What is psoriasis?
It is a skin condition where the skin cells reproduce faster than
normal and accumulate on the surface. It is a chronic condition that
is linked to the body s immune system and is one of the oldest
recorded skin conditions. It should be noted that psoriasis is not
contagious and cannot be caught by coming in contact with someone
who has it.
What causes psoriasis?
While the exact cause of psoriasis has not been determined, it is
believed to be genetic and triggered by a malfunction of the immune
system. Skin cells’ normal cycle run about 28 – 30 days during which
the cells mature and fall off. In cases of psoriasis skin cell
maturation is escalated to as little as three or four days and
instead of shedding off, the skin cells ‘pile up’ of on the surface
and form lesions.
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
The most common symptoms of psoriasis are thick, red patches of skin
(plaques) and dry, silvery scales. Most often these appear on the
scalp, face, elbows, knees, palms and soles of the feet. In addition
changes in toenails and/or fingernails may take place, including:
discoloration, pitting, shape changes or the loss of the entire
Are there different types of psoriasis?
There are five types of psoriasis: Plaque, Guttate, Pustular,
Inverse and Erythrodermic.
How is psoriasis diagnosed?
Due to the variations of the condition, diagnosing psoriasis is not
always cut and dry. Your physician or dermatologist will examine the
skin as well as toenails and fingernails and may also enquire about
your family’s medical history.
Is there a cure for psoriasis?
No, at this time there is no cure for psoriasis.
Do both men & women get psoriasis?
Psoriasis occurs almost equally between men and women as well as in
all racial groups, although the rates vary. Approximately 125
million people worldwide are affected. While it can begin at any
age, it typically appears between the ages of 15 and 35 with 75%
before age 40. After that another peak onset is between 50 and 60.
The earlier the onset occurs, the greater the chance that it will be
widespread and recurrent.
What triggers psoriasis?
Psoriasis triggers can include: emotional stress, injury to the
skin, certain drugs and infections.
Is psoriasis worse at different times of the
Changes in the seasons can play a role in your psoriasis flare-ups.
During the summer additional exposure to sunlight can help improve
your condition while the cold, dry air of winter can aggravate it.
Can I use Dermsolve® on my face?
Yes, Dermasolve® can be used on the face – taking care to avoid
contact with the eyes. Do not use on the lips or around the mouth as
the product should not be swallowed.
Where else can I use Dermsolve®?
Dermasolve® can be used anywhere on the body including the face or
Can children use Dermasolve®?
Dermasolve® is specially formulated to be gentle and non-irritating
to sensitive skin and can be used on children over 6 years of age.
Be sure to supervise children when using the product.
What are the ingredients in Dermasolve® cream?
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis
(Sweet Almond) Oil, Ceteraryl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl
Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-4 Olivate, Salicylic
Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Sorbitan Olivate,
Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl
Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Whole Egg, Methylparaben, Trisodium EDTA,
Propylparaben, Red No.4, Yellow No. 5
How do you apply the Dermasolve® cream?
For best results Dermasolve® should be applied a minimum of 3-4
times daily. The more often you can apply the cream in the beginning
the faster you will see results.