Psoriasis messes up your skin, no doubt. But it’s not just a cosmetic problem. Most researchers think the problem starts with the immune system, your body’s defense system. They believe the immune system is mistakenly triggered, causing skin cells to reproduce too quickly. A normal skin cell matures and sheds, or falls off. In psoriasis, though, skin cells pile up and form thick patches or lesions on the skin’s surface.
Typically, psoriasis appears between the ages of 15 and 35, although it can develop at any age.
The most common form of psoriasis causes thick red patches with silvery scales on the head, elbows and knees. But psoriasis can occur in various other forms—and show up in other places.
There are no special blood tests or diagnostic tools to diagnose psoriasis. A dermatologist, who specializes in skin diseases, or other health care provider, usually takes a close look at the skin.
Treatment may require a combination approach—including Dermarest® unique medicated psoriasis treatments.
Psoriasis doesn’t have to be an unmanageable and unpredictable burden on your body. Learn about the Psoriasis triggers you can control.
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