Psoriasis is a condition that causes dry, flaking skin. This condition can be painful in some cases but is also an aesthetic concern. A flare up of psoriasis can sometimes cover the whole face or torso in flaky red skin, which causes embarrassment for the sufferer.
The question then, is whether you can treat the condition and what the best options for doing so are.
Psoriasis is actually an autoimmune disease, meaning that it is caused by the immune system. This is something that many people don’t realize and is actually a result of rapid growth of the epidermal layer of the skin. In other words, psoriasis involves an increase in the rate of production of skin cells, especially during wound repair. Normally, skin cells are replaced once every 28-30 days, whereas in psoriasis, this is closer to every 3-5 days.
With all that in mind then, what are some of the best things you can do to combat psoriasis and to get it back under control? In this post, we will take a look at some of the best options that can help.
This probably isn’t what you expected from number one! Actually though, your state of mind is one of the best tools there is for combating psoriasis and this was demonstrated in the Derren Brown TV special Fear and Faith where an individual was seemingly ‘cured’ of their psoriasis from a placebo alone.
The point is that the immune system is linked closely with stress and our general mood. When we are stressed, we thus become much more likely to experience a psoriasis attack.
It follows then that meditation – one of the most effective ways to combat stress – would be a useful tool in helping your body to relax and recover. Try to spend a little less time worrying about things that you need to do at work and a little more time finding a quiet spot and just taking some ‘you’ time. This can actually be transformative and help you to prevent getting ill in the first place. Once you are ill, it’s a good way to get your thoughts and your body back under your control.