In Malaysia, up to 800,000 people are living with psoriasis. It’s not only uncomfortable; it’s also embarrassing for some people. Generally, typical skin turnover will take about 6 weeks. However, in people with psoriasis, this process happened too fast. Thick patch of flaky, red, itchy and inflamed skin on elbows, knees, or scalp is the common symptoms of psoriasis which people might mistook it for just a common skin problem or eczema, which they are not!
Psoriasis is not just a skin condition, but a complex internal problem linked to auto-immune disease due to factors like genetics, environment, and immune system. Immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells which lead to the sped-up skin growth. Since the process is too fast, old skin cells don’t have time to shed and the overproduction of skin cells lead to build up of skin cells. Since it is an autoimmune disease, it can develop anywhere on the body including hands, feet, neck, face, nails or even around genitals area which can be very uncomfortable!
It’s not contagious and there is no cure for psoriasis. However, with proper care, its symptoms can be managed. Lifestyle choices and environmental can trigger psoriasis, and different people might have different trigger. Therefore people with psoriasis need to identify and recognize their trigger and manage it wisely. Smoking, alcohol, stress, injury to the skin (might be due to vaccinations, cuts, scrapes, sunburns or even tattoo), certain medications, infections, allergies, diet and weather are among the triggers that need to be taken into consideration when dealing with psoriasis. Sorea cream by Dr. Nabisar is a product formulated specifically for people with psoriasis to help soothes and heals their skin irritation, hence manage their condition.