Many of our customers suffer with psoriasis and their feedback shows that the range helps to calm the psoriasis symptoms. The body lotion, bath salts , soaps and shampoo are popular with our customers.
“…as a long term psoriasis sufferer, I found that the Dead Sea body lotion dramatically reduced flakiness and soreness within a few days. It is easy to apply and non-greasy. I would recommend any sufferers to give it a try…”
Psoriasis is a condition that affects the ‘shedding’ process of the skin. Our skin cells normally shed naturally every 3 to 4 weeks and we can’t see this process happening. However, in people who have psoriasis this self-exfoliating action happens much more often, around every 2 to 6 days. The result is a build up of ‘shed’ skin cells on the surface of the skin which forms a psoriatic plaque. It can occur anywhere on the body and can affect anyone, men and women, children, old and young. It is not contagious and cannot be spread around the body through contact.
Even though it is regarded as a common skin condition, it only affects around 2 to 3 % of the UK population. Psoriasis can be hereditary but triggers often include stress, injury to the skin or an infection. Skin can look red and itchy and covered with scaly-looking patches. The condition can become painful and the skin can split and crack. It can cause painful joints especially on fingers and toes.
Scalp psoriasis leaves the scalp area with thick, red, itchy and flaky skin which can also appear around the edge of the scalp, forehead, neck and behind ears. Some shampoo treatments can help while careful combing or brushing can help remove the skin scales but caution should be taken not to scratch the scalp. Advice should always be sought from your GP or a registered dermatologist before treating the condition.
Psoriatic arthritis describes the association of inflammatory joint disease with psoriasis. Joints are left stiff and painful with difficulty of movement, as with all arthritis, but can also affect the tendons.
Guttate psoriasis usually occurs in children and young adults and can appear after a Streptococcal throat infection. A rash of small spots around 1 centimetre in size generally appears on the skin. It can take weeks or months to clear but around half of those affected will not suffer again with the condition.
Pustular psoriasis features pus-filled spots on the palms of hands and soles of feet. A much rarer form, known as Generalised Pustular Psoriasis, is serious and develops quickly over different areas of the body, leaving skin very hot and the sufferer with a fever.
Psoriasis will vary from person to person and so will the treatment, but generally topical application of special moisturisers help skin to feel more comfortable. Ultra Violet light can help and the treatment is called Phototherapy. This should always be discussed with your doctor who may also prescribe certain medications.