What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes a rapid build up of skin cells. It often appears as red flaky patches of skin with a silvery tint around the knees, elbows and scalp, but can appear just about anywhere on the body.
Why do I have psoriasis?
It’s often hereditary – 1 in 3 people who suffer from it will also have a close relative with the condition. Sudden emotional trauma often triggers it for the first time – and stress can be a recurring factor in subsequent flare-ups. Whilst there is no clear cause or cure for Psoriasis, there are ways to manage this condition short and long term.
How to soothe your skin
Psoriasis tends to trigger during emotional stress, shock or grief. While controlling these emotions is easier said than done, prioritising self-care and relaxation can help. Consider activities such as exercise, yoga, meditation or taking a long-overdue break. Psoriasis symptoms can often go through cycles, so it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce flare-ups.
Hydrated skin feels so much happier. Reapply a rich body cream regularly – at least twice per day.
When it comes to cleansing – face, body and clothes for that matter – stick to natural products that are free from detergents (like cocamidopropyl betaine) and surfactants (sulfates and betaines). These will calm rather than aggravate the already itchy, dry patches.
For natural psoriasis skin care products, we recommend our Polly Plum. Kate, our Customer Experience Team Lead, sleeps with this product on her scalp to calm her own very dry psoriasis.
Opt for face and body moisturisers rich in anti-inflammatory Omegas and for extra nourishment, mix in a drop or two of our highly concentrated Rosehip Bioregenerate, which has incredible skin healing properties.
A little sun exposure can be good for psoriasis too. UVA rays will penetrate further into the dermis and help the skin’s natural production of Vitamin D. We suggest 20 minutes per day if you can.
What should I avoid?
Easier said than done, but try to avoid the itch-scratch cycle. It can make flare-ups worse and further irritate skin.
Hot showers and long soaks while lovely, can worsen the symptoms of psoriasis. Opt for warm water and quick dips instead.
Over-washing can strip skin of its natural protective oils, and they’re what keep all that precious moisture locked in. For scalp, keep hair washing to a minimum and for face or body choose organic products free of common irritants where possible.
Hydrate skin from within. Reduce your alcohol consumption and try to drink at least one litre of water per day.