Psoriasis is a skin condition thought to be caused by problems with the immune system, which lead to abnormally fast production of skin cells. As a result of cells being replaced too quickly, pink or red patches appear on the surface of the skin. These patches are then prone to soreness, flaking, itching and scaling.
There are five main types of psoriasis, although the majority of sufferers have what is known as plaque psoriasis, which is characterised by raised areas of inflamed skin, often with a white or silver scaly centre. Regardless of the type, however, psoriasis is a long term condition, with a genetic component and no known cure.
Aside from the physical symptoms, psoriasis can greatly affect a person's self esteem, especially when the condition is severe. As a result, the focus is on treating, managing and minimising the appearance of patches and reducing inflammation. This is often achieved through the application of creams and other topical treatments.
Topical treatment for psoriasis
The main treatment for psoriasis sufferers involves applying topical agents to the affected area, patch or skin fold. Typically, the aim of this treatment is to alleviate inflammation, reduce scale build up, restore moisture to the skin and ultimately assist with clearing psoriatic plaques.
Many of the treatment options recommended for removing flakes associated with psoriasis contain salicylic acid. While this can be useful for controlling excess scaling, it can also dry out or irritate some of the surrounding skin. One effective alternative here is to use a serum containing hyaluronic acid.
Unlike many other ingredients in skin care products, hyaluronic acid is able to reduce inflammation while also helping to lock in moisture. This, in turn, allows the skin to stay hydrated, plump and youthful. As a result, it can be especially useful for those who have a sensitive skin type, or psoriasis which affects sensitive areas.
In addition, it is best to utilise skin care products that are alkaline based, helping to keep skin cells in their natural pH range. While many skin care products on the market have a pH in the region of 5.5, indicating that they are acidic, it is best to opt for products with a pH slightly above 7, which is the pH score for water.
Recommended skincare products
In order to reduce inflammation, maintain hydration and help with psoriatic plaque clearance, we recommend using the Sönd Strength Training Serum and the Sönd Sidekick Day Cream. These two products work exceptionally well in combination with one another, as they share a pH of 7.3, reducing side effects like dry skin and irritation.
The Strength Training Serum contains hyaluronic acid, silica and pentavitin, which all combine to help skin to stay hydrated, while strengthening the skin's natural barrier. Meanwhile, the Sidekick Day Cream helps to soothe and calm the skin and works as a long-lasting moisturiser, easing the dry skin patches associated with psoriasis.
Both of these products can assist with combating many of the symptoms of psoriasis, improving levels of comfort throughout the course of the day. They can also be combined with a cleanser as part of a daily skin care regime, which can help to improve the overall appearance of skin. Neither product will irritate the skin or stain clothes.
In terms of actually using the products, the Strength Training Serum can be applied and massaged into the skin after cleansing. From there, wait for it to absorb briefly, before applying the Sidekick Day Cream. The Sidekick Day Cream can then be used throughout the day, as needed, keeping skin moisturised for the full 24 hours.
Additional treatment options
Alongside these recommended creams, there are a number of other potential treatment options for psoriasis, which can assist in managing symptoms. A good quality cleanser, used twice a day, can help to reduce the speed at which skin cells build up, while coconut oil and bath salts can assist with the removal of flakes and scales.
For more severe cases of psoriasis, doctors may recommend light exposure therapy. However, while sunlight can be an effective treatment, it is important that the necessary precautions are taken to protect against potential skin damage caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet rays. This is especially important for those under the age of 35.
Although the link between psoriasis and diet is not fully understood, many sufferers report that their symptoms do respond well to the use of fish oil supplements and diets that are high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and olive oil. Some research has also suggested potential benefits from adopting a gluten free diet.
Finally, doctors may also prescribe oral medications, or recommend injectable treatments. In these instances, it is important to follow the precise advice of your physician. Nevertheless, in most cases, these treatments can be utilised in conjunction with the topical creams and natural remedies recommended above.