Quick Psoriasis Overview
Psoriasis is a fairly common skin disorder that speeds up your skins life cycle, which multiply’s your skin cells up to 10 times faster than normal, causing red, flaky, irritable skin.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Strangely enough it is still not fully understood what all the underlying causes for psoriasis triggers are, and why it only affects certain people.
What IS Understood..
Is that psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that ignites a rapid build up of skin cells, which has a process:
- Normally, T cells (type of while blood cell) circulate the body defending against foreign substances – but if you have psoriasis, these T cells start attacking healthy skin which cause the inflammation.
- The process becomes cyclical.
- New skin cells move to the outermost layer of your skin too quickly, which causes skin to build up in thick scaly patches.
***Researchers speculate that genetics and environmental factors play a key role in psoriasis development.
So, How Do You Get Psoriasis?
Unfortunately the data is still unclear, but what we DO KNOW is how to get rid of psoriasis!
All the little things add up, and if you learn to avoid certain triggers, you can be well on your way to mitigating and eliminating your psoriasis.
Psoriasis Triggers and Therefore Things To Avoid/Lessen Usage Of :
- Injury to the skin, such as a cuts and scrapes
- Severe sunburn
- Unnecessary stress ( easier said than done, but if you can recognize it, you can fix it)
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Vitamin D deficiency – this is severely overlooked and it shouldn’t be – in todays culture humans spend most of their days inside and therefore don’t get enough sunlight exposure – a Vitamin D supplement goes along way for all the “little things” to add up
- Certain over the counter medications (consult your doctor before taking anything)
- Obesity – or just over eating in general – don’t over indulge in junk food
This list seems extremely obvious but you would be surprised with how a few lifestyle choices/changes can help you get rid of your psoriasis for good.
Stress: There are multiple studies that show how stress can make your psoriasis worse, which makes it a top priority to getting it under control(psoriasis stresses you out, catch 22 I know) Naturally, your body reacts to stress in different ways, but having a skin disorder can cause horrendous flare ups. You need to take a few deep breaths. Go for a walk. Meditate. Stay positive and realize that things will get better, you just need to put in the work.
Alcohol: Doctors encourage avoiding alcohol all together if your psoriasis is severe, but a few drinks won’t kill you, as long as you hydrate. Heavy drinking will cause flare ups due to alcohols dehydration effects. If you have a drink, have a glass of water. Also, certain psoriasis medications DO NOT mix with alcohol, so read all labels.
Cold Weather: Frigid temperatures are known to dry out even the best skin types, so wrapping up and protecting your psoriasis is critical in those cold winter temperatures. The goal is to always keep your psoriasis moisturized. Get in the habit of applying fragrance-free lotions (or natural lotions) that are specific to sensitive skin. Another overlooked tip is using a humidifier in your bedroom during cold/dry months.
Prescribed Medications: Specifically medications that are used to treat high blood pressure, arthritis, mental disorders, and heart disease can all trigger psoriasis due to the biochemical changes. ALWAYS consult your doctor and be fully transparent so they can give you exactly what you need.
Infections: Yeast infections, respiratory infections, strep throat etc All of these will cause a flare up in psoriasis due to your body working over time to get better. These are at times unavoidable, but the good news is once you are better, the flare ups will decrease! Just keep moisturizing!
Smoking: There’s a ton of research linking psoriasis out breaks with smoking. If you are a heavy smoker and suffer from psoriasis, you need to kick the habit. Smoking messes up your circulation and air pathways, which is a strong no-no for keeping your skin healthy. At the very least, lessen your smoking amount one day at a time, and you will certainly see a difference.
Research shows that there is also a huge connection between psoriasis and diet. If you’re not watching what you’re putting into your body, how are you supposed to control what’s happening outside of it? For a full post on mitigating your psoriasis with a diet check out below!
All of these triggers and causes are things that can be measured and what gets measured, gets managed.