Back in 2011, reality star Kim Kardashian announced that she suffers from psoriasis. Since that time, she has been influential in raising awareness about the condition. Recently, she shared a shocking photo on her Instagram that brought attention back to it.
As you can see, the photo shows textbook psoriasis flareups all over her face. A lot of people found the photo quite shocking and can’t believe how she is regularly able to conceal it.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects more than 8 million Americans. Typically developing between the ages of 15-25, symptoms consist of skin redness and irritation with silver-colored scales. Usually occurring on the scalp, face, hands, elbows, knees, and feet, it is believed to occur when the body’s immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous or harmful substances.
A common misconception is that psoriasis is contagious, this is not the case. Some things that can contribute to worsening the condition though include too much exposure to sunlight, consumption of alcohol, and even stress. It can be treated in many different ways, with the most common options being topical ointments or creams, lotions, and shampoos.
Taking care of your skin by regularly moisturizing and cleaning the affected area can also help in maintaining and reducing flare-ups. Although there is no way to prevent psoriasis, there are many ways to manage and treat the condition.
Source: National Psoriasis Foundation
Topical corticosteroids (steroids) are a common treatment option for a variety of dermatological conditions. The reason is that they promote anti-inflammatory responses by suppressing the immune system’s response. Typically prescribed for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema, and rashes, if prescribed appropriately they can yield very effective results.
This effectiveness however can lead to patients developing a dependency on them. Initially, after stopping the topical steroid, the condition may come back with a vengeance. So quite often, people will continue to apply the steroid even after the condition clears, and in doing so, severe side effects can arise. Examples include, atrophy of the skin (the consistency in the area of skin where the cream was used becomes comparable to saran wrap) or striae (thick red lines that look like stretch marks). A way to avoid potential addiction is through the use of a stagger program. This can be done by using the topical steroid twice a day for two weeks, then taking one week off.
Although topical steroids are an effective option, if not administered properly it can lead to serious issues.
Laser technology coupled with the number of people getting tattoos has boosted the tattoo removal industry. The newest lasers are less painful and leave less scarring than did in the past. The infographic below explains the process in further detail…
Source: American Academy of Dermatology; FDA; tattooarchive.com. Graphic: Bonnie Berkowitz and Alberto Cuadra /The Washington Post
Summer is a great time of year to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sun. For many women with cellulite however, it can be one of the more stressful. The reason being, with the warmer weather less clothing is typically worn, making it more difficult to hide problematic areas. There is some hope though with the Velashape III Body Contouring & Cellulite Reduction treatment.
This non-invasive treatment utilizes a combination of technologies to smooth and tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite. The most common areas treated include the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Most patients notice improvement after just their first treatment, with a total of four treatments being advised.
The nice thing about the treatment is that it is one of the few unaffected by sun exposure and there is little to no downtime. This means you can go to the beach the next day. Which makes it the ideal treatment for the season!
If you would like to find out if Velashape III Body Contouring & Cellulite Reduction is right for you, contact our office today.
Shaving can be a challenge for both men and women. Whether getting razor bumps or a rash, the process can be tough. Yet getting a smooth shave with minimal irritation is possible.
Follow these tips:
If you have any further questions about shaving, especially with acne-prone skin, contact our office. Treating a skin condition, such as acne, can go a long way in reducing irritation caused by shaving.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology