Psoriasis or plaque psoriasis is an immune-related condition which mainly presents itself as a rash. It appears as red or pink areas of thick, raised, and scaly skin—usually described as psoriasis plaque. It sometimes instead appears as small, flat bumps. Psoriasis rash is generally found on the elbows, knees, and scalp, but it can actually be found anywhere on the body, including nails and even joints.
According to the World Psoriasis Day consortium, about 2 to 3 percent of the world’s population suffers from psoriasis—that’s 125 million people worldwide. In the US alone, it is estimated that more than 8 million Americans deal with psoriasis. Yet, many people have never even heard of this skin condition.
Psoriasis may be triggered by stress, cold, and infections, but may also appear as a chronic problem with no obvious triggers. It is itchy and sometimes painful, but many psoriasis sufferers believe that the effects on their self-esteem are harder to deal with than the physical discomfort of psoriasis rash.
Common psoriasis treatments include medication, light therapy, and prescribed ointments. If you believe you have psoriasis, it is important to be seen by a doctor or dermatologist who can properly diagnose your skin condition, suggest treatments, track your progress, and monitor you for other health concerns.
In addition to being seen by a medical professional, there are many over-the-counter psoriasis skin care products you can use to manage symptoms and help reduce the appearance of psoriasis. Check with your doctor or dermatologist first to see if they’re safe to use with prescribed treatments. Most over-the-counter psoriasis products focus on softening and smoothing the skin while bringing relief from itchiness and discomfort.
At ATOPALM, we believe that our best-selling MLE products are ideal for helping to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. MLE—multi-lamellar emulsion—is a unique ingredient that perfectly mimics the skin’s natural barrier. It reinforces the skin’s ability to both provide and retain moisture, which allows the skin to function at optimal levels.
Aside from MLE, all of our Korean skin care products are formulated with skin health in mind. We believe that healthy skin IS beautiful skin, and that if you aim for health, you’ll get beauty along with it. That belief extends to psoriasis skin care, which should focus on allowing the sufferer to find comfort and health before anything else.
Our suggested skin care routine for red, itchy, scaly skin is perfect for those with psoriasis who wish to follow a psoriasis-friendly regimen in addition to their prescribed psoriasis treatments provided by a doctor. This regimen includes four products that can be used anywhere on the face or body to bring relief and beauty to the skin. Check out the suggested regimen below:
Atopalm Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam is an ultra-gentle, paraben-free foaming face cleanser designed for all skin types. Its light texture refreshes the face while efficient yet soothing ingredients lift and remove dirt, makeup, pollutants, and excess oils. Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam works without upsetting the skin’s natural pH balance, allowing you to cleanse without causing the skin to feel dry or tight.
HOW TO: Moisten skin. Pump generous amount of foam into Palm of hand. Gently massage with a circular motion over the entire face. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat dry. Repeat if necessary. Not to be used to remove eye makeup.
Cicarelief Cream soothes, calms and helps skin recover from external irritations… skin that has been compromised and requires “special care.” REAL BARRIER Cicarelief Cream is formulated with high concentrations of CALAMINE to help protect the skin from outside irritations, PANTHENOL to calm and MADECASSOSIDE to soothe.
HOW TO: Use AM or PM after cleansing. Pat dry. Gently apply to irritated areas of the face or body until completely absorbed. Apply a thick layer to areas that need extra attention… red, scaly, itchy.
Formulated without the use of parabens, this incredibly rich moisturizing cream is a gentle yet thorough way to replenish hydration. By mimicking natural skin lipids, it is able to replenish lost lipids while simultaneously preventing over-evaporation of the skin’s natural moisture. Finally, Intensive Moisturizing Cream shields the skin against the damage and discomfort associated with environmental stress, leaving the skin feeling fresh, soft, and perfectly comfortable.
HOW TO: After cleansing, apply all over dry areas. Use as often as necessary, paying special attention to those stubborn, troublesome dry spots.
This paraben-free mask is infused with high concentrations of Panthenol 5%, Madecassoside and Allantoin to soothe and calm. And, of course Calamine Powder to help protect skin against irritation. This mask was developed for skin that has special needs…skin that has been compromised, is rough and prone to break outs. It is also an ideal mask to help remove excess dead skin and soothe a damaged skin barrier.
HOW TO: After cleansing, remove the mask from the pouch, it will be in two pieces. Peel the white film from the top section that is cut out for eye openings, apply to fit and then peel off the clear film. Repeat process for the lower section to be used around the mouth area. Relax 10 to 20 minutes while the mask is doing its’ work. Remove sheets and pat the remaining excess cream into the face.