Psoriasis, as we know the skin condition today, is known for its red, crusty or scaly appearance, and the annoyingly itchy sensation that comes with it. It comes as the result of faulty immune responses that affect the process of cell turnover.
Common in adults under 35 years old, what happens is that the length of period for skin renewal is cut short—from the normal length of one month to a few days—causing an overproduction of skin cells and the abnormal build-up or the visible patches on the surface.
Get a deeper understanding of the skin condition with these factoids on Psoriasis.
1. The Original Meaning of ‘Psoriasis’
Derived from the Greek words “psora” (to itch) and “sis” (condition), the original meaning or condition that ‘psoriasis’ used to refer to was what we now know as ‘seborrheic dermatitis’. It wasn’t until the 1800s that Robert Willan—considered as founder of modern dermatology—gave Psoriasis its modern-day description of circular skin lesions with a scaly appearance and reddish borders.
2. Psoriasis and Poor Hygiene
Because Psoriasis appears on the skin, a common misconception is that it comes about as an effect of poor hygiene. In truth and as mentioned earlier, Psoriasis originates in the immune system.
Experts are closely observing genes, determining which ones exactly are responsible for the faulty signals that mess with cell turnover.
3. Psoriasis and Genetics
Statistics show that if a parent has Psoriasis, a child has 10% chance of developing the skin condition, as well. In persons with this 10% chance, stress, infection, skin injury, and hormonal changes can trigger a flare-up of Psoriasis.
4. Treatment for Psoriasis
There is no cure for Psoriasis. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do to control or manage it. And you should do something about it.
Aside from attacks on self-esteem, choosing to leave Psoriasis untreated raises the risk of other health conditions such as diabetes, heart attack, depression and obesity. There’s also the risk of Psoriatic Arthritis which is a persistent and disabling illness that requires aggressive treatment.
In old times, one of the earliest treatment options involved a mixture of onions, sea salt, and urine. Thankfully, modern day has presented us with options or ways to manage the symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis and its flare-ups are best controlled with a deeply-moisturizing oil such as Moringa-O2 Herbal Hair, Scalp and Skin Therapy Oil. Use every day after bath, or as needed to soothe itch and provide moisture for cracks, dry skin and scalp.