Learning about Psoriasis

Psoriasis affects more than seven million Americans. It is not contagious; it is an autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to regenerate at a much faster rate than normal. There are five kinds of psoriasis: plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis.

Symptoms of plaque psoriasis include “raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by silvery white scales” and are often found on the lower back, elbows, knees, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is characterized by small red spots, which are often not as thick the lesions caused by plaque psoriasis.

Inverse psoriasis, usually found in “skin-fold” areas (such as under the arms), is characterized by bright red lesions that are smooth and shiny in appearance.

Pustular psoriasis, as the name implies, is characterized by pus-filled blisters and is primarily seen in adults. Erythrodermic psoriasis is especially painful, as an outbreak can affect the whole body, covering it with excruciatingly enflamed red skin which is eventually shed.

As if the more visible symptoms of psoriasis were not unpleasant enough, many sufferers also experience joint pain and other complications, such as a higher susceptibility to illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Many forms of psoriasis can be treated with topical agents, phototherapy, systemic prescriptions (medication that works throughout the whole body) or biologics (prescriptions that take a more targeted approach).

With a physician’s approval, the appearance of psoriasis can often be mitigated by corrective cosmetics, such as Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème. Apply to smooth, unbroken skin to hide discoloration and minimize the appearance of the uneven surfaces caused by spots or lesions. As with all skin issues, the psychological effects are often as challenging as the physical ones. Smart Cover can help to give you the confidence and freedom to show your face to the world again.