While cooler temperatures bring festive holiday fun, they can also bring flare ups of skin conditions like psoriasis and acne rosacea. Not entirely sure what these skin conditions are? Read on to learn if you may be suffering from them.
Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, red, scaly patches of skin that can be very itchy as well as embarrassing. These patches can be large or small and they most often appear on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet or lower back. Though it can occur in children and teenagers, it is most common in adults. People with psoriasis often notice that cold and dry climate conditions, like winter, can cause flare-ups of this condition. Stress and smoking may also make psoriasis worse. For many people, psoriasis is often difficult to treat – many adults don’t successfully respond to oral or topical medicines.
Acne rosacea is a type of rosacea that results in facial skin that becomes oily, reddened, bumpy (papules) and covered in pimples (pustules). These blemishes most often appear on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead and, like psoriasis, there is no known cause or one simple cure. The distinction between acne and acne rosacea is often difficult to make, as well; “Acne is a product of many factors, involving the hair follicles, hormonal stimulation of oil gland cells and bacteria that can be treated with antibiotics. On the other hand, recent research has found that rosacea appears to be linked to a dysfunction of the body’s natural immune system.” – www.Rosacea.org.
If you or someone you know is suffering from poorly controlled psoriasis or acne rosacea, The Savin Center is now conducting clinical trials to help those suffering from these and other skin conditions. To learn more or participate, call 203.865.6143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.