Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition that affects millions of people all over the world. Despite this, it can often be hard to understand or identify with if you've never heard of it before. This article will provide a basic introduction to psoriasis; offer facts on the condition and discuss natural healing protocols.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes the skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, scaly patches on the skin's surface. The patches are usually red or pink and can be itchy or painful.
Which areas of the skin is it found on?
Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the skin but is most commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis presents itself as red patches, often spreading in circular patterns which can be flat to the skin, or show as raised plaques which may crack and bleed.
What causes psoriasis?
Psoriasis is commonly linked to an overactive immune system. For people with psoriasis, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, causing them to grow too quickly, often resulting in red patches and plaques.
Common types of psoriasis
There are several types of psoriasis, each with its own symptoms. The most common types are plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis. Let's compare them below.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis, and it appears as raised, red patches covered with a white or silvery scale. The patches, also known as lesions, usually appear on the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, and soles of the feet. They can be itchy and painful, and they sometimes crack and bleed.
Guttate psoriasis is psoriasis that appears as small, red dots on the skin. It is most often seen in children and young adults and is usually triggered by a bacterial infection such as strep throat.
Inverse psoriasis appears as smooth, red patches in skin folds. It is more common in people who are overweight, and it can be aggravated by friction and sweating.
Erythrodermic psoriasis is a rare and severe type that covers the entire body with a red, peeling rash. It can be triggered by sunburn, infection, or certain medications.
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects people with psoriasis. It causes joint pain, swelling, and stiffness and can cause nail changes and eye problems.
Symptoms you may experience
There are a few things to look out for when trying to spot psoriasis. Some common indications that you may be suffering from this condition are:
- Thick, red skin with silvery-white scales
- Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
- Itching, burning, or soreness
- Swollen and stiff joints
- Patches of thickened, pitted, or ridged nails
If you are experiencing Psoriasis symptoms, it’s important to know that you're not alone, and there are things you can do to minimise this skin condition naturally.
Probiotics can assist with the body’s ability to counteract inflammation; a common symptom of psoriasis. Probiotics are good bacteria that live in our gut and help keep our immune system healthy. Since psoriasis is linked to an overactive immune system, taking probiotic supplements can be beneficial. We highly recommend you take a look at our multi-strain probiotic. Hanna has personally formulated a clear skin complex formula which can help you maintain a healthy gut and replenish your beneficial gut bacteria - crucial for healthy skin and a strong immune system.
The importance of staying moisturised
Keeping your skin moisturised is essential for those with psoriasis as it can help to reduce itching and inflammation. Look for a natural, gentle moisturiser that won't irritate your skin such as our skin saviour balm. This emollient-type moisturiser can soothe dry skin and keep it hydrated throughout the day. Applying moisturisers such as these are a great way to soothe psoriasis patches, especially in problem areas like elbows and knees.
For extra dry areas of psoriasis
If you're struggling with particularly dry, cracked skin, then look for a thicker, emollient-based natural moisturiser like our intensive night balm. This natural balm is packed with ingredients to help soothe and protect your skin, including bisabolbol, ginger extract, shea butter and sweet almond oil. Applying salves at night adds an extra layer of hydration whilst you sleep.
Natural psoriasis treatments can help to relieve symptoms. Please read Hanna’s best-selling Books ‘Radiant’ and ‘Skin Healing Expert’ for detailed information on her natural healing protocol and the importance of healing skin from within.