Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease, which involves a dysfunctional immune system and abnormal skin cell turn-over.
Key features of this autoimmune disease include a break down of the skin barrier, and the development of red plaques on the body – mostly seen over the elbows, knees and scalp.
Stress is commonly associated with psoriasis, often making the condition worse. It becomes a vicious cycle, with stress exacerbating the skin condition, and then the patient stressing more about the condition of their skin.
There are multiple ways to address psoriasis. Solutions lie in psychodermatology (the brain-skin connection), which is an extremely important factor to consider with psoriasis.
A history of infections, a skewed immune response, and poor gut health are also crucial to address. Overgrowth of certain types of bacteria or fungus can contribute to the development of psoriasis.