Psoriasis can begin at any age, although it seems that the most common ages to develop psoriasis is between the ages of 15 and 30. As Psoriasis is a life time condition its important to know what causes flare ups
As a psoriasis sufferer, have you ever noticed that the more stressful your life becomes, the more severe your psoriasis comes? Well, don’t put it down to coincidence – Psoriasis and Stress very much go hand in hand
What is stress
Stress can stem from almost anywhere, whether it be relationship stress, workplace stress, grief, family problems or even negative world news. Unfortunately, however, stress can also come from having to cope with a skin condition such as psoriasis. So while stress may cause psoriasis, psoriasis also causes stress, meaning a very vicious cycle starts to emerge.
How are Psoriasis and Stress linked?
No researcher can categorically confirm that there is a definitive causal link between the two, but studies suggest it is highly likely that there is one.
It may seem like a strange pairing because it is, essentially, a link between the psychological and the physical. However, it is completely plausible as the psychological stress could cause a hormone release, meaning it could well lead to a physical problem such as psoriasis. Stress can also suppress the immune system, making the skin less able to produce defensive proteins and leaving it highly vulnerable to skin conditions.
So, what aspects of coping with psoriasis can cause stress? Well, if you suffer with psoriasis yourself then this question is pretty easy to answer. The stigma of living with psoriasis can cause a sufferer to become very self-conscious and find normal social situations significantly more stressful. Psoriasis treatments can be very expensive too, not to mention the uncomfortable, often painful factor that comes with the condition.
How can I treat the problem?
The best thing you can do to ease the relationship between Psoriasis and Stress is to treat them separately.
Focusing on stress, try using relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga can be hugely beneficial in reducing your stress levels. Also, invest the time and effort into finding psoriasis treatment that you can rely on to help ease your mind.
Because we know that everybody’s skin is different, we strongly recommend initially using both these products to treat your psoriasis and find which works best for you. You could start the day by applying the Ultra-Sensitive Therapy Cream, using the fingertips to work the cream into the affected areas gently but firmly, and then end the day with the Emollient, or vice versa. For best results, apply every morning and night – and during the day if patches flare up.
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