Psoriasis is a chronic condition (read: there’s no cure), though it can usually be controlled with medications, topical treatments, and stress management.
The exact cause is unclear, though researchers believe bum genetics, a maverick immune system, and environmental triggers conspire to cause outbreaks.
“Infections, injuries, weight gain, smoking, excessive alcohol, stress, and certain medications can cause flare ups,” says Dr. Kassardjian.
If you’ve suddenly broken out in a red, scaly rash, you might be wondering if you have one of five types of psoriasis. Watch for these red flags.