What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin, sometimes also covered with silvery scales. These patches most commonly appear on elbows, knees, scalp or lower back, but can occur anywhere on the body, including the face. The condition can be itchy and sometimes sore as well.

Although psoriasis is just a minor irritation for some people, it can have a significant impact on quality of life for those more severely affected. For example, some people with psoriasis have low self-esteem because of the effect the condition has on their appearance – in particular for those who have the condition on their face.

What is the main cause?

People with psoriasis have an increased production of skin cells, as shown on the illustration below:

 

How psoriasis affects the skin

(Picture via https://www.dermalex.co.uk/disease/psoriasis)

Skin cells are normally made and replaced every three to four weeks, but in psoriasis this process only lasts about three to seven days. The resulting build-up of skin cells is what creates the patches associated with psoriasis, and it’s thought to be related to a problem with the immune system.

How can Psoriasis be treated?

There’s no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments that can improve symptoms and the appearance of skin patches. Where topical creams aren’t effective or the condition is more severe, a treatment called phototherapy may be used. Phototherapy involves exposing your skin to certain types of ultraviolet light.

 More about LED Phototherapy

LED Phototherapy is based on the principle that living cells are influenced by light, and the treatment is recognised  for its regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties.

But isn’t too much light bad for us?

It’s true that over-exposure to UV light causes skin ageing and damage, but this phototherapy uses controlled levels of Red, Blue and Near Infrared light, which are clinically proven to be beneficial.

Light also has many positive influences on the body and can accelerate the skin’s natural repair processes. It’s all related to which parts of the light spectrum is used, and in what quantity.

LED Phototherapy involves exposing the skin to low levels of this beneficial light energy, and our treatment is delivered via a Dermalux machine, which looks a bit like this:

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What might the results look like after treatment?

One of our clients has kindly agreed to share her treatment photos, showing her psoriasis before, during and after treatment using Dermalux LED Phototherapy.

Actual before & After Pictures

Before & After Pictures

As you can see, the difference after a series of treatments has been significant. For anyone whose self-confidence is affected by psoriasis, any improvement can make a dramatic difference to their daily lives.

Read more about our Dermalux here

If you have any questions about Dermalux or wish to discuss a specific skin issue, please get in touch. Our medical and beauty professionals are here to help.