What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common, but chronic and often distressing skin disease. It causes the regeneration cycle of skin cells to shorten, leading to accumulation of red dry itchy patches and silvery scales on different parts of the body1.

Under the Skin

The human body grows, and sheds skin cells every few weeks. But in Psoriasis, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, causing the process to accelerate, leading a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.3

More Common Than You Think

Independent studies reveal that Psoriasis affects 0.44 to 2.8% people in India3. Globally, 2-3% of the world’s population (close to 125 million people) is impacted by this condition.

Some of the common problems arising due to Psoriasis are:

  • Red patches of inflamed skin covered in silvery flaky scales
  • Itching and/or burning sensation accompanied by soreness
  • Skin becomes prone to cracking/bleeding which can be painful
  • Some people may also experience pain in joints – a condition called Psoriatic Arthritis

Not ‘Just Cosmetic’

Psoriasis affects not just the skin, but the patient’s overall quality of life. It goes beyond physical appearances and often manifests itself through self-defeating thoughts.

Therefore, it is important that people suffering with Psoriasis speak to their dermatologists and seek ways to manage their condition better.

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