Psoriasis Awareness Month – August 2020

The psoriasis awareness month was launched in the year 1997 by the National Psoriasis Foundation and has been held annually in the month of August ever since. The main reason for this step was mainly to better help people understand this skin condition, help them live with it in their daily lives, and bringing the latest and most efficient psoriasis treatment to all the special people concerned. This is a special time of the year to bring extra effort to those suffering from this skin condition and help their loved ones to better support them.

Our main aim for this August 2020, is to continuously keep you updated on the latest as well as focusing on the existing important information and treatment for the skin condition of Psoriasis.

Some of the different types of treatment for Psoriasis, which have proven to be very efficient are as follows:

A. Phototherapy

B. Topical treatments

C. Alternative options such as health supplements, Good diet and exercises and Good hygiene

Phototherapy

In case you want to opt for more efficient treatment (after consulting your doctor for the right dosage and time), then Phototherapy is one of the best options for you since it allows the use of specific type of light rays that are emitted from specific units so as to be able to treat an individual’s skin conditions for Psoriasis, Vitiligo or other disorders. These particular types of light rays are called Ultraviolet (UV) light rays that are emitted in a specific wavelength so as to alter the abnormal skin cells so that they behave and replicate regenerate at a regular and normal pace. During the Phototherapy treatment, your skin is exposed to these UV light rays which are usually emitted from a Phototherapy unit. In case you need more details on Phototherapy treatment, please refer to our blog post:

Below are some of the Phototherapy treatment units that can be used at home (based on a medical representative’s advice):

  1. Dermalight 80 UV-B Comb
  2.  Dermalight 1000 (8 lamps) – U-Tripod – UV-B
  3. Dermalight 1000 (12 lamps) – U-Tripod – UV-B
  4. Saalux UV-B Comb

Topical Treatment

This form of therapy usually consists of topical, that is, creams and ointments, that may be applied directly onto the affected area on the skin so as to diminish the irritation and prevent further uneven skin cell development. This type of treatment is mostly suitable for those who suffer from mild to moderate form of Psoriasis. Important topical treatments may include:

• Salicylic acid which Helps in the slowing of dead skin cells and reduces scaling.

• Coal Tar which reduces itching, scaling and irritation.

• Products with Vitamins D that help in the slowing down of irregular skin growth.

• Vitamin A derivatives to reduce irritation of the skin.

• Effective moisturisers and ointments which help in reducing the dryness and scaling off of the skin.

• Efficient shampoos, conditioners and scalp oil that may help with the scalp Psoriasis, such as the M-Folia products.

Below are some of the topical treatment that can be used at home:

  1. Saalux dandruff treatment solution
  2. M-Folia Psoriasis Scalp natural oil
  3. M-Folia Psoriasis Natural Ointment
  4. M-Folia Psoriasis Natural Shampoo
  5. M-Folia Psoriasis Conditioner
  6. M-Folia Psoriasis Nourishing Cream
  7. M-Folia Psoriasis Body Wash

The M-Folia range of products contain a special and pure extract of the Mahonia Aquifolium, which is a flowering plant that comes from the Mahonia shrub. It is also known as Oregon grape. This herb has a history of use in treating inflammatory conditions, including psoriasis. Mahonia Aquifolium contains berberine, which may help to suppress some of the inflammation that psoriasis causes. The plant also has anti-proliferative effects, meaning it can slow down the growth of skin cells. This ability helps with psoriasis because the condition causes the skin cells to divide too rapidly, which leads to scaly skin and plaques. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Mahonia Aquifolium has one of the strongest evidence bases of all herbal remedies for treating psoriasis. Several systematic reviews, including two published in 2015 and 2017, agree that Mahonia Aquifolium can help to treat the symptoms of psoriasis.

Diet and Exercises

On the other hand, some may prefer for more traditional treatments, such as the Diet has proven to affect psoriasis symptoms too. According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER), individuals with psoriasis are strongly recommended to eat a diet rich in:

• Fruits

• Vegetables

• Whole grains

• Low-fat dairy products

• Lean meats and fish

This form of treatment normally consists of improving your lifestyle through diets, exercises and reducing your stress level which may contribute to find the perfect balance and regain control of your life. Is this really helpful? The answer is a definite YES!!! Eating correctly and working out is helpful for everyone’s health. Especially when you’re living with psoriasis, making the right and healthy choices become even more imperative. In addition, though not being the cause, Stress may be a major contributor to trigger or worsen Psoriasis in an individual.

Diets and exercises help in improving your heart health and as well as help you in your weight loss. This is very important as it may reduce the risks of diabetes, high cholesterol levels and hypertension. Also, it may be easier said than done but take your time to relax and eliminate stress in your life and you will see the difference. Techniques like yoga, meditation, or even deep breathing exercises have indeed surprising benefits in your case.

Important tips

Below are some of the important tips that have been bought to you by the American Academy of Dermatology:

• Please ensure to educate yourself about the various treatment options. In doing so, you will be able to make better and more informed decisions and thereby, prevent any steps that can worsen your skin condition. Please keep in mind that the correct treatment can avoid any deformity in the joints or disability.

• Kindly make sure to take good care of yourself first, by following a good and healthy diet, by doing regular and advisable physical exercises, by avoiding alcohol or smoking and by following regular treatment.

• Always take good care of your joints and watch out for any stiffness and soreness, especially in the morning when waking up. In such circumstances, you are recommended to see your doctor or dermatologist since it may be the first signs of psoriatic arthritis.

• Nails are another important part to look after, for nails being pulled away from the nail bed or developing any kind of pitting or ridges or turn to a yellowish or orange colour, may be the first indications of psoriatic arthritis. A visit to the dermatologist is a must in such situations.

• Your mental health is primordial; hence, joining a psoriasis support group or a mental professional may help relieve the stress to a great extent. Stress has been proven to worsen psoriatic symptoms.

• The help and advice of a medical professional is highly advisable before ingesting any kind of medicine since some may have bad side effects on such skin conditions.

• In certain cases, financial assistance may also be offered for the treatment of psoriasis, depending on the medical practitioners and the medical bodies supporting the cause. So, please keep researching and educating yourself on the topic

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