Treating Psoriasis Scars


Erin Azuse

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As a psoriasis patient, you likely feel a sense of relief when your body starts to respond to treatment and the thick, itchy scales begin to disappear from your skin. But that happiness may be short-lived if you notice you’re now left with discolored patches of skin where the psoriasis plaques used to be. For many patients, this can be almost as upsetting as the disease itself.

Try not to despair. There are things you can do to help improve the appearance of your skin.

Give It Time

The good news is that psoriasis rarely causes true scars. More frequently, the pigmentation of the underlying skin is temporarily affected. Researchers have discovered that during a psoriasis flare up, parts of the immune system disrupt the production of melanocytes, the cells responsible for giving your skin color. When the psoriasis clears, you may see areas of hypopigmentation, where your skin is lighter, or areas of hyperpigmentation, where your skin is darker than what is surrounding it.

Psoriasis can change your life, but these patients are proof that finding the right treatment can put you back in control.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 18, 2017

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