Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal skin. These patches are typically red, itchy, and scaly. They may vary in severity from small and localized to complete body coverage. Injury to the skin can trigger psoriatic skin changes at that spot, which is known as Koebner phenomenon. Psoriasis vulgaris (also known as chronic stationary psoriasis or plaque-like psoriasis) is the most common form and affects 85%–90% of people with psoriasis.
Causes and Treatment of Psoriasis
The actual cause of Psoriasis is not fully understood, though about a third of the people with psoriasis report a family history of the disease and researchers have identified genetic loci (a locus is the specific physical location of a gene or other DNA sequence on a chromosome, like a genetic street address, the plural of locus is "loci") associated with the condition.
There are many different forms of treatment for Psoriasis, depending on the type and severity of the condition. Some common forms of treatment include: Topical agents (steroids, barrier creams, lotions, moisturizers and shielding lotions) Phototherapy (UV therapy) Systemic agents (drugs or treatment that affects the entire body) Surgery Alternative therapies.
In many cases, treatment includes a varied methodology. Corticosteroids used with phototherapy, barrier creams or even surgery are not uncommon. Moisturizers and lotions are almost always part of the treatment, as the skin tends to dry out easily with psoriasis. Barrier creams are also common, as even minor irritations can exacerbate psoriasis.
Shielding Lotion Helps Treat Psoriasis
While barrier creams form a protective external layer against allergens and irritants, they are frequently wax or petroleum-based and tend to clog the pores, causing a wide range of skin problems with prolonged usage. In recent years, dermatologists have begun recommending shielding lotion as an alternative to barrier creams because a shielding lotion actually bonds with dead skin cells on the outer layer of skin to assist in protecting the skin against allergens and irritants.
Another benefit of a shielding lotion, and why many dermatologists are recommending it as an alternative to skin moisturizers, is that it helps the skin retain natural oils and moisture.
Fiona's Very Real Story
“Around 15 years ago I developed dry scaly skin on my hands, I was referred to a Dermatologist who diagnosed Psoriasis. Over the years I have tried all sorts of remedies including UV light therapy, various steroid creams, coal tar treatment, various moisturizing lotions, and also a few not so conventional creams. Cow’s udder cream, aloe vera etc. In the summer this year my hands were extremely sore as you see from the 1st picture taken on 20th August. I was finding it painful to drive and do simple things like washing the dishes. So I had a look on Amazon for some moisturizing gloves to give me some protection when driving, and some plastic gloves to help me when washing etc.
I came across Gloves In A Bottle, read the reviews and ordered it! Well I think the results speak for themselves, within a few days I was almost pain free, and it just kept getting better and better. I highly recommend this product for anyone who has troublesome skin…amazing! Best regards.”
- Fiona Cummins