When you think of beauty, clear skin is usually involved. For those dealing with psoriasis, this may seem like a hard desire to achieve. Are you tired of itch,y red and white patches showing up in places you wish they didn’t?
At Dadeland Dermatology, located in Kendall, Florida, Dr. David Rodriguez and the staff can help treat your psoriasis to give you radiant skin again. Here we discuss four of the most effective treatment options.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which cells produce up to 10 times faster than normal. If you have psoriasis, you probably experience flare-ups that come and go.
Light therapy emits UV rays to your skin to noticeably reduce up to 90% of psoriasis. Not only does it clear up the physical presence of psoriasis, but it also reduces the itchiness it brings to many patients.
Light therapy can safely treat psoriasis in areas like the:
Light therapy is safe for most uses on the body and usually takes multiple sessions to get the results you want. It may be a great option for you if you have moderate to severe psoriasis and haven’t found much relief in creams.
Normal skin cells turn over about once a month. For those with psoriasis, cells turnover at a rapid rate of three to five days. The buildup of cells results in red patches that sometimes have a silvery appearance.
Dr. Rodriguez may suggest oral retinoids to slow the growth of skin cells and clear up your skin. Taking a retinoid by mouth once a day can aid your body in regulating cellular division.
This treatment works to:
- Slow down the creation of cells
- Decrease the size of plaque
- Improve flaking and dryness
- Encourage dead skin cells to shed
- Improve your skin’s texture
If you have severe psoriasis and aren’t planning to get pregnant, Dr. Rodriguez may suggest this treatment option.
Vitamin D is found in foods like cheese, eggs, and tuna. The sun aids your body in producing Vitamin D. If your body isn’t getting enough Vitamin D, it may be triggering your psoriasis — the two are directly linked.
Dr. Rodriguez may suggest a Vitamin D oral supplement or topical cream. By boosting your Vitamin D levels, your body’s immune system is strengthened while promoting healthy skin. If applied directly to the skin, this fat-soluble vitamin can decrease the thickness of plaque.
Does your psoriasis get worse in fall and winter? For many people, this is true. The dryer air that comes with the colder months and the decreased sun exposure many people face may explain this occurrence.
Using a daily moisturizer is a good practice for anyone, but especially those with psoriasis. If you have mild psoriasis, Dr. Rodriguez may suggest a topical moisturizer or cream.
When your skin is dehydrated, it dries out, causing it to flake off and create space between your skin and cells. A moisturizer is a way to fill in the gaps with lipids, helping to make your skin smooth and soft. Even if store-bought moisturizers haven’t worked for you, Dr. Rodriguez can prescribe one that specifically treats psoriasis.
Instead of just living with embarrassing psoriasis, you can do something about it. Call 305-250-2056 to start your treatment today or book online.