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Daily skin care tips on Psoriasis
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Care Tips: Psoriasis

Suggestions to help manage psoriasis
Psoriasis is chronic non-contagious skin disease that is caused by an overactive immune system, which produces inflammatory lesions and flaking of skin (scales). Psoriasis tends to run in families, but other causes include skin injury and infection, such as strep throat.
The link between smoking and psoriasis
People who smoke have 2-3 times higher risk of developing psoriasis, a chronic skin condition. In severe cases, psoriasis can be disabling and greatly diminish the quality of life of affected individuals.
Does your psoriasis seem to worsen during the winter?
Environmental factors, such as cold winter weather, wind and dry indoor heat promote moisture loss from the skin, which can cause psoriasis symptoms to flare or worsen.
What causes psoriasis? ...
Psoriasis results from a glitch in your bodys immune system. The usual time that it takes for your body to replace skin cells is 28 days, however, in those with psoriasis, the repair, reproduction and replacement process of skin cells goes into overtime - taking only 3 to 6 days to complete the task.
What can make your psoriasis worse? ...
Getting your psoriasis under control may be an ongoing challenge, but there are some things that you can do to help. It might be more difficult during the winter months, but try to get some sun - it is a well known fact that some sun exposure improves this condition, but be careful not to get burned.
Dealing with scalp psoriasis?
There are many products available to help you manage the bothersome flaking associated with scalp psoriasis. Although there are numerous medical treatment options available that are formulated in a wide variety of ointments, solutions, gels, creams and foams, you can make lifestyle modifications that can improve your condition.
Not sure if you have rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is sometimes misdiagnosed as acne. Rosacea is characterized by inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and eyelids. It may appear as redness, spider-like blood vessels (called telangiectasia), swelling, or acne-like skin eruptions. Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, certain factors predispose you to developing symptoms, such as if you have fair skin, are female (however, it is more severe when it does appear in males), and between the age of 30-50. Rosacea can also result in enlargement of the blood vessels just under the skin and eye disorders. Common symptoms include facial redness, flushing or blushing easily, burning or stinging sensation and irritated eyes. In advanced cases, a red, bulbous nose develops. Usually, a diagnosis can be confirmed by assessing a person’s medical history in combination with a physical exam. Treatment starts with avoiding potential triggers, which differ between individuals, to reduce flare-ups. Try to keep a daily log to help identify specific triggers (e.g., foods, hot beverages, warm environments, weather, certain medications, medical conditions, emotional influences, physical exertion and sensitivity to skin care products/ingredients). See your doctor for an accurate assessment and to discuss available treatments.