What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly due to an immune response in our body. It leads to the development of thick, scaly patches of skin that may appear redder than the skin around it. These patches can appear on areas such as the scalp, fingers or toes, nails, and arms. It can also affect other areas, such as the legs and the groin area. The condition can cause a great deal of discomfort and self-consciousness, which means psoriasis treatment can offer a great sense of relief and satisfaction.
At Shellharbour Skin, we offer a variety of proven and effective approaches to treat psoriasis, with options suited to the individual patient. We conduct private consultations with each patient to ensure we understand their needs and can recommend the most successful psoriasis treatment.
Causes & symptoms
Most commonly, the skin affected by psoriasis usually appears as raised, red and possibly itchy patches called plaques that are covered with a layer of white dead skin cells. In some cases, the patches may itch or bleed. The condition occurs when there is a build-up of excess skin cells. Normally, skin cells experience a lifecycle of about one month. Whereas, for people with psoriasis, the cell production process may occur in only a few days, without giving enough time for the old cells to fall off. This leads to an overabundance of skin cells, especially on joints such as the elbows and knees.
Although the symptoms of psoriasis can manifest differently in different people, the symptoms most often include:
- Small, scaling spots (often seen in children)
- Scaly, dandruff-like patches
- Red, grey, or white rashes
- Cracked and dry skin that may bleed
- Itching or soreness
Although psoriasis generally has a genetic component, certain environmental factors may trigger flare-ups. For example:
- Injuries, cuts, burns, or infections
- Cold or dry weather conditions
- Smoking or alcohol consumption
- Certain medications
Psoriasis consultation at Shellharbour Skin
Attaining a correct diagnosis is the first step to treating the condition. A professional at Shellharbour Skin will be able to examine your skin condition and determine the type and severity of your psoriasis. During your consultation, we will need to discuss your medical history and general health, as well as the possible causes of your psoriasis. There are multiple types of psoriasis that each may present different symptoms. The most common types include:
- Plaque psoriasis – The most common type of psoriasis, this condition causes patches of white, scaly skin, generally around the knees, elbows, scalp, and lower back.
- Inverse psoriasis – This type causes red, shiny patches of skin, often in the armpits, groin, and under the breasts
- Guttate psoriasis – This is usually characterised by small red dots and is more common for teenagers and young adults.
- Pustular psoriasis – This is the rarest and most severe type of psoriasis. It causes red, scaly skin over large regions of the body and can sometimes be a medical emergency.
We will identify and discuss your type of psoriasis, and the possible causes, before beginning to outline a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. Dr Barney customises each treatment plan to the individual skin type, health, and preferences of the patient in order to produce excellent outcomes.
Your treatment plan
Once we have consulted with you about your skin condition and needs, Dr Barney will recommend a psoriasis treatment plan. This plan may include both in-clinic treatments and at-home skincare, helping you to achieve healthier and smoother skin.
Tri-Wave is a top-range LED light therapy device designed to provide relief from conditions such as acne, wounds, and psoriasis. The powerful energy rejuvenates the skin whilst allowing fast post-procedure recovery.
Depending on your condition, we may recommend a topical prescription-only medication to treat your symptoms. Since only a qualified medical professional can prescribe this medication, you can discuss this option in more detail with Dr Barney during your consultation.
Additionally, we may recommend a skincare regimen to treat your psoriasis. We will select specific products to suit your needs and the severity of your condition.
Results & aftercare
Multiple treatment sessions and methods may be required for psoriasis treatment. Depending on which treatment methods you choose in conversation with Dr Barney, you should start to see gradual results in your skin condition and a reduction in symptoms. To aid in achieving good results, it is also a good idea to examine your possible triggers for flare-ups, such as certain activities or weather conditions. Knowing the aggravating factors for your condition will help you avoid them and further improve your skin.
The following skincare products may be recommended in order to boost your psoriasis treatment results.
- Propaira Prebiotic Cleanser and Prebiotic Moisturiser
- Dermaceutic Hyal Ceutic
- Dermaceutic K Ceutic
- Propaira SPF 50+
- Aspect Physical Sun Protection SPF50+
If you are experiencing psoriasis, speak to our knowledgeable professionals at Shellharbour Skin to receive a customised treatment plan that will help you achieve smoother, healthier skin.