Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Most people with psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches. Psoriasis is most common in people ages 15 to 35, but can occur at any age. Medical experts think psoriasis is passed down through families and occurs when the body’s immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous substances. Skin cells rise to the surface much faster in people with psoriasis, resulting in a buildup of dead skin cells.
There are many factors when a flare up of psoriasis is suspected: bacterial or viral infections, skin injury, too little or too much sunlight, dry air and dry skin. Psoriasis can appear suddenly, go away and flare up repeatedly over time.
Treatment options include a combination of therapies designed to reduce flare ups and infections. Topical medications, body-wide medications and phototherapy are used to treat psoriasis. There is no known way to prevent psoriasis. Keeping the skin clean and moist and avoiding psoriasis triggers may help reduce the number of flare-ups.
Regardless of treatment choice, it’s important to keep your skin clean and moisturized, as dry skin can cause psoriasis flare ups. The best way to clean your skin is to wash it gently with a mild soy based cleanser. These cleansers are effective for a number of reasons. First, there are no harsh chemicals or fragrances to irritate sensitive skin or strip it of essential moisture. Also, soy based cleansers don’t require harsh scrubbing to clean effectively.
Follow up with a soy based lotion to replenish moisture, reduce blotchiness and discoloration, and enhance skin’s elasticity. Keeping the skin properly moisturized also helps with skin redness and itchiness associated with psoriasis. Soy based moisturizers are also full of antioxidants beneficial to the skin.
Soy based skin care products are safe for all ages and skin types and are tested and recommended by dermatologists.
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