The Professionals Guide to Treating Psoriasis

As pore stars, we never shy away from a skin challenge, especially skin conditions such as psoriasis. From causes to triggers and flare ups, the right techniques and products can help alleviate discomfort, reduce inflammation, and enhance their skin's health and appearance. Read on for our professional’s guide to understanding and effectively treating psoriasis. 


Understanding Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by red, itchy, and scaly patches on the skin. It affects millions worldwide, making it a significant concern in dermatology. Always encourage your clients to see a doctor and get a medical diagnosis for psoriasis.

  • Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disorder that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells.
  • It leads to the rapid buildup of cells on the surface of the skin, resulting in thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry patches that can be itchy.
  • This condition commonly affects the neckline, hairline, chin/mouth area, elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back, but it can appear anywhere on the body.


Causes and Triggers of Psoriasis

The cause of psoriasis isn't fully understood, but researchers believe that both genetics and environmental factors play a role.

  • Genetics: Family history plays a significant role in predisposing individuals to psoriasis.
  • Immune System Dysfunction: Psoriasis is considered an autoimmune disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells.
  • Environmental Factors: Triggers such as stress, infections, and certain medications can exacerbate symptoms.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Smoking, obesity, and excessive alcohol consumption have been linked to increased risk and severity of psoriasis.

Triggers can range from illnesses putting stress on the immune system to the weather. 

  • Stress: Emotional stress can trigger or worsen psoriasis flare-ups.
  • Infections: Streptococcal infections, particularly strep throat, are known to exacerbate psoriasis.
  • Medications: Certain medications, such as lithium, antimalarial drugs, and beta-blockers, can aggravate psoriasis symptoms.
  • Weather Conditions: Cold, dry weather can cause skin to become dry and trigger psoriasis flares.


Treatment Room Tips for Psoriasis Management

  • Cleansing Duo Recommendation: Consider a two-step cleansing program, starting with the cleansing oil to deeply penetrate the skin, bonding with its natural oils to eliminate dirt, makeup, and pollutants more effectively than milk or gel cleansers. Pair it with a specially formulated Herbal Toner to ensure thorough cleansing and gentle exfoliation. This duo prepares the skin for enhanced absorption of serums, creams, and masks, maximizing the benefits of active ingredients—especially important for skin in a psoriasis flare-up.
  • Essential Oil Application: Essential oils are a great way to provide concentrated healing properties directly on the skin. Opt for one designed for the individual's skin type to nourish and replenish. You can also consider using a post-wax essential oil to alleviate itchiness and redness, providing soothing relief.
  • Lock in Moisture with a Mask: Seal in moisture by using our Detox Clay Mask + Super Soothe as a finishing mask. Mix together in equal parts and leave it on for ten minutes to soothe and nourish the skin. Recommend that your clients incorporate this mask into their nighttime skincare routine, leaving it on overnight for prolonged benefits.
  • Spot Treatment and Exfoliation: For areas with thickened or rough skin, spot treat with a gentle exfoliation treatment (as long as the skin doesn’t have open sores or is painful). This can help remove dead skin cells and promote smoother skin texture.