Show this chronic condition who’s boss by identifying it early—and shutting down its telltale symptoms.
To understand psoriasis, think I Love Lucy — the episode where Lucy desperately tries to grab chocolates off an accelerating conveyor belt. In this case, Lucy is your skin and psoriasis is the conveyor belt.
The condition develops when a person’s immune system cranks up the production of skin cells and shuttles them to the surface faster than your body can shed old ones — in a few days versus the usual month.
“Since the body is unable to shed the excess skin quickly enough,” says Michael Kassardjian, M.D., a dermatologist and surgeon at Coast Dermatology Medical Associates in Los Angeles, “it piles up.”
The unenviable result: thick red, scaly, itchy patches of skin.