Psoriasis (soriasis) is a skin condition that can affect anyone at any age. But before you panic, arm yourself with facts before acting on misinformation.
What is psoriasis (soriasis)?
Characterized by red, itchy patches of skin, psoriasis in a chronic skin disease that affects around 2-3 percent of the population globally. In the Philippines alone, there are around 1-2 million people affected with psoriasis.
Myths about psoriasis (soriasis)
Despite being a common skin condition, there are still plenty of misconceptions surrounding psoriasis. Here are some psoriasis myths that need to be cleared up:
Myth #1: Psoriasis is a contagious disease.
Psoriasis is not contagious. You will not get psoriasis when you come into direct contact with someone who has it, even if you hug them or share food or drink with them.
Myth #2: Psoriasis is just another skin condition, like acne.
Very much unlike acne, psoriasis is actually an autoimmune disease. The condition is triggered by faulty messages from the immune system. These messages affect skin turnover, causing an overproduction of skin cells and the piling up of (and over) dead skin cells
Myth #3: Psoriasis can be diagnosed just by looking at the red patches.
Red, scaly patches on the skin is the main symptom of psoriasis, but other conditions like eczema have similar symptoms as well. Only a dermatologist can properly diagnose psoriasis through medical testing.
Myth #4: All psoriasis is the same.
There are multiple types of psoriasis such as the following:
- Plaque psoriasis – raised, red patches on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp.
- Guttate psoriasis – teardrop-shaped spots and silver scales usually on the torso and limbs
- Inverse psoriasis – appears as shiny, smooth, red lesions in the body or skin folds such as the armpits, the groin area and under the breast
Myth #5: Psoriasis can be cured
The condition is a chronic, lifelong condition. There will be periods when people with psoriasis will experience flare-ups, then periods when their skin will be clear. This just means that there are cycles to the condition.
Treating psoriasis (soriasis)
While psoriasis cannot be cured, the pain and itch can definitely be managed. For those requiring mild treatment, using a topical cream or product can help with the condition.
Dermatologically-tested safe and effective, Moringa-O2 Hair, Scalp and Skin Therapy Oil uses the natural benefits of moringa (malunggay), olive oil and omega (from Sunflower oil) to deeply nourish and moisturize dry skin and scalp, regulate skin cell production and turnover, and soothe itch. Simply use the product after taking a shower.