August is National Psoriasis Month. Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) is a medical condition that occurs when skin cells grow very rapidly. The immune system sends bad signals to the body causing new skin cells to form in days rather than weeks. The body cannot shed these excess skin cells fast enough, causing compacted skin cells on the surface of the skin and allows sometimes painful lesions to form.
In the United States, nearly 7.5 million people have psoriasis and about 150,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Psoriasis is not contagious but may be transmitted to our offspring through genetics.
What skin care steps should you take if you have Psoriasis? Moisture content is everything. Hydrated and supple skin is less likely to outbreaks and may also be less painful when an outbreak occurs. Dry skin may increase scaling, flaking and itching which will further aggravate the condition, and you!
When bathing soak in lukewarm bath water with Oatmeal for 20 minutes. Oatmeal is a macrobiotic exfoliant that is still very gentle on irritated skin. Be careful not to rub or scratch the skin and pat dry with a towel.
Moisturizers with essential oils; high quality, pharmaceutical grade ingredients; and are also classified as hypo-allergenic are recommended. Products with these ingredients will be less likely to cause additional irritation, redness or introduce particles that can cause infection. When applying moisturizers do so with care – to avoid rubbing the skin causing lesions or sores.
Always Use Sun Block – use Physical Sun Block Protection instead of Chemical Sunscreens.
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