What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that can be quite traumatic for those suffering from the condition. It is a build of up dead skin cells and tends to appear as red plaques on the skin, and may be raised or covered with white scales.
What is the difference between psoriasis and eczema or dermatitis?
Skin conditions such as eczema are usually connected to dry skin and sensitivity to allergens, while psoriasis is connected to the body’s skin cell renewal functions.
What causes psoriasis?
Psoriasis is caused by an over active immune system which triggers skin cells to produce and replace themselves too quickly, leaving a buildup of both new and dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. It can appear anywhere on the body but is most common on the elbows, knees and scalp, and like eczema can cause both extreme itching and burning.
Who gets psoriasis?
Psoriasis has hereditary links, putting those who have a family member suffering from the condition at a higher risk of developing it too. According to Medical News Today, approximately 30% of people who have a relative with first degree psoriasis will develop the condition themselves. Psoriasis usually develops when people are young adults, although it can occur during any life stage.
Do I have psoriasis?
Psoriasis can appear as simple dandruff-like spots to large inflammed plaques anywhere on the body. If you are irritated by cracked and bleeding skin, itchy or burning scaling spots, or swollen and stiff joints, chances are you might be suffering from psoriasis. If you’re not sure whether you’re being affected by psoriasis, book in with your family doctor to make sure you are tackling it with the correct remedies.
How do I manage psoriasis?
While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are certain things to avoid which will help keep your skin calm and help prevent severe flare ups or plaques developing. Foreign chemicals found in alcohol, cigarettes and even processed foods such as breads and sugars may increase the severity of the condition. Citric acids found in fruits like oranges and grapefruit could also throw of your body’s natural pH level, triggering a flare up.
The ingredients in Billie Goat soaps may help nourish the skin and prevent a break out due to their moisturising qualities; and pH level which is similar to the pH of human skin. We recommend trying our Ditch The Itch 2-step program, which incorporates the goodness of natural active ingredients combined with goats milk to soothe the skin.