There are five official types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis. An estimated 85% of people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis. Skin cells normally grow and then shed when they are no longer needed. Psoriasis causes skin cells to multiply too quickly. The extra cells build up and form red, scaly patches called scales or plaques on the skin. Areas of the body can become itchy, painful and can crack and bleed. Psoriasis is not contagious, and the often-associated lesions are not infectious.
Common symptoms of psoriasis include:
- Itchy skin
- Raised, red patches on the skin
- Rashes and redness
Common areas of the body affected by psoriasis:
- The outside of knees and elbows
- Lower back
Psoriasis is a long lasting autoimmune disease. Common triggers are stress, lack of sleep, injury to skin and medications. Anything that can affect the immune system can affect psoriasis. Your doctor will recommend applying moisturizers to keep the skin from becoming too dry or irritated. We recommend you try our natural soaps and lotions to moisturize your skin daily.