form thick, silvery, red scales, and itchy, dry patches. With cutting-edge technology and innovative techniques, the office of SmarterSkin Dermatology can effectively address some of your most problematic skin and complexion issues.
The most common areas affected by psoriasis are the knees, elbows, and scalp, but it can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet. And while its exact cause is unknown, researchers believe environmental triggers play a key role. Certain conditions, even minor ones, can cause an outbreak of psoriasis including stress, skin cuts, bug bites, infections, and even certain medications.
Treatments are highly customized, because what works for one person may not work for another. For mild to moderate cases, prescription drugs and topical ointments are used, and in some cases, a procedure called phototherapy is employed, which involves exposing skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis.
Committed to healthy, beautiful skin
At the office of SmarterSkin Dermatology, we employ the most advanced techniques to treat a variety of skin conditions with the goal of giving you healthier, younger looking skin. You can count on our expertise and high level of compassionate care we offer to help you look and feel your best. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.
By Nicole Lyons
December 17, 2019