Psoriasis belongs to the group of autoimmune diseases. It is usually hereditary, chronic, but not contagious, and affects all areas of the skin and sometimes the joints. When and whether the benign disease breaks out depends on various factors, and usually several causes have to come together for this disease to find its way. Triggers may include: Hormonal fluctuations, infections, an unbalanced diet, metabolic disorders, injuries, medication, stress, alcohol and nicotine consumption… Once psoriasis has broken out, it is chronic, i.e. it cannot be cured, but it is easily treatable. Not all psoriasis is the same, it is always individual, it comes in different forms and is therefore often difficult to diagnose. The diagnosis should therefore always be made by an experienced dermatologist.
Good to know:
Unlike many skin diseases, psoriasis is not a “modern civilisation disease”, because there is lore about this disease from ancient times. The name psoriasis is derived from the Greek word “psora”, which means itch. There are about 2.5 million psoriasis patients in Germany.
Similar to neurodermatitis, psoriasis occurs in episodes. These episodes trigger inflammatory reactions in the patient’s own organism,
this causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissue and reports an “error”. To correct this defect, the body reproduces new skin cells. Thus, psoriasis patients produce too much “new skin” too quickly. In people who do not suffer from psoriasis, a skin cycle lasts about 4 weeks, in psoriasis patients only about 4 days due to the overproduction of skin cells. This skin, which has been produced too much, starts to thicken and the typical skin symptoms/foci appear. Psoriasis vulgaris is reddish, sharply demarcated and flakes after a few days. The reddish bumps hurt, itch very badly and eventually detach from the skin in the form of silvery-white scales.
They are also called plaques and can be easily scraped off on the surface. The deeper-seated plaques, on the other hand, sit firmly on the skin. If they are scraped off, there will be pinpoint bleeding on the skin and possible severe inflammation, which may scar under certain circumstances.
The foci can vary in size and occur all over the body.
The areas around the joints, the hairy part of the head, back, chest, armpits and the anal region are usually affected. In addition, those affected often suffer from oil-stained discolouration of the fingernails and even nail decay. The symptoms can also occur on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands.
Other symptoms may include circulatory problems or psychological symptoms such as malaise and depressive moods. The former mainly occur in a sudden onset of the disease, the latter often in chronic diseases with severe manifestations.
In other forms of psoriasis, such as guttate psoriasis, there is severe itching. The spots are larger, but occur on fewer parts of the body.
Treatment with Argan Oil
With the right skin care, you can even prevent a new psoriasis relapse, or delay or mitigate it. The use of pure, cold-pressed Arganim Argan Oil has proved particularly successful as it provides the skin plagued by psoriasis with plenty of moisture and important lipids. This makes the skin more elastic, the scales softer, and thus the substances contained in the argan oil, moisture and subsequent care products are better absorbed. In addition, the polyunsaturated fatty acids and the secondary plant substances of the valuable argan oil have a positive effect on inflamed skin regions and inhibit the formation of new foci through their antibacterial properties.
Argan oil also relieves the intense itching of the scaly skin areas, as it has a cooling and soothing effect. The tocopherols and phytostenols contained in the oil act like a protective film on the skin, strengthening the important skin barrier and protecting it from further damage.
Our care tips:
– Start with a small amount at first until the desired soothing effects occur. If necessary, you can then gradually increase the amount of argan oil.
– Important:Success lies in consistency. Psoriasis patients should take skin care very seriously and follow it every day.
– Those affected should discuss the use of argan oil with their dermatologist in advance.
– Sun and sea: Sun and salt water are very good for psoriasis-affected skin. Dry hot climates are best – warm humid air, on the other hand, can cause deterioration. A stay at the Dead Sea is particularly recommended. However, you should be cautious when exposed to direct sunlight for too long and, of course, always apply sun protection.