Educational Series: Psoriasis – Going beyond the surface | Part 2

by | 2 September 2023

Welcome back to our psoriasis series, part 2! Before you read on, make sure you are caught up with psoriasis part 1!

Let’s have a quick recap of the condition of psoriasis before we provide you with professional recommendations to support the management of this skin disorder, from a topical and internal approach to sustainable skin.  

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes cells to develop rapidly on the skin. There are several different types of psoriasis. These vary depending on the appearance of the scales and their location on the body. Psoriasis affects 2-4% of males and females, and can persist lifelong, fluctuating in extent and severity.  

The immune system is the body’s defence against infection and diseases, comprising of many cell types; each with its own specialty that work together to fight off disease and help maintain the body’s health. In psoriasis, the immune system is compromised, resulting in overstimulation of the immune system resulting in cellular inflammation.  

Psoriasis is considered a non-curable, long-term (chronic) skin disorder. 

 

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Now that we have re-capped on the condition of psoriasis, let’s now explore HOW we can support the management of this condition via a  Corneotherapeutic approach.  

Corneotherapy is a progressive and remedial skin treatment methodology that follows an individualised approach to the treatment of skin, following a logical pathway that investigates and defines the triggers and causes of skin barrier conditions or disorders, before selecting the appropriate topical interventions that are primarily directed to the correction and restoration of the stratum corneum and barrier defence systems.  

dermaviduals is a dermatological skincare correction system that has been founded on the principles of  Corneotherapy.  dermaviduals  formulations are individually curated under the expert advice of a skin treatment therapist. It’s bespoke, pure, active, and free from fragrances, conventional emulsifiers, preservatives, parabens, silicones, amines, mineral oils and colours.   

All dermaviduals products adhere to the philosophy of Corneotherapy to promote healthy, balanced skin from within.  

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Skin-caring ingredients for Psoriasis 

The following dermaviduals ingredients are recommended for the psoriasis skin, due to their unique properties to help manage the condition:  

Urea
Supporting cell turnover of the outer layer of skin to promote new cell growth, while providing moisturisation and anti-inflammatory properties.  

Linolenic Acid (Omega 3)
Helps to make similar natural lipids (e.g., ceramides) in the skin barrier helping to strengthen the outermost layer of skin. Omega 3 is very anti-inflammatory. 

Linoleic Acid (Omega 6)
Helps to make similar natural lipids (e.g., ceramides) in the skin barrier helping to strengthen the outermost layer of skin. Omega 6 replenishes the skin barrier defences. 

Fumaric Acid
Fumaric acid esters are used to treat a variety of skin disorders, including psoriasis. Fumaric acid aids in skin cell turnover as it is a keratolytic agent.  

Azelaic Acid
Azelaic acid is a natural keratolytic agent, which means it breaks down the layers of skin cells that build-up in the psoriasis skin. It is also an anti-inflammatory.  

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
Supports the formation of keratin and filaggrin in the skin. Psoriasis presents with filaggrin gene deficiencies. EGCG is anti-inflammatory and barrier strengthening.   

What dermaviduals products are these ingredients found in? 

These product formulations are highly recommended for the psoriasis skin, and when used consistently can make improved changes to the skin.  

Psoriasis & Nutritional Deficiencies
Psoriasis has been associated with nutritional deficiencies because of an accelerated loss of nutrients, in particular of vitamin D, from the hyper-proliferation and desquamation of the epidermal layer of skin. Eating a diet low in nutrients can lead to nutritional deficiencies leading to inflammation and a variety of health issues in the body.  

The following nutrients have been found to be deficient in psoriasis:  

  • Omega 3 fatty acids  
  • Zinc  
  • Vitamin D  
  • Vitamin A   

There is also a correlation between high serum Copper and low Zinc in individuals with psoriasis. Omega 3 fatty acids are particularly important for healthy, functioning skin. Omega 3 chases prostaglandin 3 which is an anti-inflammatory hormone that is responsible for reducing cellular inflammation and for improving the quality of the skin! 

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Inflammation is at the root of practically all known chronic health conditions. Research has found a link between inflammatory gastrointestinal tract disorders and a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, and acne. Eating a diet high in inflammatory foods, such as refined sugar, refined oils, and processed foods may increase inflammation in your body and may trigger psoriasis.  

In summary of the psoriasis blog series, thank you for investing in your education to learn about this skin barrier disorder. Psoriasis may be a skin disorder but its management is very complex and usually requires a team of professionals dedicated to the condition. Topical and internal intervention can do wonders for this barrier disorder, combined with stress management and perhaps a change in work/play lifestyle to manage the symptoms of psoriasis.   

If you’re struggling with psoriasis or you know someone who is, we highly encourage you to reach out to one of our nearest dermaviduals clinics via the Clinic Finder to get started with your unique skin journey to a more sustainable skin future.  

Written by Kai Atkinson