Clearing Up Psoriasis Myths
Throughout the month of August, the National Psoriasis Foundation is providing tips on how to manage this common skin condition. The itching, patches, scales, and joint pain of psoriasis affect some 7.5 million Americans. Chances are, if you haven’t seen us for psoriasis, a loved one has, or has sought the expertise of a skin specialist. Since it is such a prevalent condition, our team is used to clearing up misconceptions about it on a year-round basis, not just during Psoriasis Awareness Month:
  • Psoriasis isn’t contagious. It’s a chronic autoimmune disease.
  • You don’t develop psoriasis due to inadequate hygiene. As a condition affecting the immune system, it’s believed skin cells can’t keep up with how quickly your body produces new skin. The result is a patchy, scaly, often itchy buildup of skin cells.
  • Psoriasis isn’t just one type. There are several different types, each with characteristic symptoms.
  • Psoriasis doesn’t only affect the health of your skin. It’s linked to other serious medical conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, vision disturbances, depression, and anxiety.
There is a lot to know about psoriasis. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

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Fight Photoaging With Healthy Habits And Therapies
Before you know it, the days will be shorter and the sun more elusive. While you’re trying to cram in as many outdoor activities as possible, don’t forget the broad-spectrum sunscreen. You can prevent the need for procedures to reverse the effects of unprotected sun exposure. You may notice more freckles, darker spots or larger age spots and areas of hyperpigmentation. Exposure to ultraviolet light causes many other problems people tend to chalk up to normal aging:
  • Wrinkles and sagging arise when UV light from the sun’s rays and artificial sources (like tanning beds) damage elastin fibers in the skin. Elastin helps skin retain its shape after it’s been stretched.
  • Easy bruising and poor healing becomes more of a problem as UV breaks down beneficial proteins in the skin.
  • Visible blood vessels and broken capillaries are characteristics of photoaging, as is yellowing and thickening of the skin.
Photoaging prematurely ages you, especially if you smoke or are chronically exposed to environmental pollutants. Concerned about skin changes? Call us. There have never been more methods to treat these and other skin conditions. We can also discuss products that work to maintain the results from treatment.
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